Summer Term Bulletin 2017

Here is a taste of some of the many activities on offer from the SFS partners and other Somerset music providers for children and young people in Somerset this Summer. Follow weblinks to provider websites where you will find lots more opportunities and information.

Annual Primary Music Conference

The annual Primary Music Conference is being held on Friday 12th May at Dillington House near Ilminster. Again the conference offers the opportunity to network with colleagues, learn new skills and obtain new resources.This year’s keynote session is ‘On Cue: creative music making’ lead by Kirsten Wordley. The cost for the day is £50 for Somerset Schools and £60 for other counties. Further details and booking somersetmusic@somerset.gov.uk  or Tel: 01823 348262


Wednesday 7th June, 3-15-4.45pm, Frome Library Meeting Room, BA11 1BE

For Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Supply and Volunteer staff at key stage 1&2.  £10 per person. 20 places available on a first come, first served basis.

Come and learn how you can get your class (and school) singing, support your curriculum and music teaching, whilst getting some tips on the best songs available. Contact music@jackdaws.org 01373 812383

More information here.

The Arts are important to schools - free harbour-side supper, arts workshops and debate

Somerset Head Teachers, Curriculum Planners, Business Managers and Arts Subject Leaders from all Key Stages are invited for supper by the harbour at Contains Art, with gallery tour, workshops, films and panel discussion on why the arts are important to schools. Meet the InspirED partners. Get priority bookings to free arts and cultural activity. Gain advice, ideas and resources for curriculum enrichment through Music, Dance, Drama, Art and Design, Craft, Digital Media and Film. Find out about opportunities for supporting a creative education.

 More information here.

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton now based at Richard Huish College

Centre for Young Musicians, Taunton - a division of the Guildhall School – is now based at Richard Huish College, having moved after three successful years at Hestercombe House. During the summer term CYM Taunton will hold a series of open days at Richard Huish College, offering free workshops for under-18s, tours of the facilities and Q&A sessions with staff members. The open days take place on 29 April, 20 May, 17 June and 24 June between 9am and 12pm. 

Booking is essential by phone: 07754 217993 or email: taunton@cym.org.uk. 

More information here.

Photo: Students at CYM Taunton enjoying a singing workshop. Photo credit: Picshore Photography.

Afriquoi in Somerset

22nd - 28th April 2017

Afriquoi are a London based Electronic African Dance Music group and Actiontrack are bringing them to Somerset for a week of activity.

During the week of the 24th - 28th April Actiontrack Performance Company and Afriquoi will be touring around schools in South Somerset, teaching students about African musical instruments and traditions. Performance on 28th April.

More information here.

Jackdaws Year of the Guitar workshops start this week

Applications for South West Music School are still open

If you are a talented, passionate musician or composer aged 8 – 18 years living in the South West of England, we want to hear from you! Whether you’re into RnB or reggae, jazz, blues or classical, SWMS can provide fantastic opportunities to fulfil your music potential.

South West Music School provides students with the same standard of music education as specialist music schools and junior conservatoires. Our students can stay in their existing education whilst taking part in other current musical (and non-musical) activities in their local communities.

Visit our website to find out how to apply. DEADLINE: Friday 12th May 2017. For all enquiries, please contact the SWMS office on 0117 405 7235.


Other news......Join in with The Giant Jam

AllStars Music project, run by local organisation Count Me In, invite you to The Giant Jam, a one-day festival celebrating musical creativity within the local learning disability community.

Tickets are FREE, and are available at The Giant Jam Eventbrite page.

Music Making Conference - Youth Music


A conference for teachers, youth workers, musicians, music practitioners and volunteers. A great opportunity to share good practice of music making within formal, informal and non-formal education.


More information here.