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Mix your recordings online with Soundation

Not everyone has access recording studio software on their computer (although there are some pretty good ones like Audacity).

Soundation ( will look familiar to anyone who has used Garageband on a Mac. It allows you to upload, record or use virtual instruments to create up to four recorded tracks and mix them online using the site. You can add effects, change the balance, everything you’d expect in a full piece of software. You can then save and share the results.


TAMC in local Gazette

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Keeping Score (

Keeping Score is the Educational site of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Created in conjunction with Michael Tilson Thomas, it is packed full of various fun and informative elements on musical performance, music history, and insights into elements found in specific works.

It really is a site aimed at those with a serious interest in music, with sections on the historical setting of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony (which looks at elements of the score), to information on Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.


Create music with everything including the kitchen sink!

Kitchen Sink-O-Pation (

Explore the concept of syncopation with everything including the kitchen sink. This online museum exhibit is great fun. You can, of course, play around with it set to use standard instruments, or surreal objects!

The rest of the site is well worth a look too – it has various videos and games to play.

Wolfram Tones – Creating music with science

Wolfram Tones (

WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram’s computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, with its own special story–and WolframTones captures it as a musical composition.

Essentially, it’s a way of creating nice, short bits of colourful soundworlds. And there’s a mobile version too allowing you to create ringtones!


Create your own beats and loops online

Want to create drumloops?

Beatlab ( lets you create loops in a friendly and easy-to-use way online in a variety of genres. There are around 12 sound sets to choose from (including a piano). Once you’ve created the sound you want, you can save it to use in your own composition, or share it with friends.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, or want to create allegoric music, you can roll the dice and get a random loop.


TAMC Opens its doors to new members!

Saturday January 18th was the TAMC Open morning. It was great to see so many young players coming along to see the great things happening at Thornbury Area Music Centre on Saturday morning. The Junior Wind is now a sea of young flautists and clarinetists!

It was great to have local MP Steve Webb join us again – complete with his oboe. He later tweeted, ‘Great to see Thornbury Area Music Trust thriving when I visited at the weekend – not sure whether the rusty oboist who joined for the morning added much though!”

If you missed the open day, it’s not to late to join TAMC. Just come along with your instrument to Marlwood School at 9.30am on a Saturday. There’s some great repertoire this term, including Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin” and the best of GreenDay!

We’re off to a Music for Youth Festival!

Taking part in Music for Youth Events is part of the core of all TAMT activities. This includes out Britten Project with the SCYO

We’re taking part in the Music for Youth Regional Festival in Cheltenham. All players should have had information on this by now. The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra will be playing on Saturday March 15th. All TAMC players will be performing on Sunday March 16th.

The Cheltenham Festival is this year taking place at Cheltenham Town Hall, and is a great opportunity for players to watch groups and peers from neighbouring areas, and is a highlight of the year!

There is more information on the Music for Youth Website

SCYO Present a symphonic marvel

Congratulations go to SCYO who, on Friday night, performed a fantastic concert to a near-full audience at St Helen’s Church in Alveston. It’s a fantastic venue, both in terms of its flexibility and also its acoustic, which SCYO used to the full.

The concert opened with the haunting ‘Unanswered Question’ by Charles Ives. I’m sure the audience were surprised to find SCYO’s talented trumpeter Jack performing from the bell tower behind the audience! The work has long sustained chords in the strings, whilst the wind play increasingly complex answers to the trumpeter’s questions. Eventually all three groups are playing in different time signatures and bars – it was great to hear a youth group tackling something so innovative – Ives was years ahead of his time.

The orchestra then played Beethoven’s ‘Name Day’ Overture, the inspiration to Beethoven’s use of ‘Ode to Joy’ in his ninth symphony, before performing Haydn’s Symphony No.82 in full. Both audience and tutors alike commented on the orchestra’s flexibility in terms of tempos, and their careful phrasing, particularly in the slow movement.

It’s a fantastic start to the year. It also gave us an opportunity to publicly launch the 2014 SCYO Young Composer’s competition, as well as say more about the exciting Britten Project we are taking part in during the coming months! Watch this space!

SCYO To take part in Britten Centenary Project

In the second announcement this week featuring the SCYO, we are pleased to announce that SCYO will be taking part in an international project to celebrate the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten. Organised by Music for Youth, The Britten Foundation and the British Council, the project sees youth music groups from across the globe share resources and experiences of learning and performing works by Benjamin Britten. TAMT are looking forward to our ‘twinning’ partner, a young ensemble at the St Cecilia Academy in Rome. Videos, pictures and sound files of SCYO will join those from other groups to form an interactive map of the globe, as the international celebration of Britten takes place over the coming months. Watch this space!

