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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. Similarly, great credit must be given to the school teachers and ensemble leaders who had...

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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 SchoolBetween Thorns - All Hallows’ Catholic CollegePrimate - Alsager High SchoolMinimal Order - All Hallows’ Catholic CollegeFor 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). Following four fantastic and rocking sets of music and as the judges retired to make their deliberations, the...

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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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  • Music Education Conference

    This year the annual Music Education Conference will be held on Wednesday 1st May at The Canalside Conference Centre, Middlewich starting at 9am and running until 3.00pm. The event is open to all Primary music teachers and coordinators, instrumental tutors and anyone interested in music education to attend.

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  • Schools Music Competition Final

    This year's Cheshire East Schools Music Competition saw over 500 students attend the heats at Wilmslow High School and St Thomas Moore Catholic School

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  • Percussion Day

    On Sunday 12th January, the Love Music Trust Percussion Day was held at Sandbach School. The day offered a mixture of open rehearsals and workshops, with a programme spanning a wide range of genres and styles.

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