As a change to our normal guest blog, this month we’ve prepared some tips on which stands to visit at this week’s Rhinegold Music Education Expo. As the Expo has moved to Earl’s Court this year with new zones we thought we’d signpost some interesting stands… 
ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of the largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams. Founded in 1889, the first exams took place in 1890. Now the board offers assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year. ABRSM exams cover over 35 subjects as well as offering range of resources. Find out more at stand G7. 
AQA is an independent education charity and the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. We met their team at last year’s Expo and Sarah Perryman wrote our first guest blog back in May. AQA is proud of its music qualifications: exams focus on practical skills such as composition and performing but allow students the freedom to focus on any style or genre. Read Sarah’s blog about how AQA qualifications are changing. 
Did you know…? AQA set and mark the papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year. Visit their stand I20 to find out more. 
BBC Ten Pieces is a project led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups. Its aim is to open up the world of classical music to a new generation of children. The project selected ten pieces for children of primary age and ten pieces for students of secondary age, aiming to inspire young people to explore classical music and develop their own creative responses to music. 
Read our response to the project here and visit stand M18 to talk to the BBC Ten Pieces team. 
Handel House Museum is currently celebrating the two famous musicians who lived at Brook Street: Handel and Hendrix in London is a new project that builds on the work of the Handel House Museum and opens Jimi Hendrix’s flat to the public. Check out their new website and visit them on stand M11 to find out more about these exciting developments. And look out for our forthcoming Handel House Museum blog! 
Howarth of London will be at stand C16. As an oboist, MWC’s Maria is a big fan of Howarth with both a Howarth oboe and cor anglais. Howarth of London has a dedicated music education team and have designed a range of Junior Instruments to help young beginner musicians. As well as being specialists in oboes and cors anglais, they also supply bassoons, clarinets and saxophones. 
The ISM is the Corporate Sponsor for the Music Education Expo. Do visit them to find out about their membership benefits and their campaigns. Read our blog on their EBacc campaign here. 
The Musicians’ Union will be on stand G1. Visit them to find out about the range of membership benefits they offer and the wider work they do. With over 30,000 members the MU support musicians from a wide range of backgrounds. 
Our friends at NST Travel create bespoke concert tours giving school music students unforgettable experiences. Sheena Orchin gave her tips on creating a memorable tour in our guest blog in September. Read more here and visit NST Travel on stand C18 to discuss your tour ideas. 
Rhinegold Publishing is well known for its music and performing arts publications. Titles include Music Teacher, Classical Music, Opera Now, International Piano, Choir & Organ, Early Music Today and Teaching Drama. Alongside these magazines, Rhinegold also publish a series of directories including the British & International Music Yearbook and the British Performing Arts Yearbook. They also produce a range of supplements and free guides which give details of scholarships, summer schools and competitions. 
Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) allows schools to legally make copies of sheet music. The SPML was introduced by Printed Music Licensing Limited which is owned by the Music Publishers Association (MPA). Visit their stand to find out more about the SPML Licence being introduced in April covering print holdings for Music Hubs and Services for schools. 
If you want to know more about the Expo, our November guest blog from Rhinegold’s Alex Stevens gives the perfect intro. 
And if you haven’t yet registered for the Expo which runs between February 25th and 26th, click here to book your free tickets. MWC doesn’t have a stand this year, but the team will be visiting the event, so do say hello! 
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