March Music News 2017
National Festival of Music for Youth
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who either helped on the refreshment stall at the National Festival of Music for Youth at the weekend, or who supplied the wonderful variety of cakes, or who sent in raffle prizes for last week's concert. We would particularly like to thank Claire Jennings and Kathryn White for doing an excellent job of coordinating the rota of helpers and the food preparation. We are very pleased to say that approximately £550 profit was taken over the 2 days which will be paid into the Friends of NSB Music account to go towards music making opportunities.
As soon as we have been informed if any of our groups have been invited to perform in the National Event in Birmingham in July, we will let you know.
Although the new term starts on Wednesday 19 April, the day before, Tuesday 18 April, is a Training Day and we are holding our A2 Exam Performance Evening at 5 p.m. This is free of charge, you do not need to book, and you can listen to as many or as few performances as you wish. All we ask is that you do not enter the Theatre while a performance is in progress. This is a really great evening of free entertainment so do pop along and enjoy!
The Fish & Chip Supper Quiz Evening on Thursday 28 April may have to be cancelled as we have only 3 teams currently. Please contact the Music Office before Friday 31 March if you are planning on putting a team forward.
From April 19, all Theatre ticket sales are going online using this web address:
Tickets will still be available to buy as usual from the Box Office on 01604 258666. Friends will need to enter their membership number to book online during the priority booking week and purchase discounted tickets. Booking online will incur a booking fee of 45p + 6% per ticket.
Tickets for both the summer concerts - Music Matters 1, Wednesday 21 June, and Here Comes the Sun!, Wednesday 28 June - will have priority booking dates for Friends of Monday 8 May, before going on general release on Monday 15 May Tickets for Music Matters 1 will all be £3 and for Here Comes the Sun! Tickets will be priced at adults £5, concessions £4, Friends £3.
As we have the Jazztet from the University of Southern Florida with us in July we have changed the Jazz @ The Cripps Summer Hog Roast to Friday 14 July at 6:30 p.m. Food will be available throughout the evening from 6 p.m. Tickets will be priced at adults £5, concessions £4, Friends £3 and will be available to buy online or through the Box Office from Monday 24 April.
Music Development opportunities
We have former pupils coming into school to talk about Music Development Opportunities post-NSB:
On Monday 15 May we have Jeremy Ansell, Bandmaster for the Band of the Adjutant General's Corps, coming into school to give a talk about the merits of developing music skills in the Armed Forces.
On a date to be confirmed we have Brian Weir from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama coming in to talk to years 10 - 12 about the pros and cons of going to Music College versus University to develop music skills.
And on another date to be confirmed we have Andy Herbert, the principal percussionist with the CBSO and the RSC, leading a percussion workshop.
On the last Training Day of the school year, Friday 30 June, we were due to host the Trinity College of Music Jazz Day for our Big Bands. Unfortunately, Trinity cannot make this date now but will return in July 2018.
We hope you all have a very Happy Easter.