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TAMC Head to the Albert Hall!

Thornbury Area Music Centre choir are heading to the Royal Albert Hall in London.

It’s not the Proms, but ‘The Scratch Youth Messiah’. Alongside youth choirs from across the country, TAMC membes will be performing Handel’s Messiah, from scratch (ie, without prior rehearsal!). There will bea chance to learn the music at TAMC, of course, but hundreds of musicians will converge on the Albert Hall for a special, one-off performance.

The organisers, Really Big Chorus, have written:

Winner of ‘Best Classical Music Education Initiative’ in the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, the Scratch Youth Messiah was launched in 2013 and is a stress-free and enjoyable way to introduce young singers (under 25s) to the most famous choral work in the UK choral tradition. A unique formula allows choirs to sing as much as they can comfortably manage and listen to other young choirs singing the rest, with the backing of a professional orchestra and soloists.

The basic requirement is that you sing just three core choruses: ‘And the glory of the Lord’, ‘Hallelujah’ and the final ‘Amen’. After that you can sing as much as you feel able to. Learn the music in your own time, then join others on the day at the Royal Albert Hall for a morning rehearsal and a thrilling afternoon performance.

The Scratch Youth Messiah is organised by ‘Concerts from Scratch’, the team behind Really Big Chorus, with more than 40 years’ experience of promoting large-scale choral concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, notably our flagship event, Messiah from Scratch.


BBC Inspire Young Composers Scheme

You can find out more about the following BBC composer’s initiative via their website>>>>

Inspire Young Composers’ Competition 2015

 “The BBC’s long-established and justly celebrated Inspire Competition is the UK’s leading event for young composers – and a wonderful opportunity for musically curious people aged 12 to 18” Judith Weir CBE, Inspire Competition judge 2015

The BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition provides what most composers only dream of; the chance to have your music performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile performance and are mentored throughout the process by a professional composer.

“Hearing my music broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for the first time…it’s a moment I’ll never forget!” Grace Mason, winner of the 2013 Inspire Competition (Senior category)

All competition entrants will be given priority booking for Inspire Days during the 2015 Proms season: free workshops where you can create music alongside professional musicians and like-minded young composers from all over the UK. Previous workshops have explored electro-acoustic composition, film music and everything in between.

Best of all, it’s all free! If you’re aged 12 to 18 and write your own music, what are you waiting for? Enter the competition and see where it takes you…

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Awards for Young Musicians – Closes March 13th

Each year the ‘Awards for Young Musicians’ offers grants of up to £2000 for those children aged between 5 and 17 to buy instruments, fund extra lessons or take part in course. The text from the website (you can find out more here>>>) is as follows:

Annual Awards programme

Our 2015 Awards applications process is now open.

If you are aged between five and seventeen you can apply;  we give awards of between £200 and £2,000, in total up to £100,000 per year; in 2014 we made Awards to 125 young musicians, some of whom we’ve been helping for several years, assisting with all the major costs of a young musician’s training, such as extra tuition, buying an instrument, travel and specialist courses.

Our key criteria

We support instrumentalists making music in any genre, and our key criteria are:
– Financial need (all applications are means-tested)
– Exceptional musical talent and potential

Awards can help with costs including:

  • Buying or hiring a musical instrument
  • Music lessons
  • Weekend music schools
  • Music courses
  • Orchestra fees
  • Travel
  • Applicants will need to:

    – Show evidence of financial need
    – Have ideally achieved a distinction in your last music exam – or, if you haven’t taken exams, show       evidence of this level of ability
    – Be recommended by your music teacher and an organisation, orchestra or group where you play or practise.

Young Composers’ Competition – National Schools Orchestra

The Performing Rights Association and the National Schools Orchestra are offering a fantastic opportunity to young composers aged 14-25. There is a £250 cash prize and the opportunity to have your piece performed in a concert in London by alumni of the orchestra.

Full details of the competition, which closes on July 20th, can be found via the link below:

Timetable for SCYO ‘Symphony in a Day’ announced

On Sunday June 22nd, some of the finest young musicians across South Gloucestershire and Bristol will come together at the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury to learn a symphony in a day. This year, the symphony is Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony. Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony was one of the first large-scale works to bring the composer international recognition. Dedicated to the conductor of the Vienna Phil at the time, Hans Richter, it sees Dvorak blend his nationalistic idiom of Czech folk music with a more Germanic Classical-Romantic form.

The musicians will meet at 1pm, and the day promises to have a real mix of activities for everyone:

1pm-3pm – Rehearsal. Under the skilled baton of Chris Sanders (a graduate of Bath Spa Uni and in demand as both a trumpeter and Musical Director), the orchestra will begin preparations on the symphony.

3pm-4pm – Alexander Technique Masterclass with Lisa Clarke. Lisa is a qualified and experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique. As well as her busy practice in Clifton, she specialises in work with schools, in particular those working in sports and the arts. The Alexander Technique includes principals on how to use the body more efficiently,  decreasing strain and helping to prevent injury, as well as allowing the individual to reach their true potential. Lisa will also be on hand to answer an questions the player have.

4pm-5.45 – Rehearsal. Preparations will continue on the Symphony. There will also be a rehearsal of Britten’s Soirees Musicales, ready for the orchestra’s special performance at Music for Youth in Birmingham on July 12th.

5.45-6.15 – Open Rehearsal with Bone Appetit. This young and exciting trombone quartet form the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will be holding an open rehearsal and discussion session with the orchestra players. It is a great opportunity for them to watch a chamber group rehearse, as well as asking them questions about life at music college and the application process.

7pm – ConcertThe first half of the concert will be with Bone Appetit, with SCYO performing the Britten and the Dvorak after the interval (refreshments available). There are no advance tickets, and donations on the door.

I hope you can join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening of musical entertainment.

If you have a young player (gr4+) on an orchestral instrument, there are still a couple of places available – but you must contact immediately!


Applications now open for NYO

NYOGB wants to give the UK’s most dedicated young musicians every opportunity to participate in our vibrant, challenging orchestra. We look for musicians and composers who combine considerable technical aptitude and flair for orchestral playing with a taste for adventure, open minds and a great team spirit. Our members have a responsibility not simply for themselves as performers but for each other and as ambassadors, encouraging other young musicians to deepen their relationship with orchestral music.”

Find out more on their website: