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Centre for Young Musicians Taunton


Bursaries for young musicians 2017-18

We are delighted to announce that the Guildhall School has generously allocated bursary funding to CYMT for this academic year.  These bursaries for young musicians will mean students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend can access the excellent coaching at CYMT.

The bursaries, which are assisted places provided under the Guildhall School’s Access Agreement, are intended for students in years 9-13, ideally advanced level musicians (i.e. grade 6+), who are from families who would otherwise be unable to afford the CYMT fees.

If you have any queries please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYM Taunton):  07754 217993  |  taunton@cym.org.uk


A DOG’S DINNER is going to be a brilliant black tie evening in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  The event is a fundraising black tie dinner at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton on Friday 17 November at 7pm.  CYMT will play music solos during the evening and they are working hard to polish their pieces.  Tickets are £30 per person and include a delicious 3-course meal and entertainment to celebrate 35 years of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  The dinner will take place in the Long Room at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JT.  

For more information or tickets please contact: Lin Keitch dave.lin@talktalk.net or call 01823 412888


Somerset Music Workshops

Is your school having a project day, activities week, cultural day or would just like a different musical experience? Somerset Music offer bespoke music workshops for all age ranges, delivered by an experienced tutor. Groups of varying sizes can be catered for.

All tutors are DBS checked and instruments are provided. Half day (2 1/2 hours) £160 Full day (5 hours) £300

For more information call 01823 348262 or email somersetmusic@somerset.gov.uk


Throughout this academic year Actiontrack offers music education opportunities to support schools, groups and individuals looking to engage with World Music, Popular Music/Music Technology and Recording, and Music with hard to reach and vulnerable young people. 

 If you would like to find out more about how Actiontrack can support your programme or chat over possibilities please either call Nick Brace (Artistic Director) 07785564092 or you can visit http://www.actiontrackperformance.co.uk.

Information on our Gamelan workshops and other activities can be seen at Actiontrack’s Vimeo page https://vimeo.com/198816426 and you can hear music made by young people on the recording/production project (On The Record) at https://ontherecordproject.bandcamp.com

Please also note that Actiontrack no longer operates from Flook House but solely from it’s recording studio - Unit 8, Smalls Yard, Dellers Wharf, Station Road TAUNTON Somerset. TA1 1NS.  


Last Opportunity for Your School to get involved...

 with Jackdaws Award-winning Music Education projects in 2018. 'Year of Brass' and 'OperaPLUS', each have space for just a couple more schools when they run next Spring term.

 Year of Brass

The wonderful Onyx Brass Quintet will visit your school to give a performance for all pupils and a workshop for WCET recipients, who will join the Quintet for the Grand Finale Performance at Frome's Cheese & Grain on Tuesday 20 March 2018.

 OperaPLUS: The Team Mascot

Your students will perform Donizetti's fizzing operatic comedy alongside our cast of professional opera singers. Supported with a free CD and Resources Pack, plus a preliminary workshop, rehearsal with the cast, and a dress-rehearsal on the day of the performance, to help your students sound their best.

 For more details about either project contact music@jackdaws.org or visit www.jackdaws.org.uk/education


Young Artist Development Programme

We are pleased to announce we have 13 students from Somerset in academic year 2017/18, they are receiving financial support from the DfE through the Music and Dance scheme to access SWMS Mentoring, Tuition and Workshops. These students are from all across Somerset and range in age from 12 to 19 they are from mixed genre backgrounds, but all are extremely gifted musicians.

 For further about the programme, please contact Tracy Hill on t.hill@swms.org.uk.