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Diary Dates

Saturday 4th November 
Snowman Auditions - Sandbach School - Starting from 10am

Saturday 2nd December
Charity Concert - Sandbach School - 2pm

Wednesday 6th December
Christmas Concert - St Mary's Church, Sandbach - 7pm

Monday 18th December
The Snowman with Live Orchestra - Victoria Hall Hanley - 11.30am & 1.30pm & & 7pm

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This month the Spotlight is on our partner ensemble Fodens Youth Band 

Foden's Youth Band was formed in 2012 in order to provide opportunities for young brass & percussion players to experience performances alongside world class musicians, tuition from some of the UK's leading specialists and direction from talented professional conductors.

Foden's Youth Band recently launched their 6th season with a weekend course packed with auditions, rehearsals, workshops and a concert at Sandbach School. Formed in 2012, the band meets once a month in Sandbach and attracts players from across the county as well as further afield with some members travelling from North Wales, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Lancashire. The 60+ members were lead by Foden's Band conductors and tutors as usual who were thrilled with the enthusiasm and dedication of the young players. On the Sunday, they were joined by Lions Youth Brass and Macclesfield Youth Brass Band for an end of course concert which gave all 3 bands the opportunity to give some new repertoire a first public performance. The Band are pictured in rehearsal for the concert.

This month the Student Spotlight is on Jake Fletcher 
from LMT Big Band Ensemble, Lions Youth Brass, Sandbach School Big Band & Wind Band

Tell us a little about your background as a Musician
I’ve always liked listening to music. I listen to all-sorts, from Miles Davis to the Clash.  I began playing the trumpet in primary school when I was 8 years old – we had the opportunity to choose a brass or wind instrument. Picking the trumpet was just a matter of chance. I joined Lions Youth Brass when I was 9, playing the cornet and recently took up the soprano cornet. I play the trumpet in the LMT Big Band and in the Sandbach School Big Band

How did you come to join The LMT Big Band?
I joined the LMT Big Band back in September 2013 after attending a free jazz academy session run by Jon Eno. The jazz music was completely different to the brass band music I was used to playing, and the leader of the band, Jon Eno, was charismatic and a lot of fun. We played Chick Corea, Weather Report and Maynard Ferguson and it was great.

What is your favourite part of playing for the LMT Big Band ?
I enjoy playing challenging music in a fun, laid back rehearsal. The Brass Band world is very competitive and although I enjoy going to competitions (I once got a custard pie in my face – don’t ask), I enjoy the relaxed feel of the Big Band.
The LMT Big Band is also great for meeting prominent figures in the jazz world. Earlier this term, we had Ian Darrington, a leading trumpet player, take two of our rehearsals. It’s hard to imagine many other big bands getting the same opportunities.

What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?
A big highlight was that in a space of a week earlier this year, I got to perform with Allen Vizutti (world-famous trumpet legend) and Mike Lovatt (principal trumpet player of the John Wilson Orchestra & Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music) with the LMT Big Band and I also saw the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, arguably the best big band in the world. Every year with my school big band, I also get to perform with Matt Ford (a singer with the John Wilson Orchestra). The Matt Ford Concert are great – a real highlight of the year. I also remember our performance with Lions at the National Youth Brass Band Championships in 2015 – we came 2nd and it was one of our best performances.

Do you have any musical aspirations for the future?
In an ideal world, I’d love to play alongside Wayne Bergeron, arguably one of the best big band lead trumpet players in the world.

What school do you go to and what lessons do you enjoy?
I go to Sandbach School’s Sixth Form, and study music. The School Big Band is great, helping me to develop as a player. Mr Barber, Mrs Barber and Mr Raisbeck are three great teachers and over the last 5 years have helped me no end.
I also study Theatre Studies, History and English Literature. What’s not to like?

What do you enjoy doing when your not playing, what are your other hobbies?
I love reading. I enjoy reading books by many authors, from Phillip Pullman to Gerald Durrell. I also enjoy circus skills. I can juggle, and I’m learning to walk on stilts and ‘attempting’ to learn to unicycle. I like travelling too, from across the UK to Europe.  
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Orchestral Residential 
On the weekend of the 15th -17th September the Love Music Trust held their second Orchestral Residential at the Conway Centre, Anglesey. Thirty Gifted and Talented Students were joined by the LMT team and Conductor Russell Gray. For some of the students who had never before played in an orchestra it was a brand new experience however they were joined by a number of students who had attended the first residential; everyone got to work together in a very inspiring and exciting way. During the ten hours of rehearsals the students were split into sectionals and specialist tutors were on hand to give them support and guidance. Everyone was also able to enjoy either mountain biking, via ferrata or paddle boarding. On the Saturday evening we spent time in the yurt at the centre toasting marshmallows whilst some members of the LMT Folk Ensemble along with djembes played the tunes for some much loved campfire songs! We returned on Sunday afternoon to perform to a packed audience at Sandbach School. Repertoire included the Mazurka from Swan Lake and music from Pirates of the Caribbean as well as other well-known orchestral pieces. It was a great weekend; thank you to everyone involved. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
To see pictures from the weekend click here

The Snowman with live orchestra
Here at the Love Music Trust we are already looking forward to Christmas! On Monday 18th December 'The Snowman' with live orchestra will be coming to the Victoria Hall, Hanley. Additionally three lucky vocalists will get to open the concert with a rendition of Once in Royal David's City accompanied by a professional orchestra. 

Open Auditions

To make sure that everyone has a fair chance to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity we are holding an open audition on Saturday 4th November in the Theatre Space at Sandbach School.

For the first phase of the audition the vocalists will be asked to sing a song of their own choice. The lucky finalists selected by a panel of experts will progress to the final phase where they will be asked to perform Once in Royal David's City and Walking in the Air.

School Tickets

There are two performances taking place throughout the day specifically for schools, the performance are at 11.30am and 1.30pm. To register for tickets please click here 
There is an additional evening show for the general public at 7pm, for tickets please click here 

Macclesfield’s ‘Zombie’ Band Wins The Brass Factor
Macclesfield Youth Brass Band were crowned the new Brass Factor champions on their debut performance at the Brass Factor entertainment competition held at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth last Saturday (28th October). They scared off strong competition with their Halloween themed programme featuring a 32 member Zombie band, led by Musical Director Morticia Addams and Uncle Fester as the compere! Not only did the band win the overall first prize, they also won the trophy for the Audience Vote and Best Soloist, thanks to a brilliant performance by 14-year-old Alex Walton on xylophone. The competition is based on the X Factor format with each band giving a 20 minute performance and then facing feedback from the panel of four judges. One judge said: “I can see why 120 young people turn up to play in this band every Friday night, it’s so much fun. All power to Macclesfield Youth Band, every town should have this.” Commenting on Alex’s performance, another judge said. “Wow, he is such a talented young player with a great future, what a star.” Musical Director Louise Renshaw said: “This was a great night for the youth band, competing against some notable adult bands, this was our best competition result to date. We had worked really hard to include a lot of drama and fun in our set and the audience reaction was amazing. The players were fantastic, totally getting into the spirit of it.” The band’s next performance is a Remembrance concert at St Michaels Church, Macclesfield on Saturday 11th November organised by Macclesfield Castle Rotary Club. Macclesfield Youth Brass Band has three bands and a drum corps catering for local young musicians aged 7 to 18 years.
To see a video of the winning performance and also more photos by Rachel click here!!
They rehearse every Friday evening at the Fallibroome Academy. For more information visit
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