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Black Cat Music exhibit at the Music and Drama Education Expo


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Last week’s Music and Drama Education Expo was a bustling hub of activity and networking for music and drama teachers from around the world and so the perfect event for Black Cat Music to set up shop to exhibit their top selling products. 

On show at the Black Cat stand were the ever-popular music and performance products ranging from Wenger music stands and music posture seating to staging, conductor’s equipment, choir and band folders. Black Cat Music and Acoustics’ managing director, Alice Dagger and sales executive, Brigitte Downs, were in position and on hand to give sound advice on their top-selling music practice rooms. 

Reporting on the excellent turnout of this year’s event, Alice Dagger said “The Expo was more popular than ever and we saw a great many familiar and new faces in the world of music and drama education. It’s been a very busy but highly enjoyable few days”.

Brigitte Downs added: "We were very pleased with the popularity of our Conductor's Baton offer and it was great to see lots of old friends as well as introducing new music teachers to Black Cat's range of top quality music education and performance equipment."

Black Cat Music is proud to be Exclusive UK Distributor for Wenger Corporation. Wenger is world-renowned for the quality and longevity of its products, which come with a minimum 5-year warranty.  The Black Cat team matches the quality of its products with the quality and care of the services provided to our customers.

The Black Cat team will be at MMA Conference this May


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The Black Cat team looks forward to returning to the MMA annual conference this May.  The 2017 conference will be at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset from Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st May. 

Hosted by an MMA member school, the atmosphere is always friendly but professional on a weekend where contacts are made, ideas are nurtured and horizons expanded.

The choice of sessions is always comprehensive (over 26) with tailored wisdom for all areas of teaching in a school music department, from music administrators and instrumental teachers to classroom and heads of department. 

Black Cat Music will be exhibiting a selection of its top-selling products ranging from Wenger music stands, orchestral seating, staging and conductor's equipment to music folders, instrument storage solutions and sound-isolating practice rooms.

Black Cat Music looks forward to exhibiting at Music & Drama Education Expo

Black Cat Music looks forwards to a busy and exciting 2017 including a key date in early February; Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for those involved in music and drama education, The Music and Drama Education Expo.

 
The two-day conference, which takes place on 9th and 10th February at London’s Olympia, will offer the chance for people to attend over 60 seminars, workshops and debates, but also makes the ideal occasion to network with 2,500 of their peers whilst browsing the hundreds of exhibitor’s services. 
 
Black Cat Music will be amongst 150 other trusted international brands that will be visited over the two days and will be exhibiting a large range of music performance equipment including music stands, orchestra seating, choir and band folders, instrument storage cabinets, conductor's equipment, staging and tiered choral risers.  
 
Black Cat is proud to be the exclusive distributor for Wenger Corporation in the UK (and Master Distributor in Europe).  Wenger is world-renowned for the quality and longevity of its equipment, which comes with a minimum five-year warranty.  Black Cat can also help with acoustic problems, offering solutions from sound-isolating music practice rooms to acoustic treatments for classrooms and full-stage acoustic shells.

Black Cat Music at Music Mark Conference 2016


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Perfectly in keeping with this year’s theme of ‘Supporting Progression for All’, as a special offer, Black Cat Music gave out free Conductor’s Batons at this year’s Music Mark conference and they went down an absolute storm.

Always delighted to be a part of this annual conference, Black Cat Music’s managing director, Alice Dagger and sales executive, Brigitte Downs, went along to both touch base with existing customers and friends in music education and to meet new music teachers and music hub managers.
Over the two days, Music Mark brought together presentations, workshops and clinics with breakout sessions that facilitated discussion opportunities and gave attendees the chance to network. The aim of the conference was to inspire and influence music educators' thinking and to enable them to engage with the support offered from a membership organisation. 
Alice Dagger reported: "The Music Mark conference 2106 was a great success and did well to reflect its theme of ‘Supporting progression for all’. Each year we feel privileged to be involved with and supporting the music education community through our continuing relationship with Music Mark."
Brigitte Downs added: "It was fantastic to catch up with friends at the conference and to meet some new people in the world of music education.  We were also delighted with the response to our free Conductor's Baton offer!"

Wenger's Lori Barwick visits Black Cat Music

The Black Cat Music sales team was delighted to welcome Wenger International’s Lori Barwick to the company’s South East England based HQ, this week.

Black Cat Music’s Managing Director, Alice Dagger reporting on the visit, commented: "We particularly enjoyed taking Lori, our counterpart from the Wenger international sales team, with us to the MMA Ensemble 100 Reception - a celebration of over 100 years of music education, which brought together highly influential figures in the world of music education in the UK.  There were beautiful musical performances from Apollo5, James Way, Woodcroft Primary School Choir & Alexander Bone".

MMA’s Ensemble magazine (celebrating 100 editions) is described as ‘a premium termly publication reflecting the most inspiring commentary and most useful resources relevant for those working in the UK and international schools worldwide’. The MMA is the National Association of Music Teaching Professionals – the largest and longest established association of music teachers in the UK, supporting all who work in a school music department.

