Following three first round heats, 40 choirs and ensembles and two nights of finals the 2016 Cheshire East Schools Music Competition winners were proclaimed this week.
Young Cheshire musicians will perform the world premiere of ‘Elvis was my Taxi Driver’ at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Day of Percussion on Sunday 7th February 2016.
The Love Music Trust’s Percussion Ensemble which features some of the region’s most talented young musicians aged from 14 upwards, led by musical director Mark Concar, raised over two thousand pounds themselves to commission the piece from award winning contemporary composer Andy Scott.
“We’ve been working towards this for such a long time,” says Concar. “Our concert performances
have been so well received, but the move to commissioning our own music and work with such a
highly regarded composer really does take this to a new level which is so rarely available to young
The LMT Percussion Ensemble
Chair of Trustees for the Love Music Trust, Dr Jonathon Savage adds “I have nothing but admiration
for The Percussion Ensemble in the way they’ve made this happen, from fund raising concerts to a
sponsored 12 hour percussion ‘playathon’ to fund this commission and the ongoing development of
some really excellent young musicians – they’re a testament to what can be achieved through talent
Evidence of the talent in the Ensemble is demonstrated by 15 year old Matthew Brett who has got
through to the televised finals of this year’s BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
Following on from Sunday’s performance will be an open master class at Sandbach school on
Monday 8th February with world renowned Brazilian percussionist and composer Ney Rousaro.
About the LMT Percussion ensemble.
The Love Music Trust Percussion Ensemble began life as the Sandbach School Percussion Group and
performed their first concert at the school in 2008. In September 2012 the group became The Love
Music Trust Percussion Ensemble and now invites students from all over Cheshire for the ensemble
including a junior ensemble for children wanting to learn percussion.
The Ensemble constantly looks to promote and perform new music and has premiered pieces by
students Matthew Brett and Josh Savage in a variety of concerts including recent performances at
the Royal Northern College of Music, the South Bank in London, Birmingham Conservatoire,
Gawsworth Hall, Sheffield City Hall for a Music for Youth Primary Prom and the Sandbach concert
The LMT Percussion Ensemble rehearses weekly at Sandbach School in Cheshire under the direction
of Mark Concar and holds regular workshops/Masterclasses and joint concerts with an array of
major artists from the percussion world including Birger Sulsbrück, Ian Wright, The Aurora
Percussion Duo, Anthony Kerr & Dave Hassell.
Schools involved include Sandbach School, Sandbach High School, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive
School and All Hallows College in Macclesfield.
Conductor: Mark Concar
Mark trained as a percussionist at the RNCM and since graduating has worked regularly with all of
the North West’s leading Orchestras including BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra, Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Northern Ballet, the Halle and the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic. In addition to his playing Mark is the percussion tutor for the National Youth Wind
Orchestra and has a wealth of experience teaching in a number of Cheshire East secondary schools.
Contact - Andrew Ball – 07713 166172
Email - [email protected]
The LMT String Sinfonias together with Alsager, Sandbach and Nantwich Young Voices performed a wonderful selection of music at their Christmas Concert last Friday.
We were treated to performances from the individual ensembles as well as some joint items, all in the fantastic setting of St Mary's Church, Alsager. A huge thank you goes to the church for allowing us to perform and of course thank you to all of the performers for a great concert!
A charity dedicated to providing bespoke equipment for disabled people has come to the aid of a budding young musician from Wilmslow. Hani , 10, a pupil at Wilmslow Grange Primary School is learning to play the trumpet – along with his classmates in Year 5 – under the guidance of Iain Culross, a brass tutor from the Love Music Trust. The Love Music Trust (LMT) lead Music Education in Cheshire East and work with the pupils of Wilmslow Grange on a project called Wider Opportunities, which engages around 3,000 young people on a weekly basis, giving all pupils – regardless of their background or circumstances – the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument at no cost to parents or carers.
Hani has Prader Willi Syndrome which means that he struggles to support the weight of his trumpet whilst playing. Step forward Demand, a company who specialise in the creation of bespoke accessories for people with physical disabilities. They have provided a customised, lightweight stand which takes the full weight of Hani’s trumpet, allowing him to put all his energy towards his playing.
Win a voucher to spend at John Lewis!
Calling all children in Cheshire East!
The Love Music Trust would like you to think of a new name for the ‘Wider Opportunities’ project. These are the whole-class lessons that Primary School children take part in on their instrument. This is usually the first time that children learn an instrument and they play together as a class.
