Barlines: The Half-Termly Newsletter From The LMT



The Newsletter from the Love Music Trust

Diary Dates

Wednesday 25th April
Cheshire East Music Education Conference
Romeo Centre

Friday 4th May
Vocal Residential
Stanley Head

Tuesday 19th June
Come and Play with the Halle
Bridgewater Hall

Wednesday 20th June
Cheshire Show

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th June
Summer Celebration Weekend 

Click here to see the full calendar

This month the Spotlight is on the LMT World Percussion Ensemble

The Love Music Trust World Percussion Ensemble is a new ensemble this year directed by Graham Proctor. The group was initially formed by invitation to the Key Stage 2 children who have had the experience of World Percussion Wider Opportunities last academic year. The group studied Samba drumming last term and he group had it's debut performance in December 2017 at St. Mary's Church, Sandbach. They performed a selection of Batucada and Samba Reggae grooves and had the whole audience dancing!

Since January, there has been a huge increase in the number of children involved in the ensemble due to its popularity and now there are over 20 members. The group rehearse at Offley Primary School and are supported by the school as they perform there at the end of each term. This term, they have studied African percussion and have played Djembe, Djundjun, Shekere Ghana Bells and Caixixi. The ensemble have been learning to play exciting Afro-Cuban grooves and traditional African bell patterns and clave patterns.

The ensemble have been praised for their high energy and exciting sounds. They are looking forward to studying and performing Japanese Taiko drumming next term, culminating in a performance at Clonter Opera in June.

Vocal Residential 4th - 6th May 2018
Its not long till the first LMT Vocal Residential, there are still a few spaces remaining, why not come along and join usat Stanley Head, Stoke on Trent. A full weekend of vocal fun with expert tutors, suitable for all students in KS2 - KS4. A fantastic subsidised weekend, only £75.00 including travel, food, accommodation and an outdoor activity, specialist choral tuition, exciting workshops and a celebratory performance at Sandbach School on Sunday.
Places are limited to 40 so early booking is essential!

To book click here
Battle of the Bands

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 More

For 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 a 15 minute programme by third Year RNCM Popular Music Course band 'Cosmo Calling' who quite literally rocked the audience to their core with their upbeat and driven set! The showcase also provided an opportunity to our Cheshire East popular music students as to a possible future pathway of study at the Royal Northern College of Music on their 'Popular Music degree Course'. As the judges came back onto stage, it was Sound of Phoenix who were announced as the inaugural Cheshire East Battle of the Bands winners, the result being met with a great response from the warm and enthusiastic audience.
Congratulations to all the finalists for giving everyone a wonderful night of entertainment.
This month the Student Spotlight is on Jonathon Collett 
from LMT CEYC, Academy Brass Band and Lions Youth Brass.

Tell us a little about your background as a Musician
I started playing the fife in Reception and then moved onto tenor horn when I was 6. I joined Lions when I was 6 1/2 and have been with the organisation ever since. I have also joined the Academy Brass Band. I have done grades 1 and 3 on horn and grade 4 singing. I am currently on euphonium. I have sung with Nantwich Young Voices and now sing with Cheshire East Youth Choir.
How did you come to join Lions?
My mum played in Lions and was a founder member so she took me along.
What is your favourite part of playing for Lions?
Being able to progress through the seats and the sections - you feel a sense of achievement.
What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?
Coming 4th at the Nationals competition.
Do you have any musical aspirations for the future?
To join the Youth Band
What school do you go to and what lessons do you enjoy?
Shavington Academy. I enjoy Music, Maths and IT.
What do you enjoy doing when your not playing, what are your other hobbies?
Scouts, Scout Target Shooting and playing rugby.

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).
The finalists, Elworth Hall Primary School String Ensemble, Dingle Primary School Ensemble and the Elworth Hall School Band, Excalibur Primary School Choir, The Dingle School Choir and Elworth Hall Primary School Choir didn't disappoint. The standard on display during the evening was there for all to see and appreciated 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 worked with the groups so effectively in advance. 
At the end of the evening, it was Excalibur Primary School Choir and Elworth Hall School Band who were crowned 2018 winners, each receiving a shield and a £500 cheque to continue developing the music provision at their schools.

