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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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Come and Play with the Halle 2016

A full house at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall greeted pupils from 37 Cheshire East schools on Thursday 16th June, as they joined forces with the world-famous Hallé Orchestra.

Come and Play with the Hallé is an annual event where young instrumentalists are given the opportunity to not only hear a live symphony orchestra but also to join in with specially chosen and adapted pieces. The event is co-ordinated by the Love Music Trust, who are the lead partner and fund holder for the music education hub in Cheshire East, who also head up the Wider Opportunities initiative across the borough.

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Nantwich Young Voices celebrate the Queen’s 90th!

One of the LMT's area choirs, Nantwich Young Voices, was invited to sing at the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday with a packed concert at St Mary’s Church.

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The event was attended by Lord Lieutenant for Cheshire David Briggs and Mayor of Nantwich Cllr Andrew Martin and his wife Linda, and the choir entertained a full church with songs through the decades.

Also during the day was a tea party for the town’s 90-year-olds, the lighting of the town’s jubilee beacon in the square, and a fireworks display at the end.

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It was organised by Liz Southall, from Redshift Radio, Shaun Cafferty from Martin & Co, Nantwich Town Council, and the church. Shaun said: “We did invite the country’s most well-known 90-year-old, but unfortunately Her Majesty was already committed to another party on The Mall in London!”

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NYV Somme June 2016

The following week saw the Young Voices again being asked to perform but this time for a very different occasion. On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a service was held at the War Memorial on Nantwich town square with the Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Olivia Hunter leading tributes to the fallen from the First World War battle.

There was a speech by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, and a musical performance by Nantwich Young Voices.

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Andrew Latham from Cheshire East Council thanked Victoria, the choir's director and said, "thankyou to you and the Nantwich Young Voices for the excellent performance last Friday. The Children respected the significance of the event impeccably and were a credit to you and their respective parents".

 

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The LMT has three area choirs based in Nantwich, Sandbach and Alsager. Please click here for more information!

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A Musical Poem!

My favourite is my singing.
I have to use my voice.
My second is piano.
I jiggle about my fingers.
Also, my third is my recorder.
I play it like a pro,
but when we put it all together....
it’s music to my ears.
Thank you to Rebecca Marshall aged 8, from Nantwich Young Voices for this great poem!
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Award-winning percussionist inspires our students!

On Wednesday 18th May, award-winning bodhrán player Cormac Byrne led LMT percussionists in a hands-on, three-hour workshop held in the Maxwell Davies Centre at Sandbach School.
Cormac Byrne is a bodhrán player and percussionist from Waterford, Ireland and is now based in the UK. He has received many awards for his work including The BBC Young Folk Award and was winner of the BBC Fame Academy Education Bursary in 2006.
The workshop focussed on folk percussion and members and parents of both the LMT Percussion ensembles and the LMT Folk Ensemble took part in this fantastic opportunity.
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The group comprised of a range of ages and abilities. Over the course of the evening, Cormac put the students through their paces as they were introduced to the bodhrán, spoons and bones. The workshop finished with an incredibly insightful Q & A session and a mind-blowing improvised bodhrán solo.
To see some videos of the inspiring evening, please have a look at the Percussion Ensemble's Facebook page.
Please read on to find out more about Cormac:

Cormac has appeared at numerous festivals around the world and has toured extensively. Primarily playing with Mercury Music Prize Nominee, Seth Lakeman, he was also a founder member of BBC award winning band, Uiscedwr. His versatility has seen him in much demand across many genres, both live and in the studio, from Traditional Irish and Folk, World Music, Classical, Jazz and Pop.

He has appeared on TV and Radio many times including performances on MTV, BBC’s Top of The Pops, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Sharon Osbourne Show, Sky Arts, BBC Alba, RTE, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Lyric FM. He recently recorded music for BBC Film series ‘Inspector George Gently’ and UK’s Channel 4 series ‘The Mill’. He worked with James Divine (the world’s fastest tap dancer) on the international touring show ‘Tapeire’ and with Damien Barber on the dance show ‘The Lock In’.

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Nantwich Young Voices entertain the crowds!

One of the LMT's area choirs, Nantwich Young Voices, had an exciting day on Saturday 21st May when they were invited to perform for the residents of Richmond Village in Nantwich.
The residents thanked the choir for 'a wonderful afternoon'!

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Nantwich Young Voices have a busy schedule this term. Come and see the choir perform again next Saturday 28th May, at 4.30pm at St James Church in Audlem. This concert is one of many concerts included in the village's annual festival. The LMT's adult and youth community choir, Nantwich Voices, will also be singing at 5.30pm.
Don't forget that you can also see both choirs, and many other groups and ensembles, at the LMT's Summer Celebration Weekend at Clonter Opera on 25th - 26th June!
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Celebrating Young Musicians in Cheshire East!

 

Across two days in March, the LMT worked with in excess of 2,500 children performing at the

fabulous Victoria Hall in Hanley. The two day marathon began on Tuesday 22nd March when 1,500

primary school pupils were showcased in two concerts, celebrating singing with a film and world

music medley and a number of singing games. The showcase followed a Love Music Trust project

titled ‘SingFest’ that had engaged more than 50 Cheshire East Primary Schools over the academic

year. That evening, eight of the borough’s secondary school choirs performed their own programme

before a grand finale as a massed choir. ‘I had a wonderful time singing with lots of other children

on the big stage! It was really exciting!’ said Evie age 11.

 

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The following day, supported by their parents, 750 foundation stage and Key Stage One children

showcased what they had learnt on their ‘Adventures with Barney Bear’, the culmination of a six-

month long music project again involving schools from across the borough. On Wednesday evening

the Gala concert featured the winners of Cheshire East Schools Music Competition – Rainow Primary

School Choir, Rode Heath Primary School Violin Ensemble, Sandbach High School Chamber Choir and

Alsager School Jazz Band. The school ensembles teamed up with the Love Music Trust Big Band and

special guest vocalist Matthew Ford, who added his appearance at the Victoria Hall to a busy

schedule which includes appearances with the John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Big Band and the Royal

Philharmonic Orchestra. The Director of the Love Music Trust, John Barber said, ‘It was most

rewarding to see so many young people from across the borough participate in such an exciting

array of musical events - the young vocalists should be extremely proud of themselves’.

 

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Calling all string players!

Congleton Youth Orchestra currently have vacancies for string players. All string instruments are welcome!

 

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Congleton Youth Orchestra Open Day

Congleton Youth Orchestra's next Open Day will be on Saturday 11th June, 9.30am - 12pm.
Have you been learning an instrument and want to make music with other young musicians?
Congleton Youth Orchestra would like to invite you to come along to see what it's like to play in an ensemble. The orchestra has approximately 100 members (including the training groups), and perform three concerts a year in Congleton Town Hall, along with other venues by invitation.
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The Open Day is an opportunity for primary school children and their parents to come along and listen to the orchestra, and to register for next term.
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