On Saturday 4th November, Aylesbury Music Centre held an Open Day which included jam sessions, sing-alongs and a chance to have a go in an orchestra! Over 300 people were in attendance – a great turn out!
Even the local press got wind of it – check out the links below!
Mix 96 Article
Bucks Herald Article
On Wednesday 4th October 2017, the inaugural Music and Drama Education Expo North took place at the Deansgate Hilton, Manchester and Dan Francis went along to deliver a session called ‘Using Music to Teach Creativity Creatively’.
The premise of the session was to demonstrate the way in which a practical music session can be used to help children develop both the knowledge and skills to be able to think creatively about their work whilst also delivering the National Curriculum for Music as it currently stands.
Over 90 delegates, made up of instrumental tutors, classroom teachers and Heads of Service, went through a massed ensemble performance of the William Tell Overture before using this as a stimulus for a series of group compositions built around themes identified in the music. This ended with a giant Rondo performance of each group’s composition and, throughout the process, delegates identified the vast array of practical skills and conceptual understanding they both developed and demonstrated through the practical activity.
Concluding the session, Dan outlined the value of using a skills tracker as both an ongoing assessment and planning tool to help teachers and children identify the myriad skills and knowledge being developed at different times and in different ways throughout any practical session and how this could be translated into a whole school reporting process where needed.
Ultimately, the session aimed to show that the best lessons are those where children are learning about music through doing music and they know what they know as well as what they still need to know in order to develop as musicians. As a principle, this can be applied to all musical contexts, whether this is through individual lessons, as a whole class or through an ensemble rehearsal at a lunchtime or after school.
For more photos and information about the session, please click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The award winning and nationally-recognised Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band is looking for new players!
This is an exciting opportunity to join our award-winning band, and is open to all school-aged players grade 7 or above.
We are particularly looking for players of Trumpet, Trombone and Piano.
The band plays a wide range of technically demanding music from the jazz repertoire and performs locally as well as further afield.
Anyone interested in joining should attend an audition from 1pm on Sunday 1st October at Aylesbury Music Centre as part of the wider auditions series for our County Ensembles. To express an interest or, for any further enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
Are you a pre-grade 1 level guitarist and fancy playing music with a group of other guitarists, learning some new songs and then playing them in a concert? If so, this is a great opportunity for you!
Banderios is a friendly opportunity to meet new friends and make great music together under the expert instruction of BLTM tutors.
Our prep day takes place on Sunday October 15th, and runs from 10:00-15:00 during which you’ll warm-up, play some music games, learn new songs and prepare for a concert for friends and family which takes place at 14:30.
This is a great opportunity to start learning the skills to play in groups and in front of an audience, all in a relaxed and fun environment with like-minded people.
The cost is £20, and the event takes place at Aylesbury Music Centre.
For more information and how to apply, download the application form here.
This year, we are pleased to announce that the Internationally-renowned Euphonium soloist, Mr David Childs, will be joining us for the Summer Residential in late August.
As a soloist, David tours extensively across the globe and has appeared with a range of professional orchestras as well as regularly recording as a solo artist for radio, television and commercial disc, including releases on the Doyen, Chandos, EMI and Deutsche Gramophone labels.
David is an Associate of the Royal College of Music London; a Professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; an Ambassador and Artist for Buffet Crampon (Besson); and Director of Prima Vista Musikk publishing house. He is also a former principal euphonium of the Brighouse and Rastrick, and Cory bands, a founder member of the highly successful brass quartet Eminence Brass, and Principal Conductor of Wales’ premiere wind orchestra, Cardiff Symphonic Winds.
More information about David Childs can be found at www.davechilds.com
Don’t miss this opportunity – apply today!
Playing music in a group is a great way to put your hard work into practice, and truly understand how to apply what you’ve learnt in lessons and practice sessions. Not only that, but they are great places to make friends with like-minded musicians, and also get opportunities to perform great repertoire in beautiful venues, and even play in other parts of the world!
Bucks County Youth Orchestra, Bucks Youth Wind Ensemble, and Bucks Youth Guitar Ensemble are opening their applications for the new season, so take a look and have a go! There’s so much to potential and we think they’re super-exciting opportunities! Get involved, and good luck!
Click these links to download the application forms for each ensemble.
Bucks County Youth Orchestra (BCYO)
Bucks County Wind Ensemble (BYWE)
Bucks County Guitar Ensemble (BYGE)
Check out all of the goings-on at BLTM for the forthcoming Autumn Term now! There’s so much good stuff happening, whether you play a flute, guitar, drums, saxophone, violin or many other instruments – in many different styles and genres! Get involved!
Listen again to Head of Music Service, Dan Francis, talking about the value of playing music on the radio with Wycombe Sound! Check the link out here and select Thursday 17th August, and the interview starts at 11:30. Big namecheck to @TrinityC_L @Trinity_rock #ThePowerOfMusic #LoveBucksLoveMusic
Your chance to see the fantastic Jess Gillam FREE!!!! Bucks Youth Wind Ensemble are performing music by Holst, Longstaff, Bingham and Spouse finishing with Michael Ball’s Saxophone concerto played by BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist – saxophonist Jess Gillam.
SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST, City of London Freemen’s School, KT21 1ET, 6pm. For (free) tickets please email Ed Hodgson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get down to Amersham School on August 27th 2017, for a concert with the fabulous Buckinghamshire County Youth Orchestra!
The programme includes Bernstein’s ‘On the Waterfront’, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 (with Martin James Bartlett), and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5.
It starts at 16:30, and tickets are available on the door. Under 18’s are FREE, BCYO parents £6, and £8 for the general public. We look forward to seeing you there!