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Sound Foundation Somerset

Spring 2020

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Welcome to our termly newsletter!

Find out about all the great musical opportunities coming up for young musicians and how you can get involved...



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Somerset Music

Mark De-Lisser Gifted and Talented workshop

- for Teachers

When: 28th January
Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Where: Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater
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Mark De-Lisser
Somerset Music

Mark De-Lisser Gifted and Talented workshop

- for Schools

When: Across 27th - 30th of January
See below for dates and venues of all workshops and concerts
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Take Art

Rethinking music in the EYFS

When: 4th February
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Networking from 6pm)
Where: Ruishton C of E Primary School, Newlands Road, Ruishton, Taunton, TA3 5JZ
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Year of Bassoon

Workshops take place 6 - 14th February, Final Performance Tuesday 24th March
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Open Door Sessions

When: 12th - 14th February

Where: Actiontrack Studio, Smalls Yard, Dellers Wharf, TA1 1NS

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Centre for Young Musicians Taunton

CYMT soloists' concert & OPEN DAY

When: 8th February

Time: 12:00pm

Where: Willow Cafe at Richard Huish College, Taunton

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Secondary Music Teachers Conference

When: 14th February
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Where: Dillington House, Ilminster
Bookings: Click Here
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Centre for Young Musicians Taunton

Nicholas McCarthy - Concerts in the West

When: 7th March
Time: 11.45-12.45
Where: Centre for Young Musicians Taunton, Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3DZ
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Somerset Music

Advanced Strings Day

When: 22nd March
Time: 9:45 – 4pm
Where: Walton Village Hall, BA16 9LA
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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Rusty & Not so Rusty
When: 8th March
Time: 10:00am
Where: Westfields Academy
Stiby Road , Yeovil BA21 3EL
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Somerset Music

Somerset County Youth Orchestra - Easter Concert

When: 7th April
Where: Cedars Hall, BA5 2ST
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OperaPLUS: The Stylist of Somerset

Performances: Various locations across Somerset, 21-24 April
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Somerset County Youth Concert Band - Easter Concert

When: 8th April
Where: The McMillan Theatre, TA6 4PZ
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Primary Music Conference

When: 15th May
Where: Dillington House, Ilminster
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Kilve Strings Weekend

When: 5th – 7th June
Where: Kilve Court Residential Education Centre
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Mid Somerset Spectacular

When: 15th – 16th June
Where: Strode Theatre, Street, BA16 0AB​
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Exciting News!

On the Record Album 12 – Climate Change

Now on Release -
For the twelfth record in the series young music makers from across Somerset have chosen taken on an issue that affects us all.

You will hear responses to the effect of Climate Change on the natural world, through demands for action, ways we can change things, and reflections on politics and the climate change campaign.

The music has been especially written, recorded and produced by young people in collaboration with Actiontrack with support from Sound Foundation Somerset.

To help offset the plastic requirement of this album it has been released with a limited hard copy, through download with the code available on a free recycled and recyclable water bottle and online – Search ontherecordproject on Bandcamp – or Actiontrack on Spotify and iTunes.
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Young composers receive support in 2020 - Centre for Young Musicians Taunton

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) has received a grant of £2,000 from The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation to help run a new programme in 2020 called ‘CYMT Young Composers’. The Centre will host a visiting composer for several visits each term and their role will be to support and work with young composers developing their own new music.

“We are delighted to receive the grant from The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation as it will enable CYMT to support and develop young composers’ creativity in whatever style of music they are pursuing. There will be group and individual sessions and regular performances so this is a golden opportunity and one we hope many of our young musicians will seize. We offer composition workshops for students aged 8 – 18 of all abilities and these lead to exciting world premieres each term. It's a melting-pot of creativity and we are looking forward to helping students take their compositions to the next level.” - Head of Centre, Rachael Parvin

Do you know a young musician or composer who’d benefit from regular workshops?

All music creatives aged 5 – 18 from beginners to advanced are eligible to join Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) on Saturdays for workshops and band practices with top music practitioners & industry professionals. CYMT is inclusive and welcoming, friendly and supportive, helping all young musicians find their musical spark in a wide variety of musical styles. There a regular gigs, concerts and opportunities and all are welcome to visit anytime (booking essential at taunton@cym.org.uk). Sign up for your FREE taster morning at cymtaunton.org.uk

Planning what to do with the kids this summer?

CYMT is now planning its 3rd summer holiday course in music & drama. Ideal for musicians aged 10 – 18 who can already play their instruments/sing, the course will take place from Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August at Richard Huish College, Taunton. Register your interest at cymtaunton.org.uk
For more information visit www.cymtaunton.org.uk or call 07754 217993 or email taunton@cym.org.uk.

SEND Inspire

Live Music Now’s flagship project for special schools, SEND Inspire, continues in Somerset this academic year. SEND Inspire provides training for professional musicians wishing to develop their skills working with children with additional needs, whilst also enabling children and young people to take part in creative music activities and supporting schools to grow their own music programmes.
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Sounds of Intent

Singer-songwriter Sadie Fleming (https://www.sadiefleming.co.uk/) is musician-in-residence at Fiveways School, Yeovil, working with groups and individual students to create their own music using voices, instruments and music technology. Sadie is currently studying for a PG Cert in Sounds of Intent (http://soundsofintent.org/): this is a framework for musical progression for children with complex needs which can help practitioners to identify strengths and next steps for individuals’ musical journeys.

In October 2019, Live Music Now held a training session for peripatetic teachers on Sounds of Intent, in collaboration with the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton. Further CPD opportunities will be available during 2020 – for more information, please contact sophie.dunn@livemusicnow.org.uk.