"499 RMC Spring term 2012 minutes"
Agenda Reading Music Centre Meeting Tuesday January 3rd 2012 1. Welcome: Rhiannon welcomed everyone to the meeting. 2. Present: Paddy Ashcroft; Pete Brookes; Karen Brown; Jonathan Burnett; Maddie Cottam; Mike Creech; Rosie Edgar; Lynne Ellis; Hannah Evans; Sally de Frates; Nicky Fairbairn; Bethan Greenaway; Rhiannon Greenaway; Tess Hawken; Naomi Hinton; Peter Hunt; Cathy Laney; Amelia L-R; Finbarr Malafronte; Di Prince; Ivanka Shana; Kevin Shanklin; Ian Smithers; Theresa Traynor 3. Apologies: Elizabeth Copperwheat; Charles Henwood 4. Spring Term and future events – see attached schedule for concerts and participants. 5. Exam procedures – please refer to Peters letter at the end of term. Copies of letter attached and further copies on headed paper available from Karen. 6. Visit from the Dusseldorf J16 orchestra. – This visit is now uncertain as their funding has been cut and staff contracts not renewed. RG should know by Jan 20 th if they are still coming or not. 7. Music for Youth – All performance slots are 10 minutes. Groups participating are shown on attached schedule. Andy Leask has confirmed that we can take percussion on the strict understanding that it is only used by Berkshire Maestros groups. 8. Recruitment – week following half term to be used for recruitment as far as possible. There will be no music centre teaching other than pre-booked make up sessions. There is no funding for concerts in schools in Reading so strategies to be discussed in curricular meetings. There are leaflets for beginner ensembles available to take from the notice boards in the staff room. Please do take, distribute and encourage. The beginner ensembles are in crisis. 9. Curricular notice boards – We have managed to secure a set of notice boards, one for each curricular area. Carols new marketing will be prominent on these and staff photos will be added in due course. Karen will ensure that they are all kept up to date and with the relevant info on them as far as possible but all staff are very welcome to add as appropriate. 10. Projects update – Projects will continue until the end of the academic year. Not all are equipped with correct instruments – if this is the case please ensure that AH and RG are fully aware – it cannot be sorted if it is not known about. Please could everyone check that the monies for instruments has been passed on to us and not just left in a pile at the various schools. If invoices need to be raised please let RG know who will arrange with NH. Rebecca Berkley will clarify re West Berks schools. Cluster concerts will happen at the end of term and the concert will be in place of the normal teaching session. RG will confirm who the host schools are and organise the groupings. Hexagon – Plan to hold a 3 day festival along the lines of 2011. Dates are July 1, 2 and 3. County Percussion and County Brass Band have both registered interest in playing. They are likely to be included on the Tuesday evening. All projects will be offered the opportunity to perform as it forms part of our contract with the school. Newbury choirs also keen to participate. Possibly 1812 overture as it is the 200 anniversary for the massed piece. RG exploring the possibility of pyrotechnics. Better amplification is required for guitars and keyboard and RG will explore if there are any options available to us. Hold the downstairs seats for music centre groups that are performing at the same time as the school projects. Put an expiry date of the day before the concert on all vouchers in an attempt to avoid last years late buying of tickets and delayed start and subsequent problems. The Sunday performances would be all music centre ensembles and they should all have the opportunity to perform. The theme will most likely be the Olympics. RG will confirm time limits before half term along with which days/concert everyone will be playing in. 11. Whitley – to be discussed with relevant parties. 12. String Staff re String Fest – May 13th to involve county wide strings. This is a busy term for the strings so the string staff need to consider if they feel able to commit to performing at the Garden Party. Would still need to be involved in the Hands on Sessions. 13. AOB – Garden Party May 26th. Proposed Diamond Jubilee theme Junior course in conjunction with Newbury 21/22 April will be wind, brass and percussion. Newbury can fund a van and the venue will hopefully be Theale Green. Separate items to be prepared and then combined bands at higher and lower levels.