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Recording Weekend

Over the course of 15 hours the Love Music Trust recorded all of its 12 ensemble with over 100 students taking part.

The first ensemble to record on the saturday morning was the Academy Brass Band, followed by Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Folk Ensemble, Sinfoinas, Junior Big Band and the Senior Big Band. Sunday morning the remaining ensembles came from 9:30am to record, starting with the LMT Saxophone Orchestra followed by Alsager Young Voices, Nantwich Young Voices and Sandbach Young Voices!

It was a amazing weekend and everyone sounded fantastic!! With the CD recording officially completed, we can't wait to hear the finished result!

The CD will be on sale at the Summer Celebration Concert weekend at Clonter Opera on 24th and 25th of June






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Cheshire East Young Musician of the Year Competition

On Saturday 13th May the inaugural Cheshire East Young Musician of the Year competition was held at Sandbach School. Just over 100 young instrumentalists and vocalists competing in all 5 Key Stages Congratulations to all who performed on the day!! Huge thanks to all those who supported the event and came along to watch.

KS1 Instrumental 

Winner - Dylan Williams - Yang, 2nd place - Theresa Lightowler, 3rd place - Josephine Munro

KS2 Instrumental 

Winner - Rose Mendham , 2nd place - Finn Gibson, 3rd place - Olivia Taylor

KS2 Vocal

Winner - Alice Woodfine, 2nd place - Harriet Ashley

KS3 Instrumental 

Winner - Catherine Willis , 2nd place - Nadia James, 3rd place - Bethany Harby

KS3 Vocal

Winner - Naomi Barnett , 2nd place - Emma Currie, 3rd place - Eva Locoh- Donou

KS4 Instrumental
Winner - Scott Smith , 2nd place - Abigail Webb , 3rd place - Rachel Cox

KS4 Vocal

Winner - Katerina Piperakis , 2nd place - Dawn Skye Blount, 3rd place - Teegan Paton

KS5 Instrumental 

Winner - Lili Holland-Fricke , 2nd place - Joshua Farrington, 3rd place - Ellen Pointon

KS5 Vocal

Winner - Mollie Brown , 2nd place - Olivia Poole



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The First Orchestral Residential

On the weekend of the 28th April the Love Music Trust held their first Orchestral Residential trip to the Conway Centre,
Anglesey. Twenty five  Gifted and Talented Students were joined by the LMT team, Conductor Russell Gray,
internationally acclaimed trumpeter, John Wallace and tubist Tony George of the Wallace Collection. The student’s many of
whom had not played in a orchestra before included one who had never seen a Oboe before! got to work together in a very
inspiring and exciting way. During the ten hours of rehearsals that took place over the weekend the students were split into
sectionals and specialist tutors were on hand to give them support and guidance. Everyone was also able to enjoy either mountain
biking or a high rope climbing session. On the Saturday evening we spent time in the yurt at the centre toasting marshmallows
and playing djembes whilst singing songs! We returned on Sunday to  perform the Hummel Trumpet Concerto a new
arrangement of Teutates as well as other well known orchestral pieces at Sandbach School.
It was a great weekend; thank you to everyone involved.
The next Orchestral Residential will take place on 15th -17th September, contact the LMT office for more details.
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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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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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The Love Music Trust is now on Instagram!!

Tag your posts at our events and concerts and we shall regram*

We look forward to seeing your photos

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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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