The Music Service is putting on a large scale Gala concert in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 27th June. This will mainly consist of performances from ensembles from the Music Centres, but we would like to assemble a one-off, high-level, large senior choir (Years 8 – 13) from across the county to perform an exciting medley and to take part in the massed finale involving all the day’s performers.
The choir will be led by one of our visiting National Youth Choir directors, Tori Longdon and students will need to attend just two Sunday rehearsals and the dress run on the
day itself. We will organise transport where necessary. So, if you have anything between 1 and 15 excellent singers, interested in taking this amazing opportunity to sing on
the RAH stage, please contact Glyn Murphy in High Wycombe on firstname.lastname@example.org
Garsington Opera have run a Youth Summer residency for a number of years and will do so again this year. They will be working with one of our youth orchestras for the first time and so this should be an exciting venture. Auditions for this are very soon so if you have students who are interested, then please contact them directly for details. Vicky Hope-Walker at email@example.com
BLTM are launching a county-wide Battle of the Bands contest for secondary school groups. There will be regional heats, based in host schools and then a county final in Wycombe Town Hall. Please begin to talk to your best bands about this and watch out for the information coming to Secondary Heads of Music very soon. For more information, terms and conditions and entry forms, please visit bucksmusic.org/botb.
We are offering a range of training courses for all teachers, both classroom and instrumental/vocal and from primary and secondary as part of the BLT offer. These are all led by specialists in the particular area with excellent reputations as both practitioners and trainers. The schedule is attached and we would encourage you to take the opportunity for you and your staff to access these excellent sessions at highly competitive rates. Booking is through the BLT website but do contact us if you have any questions or difficulties on
We are currently working in partnership with the NMO on a number of education projects. This is a rare opportunity for your GCSE and A-level students to share their best composition work on a wider stage, gaining feedback from an established composer, Charlotte Bray, and for the best works to be performed by the NMO at their concert at Bucks New University in July. The details and application form are attached and we would encourage you to assist your senior musicians in entering. Any questions, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is another fantastic opportunity for singing students. Garsington Opera are running a series of one day workshop/performances, including a Live Relay, on ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’. Their team includes Hazel Gould as Director and Jessie Maryon-Davies as Music Director along with a professional performer. Each day will have about 30 students and is open for ages 11 – 18. We will host one of these at Aylesbury Music Centre
on Friday 12th June that will open to students from all Bucks schools and you can book in anything between 1 and 8 students. This is a first come, first served basis so let me know as quickly as possible if you are interested on email@example.com
Penguin Musicals, a new company in Bucks, are beginning their recruitment process for a new and original musical to be staged in October 2015. We are supporting this project with the aim to create something sustainable that has an annual run, giving both performance and composition opportunities to both children and adults in the county. It is for all ages, so if you or one of your colleagues is a musical theatre devotee, do look at their website and consider getting involved as well as advertising it to your students. www.penguinmusicals.co.uk
Battle of the Bands
Great Missenden Proms Concert with an American Twist at 7.00pm on Saturday 4th July 2015 in St. Peter and St Paul Church, Great Missenden. Music to include American favourites, Tippett Gospel arrangements from A Child of our Time, Gershwin, Battle Hymn to the Republic, Part songs of American folk songs and show music. Performers will include the Singers for All Pop-up Choir and a variety of local musicians and school groups.
On now at the County Museum in Aylesbury is an outstanding exhibition of early instruments hand-crafted by Aylesbury based luthier, Zachary Taylor. These representations cover a wide range of stringed instruments including an organistrum, of which no original versions remain.
Zachary also teams up with Alan Hamilton to form ‘Farandol’ who will perform at the museum on Saturday 20th June and will also be giving some talks on his work during the exhibition. Contact the County Museum for more details.
‘Blue Saturday’ at Arts4Every1 on Saturday July 11th will see Blues musicians and harmonica experts from around the South-East assemble to share their craft. This event is part of the Wycombe Fringe Festival, celebrating informal music alongside the Wycombe Arts Festival. See both websites for more details.
On Saturday 25th July from midday to 9pm at The Rye, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ.
This annual event is again organised by SV2G to involve a range pf performers, local traders and community groups.
For more information or to get involved go to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mozart Orchestra’s next concert will be the first major orchestral performance in its Residency of Bucks New University on 9th July: at 7.30pm in the Events Hall.
This programme features solo violin in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beautiful The Lark Ascending, solo cello in Tchaikovsky’s much admired Variations on a Rococo Theme, Mozart’s far less reverential A Musical Joke and Haydn’s plea to his patron: “My musicians are tired and need to get back home to their families” in the Farewell Symphony.
Tickets will be on sale soon through the Swan Theatre’s Ticket Office.
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