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Newsletter - Autumn 2014

Celebrities Back Alumni


Laura van der Heijden, Sir John Tomlinson and Richard Durrant are just some of the celebrities backing encore - the new alumni network for the Brighton Youth Orchestra with an initial call out for photographs and archive material.


Opera singer Sir John Tomlinson CBE,

BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012

Laura van der Heijden, and concert

guitarist Richard Durrant are just

some of the celebrity backers for

encore – the new network for ex

members and supporters of the

Brighton Youth Orchestra, announced

on 8 October.


Gavin Henderson CBE, previously Director of Brighton Festival, ex Council Chief Executive, Glynn Jones and Sir John Tavener’s widow Maryanna Tavener have also signed up as ambassadors.


Over 200 photographs, videos, programmes and posters from the orchestra’s star studded past have already been uploaded on to the encore website and it is hoped to significantly expand this with your help.


We are asking former members to send in any photographs, videos or other archive material relating to the BYO – anything from old photo in the attic or an old score from a nerve-racking concert. We are also looking for help to identify players and catalogue the existing archive.

Laura van der Heijden, Sir John Tomlinson and Richard Durrant are just some of the celebrities backing encore - the new alumni network for the Brighton Youth Orchestra with an initial call out for photographs and archive material.

Planning for our annual concert at the Brighton Centre is well underway. This year, we'll be featuring some newly composed numbers by pupils

SoundCity, music education hub for Brighton & Hove, has won national acclaim for its work getting children and young people into music.

SAVE THE DATE.  Monday 2 February, Joint Practice Development Day & Music Conference.  'Creating a Singing City'

Brighton Early Music Festival: A SoundCity delivery partner talks about the Festival's 12th successful year featuring 26 events, and a Basson collaboration with BHMA

SoundCity and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra have joined forces offering music centre/orchestra members £1 tickets to selected events.

BHMA are once again working with The Place to offer a unique training programme with their CAT scheme.

Awards for Young Musicians has recently been awarded a large grant from Youth Music to support the development of their Furthering Talent programme with SoundCity. 

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and SameSky are delighted to announce that the theme for the 2015 Children's Parade is 'taking flight'. 

Events Co-ordinator, Holly Griffiths, tells us of her love for organising exciting events and international tours and her first musical memory of the steel pans!

SoundCity partners have been taking part in a practical and innovative approach to training exploring different ways to enhance vocal creativity.

SoundCity has become a 'Phase 2' Arts Award Development Hub, working across the arts/cultural sector informing children and young people of opportunities.

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Starr Trust and Drum United are welcomed on board as the most recent additions to the SoundCity partnership. 

to Grade 4 standard or above? Come along to the BHMA Adult Concert Band get together on Thurs 4 Dec - you might like to join the band after hearing them play.

BHMA is planning for the next Summer School and they would love to hear what courses you would like them to put on next year. Tweet @BHMusicandArts using #SS2015.

The SoundCity: Connect network of hub working groups monitor and develop music provision for children and young people across the City. Why not get involved?

4 classes from Year 7 have been taking part in a brass pilot project, supported by the school and the Head Teacher, using ptrumpets and pbones (plastic).

Ray Chi-Hang Long will join BYO when they perform on Saturday 28 November at St John's Church, Knoyle Road at 7pm.

The BYO concert scheduled on 13 Feb 2015 at St Paul's Church, West Street, will be dedicated to Jenny Caws, much loved and much missed inspirational teacher.

Also performing at the Brighton Centre on 8 Dec will be BHMA percussion ensemble along with pupils from 5 primary schools.

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Encore will also be organising a number of networking and special events in 2015 and will be raising money to support future generations of young Brighton musicians.


The money raised will be used to purchase new instruments, fund extra tuition and master classes, support a new Strings Development programme and ensure no young musician is prevented by financial circumstances from attending tours and concerts.


See the short film 

produced and edited by Conrad Brunner


To find out more and sign up for FREE membership of encore


For more information and to submit material for the archive

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