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The Newsletter from the Love Music Trust

Diary Dates

Orchestral Residential
14th - 16th September

Snowman Auditions
Sandbach School
10th November

Annual LMT Christmas Concert
St Mary's Church - Sandbach
5th Decemeber

Click here to see the full calendar


Summer Celebration Weekend

Across the 22nd, 23rd and 24th June, the LMT held the annual ‘Summer Celebration Weekend’ with six concerts, one Teddy Bear's Picnic, and 29 choirs & ensembles performing in the idyllic setting of Clonter Opera. 

This was the sixth consecutive year that the Love Music Trust has brought together partner ensembles and choirs from across the borough to share the stage with our own choirs and ensembles, with the three days highlighting the excellent provision and opportunities that are provided and enjoyed by so many in Cheshire East. The annual excitement surrounding who would win the highly sought after hand cream in the raffle was matched this year by the generous offer of tickets to see the production of 'La Boheme' taking place at Clonter in July, with the winners (of the opera tickets) left the concert feeling delighted!

In all, some 1000 Cheshire East children took part in these special concerts, an event we're already planning and looking forward to again for 2019.
To see more photos from the weekend click here

Royal Cheshire Show

On Wednesday 20th June 2018, the Love Music Trust was at the Royal Cheshire Show where sixteen Cheshire East schools had the opportunity to showcase their musical talents. There was something for everyone with choirs, wind bands, brass groups, African drumming, samba bands and rock music. It was a fantastic day!

To see more photos click here
Come and Play with the Hallé

On Tuesday 19th June, over 1,400 young musicians from 43 Cheshire East schools made their way to Manchester's Bridgewater Hall to participate in the 2018 Come and Play with the Hallé series. In keeping with this year's dance-related theme, Strictly Hallé, the orchestra made a 'showbiz' entrance to the hall, walking amongst the young players in the Stalls on their way to the stage. For many pupils, this was the first opportunity they had to hear an orchestra live and 'in person' and the Hallé, under conductor Jonathan Heyward, certainly didn't disappoint! Music from Dvorak (Slavonic Dances), Copland (Hoedown from Rodeo) and Marquez (Danza No. 2) was included in the programme alongside two pieces which the children played alongside the orchestra (Perez Prado's Mambo Number 5 and Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker). There was also brilliant singing to be heard in the form of the energetic Ai Caramba Samba and a new song by Hallé Education Director, Steve Pickett, entitled Charleston Champions. Steve also provided an opportunity for the audience to join the orchestra in some traditional folk dancing, where we were whisked around the British Isles in under four minutes as part of his British Folk Dance set. A big thank you to all the schools and parents/families for supporting the event; once again, the quality of the playing and singing of Cheshire East children was heard and appreciated by a near-capacity audience!

Adventures with Barney Bear at Clonter

On Friday 22nd June 90 reception and pre school children enjoyed a teddy bears picnic in the grounds of the beautiful Clonter Opera Theatre near Congleton. After an al-fresco lunch, the children performed the seaside themed songs they had learnt as part of the six week project run by the Love Music Trust, to an audience of parents and grandparents. There were lots of sticky fingers and smiling faces; a great start to the summer celebration weekend!
Click here to see the photos

Saxophone Day

The LMT Saxophone Day brought together another batch of brilliant saxophonist, led by Andy Scott and Jamie Sharp; we think this was the biggest event yet! Jamie kicked the day off with a rehearsal of a massed Sax version of 'Jinga' by Matt Styles, making use of a meaty, three-baritone-heavy section and the fast fingers of our Sopranos. Matt Styles is an Australian based Saxophonist, composer and educator at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. He featured at the RNCM's Sax Day back in 2013 and brought this piece along with him. Andy also introduced a beautiful arrangement by a former LMT Saxophone Orchestra member, Simeon Evans - great to see him still creating such fantastic music! Throughout the rest of the day, the saxophonists took part in improvisation workshops, quartet, octet and quintet sessions. We were extremely lucky to be supported once again by Vandoren, Yanigasawa, Selmer and Astute Music. Delegates had the opportunity to peruse the Astute catalogue, have a play on brand new Vandoren mouthpieces and even experiment on some of the newest Saxophone models from Yanigasawa.  The day concluded with a 30 minute performance from the various ensembles created throughout the day, supported by a brilliant rhythm section including Stan Scott on Bass and Josh Prince on Drums. We can't wait for next year's Saxophone Day and we would love to see even more of you along with your saxes!
To see more photos from the day click here

Horns a plenty!

