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  • LMT Percussion Ensemble perform at the Royal Albert Hall

    On Tuesday 15th November the Love Music Trust Percussion ensemble were invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Music for Youth Primary Proms. Having taken part in a regional heat in Northampton and then at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham as part of the Music for Youth National Festival, this was an opportunity for the ensemble to perform on one of the worlds greatest stages. As part of the concert the young musicians performed two pieces. The first a beautifully reflective piece of music by Blake Tyson called 'Not Far From Here'. The piece was requested by the organisers having heard it during the ensembles performance in Birmingham. This was followed by the main work for the concert titled 'Sahara'.

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  • Premonition

    The Love Music Trust commission Stephen Whibley to write a piece for our senior and junior percussion ensemble along with our partner ensemble SO Strings. Following rehearsals the two ensembles came together to record and film this original composition 'Premonition' at a barn in Holmes Chapel. This unique venue was chosen as it provided the perfect setting for the video as well as great acoustics to record the audio.  

    After rehearsals in the venue, the ensembles spend two hot July evenings recording the audio and video, they also managed to fit in an ice cream or two as the barn was on a dairy farm with incredible ice cream!

    After months of editing the video is now ready to share! Please see below and enjoy.  

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  • Barlines - October 2022

    The Love Music Trust half termly newsletter - October 2022

     

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  • Trailblazer Funding

    We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our Trailblazer Fund application.  

    We will be working with Phill Howley from Brighter Sounds to offer musical workshops to children who would not normally have access to the power of music. As part of this project we will be working with 3 groups of children based in Cheshire East to create a 6 track EP - 2 songs from each group.   The students will learn how to develop an idea from scratch into a full song, then record it, and finally how to promote he finished EP via an online platform.  

    The project will culminate in a live performance of the recorded work. We are very excited for this project and the benefits that music can have on young people.  

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  • Co-Op Youth & Junior Band Wins

    On 14th April the Co-op Junior & Youth Wind Bands took part in the National Concert Band Festival's Nationals at the RNCM in Manchester. The Youth Band gained a Gold Award & The Junior Band gained the highest Award possible - a Platinum. It was a fabulous experience for all the players & one I'm sure they'll remember for a long time.  Congratulations to all that took part!

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  • Samba Workshop

    The LMT World Percussion Ensemble were very privileged to have three Samba musicians visiting from Rio de Janeiro to work with young percussionists. Gabriel Lopes, Mestre Maurao and JP are amongst the world's most revered Samba players and band leaders. They are delivering a series of performances and workshops across the UK and we were lucky to have had their presence here in Sandbach. The workshop focused on extremely important Samba concepts such as listening, togetherness, finding the right style for each groove and also pulse. Throughout the two and a half hour session, we were playing for roughly two hours straight! Each person selected an instrument to play from a huge range and were given professional instruction in how to play. The young players were astounding and have gained a huge amount from the workshop. The main groove we learned was a bossa-style bateria groove.

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  • Nantwich Youth Chior

    Hitting the Right Notes!
    Nantwich Youth Choir competed in both a musical theatre and open vocal ensemble class at the Newcastle Festival of Music on the 22nd March. They came second in the musical theatre category and won the open vocal ensemble class. Judge praised our soloists, demanding programme choice, use of dynamics and harmonies. Well Done!!

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  • Cheshire East School's Music Comp

    Cheshire East Schools' Music CompetitionOn the evening of Tuesday 19th March the finalists of the 2019 Cheshire East Primary Schools' Music competition took to the stage at Crewe Lyceum in front of a large and supportive crowd to showcase their considerable musical abilities and with the aim to catch the ear of the two judges, Steve Pickett (Halle’ Orchestra Education Director) and Shirley Court (Director of the Halle Children’s Choir). The finalists, Stapeley Broad Lane Folk Ensemble, The Dingle School Ensemble, The Dingle Choir, Elworth Hall Primary Choir, Bollinbrook Primary Choir, Handforth Grange Choir and High Legh Instrumental Ensemble didn't disappoint. The standard on display during the evening was there for all to see and appreciate and was testament to the huge amount of dedication the pupils had clearly given in preparation for the competition.

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  • Battle of the Bands

    On Monday 18th March, The Love Music Trust run the second Cheshire East Schools Battle of the Bands Competition in the spectacular setting of Crewe Lyceum. With entries submitted from schools across the borough, four  groups were invited to perform on the night, all giving knock out performances!
    The Scruffs - Sandbach School
    Between Thorns - All Hallows’ Catholic College
    Primate - Alsager High School
    Minimal Order - All Hallows’ Catholic College
    For their 20-minute set, each group performed at least one over song and set out to impress the two judges. On the night the difficult task of separating the bands fell to Bryan Hargreaves, (Head of Drums at BIMM (Manchester) and tutor on the RNCM Popular Music Course) and Jasper Wilkinson (Bass guitar tutor on the RNCM Popular Music Course, Producer and Composer for TV).

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  • Cheshire East Young Musician of the Year

    On Sunday 3rd March, the Cheshire East Musician of the Year competition was held at Sandbach School. We received a fantastic number of entries this year, and the day was a great success.  
    Performers were divided into five age groups (based on school key stages), with each age group split into instrumental and vocal classes. Entrants were free to choose the piece they wished to perform, which resulted in a great variety of music during the day – from Beethoven to Broadway!
     
    Many thanks to our expert judges: Lyn Bastock, Mark Wilkinson, Nigel Stoiner and John Barber.  
    Thank you and well done to all who took part. Particular congratulations to the category winners, all of whom received a cash prize.

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