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					Inside this edition: Music Service students perform with Milton
Keynes City Orchestra; Rock School Riot at The Buszy, ‘Improve
Your Piano Playing’ sessions, ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exam
results, Music Centre diary dates and more.

 January 2011 - Milton Keynes Music Service                                                           Fanfare
                                                                                                  Concert with
                                                                                                  Milton Keynes
                                                                                                  City Orchestra
                                                                                                  - page 7

                                                                              Music Centre
                                                                              Diary Dates -
                                                                              page 5

                                                                                                   ‘Improve Your
                                                                                                   Piano Playing’
                                                                                                   Sessions -
                                                                                                   page 4

 Happy New Year                                                               Rock School
                                                                              Riot - page 5

 From The Music Service!
Dear Parents and Colleagues             open to those students who take       Brass Players Needed!
                                        part in the Performance Festival.
I trust that you all had a good         Details are contained inside          We need brass players for our
Christmas and New Year. We look Fanfare.                                      new adult band. Any
forward to seeing all students back
at Music Centre as well as those        News from on the staffing front.      standard. Details on page 2.
new to us.                              Simon Berridge has, for personal
                                        reasons, decided to step down as
Although the Christmas musical          Assistant Head of Service from        stating that the service will lose
activities were enjoyable and of        1 January. He is changing his role    £100,000 over the next financial year.
excellent quality it is always a joy to to that of Team Leader for singing.   As well as this we are waiting to hear
sit down at the end of a long term      For this year he will still be        from the national ‘Henley Review’
and look back at the many               organising Longrigg, the              which will tell us how much of the
highlights of the year. Whether it      Performance Festival, Young           current £400,000 we receive from the
was the Lake Garda Tour, the Gala Musician of the Year as well as the         government will be preserved.
Concert, students achieving             Primary Festival and Gala Concert.
national recognition I am sure there Alex Nash will be taking over at         Although the future is very uncertain
is something that all our students      Simpson on Saturdays.                 we are working closely with MKC and
will look back on fondly. Memories I would like to thank Simon for all        The Friends to ensure that we keep a
are most definitely made of this!       his hard work and wish him well in    high-quality music service for the
                                        this new role.                        children of Milton Keynes.
There is much to look forward to
this year, including the inaugural      As will no doubt be aware by now      Best wishes,
‘MK Young Musician of the Year’.        we are preparing for a reduction in   David Rose - Head of Service
In partnership with the MK Rotary       funding on many levels. You would
Clubs this new competition will be have seen the council’s draft budget
  Brass Students In The News
 Alex Grinyer, the recent winner of the Tess May Memorial
 Scholarship, has recently successfully auditioned for the
 National Children’s Orchestra.

 This is a considerable feat at the best of times, made even
 more impressive by the fact that Alex is two years younger than
 the recommended age!

 Congratulations to him!

                                                                       Can You Help?

                                                                       Intermediate Windband are
                                                                       looking for a senior school
                                                                       age student to help out at
                                                                       rehearsals (Saturdays,
                                                                       10.15 am to 11.30 am).

                                                                       If you think you may be
                                                                       able to help, contact Sue
                                                                       Wakley or Philip Devine.

                                                                       You don’t have to be
                                                                       available for the entire

Stantonbury Brass have two rising stars in their ranks. George Bruce
(aged 17) and Jack Wilson (aged 14) have reason to celebrate.          Brass Players
George has been offered a place at the Royal Northern College of       Needed!
Music and Jack has been accepted into the National Youth Brass
Band of Great Britain.
                                                                       We need brass
As well as the compulsory scales and sight reading, George played      players for our new
Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘Fantasy for Euphonium’ by Philip
Sparke.                                                                adult wind band. Any
For his audition, Jack went to Ratby in Leicestershire and was
auditioned by Martin Armstrong, former principle horn of Black Dyke
Mills Band. He played a study by Derek Bourgeois and the amour
                                                                       Contact the Music
corner solo, ‘Zelda’ by Percy Code.                                    Service office or
                                                                       speak to Sue Wakley.
Congratulations to both players!
Parental Questionnaire
Findings:                                 Text Messaging Service to Notify
Thank you to all parents who
responded to our recent
                                          of Music Service Closures
                                          Parents can now sign up to be notified by text should the Music
questionnaire. The comments
were generally very positive and          Service need to close for any reason. Visit:
we have taken on board some of
the suggestions. We are for                 
example, going to ask staff and
members of the Young
Musicians’ Council to look out
for new students to ensure that           Visit Our Website:
they are welcomed. We have also
started a ‘Buddy System’; at our
Junior Site in Shenley. Where             You will find the latest information about the Music Service,
appropriate, we have responded            including events, concerts, workshops, Music Centre dates etc.
individually to parents. There
were two responses however                We also put important messages on the website regarding Music
that were not named so we                 Centre so it is a good idea to check the site each week to see if
cannot reply individually.                there are any changes to the normal schedule.
The first comment was concern
about the Music Service use of
Facebook. We do follow the MK
Council Policy on social-media
                                         Wider Opportunities In Schools
                                         As part of the council and government funding we run a two-year
usage and all sites have only
                                         programme in all MK schools for children between the ages of 7- 9.
staff administrators and are
regularly supervised by staff.           The idea is to introduce the children to the world of instrumental
                                         playing through a carefully designed programme of activities. Below
The other comment was about              is a photo of some of the pupils at Drayton Park School in Bletchley
the possibility of having a Family       following their recent Tuned Percussion unit of work.
Discount for Music Centre
membership. As part of our
response to funding cuts we are
looking at how we organise
Music Centre activities and ways
of payment. This will include
looking at the possibility of
family and other discounts.

