• Cheshire East Music Education Conference 2018

    On Wednesday 25th April, the second annual Cheshire East Music Education Conference was held at the Romero Conference Centre in Macclesfield. We were joined by delegates from across Cheshire East for a day of inspirational sessions on a variety of topics relating to music education. 

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  • Battle of the Bands 2018

    In 2018, the Love Music Trust run the inaugural Cheshire East Schools Battle of the Bands Competition. With entries submitted from schools across the borough and following visits to a number of schools,  5 groups were invited to perform at Crewe Lyceum on the evening of Thursday 29th March. On the night the following groups took to the stage;Empire -  All Hallows’ Catholic College Good for Gordon -  Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sandbach School  Room Three -  Wilmslow High School Sound of Phoenix -  Alsager School The Unimaginativly named Year 9 Band -  St Thomas MoreFor their 15 minute set, each group performed at least one cover song and set out to impress the two judges, Ollie Collins and Johnny Heyes, Bass Guitar and Guitar tutor on the RNCM Popular Music Course.Following five fantastic and rocking sets of music and as the judges retired to make their deliberations, the audience were entertained to...

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  • Come and Play with Crewe Co-Op Wind Band

    On Thursday 29th March, pupils from Wistaston Academy joined forces with hub partner ensemble Co-operative Youth Wind Band (Crewe) at Crewe Lyceum for our annual Come and Play concert. During the afternoon, pupils were treated to a full concert by the band, joining in for two pieces - Happy by Pharrell Williams and Eye of the Tiger from the ‘Rocky’ movies. The concert is part of the Trust’s Wider Opportunities programme and gave the pupils the chance to experience playing alongside a full ensemble for the very first time. Hopefully, some pupils will be inspired to carry on with their playing by joining one of the hub’s network of ensembles.

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  • Cheshire East Schools' Music Competition 2018

    On the evening of Tuesday 27th March the finalists of the 2018 Cheshire East Primary School's 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, Mark Hall (Director of the CBSO Children's Chorus) and Robbie Gardiner (Assistant Head of Music Education at the RNCM).

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  • Singfest 2018

    Forty primary and secondary schools from Cheshire East took part in Singfest 2018  over 3 days from 27th - 29th March at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe, in massed performances involving over 1200 children.  The singing celebration consisted of 3 medleys, one Motown, one Musicals and one Singing Playgrounds theme, broken up by exciting games and warm-ups.  Fantastic singing, dancing and actions raised the roof of the Lyceum and thrilled audiences over the 3-day culmination of the Love Music Trust Vocal project  We're already looking forward to next year and our new repertoire of music through the decades! 

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  • Barnaby Bear in Space

    On Tuesday 27th March, 450 KS1 children from 12 different primary schools across Cheshire East took part in the Barnaby Bear Goes to Space concert at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre. The concert took the children on a journey through space where Barnaby Bear met aliens, saw meteors and built a rocket. The concert was a celebration of the work children had done as part of a six week project in school.  Look out for Betty Bear who next year will be venturing to the seaside. 

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  • Percussion Workshop with Arthur Lipner

    Arthur Lipner’s career has spanned three decades and is going stronger than ever since he began performing professionally at age 14. He has appeared in 25 countries, and has played on almost  50 albums, including 9 of his own projects. In 2016/17, he recorded seven solo albums. These are uniquely conceived interpretations of classic rock, jazz and pop releases performed on vibes, marimba and steel pans.During the three-hour workshop, Arthur demonstrated a number of techniques and gave a fantastic performance. The group played through one of his compositions, Lime Juice, and received very positive feedback. The session ended with the whole group playing together and learning more about jazz theory. In addition to the workshop, a number of our players were lucky enough to have an hour’s lesson with Arthur, in which they could receive advice on pieces they were working on.  Many thanks to Arthur Lipner for spending the day with us, and...

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  • Keele University Fellowship

    For the second consecutive year, the Love Music Trust has been pleased to be able to coordinate a Composer Fellowship programme with Keele University. The scheme has provided the opportunity for third year Keele University student Julian Liu to compose new music for the  LMT String Sinfonia .  Having attended rehearsals to both take part and to better understand the forces of the ensemble, Julian composed  'The Red Blossom Tree' for classical guitar and string orchestra.The 2017/18 Composer Fellowship programme concluded on Wednesday 21st March with a celebratory concert at Keele University, which included, alongside Julian's new work, Cinq Preludes by Villa - Lobos & Bach's Chaconne in D minor. The LMT String Sinfonia performed movements from Grieg's Holberg suite and also a duet by Mozart.  Both the LMT and Keele University would like to thank Julian for his commitment to the programme this year and we are now looking forward to greater partnership working as we prepare...

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  • New Blog Post

    Cheshire East Young Musician of the Year On Sunday 11th 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: Mark Concar, Denise Vaughan, Gary Curtin, Jacqui Drennan, Graham Proctor 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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