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NEW - Music Workshops 

Bespoke Music Workshops delivered by an experienced tutor for a full or half day are available for all age ranges with groups of varying sizes catered for. All tutors are DBS checked and instruments are provided.  The price for a half day (2.5 hours) is £160 and a full day (5 hours) £300. To book your workshop please contact Somerset Music.

 

   Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Tour March 2018

Funded by Sound Foundation Somerset and supported by Somerset Music a flute, horn and double bass ensemble toured nine Somerset primary schools over three days in March. Each school enjoyed a one hour interactive concert with BSO members playing a range of classical and popular music. The ensemble aimed to represent three different sections of a traditional orchestra (wind, brass, strings) giving children a unique opportunity to compare different ways of producing sound.

The concerts were suitable for whole school participation and feedback from those schools who took part this year has been very positive. 

The tour was clearly a great success and we look forward to working with the BSO again.

 
 
Music for Youth Competition - Spring 2018
 
The County Youth Choir and County Youth Show Choir travelled to Swindon to take part in the Music for Youth competition - we are waiting to hear whether they have got through to the next round! (More details on the choir page on the Performance Opportunities page). Well done and good luck to everyone!
 
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Secondary Music Conference
  
The 2018 Secondary Music Conference took place on Friday 9th February and provided an opportunity to get together with music teachers from across Somerset. The day featured a mixture of practical sessions, teach meet opportunities, schemes of work discussions and sessions led by exam board representatives. The range of activities provided CPD to help all aspects of music delivery in secondary schools.
 
Edexcel, OCR and WJEC Exam Boards were represented by subject leaders from the respective organisations who led sessions to help with GCSE delivery followed by a question and answer session. Practical workshops included singing for KS3 classes, ukulele, resources for choirs, Taiko, making the best use of internet resources and moderation/BTEC open discussions.
 
Christmas 2018

 

December was a busy time for Somerset Music and the County Youth Groups. The month started with our annual Christmas celebration concert at Wells Cathedral which featured the County Youth Concert Band and the County Youth Choir and Show Choir. Ten schools from across the County  took part performing individual pieces as well as taking part in the massed items. It was a wonderful evening which provided the performers with the opportunity to take part in a large scale event with many talented musicians and singers.

On the last Saturday before Christmas the County Youth Concert Band and the County Youth Orchestra both put on a concert at separate venues in Taunton. The County Youth Concert Band played a wide variety of pieces featuring some well loved Christmas music which was much appreciated by the audience and had everyone tapping their toes. The County Youth Orchestra's concert featured a varied programme of orchestral music including the Sabre Dance by Khachaturian and Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve Suite.

All our county groups are made up of talented musicians from schools and colleges from across Somerset - if you or anyone you know would like to join please contact us and we will be happy to provide any information you need.

Choir Tutor Kate Lynch and Ben, Phoebe, Lottie, Alice, Summer, Taryn and Eleanor took part in the BBC Somerset 95.5FM early morning show to promote the choir and spread the word that ***NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME***

 

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County Youth Groups - Summer 2017

Somerset County Youth Orchestra has recently returned from another enjoyable tour - this year to Germany where the orchestra put on a number of successful concerts much appreciated by local audiences. The weather wasn't always kind but orchestra members weren't put off by the rain and are already looking forward to next year's tour.

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The County Youth Band staged a highly enjoyable concert at the Temple Methodist Hall in Taunton on 24 July. Conducted by Keith Thomas, Deputy Director Somerset Music, the band played a wide variety of pieces which were very much enjoyed by the audience.

 

And finally, the Somerset County Youth Choir and Show Choir will be performing at Cedars Hall, Wells on Friday 25 August at 7.30pm. This promises to be another wonderful evening of music - for further information about tickets for this concert and forthcoming events please contact Somerset Music.

 

Singing Festivals - Summer 2017

Singing Festivals were held in Sedgemoor, Taunton, Mendip and West Somerset during July giving pupils from over 30 schools the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of family and friends. Each event ended with all the schools joining together to present a massed choral piece which was greatly enjoyed by both the choirs and the audience.

Each Festival Festival is led by one of our Singing Leaders who very often has worked with the schools involved at some point during the year so it is wonderful for them to see the results of all their hard work and to see how much the children enjoy taking part.

If you would like to take part in the 2018 series of Singing Festivals please contact Somerset Music to register your interest.

 

 

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Wellington Singing Festival July 2017

 

 

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 Wellington Singing Festival July 2017

 

Primary Music Conference 2017

 

Our Primary Music Conference took place at Dillington House on Friday 12 May. The day was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. The key note presentation 'On Cue', a Musical Futures approach to creative music-making, was delivered by Kirsten Wordley, Deputy Director, Somerset Music and was followed by a wide choice of workshops including 'Junk Band - make a percussion ensemble from scratch'  and 'What can I do with my music trolley next?'.  The drumming workshops were a great success too with lots of delegates commenting that they were looking forward to using their new found skills in the classroom.