Other comments included:

• More competitions (see
  advanced notice of the
  inaugural ‘ MK Young Musician
  of the Year’ competition)

• Making more hard copies of

• More informal concerts
  throughout each faculty

• Holiday courses
                                          They said how much they enjoyed learning to play a range of
                                          instruments and how they particularly liked performing in front of
                                          the whole school.
                   Milton Keynes Music
                                Service      Performance Opportunities
                         Link To Ghana
                                             Message From The
          Staff Concert                      SOUNDBANK
    To raise funds to enable three
Ghanaian teachers to come to the UK          Southbank Centre invites musicians between the
for a 3 week study visit in March 2011       ages of 16 and 24 to audition for Soundbank, an
                                             exciting new instrumental ensemble. Players of any
     Concert at St Mary’s Church,            instrument are welcome to join this new branch of
                                             their creative family, which is aimed at anyone with
    Church Green Road, Bletchley
                                             intermediate to advanced performance experience.
    Saturday 29 January - 7.00 pm
                                             Soundbank will provide opportunities to be part of
•      Free entry - exit donations for the   Southbank Centre's festivals, performances and
       study visit gratefully accepted       projects, working with leading artists, conductors and
•      Mulled wine, tea, coffee              composers across many musical genres.
•      Short DVD to show the three
       teachers at work in Ghana.            They invite you to submit a short video audition,
                                             including a statement as to why you'd like to be part
Come and hear your teacher perform:          of Soundbank and a few minutes of you playing your
     Brandenburg Concerto 3 JS Bach
                                             chosen piece of music.
               Cello Quartet
           Flute/Oboe Concerto
              Wind Ensemble                  Visit or email
             Recorder Consort       for more
                 Horn Duo                    information on who they're looking for and how to
And more ……….                                audition.

Improve Your Piano Playing
A day course helping you prepare for ABRSM piano examinations in Spring or
Summer term.

Wednesday 23 February 2011 10 am to 4 pm at
MK Music Service in Simpson
Including: one-to-one tuition on the examination grand piano, aural
training for your grade, improve your sight reading session, scale
improvement, exam advice, supervised practice. Concluding with
an end of course performance at 3.30pm (parents welcome to

Led by MK Music Service piano teachers Maia Griffin and
Jonathan Harris.

Please bring your music, a packed lunch and drink.
Cost £20. Maximum 14 places: open to any children learning the piano (both MK Music Ser-
vice and non MK Music Service students).

For further details please contact the Music Service office, 0845 200 0096.
Date                    Time      Venue             Event

Saturday 15 January     1pm       Shenley           Young Musicians’ Council Meeting
Saturday 15 January     10 am     Shenley           Friends’ Committee Meeting

Saturday 29 January     7 pm      St Mary’s         Staff concert in aid of Ghana Link - raising funds to enable three Ghanaian
                                  Church, Church    teachers to come to the UK for a three-week study visit in March 2011. Free
                                  Green Road,       entry, exit donations for the study gratefully accepted.

Saturday 12 February                                Last Music Centre Saturday before half-term.

