Music Crossroads Malawi Model Choir 2011

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It was a pleasure to work with this talented and inventive group - 40+ singers form around Lilongwe and a fixture at Music Crossroads events, conducted by the inimitable Luckson, whose skills can be seen in action on our Youtube channel. It was also a technical challenge to record such a large group, but the unique mix of the old, the new, the classical and the traditional Malawian influences (plus a few strategically timed power cuts) made it one of the more memorable recording projects we've experienced to date.
Mwana ndi Chuma - Music Crossroads Malawi Model Choir 2011

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Successful MIEW 2016 provides boost to TB projects

MIEW (Music Industry East to West) Rides is pleased to announce the successful completion of the fifth annual MIEW ride.

220 hard miles later, after the best (and worst) the Scottish Highlands had to offer, annual fundraising in support of In Tune for Life (www.intuneforlife.org) broke the £10,000 barrier for the third year in a row.

With generous support from a fantastic group of music industry sponsors, in September 2016 a hardcore group of music industry professionals and their friends came together to make their yearly effort—now something of a pilgrimage—to raise crucial funds for In Tune for Life, a UK charity helping improve health and change lives through music and video.

With the dependable support of the ride over the past five years, In Tune for Life has been able to build its capacity to the point where the organization has been able to compete for and win a US$150,000 grant—ITFL’s biggest yet—to scale up work on the production of video material for use in health care centres across southern Africa. The first suite of these animated videos, tailored specifically to particular countries and regions, was shown in trials to have a significant effect on the quality of samples for TB testing, meaning a scale up could improve the successful diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in some of the world’s most affected places. Meanwhile, work continues in Malawi, evaluating ITFL film material for counselling newly-diagnosed, HIV-positive mothers about their treatment; and the first phase of a project to assist treatment of latent TB at home in the NHS has just been completed.

The ITFL team, with the help of Simon Lewis of Anthem Publishing (MusicTech, Guitar & Bass), is already planning MIEW 2017 (England) and 2018 (Alpine edition).

Mark Nunn, ITFL Executive Director, added a message of thanks:

“ITFL is hugely grateful for everything our sponsors and riders do for us every year. This is not a group of pro athletes, these are people who suffer to contribute (while paradoxically enjoying themselves very much, of course). ITFL is a small organisation working in a difficult and very competitive marketplace. It’s no exaggeration to say that without the MIEW, we would struggle to make the music, film and video—and carry out the research—that benefit so many sick across the world each year.”

To find out more about MIEW Rides and join a growing community, visit the In Tune for Life website: http://intuneforlife.org/bike-ride-event/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/miewrides

Twitter: @MIEWrides

Instagram: @miewrides

If you’re interested in taking part in 2017, please let us know early! Limited to 16 core riders, MIEW2016 will take place in late September 2016, and is expected to fill up quickly. Simply contact intuneforlife@gmail.com

Interested in sponsoring this year’s riders? The site is open for donations until the end of March…

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/miew2016/333377

Finally, you may be wondering, why east to west?

It’s a good question. MIEW Rides would have you believe that this concept was born out of a desire to draw parallels between different cultures and philosophies across the globe. The truth is, it’s one less thing to think about when you’re trying to work out where a ride should start and finish!

MIEW 2015 Supports Rollout of HIV Counselling Film

MIEW (Music Industry East to West) Rides is pleased to announce the successful completion of the fourth annual MIEW ride, after 220 very challenging miles across southern Ireland. For two years in a row now, annual fundraising in support of In Tune for Life (www.intuneforlife.org) has broken the £10,000 barrier!

With generous support from a fantastic group of music industry sponsors, in autumn 2015 an intrepid group of music industry professionals and their friends took on a weekend of unseasonably good weather, gravel, potholes, Guinness and achievement to raise crucial funds for In Tune for Life, a UK charity helping improve health and change lives through music and video. At the same time, another group of “MIEW Spirit Riders” left the Berlin headquarters of Ableton to cover 200 hard miles from Berlin to Hamburg the same weekend—the first step to making this annual event truly global.

In Tune for Life has just completed the nine-month production phase of a partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation in Lilongwe, Malawi, using the talent of local artists to support crucial work counselling newly-diagnosed HIV positive pregnant women about their diagnosis and the treatment available to both protect them and prevent infection in their unborn babies. Malawi is home to nearly a million people living with HIV, and although medicine is free, low staff levels and the large number of patients mean that opportunities to provide critical information and counselling are lacking. ITFL helped fill the gap by developing music and video materials for clinic workers to use to supplement the counselling given after a HIV positive test result. The ITFL resources offer an alternative source information for women so they understand the process they are about to go through and, importantly, the reassurance and hope they need to understand that they are not alone. Rollout starts now and the effectiveness of these materials will be evaluated and improved from autumn 2015 into 2016.

This year, with riders’ individual sponsorship efforts boosting the support of some of the industry’s coolest companies, over £10,000 was raised to help empower artists around the world to improve the health of poor communities through music and video.

Charlotte Walker, Chair of Trustees of In Tune for Life, added a message of thanks:

“In Tune for Life are incredibly grateful for the blood, sweat and tears shed by the MIEW riders and their support teams each year. Without the sponsorship they raise ITFL would not be able to make the music and films which benefit so many people across the world each year.”

2014 MIEW Ride raises £10,000 for Malawian HIV patients

MIEW (Music Industry East to West) Rides is pleased to announce the successful completion of the third annual MIEW ride. Despite a bit of drama and a small amount of blood, everybody made it home safe. And, for the first time, fundraising broke the £10,000 barrier!

With generous support from Sound On Sound, alongside a number of other stellar industry sponsors, in Autumn 2014 an intrepid group of music industry professionals took on a 225-mile ride across Brittany: a weekend of sun, gravel, impact and achievement to raise crucial funds for In Tune for Life, a UK charity helping change lives through music.

In Tune for Life is currently working in a nine-month partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation in Lilongwe, Malawi, using the talent of local artists to support crucial work counselling newly-diagnosed HIV patients. Malawi is home to 910,000 people living with HIV, and although medicine is free there, because of low staff numbers and the large number of patients, nurses lack the time to provide critical information and counselling to patients. ITFL is helping fill the gap by developing music and video materials that medical staff can use to provide counselling before and after HIV testing.

Giles Orford, representative for MIEW rides and Marketing Director at Focusrite, is already planning MIEW 2015 in Ireland, from Rosslare on the east coast to Bantry Bay on the west:

“I, and a number of other riders look forward to the MIEW ride each year, which has now become somewhat of an annual event. It’s great to be doing something we love, for a cause we believe in, working with a charity we know can make a difference and ever increasing sponsorship, long may it continue.”

Giles has even bigger plans for next year. “In 2015 we’ll build on the concept of MIEW Spirit Rides. We’ve got colleagues in the USA and elsewhere who can’t join us in Ireland, but they want to support ITFL. So they’ll ride with us in spirit, covering the most challenging distances they can manage over the same weekend and raising money alongside us. We’re going global!”

This year, with riders’ individual sponsorship efforts boosting the support of some of the industry’s coolest companies, over £10,000 was raised to help empower artists around the world to improve the health of poor communities through music and video.

To find out more about MIEW Rides and join a growing community, visit the http://www.facebook.com/miewrides

Twitter: @MIEWrides

If you’re interested in taking part in 2015, be swift! Limited to 15 core riders, MIEW2015 will run from September 4 to September 7, 2015 and is expected to fill up quickly. Simply contact giles.orford@miew-rides.org

Interested in sponsoring this year’s riders? The site is still open for donations…

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/miew2014

mydonate.bt.com/events/miew2014

 

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