The day provided an opportunity for delegates to network with colleagues from other schools to exchange ideas and to meet the Somerset Music management team and tutors. 

Feedback has been extremely positive - "Great day, lots of inspiring workshops. I can't wait to use it in class!", "This is the first music conference I have attended and it was fantastic. I feel really inspired", "Excellent. Brilliant ideas - great chance to compare notes with other teachers. Thanks to everyone".

A note for your diaries - the date for the 2018 conference is Friday 18 May 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

On 20th & 21st February Somerset Music were pleased to welcome a trio from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to visit schools in the county. The trio visited schools in Wellington and the Yeovil area where they gave a performance to pupils. They played a variety of pieces, including Peter and the Wolf and the Pink Panther theme, and answered questions from the pupils about their instruments and their jobs. The visit gave the children the opportunity to experience high quality live music by professional musicians, something that they would not normally be able to see. As pupils in all of the schools visited learn an instrument with Somerset Music it also gave them a chance to see something they can aspire to should they continue to play their instrument.
 
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Sons of Pitches  

On Monday 6th March, as part of the Singing Strategy for Somerset, King Arthurs Community School in Wincanton hosted a vocal workshop given by the award winning acappella group ‘Sons of Pitches’. In November 2015 the group won the BBC2 The Naked Choir hosted by Gareth Malone. Since then they have toured extensively across the UK and Europe and also deliver vocal workshops in schools and community groups as they believe that acappella singing is a great way to encourage creativity and to boost the confidence of both adults and children alike.
 
Over 120 pupils from King Arthurs Community School, Westfield Academy, Ansford Academy, Oakfield Academy and Selwood Academy were involved in the workshop with the Sons of Pitches where they were able to build a song with the group from scratch. The afternoon culminated in a performance by the Sons of Pitches including the work that the pupils had done throughout the afternoon. It was a wonderful opportunity for pupils to see a nationally renowned group of such high quality singing, giving them something to aspire to and to enthuse their love for singing.
 
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St John's Primary, Wellington & West Buckland School - Spring Concert

Following a six week project delivered by Kirsten Wordley, Assistant Director for Somerset Music and Lead for the Singing Strategy, St John's Primary and West Buckland School held a concert at St John's Church in Wellington where they put on a joint performance to celebrate the end of the project and showcase what they had achieved.

 

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Somerset County Council & Sound Foundation Somerset Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas concert took place at Wells Cathedral on Monday 5 December 2016. A total of 38 schools and colleges from across Somerset took part either representing their own school/college or as part of the County Youth Orchestra, County Youth Choir and Show Choir and Cheddar Valley Voices.

It was a wonderful way to start the Christmas season and was very well attended. It was a real showcase for the talent of the young people of Somerset and Wells Cathedral provided a beautiful venue. Congratulations and thanks to all who took part.

 ​​South Somerset & Mid Somerset Spectaculars
These events took place in March at The Gateway, Yeovil and June 2016 at The Strode Theatre and were a great success enabling children from local schools to perform to packed audiences over three nights.

Both Shows are managed by Somerset Music, the County Council's Music Service - please call the Somerset Music office on 01823 348262 for further information.
 
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Keith Thomas, Assistant Director of Somerset Music being presented with a cheque by Glastonbury & Street Lions Club following the Mid Somerset Spectacular
 

 Somerset County Youth Show Choir

The Somerset County Youth Show Choir were invited to join Aled Jones on his 2016 Cathedral Tour and performed at Wells Cathedral on 19 May 2016. The choir was commended for its enthusiasm and the precision and energy of its performance. The day was a wonderful experience for choir members and gave them a real insight into the music industry.

 
Following their three day Summer Course the Show Choir also performed at the McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater on Saturday 30 July 2016.
 
Somerset County Youth Concert Band & Somerset County Youth Orchestra Summer Tours
 
The County Youth Concert Band and Youth Orchestra have recently returned from very successful tours in Germany and Holland respectively. These events give group members the opportunity to perform together at different venues and are always hugely enjoyable for all involved.
 
Singing Festival Summer 2016
 
Over the last couple of weeks of the summer term singing happened across the whole county. A series of events took place which gave schools the opportunity to showcase their individual vocal work and at the end of each event pupils were able to take part in massed performances.  In addition secondary school pupils took part in vocal Gifted and Talented workshops lead by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Rock Scool and a leading beatbox artist.
 
Music for Youth Finals
 
Fairlands Middle School Brass Ensemble were very successful in being recommended for an award at the recent Music for Youth Finals in Birmingham.
 
 
 

 

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