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Conducting Workshop with Russell Gray

On Saturday 21st January the Love Music Trust welcomed colleagues to the Fallibroome Academy to take part in a thoroughly engaging and rewarding conducting workshop.

Leading the afternoon's activities was Russell Gray who is currently holding posts of Adjunct Professor at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Principal Conductor of the Cambrian Philharmonic Orchestra (Wales), Musical Director of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, and President of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors. 
On the day delegates had the opportunity to work not only with Russell but also the award winning Crewe Cooperative Wind Band who were recently awarded Gold at the National Youth Wind Band festival. Six delegates with a range of conducting experience from complete beginner to those that have been working with bands for years took part, learning and practising a wide range of skills and techniques.
One of the delegates, Louise Renshaw who is Director of the Macclesfield Youth Brass Band said ' The conducting workshop was superb. Russell's advice on technique was amazing from getting your head out of the score and how to turn over a page without the band noticing, through passive and active beats, but he also talked about the entire role, psychology and much more!'
The Love Music Trust would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the Crewe Cooperative Wind Band for their efforts, Fallibroome Academy for hosting the event and of course Russell who we are looking forward to working with again at the end of April when we hold our inaugural Orchestral residential weekend at the Conway Center in Anglesey. 
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Gifted and Talented Programme 2017

This year the Love Music Trust is coordinating a 'Gifted and Talented' programme in conjunction with the Royal Northern Collage of Music. This programme is ideally designed for those students who may be considering applying to Music College or thinking of continuing their musical studies post 18 however is also open for any students in years 11 and above to apply for.
In order to participate in this fantastic opportunity students will ideally to be at ABRSM Grade 7 or over (or equivalent) in their chosen Instrument or Vocal discipline.
To find out more and to apply
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Christmas Carol Concert

LMT's Christmas Carol Concert is on Wednesday 21st December at St Marys Church in Sandbach. The concert will feature Nantwich Young Voices, Alsager Young Voices, Sandbach Young Voices, Nantwich Voices, LMT Sinfonia and the LMT Young Folk Group

They will be performing a variety of Christmas songs!!


It would be great if you could join us! The concert starts at 6.30pm admission is free, donations are welcome.

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The Annual Love Music Trust Christmas Concert

Our fantastic ensembles will be playing a variety of music for your enjoyment on Wednesday 7th December.annual-lmt-christmas-concertPlease join us at St Mary's Church, Sandbach, at 7pm to hear performances from the LMT Saxophone Orchestra, Guitar Orchestra and Big Band

Admission is free, donations welcome the doors will open at 7.00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Cheshire East Schools Music Competition

The Love Music Trust has launched the 8th Annual Cheshire East Schools Music Competition and would like to extend an invitation to take part to all Cheshire East Primary and Secondary Schools.












To find out more information and to enter please click here Cheshire East Music Competition 2017

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Music Education Conference 2017

We are pleased to announce that booking for the 2017 Cheshire and Wirral Music Education Conference is now open.
The conference will be held on Thursday 23rd March at Biro Leisure Centre, (Northwich Memorial Court, Chesterway, Northwich, CW9 5QJ) , and will run from 9am until 4pm. We are delighted to welcome Professor Susan Hallam MBE who will be delivering the keynote speech.
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Summer Rock School Comes to Sandbach

Calling all young musicians - the Sandbach Rock School is a brand new summer school coming to Sandbach for the first time in 2016! Please note that this is not an LMT event; you can find their website here. Please read on for more information:


The Summer Rock School is a five day course run in conjunction with the school culminating in a performance for friends and family at the end of the last day. The course is suitable for all young musicians of an enthusiastic and dedicated nature with at least 2 years' experience. Application forms are available here.

Dates: July 25 - 29 2016

Price £140

Peter Gill is an experienced music educator and performer and has been running very successful Summer Rock Schools in Cheltenham and Canterbury for nearly 10 years. Now we’re taking these fantastic summer schools on tour.

All the tutors you’ll work with are performers in their own right and a couple have even come up through the ranks of Rock School themselves so are living proof of how great an experience it is!
Before you apply, you’ll want to know all about it so here are the questions most people ask:

Who can attend?
We need young musicians aged between 11-19, with a serious enthusiasm for music. Whether you’re into rock, pop, soul, funk, punk, jazz or hip-hop, we want you to join us!

How good do I have to be?
If you have a Grade 3 and above level of proficiency then you will get a fantastic experience out of this week. Don’t worry if you haven’t done any grades though – just give Peter a ring to chat through the possibilities before applying – there’s no audition!!

What instruments do you accept?
Mostly we have guitarists, drummers, vocalists and keyboard players but if you are keen to join us and play sax or a string, brass, or woodwind instrument then we definitely want to hear from you too!

How long is the course?
The course starts at 10.30am and runs until 4pm each day, Mon 25th July – Friday 29th July

What happens during the week?
During the week you’ll have the opportunity to work with professional performers and tutors in a range of activities including performance, song writing, jamming, learning how to run a band, promotion, vocal sessions and loads of opportunities for collaboration with other young musicians. On the Friday afternoon we put a show together for family and friends where you get to showcase some of your new skills.

What will I get out of it?
You’ll have the chance to develop your musicianship, collaborate with others, learn new material, but most importantly have fun!! Your confidence as a performer will soar and you’ll be amazed at the skills you’ve developed and what you achieve by the end of the week.

What if I don’t have my own instrument?
No problem – we supply drum kits and keyboards, although most students do prefer to use their own guitars and other instruments where possible. Again, feel free to give Peter a ring to discuss.

How much is it?
The course is £140 for the week. You just need to bring a packed lunch each day.

How do I apply and/or contact Peter?
The application form is available here: - Click on Rock Schools and select the Sandbach application form which has all the payment details and where to send it.
For any questions, Peter can also be contacted on 01242 691422 or emailed here: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you in July!

