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Saxophone Day

We are pleased to announce that the Sandbach Saxophone Day will be running again this year and bookings are now being taken!

Please click here to find out more info and to book your place

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Summer Celebration Concert Tickets are now on sale!!

Tickets for the annual Love Music Trust Celebration Weekend in June are now on sale and we'd love it if you could join us!

To book find out more and to book please click here.

Some pictures from last years event

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Big Band Concert

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The Love Music Trust Big Band are holding a concert at Keele University on 3rd May.

It would be great if you could join us! The concert starts at 5.30pm admission is free.

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Orchestral Residential Concert

On Sunday 30th April at 4pm there is a free 1 hour concert at the Maxwell Davis Centre (Music Department) at Sandbach School. The students who are attending the Gifted and Talented Residential Orchestral course this weekend will be showcasing what they have learnt. The concert will feature John Wallace performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto who will also be joined by fellow Wallace Collection member Tony George to perform a new arrange of Teutates. Additionally the orchestra will play excerpts of Dvorak's 8th Symphony, the Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture and Riverdance. The orchestra will be conducted by Russell Grey.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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Schools Music Competition Results

The Primary Final and Secondary Final were both held at the Victoria Hall on the on 27th & 28th March. The four winners saw off competition from over thirty other school ensembles. On Monday the Secondary Schools final took place, the schools who took part in the final were Sandbach Wind Orchestra, Malbank Instrumental Ensemble and Alsager Jazz Ensemble. Everyone sounded fantastic and Alsager Jazz Ensemble were crowned the winners! The choral performances were breathtaking it was lovely to hear Poynton High School, Brine Leas Choir & Alsager High School. The winning choral group was Alsager High School. Thank you to Richard Evans and Keith Orrell for judging. On Tuesday, the Primary School final took place Shirley Court and Andy Scott joined us to judge the event. The ensembles performing were Rode Heath Violin Ensemble, Bunbury Aldersey Brass Ensemble and The Dingle Instrumental Ensemble. Everyone played wonderfully and Rode Heath were crowned the winners. It was lovely to hear so many children in the choral category with, Lacey Green Primary, Stapeley Broad Lane, Cranberry Academy performing.The winning choral group was Stapeley Broad Lane. Congratulations to all schools who entered, it has a been a fabulous competition and wonderful to see so many young people performing on stage.

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Popera! Concerts

Over three days we held this year’s Popera! Concerts The repertoire featured melodies of Pop and Opera songs which the children from 38 schools learnt. During the 7 concerts over 1000 children attended and BBC Radio Stoke came down to listen to the performance at Brine Leas!! The children thoroughly enjoyed singing the Pop song but also being operatic and dramatic!

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Barnaby Bear Concert

On Monday 27th March The Dingle, Bunbury Aldersey, St Vincent’s, Chelford, Alsager Highfields, Nantwich Primary Academy, Ash Grove and Little Bollington all went on an adventure around the world with Barnaby Bear. The Y1 and Y2 children had been working towards this concert during sessions in their schools. The children sung songs which took Barnaby from Ireland to Spain and further afield to Arizona. Congratulations to all children who took part. Keep your eyes open to see see where Barnaby goes next!


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Saxophone Orchestra World Premiere

The Love Music Trust has commissioned Barbara Thompson, to write a piece for our Saxophone Orchestra to be premiered at the ‘Sandbach Concert Series’ on Wednesday 22nd February 7pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. The piece entitled ‘The Bells of London’ Barbara Thomson MBE is an English Jazz Saxophonist, Flautist and composer who has said

"I am a composer who seems to see music in very visual term The piece began one misty Sunday morning while recording the great bells pealing out over London. It was an extraordinary and unexpected adventure which was inexplicably forgotten as the day passed and the real world flooded back in. But hearing those few random arpeggios triggered that memory. I hope you enjoy the result”

The world premiere of this piece will be showcased at Sandbach Concert Series. The ensemble would like to thank Andy Scott, for his time in working on the arrangement of ‘Bells of London’ both behind the scene and in the rehearsal room, it couldn’t have happened without him. The Saxophone Orchestra currently has 14 members and keeps growing. The Orchestra are also attending this year EurSax17 congress in Porto and shall also be playing the piece while they’re away. The Orchestra is led by Royal Northern College of Music graduate Jamie Sharp. The students of the Orchestra regularly play in many ensembles across Cheshire. To join the ensemble unnamed

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Music Education Conference 2017

The annual Music Education Conference took place on the 23rd March. There was a variety of sessions on the day from practical to theory and some really interesting and innovate ways to teach in the classroom.

The Keynote speech was given by Professor Susan Hallam MBE.

During the day there were six sessions run  by Sharon Thomas, Kris Reid, Iain Mcknight, Lucy Pankhurst & Paul McGee, Abi Barnett and John Oaks. We had a prefromance from the Lymm Brass Boys, Leftwich Brass Band and Rode Heath Violin Ensemble

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Choral Celebration Day & Concert

On Wednesday 8th March the LMT held a Gifted and Talented Choral day at Clonter Opera.The students were involved in workshops which were led by Impromptu Opera, consisting of the experienced repetiteur Martyn Parkes and Opera Singers, Alastair McCall and Hrafnhikdur Bjornsdottir. In the evening we held a Choral Celebration Concert which featured the following school choirs Shavington Academy, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, Ruskin High School, Sir William Stanier, Alsager High School, Poynton High School, Sandbach School and Knutsford Academy. The evening performance was thoroughly enjoyable with a packed hall listening to the vocal harmonies of all schools.


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