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Cooperative Group gives its support to TAJMC

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It was with great pleasure that Yasmin Frampton, TAMT’s new tutor for all of the Junior Music Centre activities, collected a cheque from the Coop Communtiy Fund for £500. TAMT are very excited about the new opportunities TAJMC will offer the young future musicians of Thornbury and its surrounding areas. Yasmin is pictured above, collecting a cheque from the Thornbury branch. This is in addition to a £2000 grant which was awarded to the trust by the John Lewis Partnership to help establish the new activities.

TAMC Summer Showcase Concert

Wow! Another great concert from all of the TAMC Groups.

Last night, the groups really raised the roof of Castle School. With a near-capacity audience, we were joined by very special guests the Deputy Mayor of Thornbury and Steve Webb MP.

There was a real mix of music. The Junior groups entertained in the first half of the concert, with a collection of tunes new and old. The Junior Wind, conducted by Trudy Monday opened the concert withthe ‘Colonel Bogey March’ with some spirited wind and brass playing. The Junior Strings, conducted by Janet Lewis, performed the ‘Dance of the Reed Pipes’, before combining with the wind to give a rousing rendition of the Mission Impossible Theme – no easy task as it’s in 5/4 time!

With so many chamber groups now rehearsing at TAMC (6 at the last count), two were featured in the Summer Showcase. Our youngest string group performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D, before our oldest chamber group ‘The Octaves’ performed ‘Somebody that I used to Know’ arranged by TAMC violist Copper. The first half closed with the choir, ably accompanied by recorder soloist and ‘The Octaves’, performing Jenkins’ ‘Adiemus’.

After the interval, the Seniors took to the stage. The strings began with an energetic version of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Highlights of the second half included the Bach Double Violin Concerto with soloists Ruth and Emma, the Senior Wind performing ‘Shrek Dance Party’ and the strings getting all of the audience clapping their hands and stamping their feet to Ray Charles’ hit ‘Halelujah, I love her so’ with blues piano accompaniment. The concert closed with a performance of Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’ and Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt Suite No.1′ by the Senior Orchestra conducted by Chris Sanders and Dury Loveridge.

The Deputy Mayor and Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP offered their support and words of encouragement to the players, and remarked what a great success TAMT has become in only a year. There were also certificates for the long-serving players leaving us for university this year, and words for Dury Loveridge who leaves his position coaching the TAMC Seniors to work more closely with the senior ensemble The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra. The new Senior Strings Tutor Kate Robey was welcomed, who looks forward to working with the strings next year.

New Junior Music Centre for Young Musicians

TAMT announced at the concert last night the launch of the Junior Music Centre for the under 8’s school children. Funding has been received from John Lewis Music Matters, The Co-operative Community Fund and Old Down Country Park.

This is an exciting new extension to TAMT that will enable children to develop their musical skills from the Junior Music Centre through our main Saturday morning music centre and onto the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra.

If you would like more information about the new Junior Music centre for the under 8’s please email TAMT at

TAMC to tour to Paris

Parents and young musicians should by now have received details of the Summer Tour 2014. This is for members of the Senior Groups (Strings, Wind, AMS) who are in Y6 or above.

The tour will be a 5-day, 4-night tour in the last week of July 2014. Staying just outside of Paris there will be concerts both in and outside of the French capital with plenty of time for sight-seeing and a potential trip to Disneyland.

TAMC tours are always an eclectic mix of outdoor and indoor fun (with the ocassional concert thrown-in for good measure). They are a great opportunity to visit new places, and spend time with your friends in a musical environment.

Parents and players interested in going need to return their forms and first deposits by the end of July this year. If you’ve not yet received this, contact the Trust as soon as possible.

One more rehearsal until the TAMT Showcase

Just one more Saturday morning to go now until the TAMC Summer Showcase Concert on June 29th. Final preparations are underway for what promises to be a great concert. There promises to be something for everyone; there’s a choir piece accompanied by our resident chamber string group ‘The Octaves’, some Debussy and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite from the Senior Orchestra, along with some Bach, and even some Ray Charles for good measure.

The concert will feature the full-strength of the Thornbury Area Music Centre as it celebrates the end of its inaugural year as a charitable music trust. And what a year it’s been, with membership now into three figures.

Performing at the concert will be the Senior and Junior Orchestra, Senior and Junior Strings (including the Bach Double violin concerto with soloists Emma and Ruth), Senior and Junior Wind, String Octet ‘The Octaves’, a mixed chamber group, a Junior String Trio, and not to mention, the choir accompanied by strings and recorder.

We hope you can join us in celebrating such a successful year, but foremost the hard work and progress of the players involved.

The concert is on Saturday June 29th at 7pm at Castle School. There are no advance tickets, and donations will be taken at the door.

A fantastic concert by all at Thornbury Area Music Centre

Just two weeks after the trip to the Music for Youth Festival, and the TAMC groups we in action again – this time showcasing their talents at an Easter concert at Thornbury Baptist Church.

The first half of the concert featured the Junior Ensembles. The Junior Orchestra, now featuring more young instrumentalists than ever before, opened the concert with Handel’s Saraband & Variations with some fantastic rhythmic drive. The Junior Strings performed the Rogers & Hammerstein Classic My Favourite Things, contrasting nicely with the Junior Wind’s rendition ofHakuna Matatafrom ‘The Lion King’, before the two groups joined forces once more for a full-bodied performance of Weill’s Mack the Knife.

There was then a short musical interlude from our talented chamber ensembles, who perform during the morning when the choir, music theory and musicianship classes take place. The Violin and Flute ensemble introduced and played Joplin’s The Entertainer and Faure’s Pavane,before ‘The Octaves’ (TAMC’s own String Octet) continued their Adele theme this year withRolling in The Deep.

The latter half of the concert featured the Senior Ensembles. The Senior Strings performed I Dreamed a Dream from ‘Les Mis’ lead without conductor by Emma, and then a great arrangement of Adele’s Skyfall from the latest Bond movie – complete with drum kit and special violin and cello solo interjections from Emma and Fred. The Wind Band performed Fernie’s The Greatest Show on Earth with enthusiasm and gusto before the concert closed with a section of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld by the Senior Orchestra.

A great morning – and it was brilliant to see the Baptist church once again full to capacity. Thank you to all who took part, watched and supported the Trust this term.

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We went to a Music for Youth Festival!

It was an early 8am start for the coach in Thornbury as two coaches took the TAMC and the AMS musicians to Cheltenham. They were just a few of the 50,000 young musicians who take part in the festival across the country, which is a showcase for talented groups and innovative performances.

In the morning session the TAMC Senior Strings performed Adele’s Skyfall and I Dreamed a Dream from ‘Les Mis’ in a brilliant performance including a guest pianist and kit player winning praise for the ‘strong string sound’. The TAMC Junior Orchestra, including ‘student mentors’ from the seniors were praised highly for their ensemble and enthusiasm. Finally the TAMC Senior Wind Band performed two pieces from their repertoire, to great enthusiasm from the audience and MFY Mentors. Staff from neighbouring music services and schools wanted to pass on their congratulations on such a strong showing from a centre which only started 6 months ago, and for the various solos which featured.

At lunch the TAMC Musicians went home, and the AMS performers got ready for their classes. The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra was praised highly for its performance of Fred Moore’s own composition ‘Last Man Standing’ which featured ferocious drumming from Josh. They also performed Radetsky March and had the audience clapping along. The String Orchestra was prased for its ‘balanced string sound’ and ‘impressive opening’ to Grieg’s Holberg Suite and The St Paul’s Suite, before the Wind Orchestra played part of Bach’s The Art of Fugue and Doug Lorenz’s (!) Uptown Midtown leaving only percussionist Josh and conductor Chris Sanders on the stage to take the applause and the praise form the mentors for their ‘great ensemble skills and watching of the conductor’.

As if the performances weren’t enough, the players had a fantastic opportunity to watch their peers from neighbouring areas play. There were brass and saxophone quintets and small ensembles, choirs, and a brilliant massed-cello ensemble. I’m sure all of the players went home inspired to practice hard!

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Below are the 6 certificates TAMT returned home with, one for each group. Click on the picture for the full size version.

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Welcome back, and Happy New Year

A big welcome to all the new members who attended the first session of term! It was cold outside, but there were plenty of notes to be blown or bowed inside to keep us warm. If you stood in the corridor you could hear everything from the gentle sounds of a rather topical number from Les Miserables, to Offenbach’s Can Can. There was even a selection of music from Allan Silvestri’s score for the film ‘Back to the Future’.