SCYO Young Composers 2014

We are proud to announce the 2014 TAMT Young Composers Competition. We are calling for young composers, aged 18 and under, to write a piece for the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra (SCYO). The piece must be between 2 and 10 minutes in length, and written for a chamber orchestra of standard classical proportions (further details enclosed). The winner will have his or her work performed by SCYO in the Spring alongside a Britten celebration which will see the SCYO link up with an orchestra from the St Cecilia Academy in Rome.

The deadline for entries is January 10th 2014. The works will be judged by a panel of experienced musicians and composers. Three finalists will be announced, and a masterclass day held in February 2014 (which all entrants can watch) where the SCYO will try-out the 3 pieces and both players and composers will be given advice and guidance from visiting composers and players.

As well as inspiring a new generation of fine young musicians, SCYO is hoping to give an exciting opportunity to young composers in the area too. The SCYO musicians will get an exciting opportunity to ask a composer why they have written certain passages and how they want it play, and the young composers will get a rare opportunity to have their piece performed by a full orchestra of some of the area’s finest young musicians.

The masterclass day and competition is being supported by the Thornbury Town Council, Thornbury Rotary, and Thornbury Round Table, and we hope the various events will be exciting for all involved.

Look out for the new TAMT publicity

The new TAMT posters, postcards and other marketing materials have been distributed in the last few weeks. They should be appearing in schools, shops, libraries and other public places near you. You can view them using the links below. If you can think of a place where we haven’t yet placed them, then please let us know.

TAMT – One year on

It was September 15th 2012 when the first official TAMT activity took place. It would be fair to say both the staff, parents and players themselves were surprised when on the first morning over 80 players arrived at Marlwood School – well above the numbers of the previous Summer’s term.

There was a lot of preparation that took place to get the musical activities that far, but since then the developments have just continued. TAMT is now a registered charity, with support coming in from across the community, including John Lewis, the Coop, Renishaw, The Quartet Foundation, Thornbury Town Council, Thornbury Round Table to name just a few.

With the Trust about to enter its second year, it seemed a good chance to see what has happened:

TAMC – The Thornbury Area Music Centre has seen its numbers almost double, with membership now in 3 figures. Every Saturday morning young musicians from 7-`18 come to Marlwood School and perform in the orchestras, wind bands and string groups. A number of children are now working their way towards Grade 5 music theory and musicianship. There are also a number of thriving chamber music groups – so many, in fact, they are taking it in turns to perform in concerts. There’s The Octaves, a full string Octet, and the youngest group, a string trio, alongside wind and mixed chamber ensembles. TAMC has held three public concerts, and has performed various ‘big numbers’ including Pirates of the Caribbean, Orpheus in the Underworld and a composition by cellist Fred Moore. It has also performed in the community, including Thornbury Town Centre and invitations to Old Down Country Park, All of the children at TAMC also took part in the Music for Youth Regional Festival for the first time.

SCYO – The AMS Programme evolved into the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra. After a successful Autumn and Spring Concert, where players performed as an orchestra as well as forming a String Orchestra and Wind Band, it has focused on its Youth Orchestra activities. All three groups performed at the Music for Youth Regional Festival, where they were highly praised, and have performed works by Malcolm Arnold, Grieg and Bach amongst others. In July, to officially launch ‘SCYO’ there was a Movie Music Day at Castle School, where the stage was overflowing with musical talent of a high standard. The course move to a 3-week intensive format for Autumn 2013, with rehearsals on Wednesdays and Fridays – Dates are available on the website.

TAJMC – The newest addition to TAMT’s activities. This will offer three classes to the area’s future young musicians, aged 4-7. There is a Foundation class, a Music Makers class and Recorder class all tutored by new member of staff Yasmin Frampton.

And that’s not all… We’ve become so busy that we’re welcoming new strings tutor Kate Robey, who will be taking over the Senior Strings at TAMC so that Dury Loveridge can concentrate on the SCYO. We’ve also needed to employ an administrative assistant, Antonia Clausen, to deal with the membership forms and various other admin duties.

And that’s just in a year… Where will be next year? And what great music will we play over the coming 12 months…?

Article on the successes of TAMT

Thornbury Gazette has just published online a really good article about TAMT’s 1st year and the launch of the Junior Music Centre from September – sponsored by John Lewis music matters, Co-operative Community Fund and Old Down country park

The full article can be viewed here>>>

Cooperative Group gives its support to TAJMC

junior music activities in south glos - early years music

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.

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