l The Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards have honoured a former player for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), who has scooped the award for Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year.
Stephen West was RSNO Principal Cor Anglais until a lip injury caused him to leave in 2005, and now teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and as an instrumental instructor at schools in East Renfrewshire.
The award was presented as part of the Music For Youth Schools Prom concerts, which took place last week at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
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l New York's Knitting Factory has long been a compulsory stop for any Stateside tourist with attuned ears and, for a decade now, it has also had an associated record label. Now Knitting Factory Records is going global and the first releases will feature the work of Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, to whose vast back catalogue the label has rights. First releases are a DVD of his 1984 Glastonbury Festival appearance and a two-disc compilation, curated by Senegalese-American R&B/hip-hop artist Akon. Both are out on February 1, 2013
l Changes are afoot at the CCA in Glasgow, where two new curatorial staff have been appointed as part of a restructuring and expansion of the venue's team. Remco de Blaaij joins as curator, while the new Programme Co-ordinator is Ainslie Roddick, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2008 and is the co-founder of The Duchy, a non-profit gallery and project space based in Glasgow.
As part of the restructure, CCA's Head of Programme, Kerri Moogan, will take up a new position as Programme Development Manager, focusing on developing new partnerships, development opportunities and income streams to take the organisation forward.