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Find out about all the great opportunities coming up and how to get involved 


Somerset Music


Bespoke Secondary offer from Somerset Music

Every middle secondary and sixth form College are eligible for 10 hours’ worth of music education delivered by Somerset music staff for a subsidised rate of £100 for the whole project.  The project will be tailored to the specific needs of the schools bearing in mind the skill base of Somerset music staff.  Projects which have already taken place are

> Directing a school choir or ensemble

> Taster lessons

> Gifted and talented workshops

> GCSE music

New progression WCET offer - come Autumn 2019

• All three terms £1000

• Two terms £800

• One term 3500

Instruments are supplied for the WCET projects and each term consists of 11 visits one of which is a planning and school music education plan visit. 

Somerset music are currently piloting an online system of booking individual and small group lessons which will be available from Sept 2019, more details to follow after the pilot.


Rural Music Network Project


Over the past five years Young Somerset (formerly Somerset Rural Youth Project), funded by Youth Music, has been delivering a music project called the Rural Music Network. Over this time this project has developed its partnerships.

The project, now moving into its sixth year has set up a strong partnership with the Cheese and Grain in Frome (Somerset’s most influential live music venue and music studios); this partnership will bridge the gap between young people and the music industry even closer.

For further information and to find out how young people can apply to get involved with the project please see the information below and or contact:

Rural Music Network Project 2019-2021

James Brookes: Project Leader




Young Somerset Website Rural Music Network Page:  


And the link to the Rural Music Network Film: 



Live Music Now in Somerset special schools

In November 2018, pupils from two Somerset special schools spent three days with professional musicians from Live Music Now, creating music together. Members of The Spindle Ensemble, a Bristol-based group of musicians who have been receiving rave reviews for their first album, “Bea”, worked with pupils from Fairmead and Avalon schools as part of Live Music Now’s SEND Inspire programme, which trains musicians to use their skills to perform for and with young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

At Fairmead School, Head Teacher Tracy Felstead observed that the impact of the project lasted beyond the three days: “All those who took part are now more confident to take part in singing at school [and] more able to listen to each other. It’s made the students more willing to take part in the choir.”

This project was funded by Youth Music, with supported from Sound Foundation Somerset. We are delighted that Live Music Now has received a further grant from Youth Music to work with special schools in the county over the next two years. Bringing an investment in music activities worth over £25,000, Live Music Now’s musicians will deliver a total of seven projects, ranging from short but intensive creative workshops to a year-long musician-in-residence project at one school. The programme will also involve training for school staff and peripatetic music teachers in the county, with the aim of supporting schools to continue to develop their music provision both during the project and beyond.

For further information please contact – Sophie.dunn@livemusicnow.org.uk


Rotary Young Musician Competition being organised by the Rotary Club of Yeovil – Final Call!

Yeovil, Crewkerne and Sherborne area only and is the first of a four stage National Rotary competition in which winners from each stage progress to the next.  

The local Yeovil competition is to be held on Wednesday, 13th February 2019, in the Lounge Bar area at Westland’s Leisure Centre, Yeovil and comprises two categories:  Solo Instrumental and Solo Vocal. 

Details of entrants, who should be supported by a school or youth group, for either or both categories are now invited but as places are to be limited, it is essential that all potential entrant's register. 

The competition is open to all students up to age 17 in full time education (including those who are home educated) at all levels, grades and styles of young instrumentalists and vocalists.

For further information please contact – brianmurraylls@aol.com


On The Record 10 - Press Release 

Young Musicians Landmark Album

The tenth in a series of albums showcasing the talent and musicianship of young singers, instrumentalists and composers is now out!

This release is the latest production from the ‘On The Record’ project that has in recent years worked with around 300 young musicians from across Somerset to create over 80 professionally produced tracks ranging from experimental rock-music, through world-music inspired pieces, and the classical tradition to spoken word tracks and everything in between.  

The project is run by Actiontrack out of their recording studio in Taunton, and supported by the Somerset’s music education hub, ’Sound Foundation Somerset’.


Nick Brace - Actiontrack’s Artistic Director said: ‘It’s a project that gives young music makers a chance to learn about, and experience making and producing music in a professional industry setting.  Each record has a theme that we discuss at the start then writers set about creating tracks, getting them to the demo stage and then into full production.  We jam stuff out together, everyone gets a chance to contribute ideas and also to work as ‘session’ players and singers on each others’ tracks.’


 The theme for the tenth record is ‘Movement’ and as with all records in the series the music reflects a wide range of interpretations.  Political movement, physical movement, and even the movement through time are reflected in the ten tracks with influences from old-school Blues, Electronica, Rock, Jazz, Nu-Country, and Chamber Music among others. 

You can hear On The Record 10 online at www.onthrecordproject.bandcamp.com  or pick up hard copies from Actiontrack’s Studio at Deller’s Wharf, TA1 8NU and at some local music outlets.




Further information on how your students can get involved in On The Record projects from: Nick Brace 07785564092 action.track@btconnect.com