Author: Vicky

Music for Youth Cheltenham Festival 2015

On Sunday 8th March we went to Cheltenham to perform at Music for Youth’s 2015 festival. The Training Orchestra and Cello Quartet both performed brilliantly! Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work!

We saw other groups perform and played the pieces we had prepared. Our performance was adjudicated and some of the adjudicator’s comments were:

Holst – Mars
This was a really good arrangement and you made a good job of it. Your performance really grew in stature as you went on. Next time you play it, keep counting those crotchets...”

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The music was marked ‘Lively’ and it certainly was! You had a good crisp approach taking care over the changing rhythm and it sounded bright and fun – Well Done! Next time you play it – if you have the tune play a bit louder and when you don’t – play quieter!”

Suggestions for Development
Keep going – you are a musical bunch with huge potential. You’ll get even more confident if you really watch your conductor and count vigorously (especially during long notes).”


Training OrchestraCellos


The musicians said:

“It was my first big performance and I was tense but I got in the rhythm of it and enjoyed myself”

“Thank you for teaching us”

“Thank you very much for teaching me new notes and music. I really have enjoyed it”

“I liked it very much and enjoyed the performances”

“I really enjoyed playing on a big stage and enjoyed playing Mars”

“It was my first time and I enjoyed it lots”

“We really enjoyed performing as a group for the first time” (Cellos)


Well done everyone – thank you for your great performances!

Summer Concert 2014

Sunday 6th July saw the end of term concert – a celebration of achievements at music centre.  We were treated to an exciting mix of everything from classical Bach through 1960’s R&B to 1990’s Brit-pop!

The Junior Music Centre sang and played recorders beautifully, we heard Indian Warrior and Kites on Recorders and Music Man and The Sun Has Got His Hat On from joint Recorders, Foundation and Music Maker groups.

The Junior Wind Band played The Sun Has Got His Hat On (R Butler and N Gay, arr. T Monday) and The Entertainer (Scott Joplin, arr. T Monday) which sounded great and really got feet tapping! This was followed by the Junior String Orchestra playing Trumpet Tune (Purcell, arr. Watson Forbes), “Landler” from First Suite for Strings (Christopher Wiggins) and Cakewalk (Catherine and Hugh Colledge).  The Junior Orchestra gave a confident and hugely enjoyable performance of Waltzing Matilda (Traditional, arr. Terry Catherine), Minuet (Haydn, arr. T Monday and J Lewis) and Bare Necessities (Terry Gillkyson, arr. T Monday).

Two of our small ensembles performed pieces they have been working on.  Dance of the Cygnets (Tchaikovsky) and Let Her Go (Passenger, arr. K Robey).  These were very well received and a credit to the hard work of the musicians involved.

Before the interval, the Choir sang a great version of (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (C Smith, R Milner and G Jackson, arr. M De-Lisser).  The three soloists sang brilliantly and it really was an uplifting end to the first half!

With everyone refreshed after the interval, the Senior Wind Band, Senior Strings and Senior Orchestra performed.  The Senior Strings sounded fabulous and gave us The Universal (Blur, arr. S Turner), Andante Festivo (Sibelius) and Stand by Me (Ben E King, arr. K Robey).  The equally fabulous Senior Wind brought us performances of You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman, arr. John Higgins) and a very enthusiastic performance of Tequila (Daniel Flores, arr. Paul Lavender) – complete with brilliant solos and audience participation (“TEQUILA!”).

The Senior Orchestra performed Sleeper Awake (Bach, arr. Jerry Brubaker), Ravel’s Bolero (getting everyone in the mood for the upcoming Paris tour) and Mamma Mia (an ABBA medley arr. Roy Phillippe) bringing the evening to a suitably upbeat end!

Summer Concert 2014

Special thanks have to go to the team of brilliant volunteers setting up & packing away, manning the desk, running the raffle, serving refreshments and helping the evening run smoothly.  A big congratulation goes to all of the performers and tutors.  Thanks also to the trustees and our sponsors, Quartet Foundation, Thornbury Round Table, Thornbury Rotary, Thornbury Town Council, Renishaw, Thornbury Tesco, John Lewis Music Matters and Co-operative Community Fund.

First music centre after the summer holidays is Saturday 13th September.

Looking forward to next term!!