Friday 18 February      7 pm      The Buszy, Bus    Rock School Riot - Bands representing secondary schools in Milton Keynes
                                  Station, Milton   will compete to win the Riot. Come and support your school band - your vote
                                  Keynes            counts! (See article in this edition of Fanfare).
Wednesday 23 February             Simpson           Improve Your Piano-Playing Course

wc Monday 28 February                               First Music Centre tuition week after half-term

Friday 4 March          AM        City Church       Schools’ Brass Festival

Saturday 5 March                                    First Music Centre Saturday after half-term.
                        PM        Shenley           Performance Festival

Tuesday 8 March         AM        City Church       Schools’ Strings Festival

Wednesday 9 March       AM        City Church       Schools’ Woodwind Festival - Evening concert for winners of Brass, Strings,
                                                    Woodwind Festivals
Tuesday 29 March        Evening   Shenley           EOT concert

Thursday 30 March       Evening   Shenley           EOT concert
Friday 1 April          Evening   City Church       Last Friday evening rehearsal before Easter. Wind Orchestra, Youth
                                                    Orchestra, Conducting Class.
Saturday 2 April                                    ALL SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE ENSEMBLES AND TUITION WILL TAKE
                                                    PLACE AS NORMAL, EVEN IF YOU HAVE PERFORMED IN AN END OF
                                                    TERM CONCERT. This Saturday is in place of Saturday 30 April which is the
                                                    Royal Wedding bank holiday weekend.
                                                    Junior Music Centre will perform in informal concerts to parents, in their
                                                    ensemble groups. Ensemble conductors will provide the information for their
29 April                                            Bank holiday - No Friday evening Music Centre activities.

30 April                                            Due to the holiday weekend, this is not a Music Centre Saturday. Saturday
                                                    2 April is in place of this Saturday.

Monday 2 May                                        Bank Holiday Monday - No Music Centre activities or lessons. These
                                                    activities and lessons will be made up on Monday 11 July 2011.

wc Tuesday 3 May                                    Music Centre resumes from Tuesday 3 May. Weeknight lessons and
                                                    ensembles recommence.

Saturday 7 May                                      First Music Centre Saturday of the Summer Term 2011.

 Music Centre Dates
 To allow parents/students and staff to enjoy a long weekend for the Royal Wedding, we have
 made some adjustments to our Music Centre dates this year.
 Friday 1 April 2011
 Youth Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Conducting Class will take place at the City Church.
 Saturday 2 April 2011
 This will be the last Music Centre Saturday. ALL Music Service groups will rehearse as usual (even if they
 have already performed in a concert).
 Junior Site: Informal performances to parents will take place in lieu of a concert (information will be available
 from individual teachers).
 Performance Festival :
 Saturday 5 March 2011 - 9.30 to 4.30pm
 Shenley Brook End School

 Young Musician Of The Year:
 Wednesday 23 March 2011 - 7.00 pm
 Chrysalis Theatre, Willen, Milton Keynes

Entries are now being taken for the      winners of each Faculty instrument
MKMS Performance Festival 2011.          group at the Performance Festival
                                         will be expected to take part and
The festival is for advanced             perform at the MKMS Young
students of instruments of grade 6       Musician of the Year
and above. It concentrates on the        Competition, which will be held at
development of performance skills        7 pm on Wednesday 23 March in
and gives students a rare                the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton
opportunity to play a solo item with     Keynes. This is a new, high profile
an excellent accompanist.                event that is being sponsored by
                                         Milton Keynes Rotary Club. The          Service office care of Simon
The adjudicator this year is Ian         winner of Young Musician of the         Berridge.
Smith. Ian was formerly Head of          Year will be given the opportunity to
Bedfordshire Music service and           perform a solo at the MKMS Gala         The Performance Festival and
Head of Music at Wootton Upper           concert on 25 June 2011, and also       Young Musician of the Year are not
School. He is also a course leader       to compete in the Rotary Club           only good opportunities to perform,
for the CTABRSM course for               regional Music competition.             but also to listen to and support
teachers and director of                                                         fellow students and students and
Danesborough Chorus and Bedford          Please note, entry forms are            parents are encouraged to attend
Choral Society.                          available from Music Centre             both events.
                                         reception, your conductor or the
Participating students will be given     Music Service office. Please            We look forward to some wonderful
written feedback as well as a            complete the form as quickly as         music making through these
master class-style direction at the      possible and return it to the Music     events.
time of the performance. The

Rock School - Free Spaces Available
There are a few free spaces available at Rock School this

This offer only applies to vocalists and bassists and is part
of a scheme to offer 10 free places for one term. After this
free term, the Rock School termly cost of £85 will apply
(costs to be reviewed in April).

Students must be of secondary school age. Bassists will
need an instrument.