Then came the snow…

We hope you enjoyed the snowy weekend. The cancelled TAMC session is going to be rearranged for another date – check website / e mail for the latest details.

After the cancellation of the AMS date on the 19th, the three AMS rehearsal dates are now –

Saturday 2nd February – 1 -4pm

Saturday 23rd February – 1-4pm

Saturday 2nd March – 1 -4pm

AMS Concert to be confirmed.

but if the changes cause too many problems, please do let us know

TAMC Players raise money busking

Many thanks to all the players (and music tutors) who came along to the St Mary’s Centre last Saturday to help raise awareness of TAMT. The Centre manager gave a generous donation for our playing and we managed to hand out a lot of postcards to passing members of the public. It was very cold, but worth it! Many of the passersby admired your playing & enjoyed the Christmas carols. Quite a few have been following the story of Thornbury Area Music Trust in the Gazette.

ASDA Fundraising (seniors only) – Saturday 5th December We will be starting to collect funds towards our tour fund at Asda, so if you can make it, please come along at 12 noon – 2pm (Asda foyer) to play Christmas carols. Wear black/blue/white warm casual, but tidy clothes.

Amazing first concert for TAMT

9.15am and the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra were already rehearsing at the Baptist Church in Thornbury. By 10.15 when they left the stage to get ready the audience were already queuing out the door!

There was standing room only at the back of the hall when the concert started, to a capacity audience. Beginning with the Junior String and Wind Ensembles coached by Trudy and Janet (with guest percussion from Chris Sanders and cello from Fred Moore!) with a mixture of Christmas tunes and even some Shostakovich. The Junior Ensembles always take the festive dress seriously, and there were some great Christmas accessories ranging from baubles to Antlers!

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After the Junior Ensembles there were three smaller chamber groups. A mixed ensemble, a string octet and a wind quartet all played expertly, with precision timing and great presentation.

Then the AMS groups made their debut performance. The Youth Orchestra opened with Walton’s rousing Crown Imperial, before the string orchestra played a captivating performance of Grieg’s Two Elegaic Melodies, and the wind performed Bizet’s Farandolle. To close the 1st half of the concert, the full forces of the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra were put to great effect in Malcolm Arnold’s Little Suite No.1 which featured dazzling performances and fireworks from every section of this talented ensemble.

After the interval, the TAMC Choir performed Gary Barlow’s Sing with great gusto, before the Senior Ensembles performed. The orchestra played a festive rendition of Strauss’ Pizzicato Polka before playing a composition by our very talented cellist Fred Moore. The debut performance of his work Last Man Standing was encored giving the audience a second chance to hear it’s effective use of the TAMC forces. The wind band played some Mozart, before the strings played an electric rendition of Copland’s Hoedown from Rodeo at great speed (excellent work violins!) and Grieg’s Holdberg Suite, before closing the concert with a medley of The Lion King by the Senior Orchestra.

An amazing start to the Thornbury Area Music Trust. With over 100 musicians attending and performing it was an amazing sight and sound. Well done to all who took part!

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Wow! What a great first morning!

The first TAMT-run Thornbury Area Music Centre rehearsal was on Saturday September 15th. It was great to see such a high turnout – at one point children and parents were queuing out the door to fill-in their enrollment forms! There are already over 80 young musicians from across South Gloucestershire committed to learning with TAMT, with players also signing up fast for the AMS Programme – it’s going to be a strong group of players indeed!

The number of players in each group have risen dramatically. The Senior String Ensemble, for example, has doubled in size. The buzz amongst the children and young musicians at the break time tuck shop was amazing, as many caught up with friends they hadn’t seen since the summer tour to Holland.

There are some fantastic music selections this term. The Senior Band were working hard at a selection from Phantom of the Opera, whilst down the corridor the Senior Strings were playing Grieg’s Holberg Suite with gusto! As if that wasn’t enough, there was some African singing from the choir at break before the orchestra set to work on a Lion King medley and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No.4. All of the groups are already sounding pretty good, especially after a quick limbering up with scales and other warm-ups(!), and I think everyone is excited to see how everything is going to sound in December’s concert. Watch this space!

We also had a very lovely write-up in the Gazette! (Click the link to see the article larger)Opening Morning at TAMT - Gazette

Gazette article on our opening

‘Grant Boost for New Music Centre’ (South Cotswold Gazette)


‘Parents take over running of axed music centre’ (Gazette)

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