Two years ago, Macclesfield Music Centre decided to start a French Horn group as an antidote to the shortage of horn players at the centre. As MMC is a hub partner, LMT kindly agreed to supply the instruments if they could find the players!  MMC now have 6 pupils who have taken Grade 1 and are rapidly moving on to the next grade or beyond! They gave their debut performance at the Macclesfield Music Festival last year and continue to perform at the Music Centre Open Mornings. Several of the pupils have now joined the regular Saturday morning groups – wind bands, orchestra, chamber groups and even the jazz band! The children go to several of the local schools and are now boosting the horn numbers there too!
Music for Youth
On Wednesday 4th July, the massed forces involved in the Love Music Trust 'Brass Revolution' performance headed to Birmingham for the National Takeover Day of the 2018 Music For Youth Festival.
The Love Music Trust commissioned British composer award winner Andy Scott to write 'Brass Revolution' specially for the Birmingham performance, a piece that celebrated the musical pathways for young brass players in Cheshire East.
In all 175 young brass players took to the stage at Birmingham Town Hall, with performers present from Haslington Primary School Year 5 Wider Opportunities programme, members of the LMT post-First Access Academy Band, Lions Youth, Macclesfield Youth and Poynton Youth Brass Bands, Foden's Youth Band and Foden's senior Band to perform the 18 minute composition.
Dressed in specially designed 'Brass Revolution' t-shirts, the super-sized ensemble wowed the audience with their funky rhythms, improvisation, hard hitting grooves and melodic singing leading to a much deserved standing ovation by audience. Huge thanks to all those involved in this mammoth project; it was a real celebration of the brass opportunities and pathways for young musicians in Cheshire East, brilliantly conceived and delivered with style!
My Whole World - a live soap opera for modern times.

‘My Whole World’ is a multimedia site-specific promenade music theatre project exploring the issues that affect young people who are NEET, Looked After and/or have emotional and behavioural difficulties in 2018. The young people took part in a series of creative writing, drama, lyric writing, music production and film making workshops aimed at giving them experience of the creative industries and producing materials for a live immersive performance on 11th July 2018. The performance took place in Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's specifically constructed Safety Central - a village under a dome, complete with shop, cinema, cells, court room, house, train station, farm and more. A small team of professional actors, dramatists, filmmakers and musicians brought the materials that the young people created to life in an interwoven live soap opera. Some of young people also chose to perform live. The audience moved around the village discovering characters, scenes and music that brought the space to life and gave them an insight into what life is like for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Some of the issue explored include: drugs and alcohol abuse, mental health, exploitation, family upheaval, economic pressures, cyber bullying, anti-social behaviour, self harm, domestic violence, toxic masculinity and keeping safe. It is our hope that this process will help young people raise awareness, reduce stigma, identify difficulties in themselves and others, seek help and support and plan for a positive and happy future. 
Our congratulations to lead practitioner Paul Hine and his team from Brighter Sound for a fantastic, inspiration project and final performance! 

Lost Words

Children from St Anne’s Fulshaw CE Primary School, Wilmslow spent the day composing with Curriculum Lead, Sally Dinnis. Taking inspiration from Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, and composer Kerry Andrews, the children created their own spell songs about the Lark, Magpie, Kingfisher, Adder and Fern. Children composed for voice, body percussion, classroom percussion instruments and guitar. The final results were magical.

If you are interested in having a similar day in your school, then please do get in touch.
LMT shortlisted for regional award

In recognition of our collaborative work with children in challenging circumstances (which included the 'My Whole World' project) the Love Music Trust were recently shortlisted for the Curious Minds North West ‘Cultural Education Challenge Award’, celebrating innovation and excellence in creative and cultural education. Thank you to all out partners on these projects for their hard work and dedication to the cause!
Peter and the Wolf at MMC

On June 23rd , St Michael’s Church in Macclesfield was taken over by ducks, cats, wolves and birds! This was all part of Macclesfield Music Centre’s performance of Peter and the Wolf at the local Barnaby Festival. Children were invited to come to make masks and badges of their favourite animal and then to learn some movement to use during the performance. Tom Redmond, from the Halle orchestra, brought the words to life in his usual entertaining style whilst the orchestra did a fantastic job depicting the story through music. The church was packed with standing room only. Afterwards children and adults tried out the instruments – many lent by LMT. A fun afternoon had by all, as hopefully you can see from the pictures!
LMT Orchestral Residential

This year's LMT Orchestral Residential will again be held at the Conway Centre, Anglesey from Friday 14th - Sunday 16th September 2018.
The residential is aimed at students of Grade 5+ standard and is open to all orchestral instrumentalists across the borough. It is a great opportunity for musicians who play in a range of ensembles yet may not have previously had the opportunity to take part in an orchestra
The cost of the whole weekend - subsidised by the Love Music Trust - is £75.00 and is inclusive of travel, accommodation, meals, rehearsals and outdoor activities. 