The following evening it was the turn of the Secondary finalists as on Wednesday 28th, Sandbach School Wind Orchestra, Poynton High School Jazz Ensemble, Sandbach School 'Brass Phats', Brine Leas Choir, Sandbach School Choir and Alsager School Choir competed before the two judges, Jim Muirhead (Clarinetist with the Halle Orchestra and Jacqui Drennan (Curriculum Leader of Music at Lady Barn School). The performance levels on display were nothing short of stunning with all groups and choirs richly entertaining the large and appreciative crowd. 
Come decision time though, it was Poynton High School Jazz Ensemble and Sandbach School Choir who left with the spoils in what turned out to be in the judges words 'a wonderful display of youth music making'.

Congratulations to the winners, the finalists and a huge thank you to all those who took part in the competition this year. Over 40 school ensembles and choirs performed as part of the event and each and every musician should feel extremely proud of their performance.
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 for the 2018/19 Composer Fellowship programme.
Percussion Workshop

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 providing such a great experience for our percussionists.

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 Pharrel 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.
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. 
Gifted and Talented Vocal Day at Clonter Opera March 7th 2018

A wonderful day was spent on Wednesday 7th March at Clonter Opera with 70 gifted and talented students from 7 Cheshire East schools and Impromptu Opera, who lead a series of workshops on topics such as ‘What is Opera?’, vocal technique, improvisation and performance. Impromptu Opera gave constructive advice in the afternoon’s master class and performances from opera singers Alastair and Habba, accompanied by Martyn Parkes, were inspirational in every sense and left us all wanting more. Classics included ‘The Torreador’s Song’, ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ and ‘Summertime’.
The evening concert was a Secondary School Choral Celebration with brilliant challenging programmes from Knutsford Academy, Sir William Stanier, Shavington Academy, Poynton High School, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive and Alsager High. A massed finale of James Bay’s ‘Hold Back the River’ heard a resplendent massed choir of 200 young people join together in song. A true celebration of singing together!
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! 
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.
KS1 Instrumental
1st place: Isaac Stanley
2nd place: Lucy Nguyen
3rd place: Emma Jarratt

See the website for photos of the event

KS2 Instrumental
1st place: Finn Gibson
2nd place: Matthew Nuttall
3rd place: Holly Yarwood
KS2 Vocal
1st place: Charlotte Jacobs
2nd place: Alice Woodfine
3rd place: Taylah Wilkinson
KS2 Instrumental
1st place: Finn Gibson
2nd place: Matthew Nuttall
3rd place: Holly Yarwood
KS2 Vocal
1st place: Charlotte Jacobs
2nd place: Alice Woodfine
3rd place: Taylah Wilkinson
KS3 Instrumental
1st place: Rose Mendham
2nd place: Bethany Harby
3rd place: Olivia Taylor

KS3 Vocal
1st place: Emma Currie
2nd place: Benjamin Finnie
3rd place: Edie Whitehead

KS4 Instrumental
1st place: Nadia James
2nd place: Bethan Jordan
3rd place: Jude Smith
KS4 Vocal
1st place: Phoebe Crewe
2nd place: Katerina Piperakis
3rd place: Matthew Reaney
KS5 Instrumental
1st place: Ben Jackson
2nd place: Catherine Flanders
3rd place: Mark Wheeler
KS5 Vocal
1st place: Abbie Lloyd-Weston
2nd place: Alex Jacob
3rd place: Lucy Ollier

Click here to book a place at the conference

RNCM Young Instrumentalists

The RNCM are running a selection of free workshops for young musicians:
Young Basses - Sunday  4th March, 22nd April, 24th June
Young Violas -  Sunday, 8th April, 27th May, 22nd June
Young Tubas - Sunday 4th March, 20th May, 24th June
Young Bassoons - Sunday, 25th February, 29th April, 1st July
Young Oboes - Sunday, 25th February. 29th April, 1st July
Music Open Days at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Wednesday 13th June 
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