June/July 2016 News

Read on for Sound Foundation Somerset provider news.  Go to the SFS website to find out about all the exciting music activities on offer for children and young people in Somerset this Summer including the spectacular Sound Foundation Somerset Festival in July which brings live music and performance to Taunton.

Sound Foundation Somerset Summer Festival

Taking place throughout the weekend of JULY 15/16/17, the Sound Foundation Somerset festival is a fantastic way to kick off the summer holidays.

Venues and outdoor spaces around Taunton will come alive with the sound-of-music during Sound Foundation Somerset's biennial music festival. Lead Artists Actiontrack Performance Company with Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Somerset Music, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, South West Music School, Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians, local school and youth orchestras will be amongst the musical line-up.  There will also be an opportunity to have-a-go at playing the Javanese Gamelan, among other inclusive musical spectacles.

Contact Molly at Actiontrack for more information molly.actiontrack@btconnect.com 

Full details soon to be available on the Sound Foundation Somerset website.


South West Music School working in partnership with Wells Cathedral School

South West Youth Orchestra's
Residential orchestral course is for talented young musicians in the South West of England.  

The next one is on:

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th August 2016
Wells, Somerset

Applications for South West Youth Orchestra (SWYO) are also now open. SWYO is run by South West Music School in partnership with Wells Cathedral School

The application form can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

SWYO Application Form

Please note: Download the application form rather than attempt to fill it out and save it online.


Read more online.


Jackdaw's Song Story 2016 explores Vivaldi’s vivid Four Seasons.

Four SEN schools – Elmwood, Avalon, Critchill and Selworthy – will investigate Vivaldi's evocative work with conductor William Carslake, violinst Flora Curzon and soprano Saffron van Zwanenberg in series of workshops, culminating in the grand performance of their own musical response to the work on 29 June.

The unique Song Story project was designed to introduce children to the music of the great composers by engaging them in a live performance, using the composer’s music as inspiration to a dramatic narrative of their own creation.

Final Performance: Wednesday 29 June
Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater

Read more online.


Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians

Having celebrated its 2nd Birthday this year (see picture), the centre had a very successful Open Day recently, recruiting many young people.

The Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians is a wonderful resource in the South West and offers fantastic opportunities to its students. The Centre has professional music tutors with dedication and drive providing excellent musical coaching to improve skills, knowledge and confidence. 

For further information please contact the Hestercombe CYM office: 01823 410110 or 07754 217993 or hcym@cym.org.uk. 

Aled Jones Joins Somerset County Youth Show Choir for one night



Somerset County Youth Show Choir stunned the audience at Wells Cathedral on Thursday 19th May.  

They were thrilled and honoured to be invited to join Aled Jones on his 2016 Cathedral Tour. Everyone had a wonderful time and the whole day gave such an invaluable experience to the members of the Show Choir, many of whom want to go into the industry.

Aled, his musical director and his management company, all highlighted the enthusiasm and precision with which the choir performed and said it brought a real energy to the whole event which they hadn't seen or experienced in other venues.

Artsmark Exhibition at Hestercombe and Artsmark incentive scheme announced...

Spaeda are celebrating the creativity of Artsmark Schools as well as Spaeda's move to Hestercombe with an exhibition of young people's work at Hestercombe running until 10th June. There will be a whole afternoon of creative CPD activities on 9th June.

Artsmark is cross artform including dance, drama, film, music, photography, drawing, painting, craft which are all represented in the show.  You can find out more about how Artsmark can benefit your school on the Artsmark website or by coming along to a Spaeda Artsmark briefing in the autumn.

You can also find out more about the Artsmark incentive scheme for eligible schools being offered by Spaeda and Sound Foundation Somerset by emailing info@spaeda.org.uk. Schools applying to the new Artsmark (launched Sept 2015) may be eligible for a subsidy on their Artsmark registration where these schools are InspirED partners and are engaging with Sound Foundation Somerset.

Diary Dates:

15-17 July 2016      Sound Foundation Somerset Festival

11-13th July 2016   Somerset Schools Singing Festival