If you have alternative suggestions to sort out the current WYO/CWYM situation, please contact me asap

(Post made at 2358 UK time on 06 Jun 2017. This post is made on a personal basis, as a member - and until 4 February 2017 Chairman -of SWYM because of my significant concerns about the running of the musically excellent Wessex Youth Orchestra, and about recent aspects of the governance of SWYM and … Continue reading If you have alternative suggestions to sort out the current WYO/CWYM situation, please contact me asap

Feedback form sent by the College to WYO parents omitted section on the standard of tuition, other groups had this

(Post made at 0911 UK time on 18 May 2017. This post is made on a personal basis, as a member - and until early February 2017 Chairman -of SWYM because of my significant concerns about some aspects of the running of the otherwise excellent Wessex Youth Orchestra, and about recent aspects of the governance … Continue reading Feedback form sent by the College to WYO parents omitted section on the standard of tuition, other groups had this

BPCollege Freedom of Information response 14 Mar 2017 to request made 20 Dec 2016

(This post is made on a personal basis, as a member - and until recently Chairman -of SWYM because of my significant concerns about some aspects of the running of the otherwise excellent Wessex Youth Orchestra, and about recent aspects of the governance of SWYM. Please see https://musicmattersandculture.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/welcome-disclosure-of-interests-terms.html for important background and disclosure of interests).Below is the … Continue reading BPCollege Freedom of Information response 14 Mar 2017 to request made 20 Dec 2016

Broadstone Music Flute Workshop (1600-1800 28 Jan 2017)

(copy of a message received from CWYM Coordinator Beverley Williams, NB files are not attached here)Dear Wessex Young Musicians,Broadstone Music Series is holding a Flute workshop on 28th Jan for 2 hours 4-6pm, and a Double Reed Day on 5th Feb which will be taken by the BSO double reed section. Young children are welcome … Continue reading Broadstone Music Flute Workshop (1600-1800 28 Jan 2017)

Agenda for SWYM Committee meeting 13 Jan 2017

Here is the current agenda for the next SWYM Committee meeting: Time Ref Topic Lead 19:30 1. Welcome and apologies PL 19:32 2. Minutes of the last meeting:  9 September 2016 (ideally, please notify any comments to Kathryn as SWYM Secretary in advance) PL 19:35 3. Matters arising PL 19:40 4. Constitution (primer ahead of … Continue reading Agenda for SWYM Committee meeting 13 Jan 2017

In praise of Prokofiev, and in particular his Cinderella ballet music

I love the music of many composers, from Bach/Scarlatti to modern day composers like John Williams, and of course many different styles of music too.But a particular favourite is Prokofiev:His music is so original, so vastly different from the arpeggio/scale based music that many of his predecessors (e.g. Beethoven - think of the Appassionata piano … Continue reading In praise of Prokofiev, and in particular his Cinderella ballet music

Concert and other key CWYM dates for the rest of 2016-2017

CWYM parents/SWYM members: a reminder of some key dates for your diaries!Sat 7 Jan 2017: term starts again(Fri 13 Jan 2017: SWYM Committee meeting, agenda copy to come, similarly for future meetings.)(Fri 24 Feb 2017: SWYM Committee meeting)Sun 12 Mar 2017: Wessex Junior Fanfare/Wessex Youth Fanfare/Wessex Starter Strings and Wessex Middle Strings end of term … Continue reading Concert and other key CWYM dates for the rest of 2016-2017

After 6 1/2 years, the existing Centre for Wessex Young Musicians Facebook page is no more :(

(I am again making this in my capacity as Chairman of SWYM, the Society for Wessex Young Musicians.  Please see the Welcome post for disclosure and other important background.Again I make clear that this is my personal view, and I am not speaking on behalf of the SWYM Committee.)(Post added at 0948 UK time on 24 Dec 2016).As … Continue reading After 6 1/2 years, the existing Centre for Wessex Young Musicians Facebook page is no more 😦