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General News

DON'T FORGET there is still time to order your Christmas Cards from the Musician's Benevolent Fund.

All profits from this go to the Fund to help musicians, young and old. Contact 01948 831074 or visit www.mbf.org.uk

A George Lloyd Society has been started under the patronage of Sir Edward Downes. More details can be obtained from Deborah Reader, Honorary secretary by email at library@georgelloyd.com, the website at www.georgelloyd.com or through supporting partners Albany Records on 01539 824008.

The Lost Autograph manuscript of one of Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) most tevolutionaty wotks, Grosse Fuge in B flat major in his version for piano four-hands, Op. 134, is to be offered for sale at Sotheby's in London on 1 December. It is his working manuscript for the only piano version of a major work made by the composer and is one of Beethoven's few compositions for piano duet. This striking and forward-looking work, which contains new material, is at 80 pages, the longest and most important Beethoven manuscript to have appeared on the market in living memory. It is estimated to fetch £1 to 1.5 million. The manuscript will be on public exhibition at Sotheby's in New York from 16 to 19 November and at Sotheby's in London from 28 November through 1 December.

A unique masterclass -ZXpresented by José Cura raised £10,000 for British Youth Opera, the UK Opera Training Company, at a gala showcase held at Lloyds.

This project, run in association with the Royal Academy of Music featured young professional singers Kim Sheehan, Kishani Jayasinghe, James Edwards and David Stout all of whom have taken part in past British Youth Opera Summer Seasons. Maestro Cura also worked with this group of singers in front of an audience of some 150 young opera and music students from the London music colleges at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Royal Northern College of Music is seeking applicants for its next Junior Fellow in Conducting, a two year appointment from September 2006. The closing date for receipt of applications is 21 November 2005. For full information contact Esther Wakeman on 0161 907 5334 or email Esther. Wakeman@rncm.ac.uk

The European Medical Students' Orchestra or EMSO, which was started in Wurzburg, Germany in 1993, consists of medical students and doctors from all over Europe, all with a musical background and a great enthusiasm for orchestral playing. Beginning as a chamber orchestra, it has grown in size and popularity; today, EMSO is a full symphony orchestra of 75 musicians from over 20 European countries. The Orchestra is now seeking funding help from sponsors to enable them to tour some English cities in 2006 including Bristol, Oxford and Bath. If you can help these talented medics contact Caroline Boulind or Matt Pizzo at emso2006@yahoo.com or visit www.emso.info.

Th MBF has just completed it's funding for the academic year 2005-2006 and is delighted to announce a record awards total of £437,474. At postgraduate level 124 individuals and 3 ensembles benefited from awards totalling £349,250. Awards made ranged from £1,0000 -£5,000. The recipients were primarily postgraduate level students needing support during their final stages of study and the awards will help towards the costs of their musical education, such as fees, maintenance, instrument purchase and travel expenses.

In addition, 153 under-18s benefited from £88,224 of funding with awards ranging from £200 to £1000. The grants will go towards new instruments, music lessons, fees and travel expenses to the junior departments of the music conservatoires. For more information on the range of awards available for the academic year 2006-2007, visit www.mbf.org.uk, or contact the MBF Education Department at education@mbf.org.uk.

A rare English violin was reunited with its owner after experts at Bonhams Auctioneers identified it as a stolen instrument covered by Allianz Cornhill Musical Insurance. …