Alice Dagger continued, "It was great to have the chance to meet Lori Barwick with us and to learn about Wenger's exciting new product developments, including the Transform motorised acoustic banners, which transform the acoustics of a performance venue in seconds; and the Transcend Active Acoustic System, which gives facility managers the ability to enhance acoustic environments in virtually any space. It was a great visit, and we look forward to seeing Lori and her colleagues at Wenger again soon.”

Black Cat Music is Master Distributor for Wenger in the UK, Europe and Russia.  Wenger music equipment is world-renowned for its quality and longevity, and all Wenger products come with a minimum 5-year guarantee.  



The Black Cat special offer on Roughneck music stands

For the month of November, Black Cat is offering 10 per cent discount on the Roughneck music stand as a special promotion.

  This generous discount can bring the price down to as little as £45.40 per stand, depending on the amount ordered, making it the perfect opportunity for schools and colleges to invest in top quality stands for their music department.

The all-metal music stand is designed for general practice and performance. With its welded base, the Roughneck music stand always stands straight, won't lean or wobble and will never need tightening. Extremely robust, the height adjusting trigger lock will easily hold 30lbs without releasing. 

For more information on the Roughneck music stand and full details on the November offer please go to the   Black Cat Music web site.  

 



Barking Abbey School goes state-of-the-art with the help of Black Cat Music & Acoustics


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Barking Abbey will be the envy of many a school with the latest project that has transformed its music department with state-of-the-art facilities.

In pursuit of their musical mission, Barking Abbey School turned to Black Cat Music & Acoustics, who installed three AcoustiCabins practice pods and a recording studio as the main features of a brand new music suite, last month.

Head of Music, Mr Dorrington, has commented: “In the music department we can really see the difference that the music facilities are making to the students and their grades. The soundproof pods are a massive bonus for the department. We now have instrumental lessons in all three pods at the same time.  Students come in and practice regularly.”

He added: “It’s had a profound impact on the department. Students are beginning to come in and make their own mixed tapes and albums. Bands are forming in school which will be great for concerts.”

Alice Dagger, Managing Director of Black Cat Music & Acoustics responded: “We're thrilled that the school is already making such good use of their recording studios and practice pods. It's great to see the AcoustiCabins making a real difference to the music department and to the students' grades."

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The Black Cat special offer on Roughneck music stands

For the month of November, Black Cat is offering 10% discount on the Roughneck music stand as a special promotion. 

This generous discount can bring the price down to as little as £45.40 per stand, depending on the amount ordered, making it the perfect opportunity for schools and colleges to invest in top quality stands for their music department.

The all-metal music stand is designed for general practice and performance. With its welded base, the Roughneck music stand always stands straight, won't lean or wobble and will never need tightening. Extremely robust, the height adjusting trigger lock will easily hold 30lbs without releasing. 

For more information on the Roughneck music stand and full details on the November offer please go to the Black Cat Music website

Students learn ‘respect’ for musical instruments at Tonbridge Grammar School thanks to wise investment in storage systems

It’s amazing how good quality equipment helps induce a professional pride in their music. Recently Black Cat Music made the short journey to Tonbridge Grammar School in Kent for a behind the scenes look at how the school stores and cares for the instruments and music equipment that has been built up in recent years.  

With Simon Hayward, Head of Music at Tonbridge Grammar School, Black Cat Music’s guide for the visit, we have produced a video of the tour of the music facilities. Students at the school take music up to Key Stage 3, then can go on to take GCSE in music. Senior students can go further and take a baccalaureate. Teaching music at the school for the last 11 years, Simon Hayward shows how the investment in music storage equipment not only keeps instruments safe and protected from damage, but allows equipment to always be on hand when it is time to practise. What’s more everything is kept tidy, so no clutter to trip over at the start and finish of lessons, or risk of damage to delicate instruments. Simon is impressed by the quality of the equipment and is confident that the robust and lockable storage racks will go on and on for many years.

 When it comes to Wenger music stands, which he explains are virtually unbreakable, we see members of the choir in a slick, well practised maneouvre, collapse the stands, load them on to a move and store cart and wheel them away for the next group to use. Tonbridge Grammar School has a good tradition in choral singing. Examples from the Motet Choir’s repertoire accompany the video narration. Over the years a big library of choral music has been built up and now benefits from its own storage and indexing facilities. Naturally members of the choir have their own Choral Folders. It all adds up to acting and looking professional as well as looking and sounding good in performance.



Black Cat Acoustics is top of the class for music teacher

When Sevenoaks based music teacher, Amanda Rupp set up Aeolian Music, her teaching work was to take place at her home. Amanda was anxious to ensure that her private music room met the current reverberation time guidelines for music teaching within schools.

It was time to call in Black Cat Acoustics to evaluate the acoustic environment and recommend a suitable solution.  After the installation work was completed a delighted Amanda said, “I am delighted with my Black Cat acoustic panels which have greatly improved the sound attenuation in the music room. By ensuring that my private music room meets the current reverberation time guidelines for music teaching within schools, I have optimised conditions for myself and my pupils.