If you are interested, please contact the Music Service office
on 0845 200 0096.
Letter From Hilary Davan Wetton Of The
Milton Keynes City Orchestra
Dear Music Centre Parent                                        richness of sound most people will never have
                                                                experienced. I have already been rehearsing with
Let me start by wishing you a very happy 2011 full of           Music Centre players who make an impressive
exciting musical events!                                        enough sound by themselves. Combined with the fine
                                                                professional string players of the MKCO they will
However exciting they are, the next Milton Keynes City          provide the audience with an unforgettable
Orchestra (MKCO) concert on the 20 January will be              experience.
hard to beat. I am writing to tell you a little more about it
because there are still seats available. Simone Porter,         You will gather by now that I believe every music
the 14 year old violinist, whom I met in Seattle when I         lover should be in the theatre on the 20 January!
was conducting there a year ago, is one of the most             Music Centre parents are offered a very special deal
remarkable talents I have ever encountered. Some of             – all tickets for family and friends are £7 only –
you may have seen her playing in the Channel 4                  compared with normal ticket prices ranging from £15
“Prodigies” series; her special qualities were quite            - £32, but this price is only valid for tickets booked
obvious. She is coming to England solely to play with the       directly through the MKCO box office on
MKCO – this is a real excitement and genuinely                  01908 558 311. I do hope that many of you will want
unmissable.                                                     to join me for this unique event.

Equally special will be the “side by side” performance by       Hilary Davan Wetton
the musicians of the MKCO and the Music Centre String           (Founder/Director of the Music Centre, Founder
Orchestra of Vaughan Williams’ Concerto Grosso. This            Conductor MKCO)
piece is written for 3 string orchestras and generates a

Rock School Riot
Friday 18 February 2011
7.00 pm
The Buszy, Milton Keynes
 The annual Rock School Riot will take place at
 The Buszy in Milton Keynes on Friday
 18 February at 7.00 pm.

 Tickets will be available on the door. £5
 adults, £3 students and children 18 years and

 Bands, representing secondary schools across
 Milton Keynes, will compete. The audience
 will vote for the winning band.

 This event is always very popular with a
 capacity audience.

 Come along and watch your secondary
 school band perform! They need your
 support and votes!
    Associated Board Exam Results - Autumn Term 2010
 Trinity Exam Results - Autumn Term 2010
       Tabla Sessions
        If you’re a drumset player or a percussionist looking for fresh challenges or
        simply into world music and fancy playing drums/percussion,
        why not try the Tabla?

               Treat yourself or someone else!
                Fun and informal one on one Tabla lessons
                        or in a small group of two .
         Pete Hemsley your tutor has studied with Pete Lockett, a
        world renowned Tabla Master and would love to share with
                    you the fascinating world of rhythm
             and unique soundscape that the Tabla introduces.
         (Instruments can be provided for use during the lessons.)

         COST - Tuition Package, 10 x 30 minute lessons per term:
         Individual lessons - £170.00 per term
         Group of 2 - £85 per term
         For further information or an application form please contact :
         Milton Keynes Music Service on 0845 2000096.

         Do you play a Brass or Woodwind instrument?
         Come and join our new Junior Wind Band for players at
         schools in Newport Pagnell and the surrounding
         Suitable for woodwind and brass players -
         up to Year 6.

         At Green Park School, Green Park Drive,
         Newport Pagnell,
         MK16 ONH.

         Thursdays 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm

         The first session will be on
         Thursday 27th January 2011

        Free for Spring Term 2011
        For further information or an application form please contact :
        Milton Keynes Music Service on 0845 2000096 or just come along!
    Milton Keynes Music Service Friends Association
    Volunteers are always needed and gratefully welcomed.

    Friends’ Committee Meeting – Saturday 15 January 2011, 10.00 am,
    Shenley Brook End

    We do provide volunteering opportunities suitable for the DOE scheme.
    As a coffee shop volunteer at the Music Service on Saturday morning
    [Shenley Brook End School]. There are a variety of opportunities on offer, to
    apply simply email – it is first come,
    first served and a waiting list does operate [there are 2 on the waiting list at
    present] – remember if we can’t meet your volunteering needs in year 1 [12
    weeks minimum-bronze] we may be able to do so in years 2 or 3 [26 weeks
    minimum- silver or gold].

    As a special events volunteer at the Music Service end of term events [various locations]. This is a
    great way to clock up quite a substantial number of volunteering hours [most suited to Bronze – 12
    hours] over a school year. To apply for the school year 2010-2011 email – it is first come, first served although we can accommodate
    quite a lot of volunteers at the end of term events!

    We have created a Friends’ website at; it’s early days but there is a
    2nd hand musical instrument sale board so if you have any musical instruments you would like to find
    a new home for please drop an email to today and I’ll send you the
    template to complete to get your advert up and running.
    Kind regards

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