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Newsletter - Autumn 2014

Partners: SoundCity Welcomes New Partners


The sound of music filled the studios and corridors of the Music Centre as over 450 young people took part in vocal and instrumental courses, forming bands and ensembles and learning new music in a range of styles.  


Every course ended in a performance giving some fantastic concerts featuring a wide diversity of music – ranging from Renaissance dances performed by our young string players to a piece for wind band composed by one of our teachers, that was based on football chants and inspired by the World Cup featured vuvuzelas and diabolicas!


Children from years 2 to year 9 attended 20 courses from 30 June up until 25 July.  This year the Summer School programme has included opportunities to take part in musical theatre; keyboard, drum kit and guitar courses; music technology and animation; vocal and instrumental ensembles for strings, wind and percussion players.


‘I’ve really enjoyed learning to play songs that I could already sing, but didn’t know how to play,’ said Amelie, age 9 who attended the Keyboard Studio course. ‘My favourite piece was Don’t Stop Believing’.


‘The teacher made it really easy and fun by helping us to learn each part,’ said Zoe, age 9. ‘Doing music in two parts makes it sound so much better and it was fun being in a big band of keyboards!’


We would love to hear from children who took part (and their parents/carers).  Everyone who attended will be invited to complete an online questionnaire about their experience. We are already planning for Summer School 2015, but if you want to continue music-making in the meantime, why not join one of our Music Centre groups



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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