The course is open to students age 11 - 19 in full time education.

If you require any further information please contact the office on 01270 766214.

To book onto this years residential click here
'The Snowman' with live Orchestra 2018

We would like to invite your pupils to a unique and special event – a screening of the much loved film, The Snowman, accompanied by a live 26 piece professional orchestra. The Snowman Orchestra comprises hand-picked, first class musicians, many of whom are members of the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé and BBC Symphony Orchestras amongst others. 

There will be a schools performance on Monday 17th December 2018 at 1:30pm. It will take place at Victoria Hall , Hanley and will last for 1 hour. Following on from the high demand for tickets for The Snowman live experience last year we will be offering places on a first come first served basis. We will confirm your request for tickets via email and hopefully we will be able to accommodate all requests.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your pupils to experience the thrill of live music underpinning an iconic film and the power of music close-up. The performance provides the perfect opportunity to fulfil one of the main aims of the music National Curriculum: "to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live music from great composers and musicians". 

The concert will open with a toe-tapping Christmas Medley followed by a fun introduction to the orchestra. All the instruments are presented in a fun and approachable way, offering the young audience members the valuable experience of seeing - and hearing - the instruments individually. 

Following this there will be a world premiere of a brand new work created especially for us: A Donkey’s Tale. Set amidst the wild landscape of Connemara in the west of Ireland, it tells the heartwarming story of Dillon, an ordinary donkey with an extraordinary dream that takes him on a journey that will change his life. This stunning animated film with accompanying musical score looks set to become a firm favourite for all ages. 

The Snowman film will then be projected onto the screen, accompanied by a local child soloist singing the timeless “Walking In The Air”.This is a very special opportunity; we do hope you will take advantage of this offer to let the children from your school enjoy a truly magical and unforgettable experience. 

I do hope you will be able to join us for what will undoubtedly be a magical Christmas experience.

To book your tickets please follow the link: Snowman Tickets

As featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph "Top things to do at Christmas"
"The most amazing concert ever. Everyone was enjoying it, even the orchestra. You could tell because every single person had a big smile on their face!"

Singfest, Barney Bear & Betty Bear projects for 2018-19

We are delighted to bring you information about our three exciting projects for the academic year 2018/19.

Following on from the success of this year's project we proudly present Singfest '19 - Music through the Decades. Songs will include wartime favourites, rock and roll, Beatles, Queen, 80's classics, Robbie Williams, Take That and The Greatest Showman.
The children will come together for two massed rehearsals, as in previous years, to learn the original and exciting medleys. Massed rehearsals will take place in a local high school and there will be a massed celebration concert at Crewe Lyceum on 18th or 19th March 2019 at either 9:30, 12:00 or 2:30. We will confirm dates and times in the autumn term. The project costs £125 per class of 35 children max.

To book a place at this years Singfest please follow the link below:

For EYFS we are once again offering your children the opportunity to accompany Barney Bear on his musical adventures. This year, Barney will be taking the children on a trip to the seaside where they will play on the beach, join a band, explore the sea and learn to rock and roll.  The children are introduced to basic musicianship skills through songs, games and percussion instruments.  The project includes 6 x 45 minute sessions, scheme of work, songbook, CD and the opportunity to perform to parents. The project costs £225 per class of 30 children max.

To book Adventures with Barney Bear use the link below:

For KS1, we introduce Betty Bear who will be going to the Seaside. Join Betty on her travels to the coast where she will have lots of fun on the beach, explore rock pools, and make friends with the animals living in the sea. Children will learn to sing more challenging melodies and in different parts.  The project includes 6 x 45 minute sessions, scheme of work, songbook, CD and a massed celebration concert at Crewe Lyceum on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at either 9:30 or 2:30. The project costs £225 per class of 35 children max.

To book Betty Bear Goes to the Seaside use the link below:
The National Children's Orchestra (NCO) is looking for:
  • Young musicians aged 7-13 years old…
  • Who are British citizens, residents of, or studying in the British Isles...
  • And have a passion for playing an orchestral instrument!
We have five national age-banded orchestras drawing from children who are due to start in school years 3-9 from September this year, plus six Regional Orchestras, drawing on a wider pool of Associate Members. In total, we have 650 places available for NCO National and Associate Membership.
NCO is proud to offer a financial assistance scheme, opening up our music education experience to more children and young people than ever before. For more information on annual membership fees and financial assistance, please visit
If you know any young people, whom you think might like to join us, please encourage them to apply for an NCO audition today. Simply head over to to start!
As well as receiving top orchestral training and support from leading professional musicians and tutors, the young musicians in NCO also benefit from additional activities that improve playing, boosts confidence and teaches them life skills outside of music making.
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