What a fantastic half-term it has been for music making activities with Gwent Music.
The week started off with the Greater Gwent Youth Jazz Orchestra Course on Friday 21st February and finished with a fantastic concert at the Beaumaris Suite, Celtic Manor on Tuesday evening. Well done to all students, Director Paul Hornsby, course organiser Christopher Fry, John Metcalf and all tutors.
There has also been 3 day workshops/sessions with Build a Band and Stagestruck Choir at the Riverfront Theatre, Newport and these sessions have been taken up with over 70 children and we look forward to organising more of these events in the future. Many thanks to Damian Pugh, Simon Linton, Clive Millman, Alyson Jones and Cathy Metcalf and all the tutors involved in this week long project. There will be performances from the Stagestruck Choir throughout this afternoon in the Riverfront Theatre starting at 12pm.
The Greater Gwent Youth Strings have also been holding their annual course this week from Wednesday at Caerleon Comprehensive School and will be holding their end of course concert at the Augusta Suite, Celtic Manor Lodge Resort (not in the main hotel) tonight (Saturday 1st March) starting at 6.30pm. Tickets priced at £5 and will be available on the door. Thank you to their Director, Peter James, course organisers Emma Archer and Nicholas Steel and all tutors for their work during this week. We look forward to the concert this evening.
The Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band have also been in rehearsal this week at Bassaleg School, preparing for their performances at the Newport Regional Festival on Sunday 9th March and also for the National Youth Brass Band Championships to be held in Salford on Sunday 13th April. Thank you to Christopher Turner. The GGYBB will also feature on the Beverly Humphreys Radio Wales Programme on Sunday 2nd March at 9pm when music from their 50th Anniversary CD will be played.
To say that has been enough, there will also be a 'Play Brass' afternoon today (1st March) at Monmouth Comprehensive School where over 30 young brass pupils will be playing together and also receiving expert advice from Gwent Music brass tutors and also from brass students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. This event will be from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Thank you to Gwent Music's Head of Brass, Sean O'Neill for organising this event and also to all the brass tutors involved. The Greater Gwent Youth Brass Ensembles will also be rehearsing on Sunday 2nd March at Caerleon Comprehensive School from 10am-2.30pm with Sean O'Neill.
In all my time with the music service, I have never known so many fantastic activities going on for the young people in this area. I would also like to thank the music service Business Development & Continuity Managers, Emma Archer and Simon Linton for all their hard work in organising and presenting these events and also to the Business Support Team of Helen Tilston, Hilary Alford and Susan Dance for all their hard work in making this happen behind the scenes.
As you may know, Gwent Music Support Service has now changed its name and rebranded to Gwent Music - 'making music happen'. This has taken months of hard work in partnership with Wonder Company, and we hope you enjoy the many years ahead of music making under our new name.
This will be the last post from this website and all information including the calendar will all now come from the new website
There will also be quick links to the facebook and twitter sites and instant information will be through twitter. If you haven't signed up, please do so. There will be a news page and you will be able to sign up for regular updates and newsletters. It will not have this facility for news to come through as emails. There is still a lot to do on the new website and this will be changed as we go along.
We now look forward to presenting the Newport Festival as part of the Music for Youth Regional Festival Series next weekend, Friday 7th and Sunday 9th March at the Newport Centre and more information on this will be on the new website throughout the week.
Thank you once again to all the tutors involved this week, all the students, Friends of Gwent Youth Music, all the venues and also to you for your continued support to 'making music happen' in this area.
Very best wishes
Music Service Manager