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Summer Celebration Concert 2016

Over the weekend of the 25th and 26th June, more than one thousand young musicians and vocalists from across the borough of Cheshire East will arrive at the fantastic surroundings of Clonter Opera in Congleton for two days of musical celebration.

The fourth annual Love Music Trust Celebration Weekend will feature six concerts at 11am, 3pm and 7pm on both days, with Choirs, Orchestras, Big Bands, Percussion groups, Guitar Orchestras, School groups, String Sinfonias and Brass Bands all performing in the refined and beautiful setting of Clonter.



Ensembles including the Macclesfield Youth Brass Band, Foden’s Youth Band, Nantwich Young Voices, Knutsford Youth Orchestra, Love Music Trust Big Band, Poynton Music Academy Singers and many more will be appearing across the two days.

The Love Music Trust is the lead partner and fund holder for the music education hub in Cheshire East and works with 10,000 young people each year, supporting them with their musical journey through tuition, grants, ensembles and high quality musical experiences.

Further concert details and information regarding tickets can be found by calling 01270 766214 or alternatively please click here to view the programme for the weekend.


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Summer Celebration Concert – timetable for the weekend

The LMT will host its annual Celebration Weekend in June and we'd love it if you could join us!


We are looking forward to hearing all of our groups and ensembles perform. There are orchestras, choirs, big bands and many more! The weekend takes place on 25th - 26th June in the picturesque setting of Clonter Opera. Tickets are £6 each and can be bought directly from the directors of each ensemble; they will also be available on the door. If you would like to reserve a ticket, please call us on 01270 766214.


Why not make a day of it? There will be refreshments available and you are also welcome to bring your own picnic and sit in the garden.


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Concert Schedules

Concert 1 – 11am, Saturday 25th June

Arrival times

9.30 – Young Folk Ensemble

9.40 – Primary Brass Band

9.50 – Guitar orchestra

10am – Sinfonias



9.50 – YFE

10am – Primary Brass Band

10.10 – Guitar Orchestra

10.20 – Sinfonias


Doors open – 10.40



11am – YFE

11.20 – Primary Brass Band

11.35 – Interval

11.55 – Guitar Orchestra

12.15 – Sinfonias

12.45pm – concert ends



Concert 2 – 3pm, Saturday 25th June

Arrival times

1.40 – Nantwich Concert Band

1.50 – Lions Junior Band

2pm – Lions Beginner Band

2.10 – Stapeley Broad Lane



2pm – Nantwich Concert Band

2.10 – Lions Junior Band

2.20 – Lions Beginner Band

2.30 – Stapeley Broad Lane


Doors open – 2.40



3pm – Nantwich Concert Band – 20/25 mins

3.25 – Lions Junior Band

3.45 – Interval

4.05 – Lions Beginner Band

4.25 – Stapeley Broad Lane

4.45 – concerts ends



Concert 3 – 7pm, Saturday 25th June

Arrival times

5.45 – Poynton Youth Brass Band

6.20 – Lions Youth Band

5.55 – Macclesfield Youth Brass Band

5.35 – Foden’s Youth Band



5.45 - Foden's Youth Band

6.00 – Poynton Youth Brass Band

6.10 – Macclesfield Youth Brass Band (until 6.40)


Doors open – 6.40



7pm – Macclesfield Youth Brass Band – 20 mins

7.25pm – Poynton Youth Brass Band – 20 mins

7.45 – Interval

8.05 – Lions Youth Band – 20 mins

8.30 – Foden’s Youth Band – 30 mins

9pm – massed item (all bands)

9.15 – concert ends



Concert 4 – 11am, Sunday 26th June

Arrival times

9.40 – SYV

9.50 – AYV

10am – NYV

10.20 – The Dingle Primary School

10.10 – Adult Choir

10.20 – Poynton Music Academy Singers



9.50 – SYV

10am – AYV

10.10 – NYV

10.20 – Adult Choir

10.30 – Poynton Music Academy Singers


Doors open – 10.40



11am – SYV

11.20 – AYV

11.40 – NYV

11.55 – Interval

12.15 – The Dingle Primary School

12.35 – Adult Choir

12.55 – Poynton Music Academy Singers

1.10 – concert ends



Concert 5 – 3pm, Sunday 26th June

Arrival times

1.55 – Rode Heath Primary School

2.15 – LMT Saxophone Orchestra

2.20 – Knutsford Youth Orchestra



2.10 – Rode Heath Primary School

2.30 – LMT Saxophone Orchestra


Doors open – 2.40



3pm – Rode Heath Primary School

3.20pm - LMT Saxophone Orchestra

3.40 – Interval

4.10 – Knutsford Youth Orchestra – 30 mins

4.40 – concert ends



Concert 6 – 7pm, Sunday 26th June

Arrival times

5.30 – Crewe Co-op Wind Band

5.40 – Junior Big Band

5.50 – Senior Big Band

6pm – Percussion



5.50 – Crewe Co-op Wind Band

6pm – Junior Big Band

6.10 – Senior Big Band

6.20 – Percussion (set up)


Doors open – 6.45pm



7pm –Percussion – 25 mins

7.30 – Crewe Co-op Wind Band – 20 mins

7.50 - Interval

8.10 – Junior Big Band – 15 mins

8.30pm – Senior Big Band – 25 mins

9pm – concert ends




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Strings Spotlight at Sandbach Concert Series

If you're looking for something to do this Wednesday evening, we have just the thing for you! The LMT Strings Sinfonia will be performing at St Mary's Church, Sandbach on 27th April, at 7pm.



This concert is part of the Sandbach Concert Series and will also feature musicians from the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Please click here to buy your tickets!



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