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
- page 7
Diary Dates -
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
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!
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 www.mkschoolclosures.org
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.
Wind Ensemble Visit southbankcentre.co.uk/soundbank or email
Recorder Consort email@example.com 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
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
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.
MUSIC CENTRE DIARY DATES - SPRING TERM 2011
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,
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
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).
NO REHEARSALS ON FRIDAY 29 APRIL OR SATURDAY 30 APRIL.
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
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
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
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,
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.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:
Friends’ Committee Meeting – Saturday 15 January 2011, 10.00 am,
Shenley Brook End
DUKE OF EDINBURGH:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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
email@example.com – 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 www.mkmusicservicefriends.org.uk; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org today and I’ll send you the
template to complete to get your advert up and running.
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