An increasing trend in Adult/Continuing Education is the use of the internet to deliver short courses online via video lecture and online forums. One of the largest organisations that do this is Coursera which is has a number of music courses that are either just about to start or scheduled to start in the next six months. They’re all free at the moment and here are the music ones that have caught my eye. All the courses are given by Universities or Music Colleges.

Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Dr. Evan Feldman
Workload: 4-6 hours/week
Sessions: August 2013 (8 weeks long)

Songwriting  (Berklee College of Music)
Pat Pattison
Jul 19th 2013 (6 weeks long)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week


Jazz Improvisation  (Berklee College of Music)
Gary Burton
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Jul 19th 2013 (5 weeks long)


Survey of Music Technology  (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Jason A. Freeman
Workload: 5-7 hours/week
Aug 26th 2013 (6 weeks long)


Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists (California Institute of the Arts)
Ajay Kapur
October 2013 (8 weeks long)
Workload: 2-4 hours/week


Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition (National University of Singapore)
Peter Edwards
Workload: 2-3 hours/week
January 2014 (6 weeks long)
A complete list of the music courses is here:

Closet music: call for imaginary works


Closet Music: Imaginary Sound-worlds Open call for works: the Travel Pack Closet Music is a genre of works never intended to be performed out loud: the challenge is to create pieces for private, imaginary performance or contemplation. See the website for details, background, samples…

Following the successful launch of the first collection of Closet Music works, composers, artists, writers and musicians are invited to contribute to the next stage: a Travel Pack of new Closet Music works. Each work has to fit on to A6 (post-card sized) cards (or on a series of these cards) which will be separate items collected in a playing-card type box. The travel pack will be very portable and ideal for passing the time on journeys… the theme of travel/journeying itself would be a fruitful (though not essential) one for creating the travel pack.

There is no fee for participation in this project. Contributors included in the final Travel Pack will receive a copy of the Travel Pack. Closing date for initial submissions: July 15th 2013 You are welcome to send (or discuss) ideas before sending full pieces. Send them in to me in pdf or jpeg format:
[email protected]

The Ireland Trio: Music From Our Back Yards 28 June


To download the poster click here: Poster pdf (2.36mb)

June 28, 2013 6:45 pm
St Luke’s Church
Queen’s Park Road, Brighton, East Sussex,BN2 9ZB
Tickets are available on the door and cost £7 | £5 concessions | £3 for under 12s.

As part of a joint collaboration with Music & Wine at St Luke’s, The Ireland Trio, Ellie Blackshaw (violin), Peter Copley (cello) and Adam Swayne (piano) present an evening showcasing Sussex composers past and present. Alongside celebrated works by Frank Bridge, and a rare chance to hear John Ireland’s Second Piano Trio, we are also presenting some fresh new works composed by members of New Music Brighton. The full programme is below:

John Ireland Trio No.2

Phil Baker Palimpsest on a Theme of John Ireland – Lento molto – misterioso
(second movement of Piano Trio)

Ric Graebner Trio No.2


James Shenton Andante (first movement of Piano Trio)

Terence Allbright Trio

Mike Stephenson Lullaby in D for J and A

Georgina Bowden Mid-Winter

Jonathan Clark Elegy and Rustic Dance (movements 2+4 from ‘Four Short Pieces for Piano Trio’)

Frank Bridge Miniature Set Two: Romance, Intermezzo, Saltarell


Full information about the concert is on our events page here.

Includes a short pre-concert discussion (20 minutes) at 6.45pm.

This concert is supported by the John Ireland Trust.




Pathways to the C… a recording | NMB concert March 2nd

Composed by Phil Baker and performed by the Skeleton Ensemble at our concert in March at the Friend’s Meeting House. Here’s a recording of the piece from the concert.

The Skeleton Ensemble are composer Phil Baker, Ric Graebner (piano), Patrick Harrex (viola), Roger Harmar (amplified bass), Tim Willsone (oboe/flute) and Helen Glavin (vocals).


Our new events page

I’m pleased to announce that we have redesigned our events page with a new sidebar widget listing upcoming events. The events page now has a list view and a calender view and shows concerts for both New Music Brighton and other organisations who our members collaborate with.  The events page is here Events

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We have the facility to include a Google map of the venue and of course we’d appreciate it if you could link the event to your facebook or twitter feeds by clicking one of the buttons below the entry.