What do you enjoy about your class music lessons? Can you think of an even better way to describe your lessons? If so, we would love to hear from you! We are looking for a snappy title that everyone will remember!
The new name should be 2 or 3 words. To enter the competition, please email your suggestion to [email protected] with your own name, age and school. The winner will receive a voucher to spend at John Lewis! Entries need to be in by Friday 13th November. We will notify the winner via email after 23rd November. Good luck!
Here is the fantastic video from the 'Life on Shuffle project in partnership with Brighter Sound.
The projects ‘Life On Shuffle’ has engaged with children in challenging circumstances, NEET, Cheshire East Youth Services and those in or on the fringes of the Youth Justice System. The Love Music Trust project has been funded by Youth Music with support from Cheshire East Council and led by Paul Hine.
Practitioners from Brighter Sound engaged with the young people in addition to Love Music tutors who have gained invaluable experience throughout the programme.
Young people from across Crewe celebrated International Youth Day in style last week with a live
performance of their original music. ‘Life on Shuffle Live’ took place on International Youth Day,
12th August, at Crewe’s West Street Christian Fellowship Church and showcased various pieces of
new music, which the young people have been busy creating since January.
From singing and DJing through to MCing, the unique show included a number of group pieces as
well as solo performances. Watched by family and friends, members of local youth groups and
industry professionals, the celebration was the first performance as part of an ongoing music
project, ’Life on Shuffle’, which to-date has involved over 20 children and young people from the
local area who are living in challenging circumstances.
Supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council
England, the ‘Life on Shuffle’ project has been backed by Cheshire East Youth Support Service as
well as leading music organisations The Love Music Trust and Brighter Sound. The project
provides young people living in challenging circumstances access to a creative environment and
industry professionals that they wouldn’t usually have, and is aimed not only at developing their
creative, expressive and musical ability but also improving their health, wellbeing and
“Music making can have a significant positive effect on both short and long term outcomes for
children living in challenging circumstances, by helping them to build skills and develop
resilience to the challenges they face, and Life on Shuffle aims to support this,” commented Paul
Hine, Life on Shuffle project manager. “This first performance was a fantastic celebration and
really demonstrated how much the young people involved have positively engaged with music
over the past few months, and showcased their impressive creative ability.”
Sarah Marks, Youth Worker at Cheshire East Youth Support Services, said: “The music sessions
over the past few months have proven invaluable for the young people involved. As well as
producing fantastic original music, the group has bonded extremely well and as a result, we’ve
seen a marked improvement in their team work and work ethic. To see them performing
together and create such an impressive, original sound in such a short period of time, was really
exciting and I’m looking forward to hearing what they come up with next.”
International Youth Day, now marked on 12th August each year, was created by the United Nations
in 1998 and aims to celebrate the contribution youths make to society.
Life on Shuffle press contact:
Sophie Smith: [email protected] / 07779 015281
About Cheshire East Youth Support Service
Cheshire East Youth Support Service is for young people aged 13-19 or 13-25 (with additional needs). It provides youth work and targeted youth support, including youth clubs and projects for young people to help them engage and participate through informal education. The team provides one-to-one support, advice and guidance for NEET young people aged 16-19 through one-to-one work, group sessions, focused interviews, CAF assessments and referral into learning and training.
About Youth Music Network
Set up by the National Foundation for Youth Music, the UK's leading charity using music to transform the lives of children and young people, the Youth Music Network is an online community for people who work in and around music education projects in the UK. Free to join, the Youth Music Network is a space for professionals to access and share a huge range of music education resources. It’s also the main gateway for accessing Youth Music funding.
About Brighter Sound
Brighter Sound is a producer of creative music projects and events based in Manchester. It pioneers new ways to explore music making, with an interest in the spaces that exist between what is already on offer. Its diverse and invigorating programme connects a wide range of people through music and creativity. Whether it’s packing out a library to see a signed band compose live, songwriting in a science lab or experimenting in an orchestra, every one of its projects pushes creative limits and strives to give new meaning to learning through music.
The Love Music Trust were delighted to be able to offer eleven schools in Cheshire East the opportunity to play at the Cheshire Show on Tuesday, 23rd June.
Everyone had a fantastic day and the ensembles performed a varied programme for the visitors to the show. We have put together a short video with soundclips of each performance. Enjoy!