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Written by on 12th May 2022

Gloucestershire Music are heading to Spain! Gloucestershire Music are heading to the sunny shores of Spain this Summer for their first tour since the pandemic. The exciting trip will include concerts at some beautiful venues, and the chance to explore the scenic area of Palencia in Northern Spain. If you are a wind, brass, string or percussionist at grade 4 standard or above, and in year 7 or above, and are interested in joining us for this exciting adventure, then you can get more information and  sign up here

Start making it. Whether you’re making music for the first time, want to meet like-minded people, or take part in music-related activities, get involved with The Music Works this month!

The Drop📅Every Wednesday (term-time)📍Gloucester, Stroud & The Forest️£3 per session (first session free)For ages 10-18. Rap, record, rehearse, make beats, write songs and more! Find out more here

Music Social📅Every Monday (term-time) 📍The Hub, Gloucester ️FREE For ages 16-25 who are looking to take the next step on their path in developing a career within music. Find out more here 

Three Choirs Festival Gloria! 40 Years of Gloucestershire Academy of Music We are delighted to be taking part in The Three Choirs Festival on Monday 25thJuly in Tewkesbury Abbey.  The Gloucestershire Boys Choir, Cheltenham Youth Choir and GAM Big String Project will be performing The Comet Stone by Jeff Moore, Celtic Fantasia by Jon Trim and Vivaldi’s Gloria led by musical directors Glyn Oxley and Ben Sawyer. The performance will start at 11:30.

Gloucestershire Music – Schools Update: This year has been a record breaker for Gloucestershire Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET). By the end of the academic year GM will have delivered lessons to 7000 pupils in 252 classes spanning the length and breadth of the county from Mickleton to Tutshill and Redbrook to Lechlade. Our schools consultancy work with School Music Education Plan (SMEP) visits and the expansion of our KS3 WCET provision have been highlights and we are particularly proud of our reach this year to engage with schools returning after a challenging two years and investing in quality music provision for the young people we chiefly deliver to. As part of this popular scheme we have added P-Buzz (a pre-cursor to traditional brass) and welcomed flute back into the mix as well as our regular big hitters of violin, viola, trumpet, cornet, recorder, ukulele, djembe, samba, clarinet and guitar. GM’s new Secondary WCET project at Five Acres has seen all of Year 8 learn the clarinet, trumpet or violin since September with fantastic successes in instrumental practice, ensemble skills and musicality feeding through into the curriculum classroom – As the Model Music Curriculum encourages secondary schools to offer traditional WCET we are excited to be working with more and more KS3 classes year on year. We are aware that the pandemic has created gaps in peripatetic instrumentation through changes in the freelance marketplace so addressing this issue is key to ensure a flourishing future for young musicians in our county. Our managed GM Peripatetic Service is bursting at the seams with 46 schools offering GM peripatetic tuition and lots more setting up in the wings. This has created a need for more skilled, passionate and enthusiastic tutors joining our team to manage the ever increasing demand – since January we have welcomed 12 new tutors to our team! Looking ahead to this term we’ll be offering our free termly GM Recital Series concert series with pianist Clare Hammond performing to 1500 pupils in July as well as the exciting summer prom WCET concert season at our schools celebrating the wonderful skills our pupils have learnt since September. We are thrilled that music making is still an indispensable part of school life in Gloucestershire and our service is continually building and evolving to continually deliver the highest quality of provision for all young people.

Gloucestershire Academy of Music at Cheltenham Festival: Gloucestershire Youth Chamber Orchestra Inspire will be performing at the Cheltenham Festival in July, performing a relaxed concert to Gloucestershire special schools and to an audience of 600 primary school pupils the following day. The concerts will take place on Thursday 7th July and Friday 8th July at Cheltenham Town Hall.
For further information please contact Lisa Mayo (Head of Gloucestershire Music) on 01452 427242 or email glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk . 

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