Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Resonate Strings - Music While You Eat!

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Resonate Strings - Music While You Eat!

A String Quintet made up of players from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will entertain diners at the Norway Inn at Perranarworthal this Friday 15th February. Proceeds from the event will help to fund CMST String provision in Cornwall. Details of tickets are on the poster, below:


David Frost Composition Competition 2019-2020

David Frost Composition Competition 2019-2020

Cornwall Music Service Trust are excited to announce details of the David Frost Composition Competition. It is open to all young composers up to the age of 30 and has a prize of £1200! Please share this post so that as many budding composers as possible have the opportunity to take part in this fantastic experience!

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Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - November 2018 Winner

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - November 2018 Winner

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Congratulations go to Jack Gibbs-Rich who has been awarded the CMST Pupil of The Month Award for November 2018.

Jack's teacher, Sara Munns, tells us “Jack has a strong commitment to do well with his Trumpet studies and does so in the face of many challenges.”

 Mrs Munns continued to comment “Jack loves playing his trumpet. He has worked really hard on his Initial grade pieces and has mastered ‘When The Saints’ so well that he is is now keen to play to the rest of his school class. Jack is an incredibly sensitive young man and I am thrilled that he has made this amazing progress”.

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, commented “I have had the privilege of seeing Jack play and I love the way that engaging with a musical instrument can so easily breakdown very many barriers for young people. It really demonstrates that music has wonderful therapeutic natures and sees children thrive in areas that they never imagine they could. Well done Jack and keep up the good work!”

 We have one more announcement to make regarding the 2018 awards and then our independent adjudicator will have the unenviable task of deciding on CMST Pupil of The Year, 2018!

Watch this space……….

Minack Theatre seek singers and dancers for Play in a Day

Minack Theatre seek singers and dancers for Play in a Day

The Minack Theatre are very excited to be offering this Play in a Day with a bit of a difference. Based on Orpheus, the ancient Greek legendary hero endowed with superhuman musical skills. He became the patron of a religious movement based on sacred writings said to be his own.

We are looking for Singers and Dancers to come and take part in this exciting new opportunity.

The day is being led by John Brolly (director), Patrick Bailey (Musical Director) and Grace Clayton (Choreographer) with support from Tim Dean.

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Sunday 3rd February 2019, 9.30 am Start, Performance at 4.15pm

Open to all young people age 13-22 with a passion and talent for singing and dancing.

There is no charge to take part.

Please ensure you bring plenty of warm and waterproof clothes, a packed lunch and a drinks bottle.

Tickets to watch are £5 for adults, £2.50 12-16-year old’s and 50p 11 and under.

There will be an opportunity for the performers to order pasties and sausage rolls for £1.50 each. Orders will be taken on arrival and the food will be delivered hot at lunch time. Please bring the correct money at registration if you would like either option.

Spaces are very limited, and booking will close once all places are full.

To book your place please follow the link below:

CMST staff perform in fundraising concert

CMST staff perform in fundraising concert

Friday Night Live - A great big fundraising musical extravaganza gala!

A musical feast of Big Band, Jazz and Classical favourites. Showcasing some of Cornwall's finest musicians and featuring special guests: Rory Simmons, Cheryl Brendish, Phil Montgomery-Smith, Samantha Rowe, Big Bang Brass and the CMST Big Band. 

Friday 1st February 2019 at St Petroc’s Church. 7.30pm (Doors Open 7pm) 

Tickets £8, in aid of FLEET.

More details available here

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West of England Brass Band Festival - Bugle

West of England Brass Band Festival - Bugle




Thoughts of summer days, though well ahead, are always welcome, so the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival is pleased to announce during these darker days of winter the Test Pieces chosen for next summer’s Festival on June 16th.

Chosen as always to challenge the Bands with attractive music, thought is also given to ensure a pleasant listening experience to entertain the large audience which always attends this unique Open Air Festival.  

The emphasis this year is on music by Cornish composers and those with Cornish connections. Gareth Churcher and Christopher Bond are continuing to make an impact with their accessible, but still challenging new pieces, with an evergreen piece by the late Goff Richards always welcome. Several Salvation Army pieces make a welcome appearance, with Eric Ball, who had a very close connection with the Festival, providing the Championship Test Piece.     

95thWEST OF ENGLAND BANDSMEN’S FESTIVAL, Saturday 15th June 2019.                     



Journey into Freedom, Eric Ball. 

The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Nik & Emma Pears Arr. Paul Sharman         


Ad Undas – Gareth Churcher. 

March - Unconquered   Arthur W. Gullidge.


Corineus, Christopher Bond. 

March - Victors Acclaimed, Bramwell Coles. 


Olympus, Philip Harper.


A Saddleworth Festival Overture, Goff. Richards. 

YOUTH SECTION. Own Choice Test Piece.

TRAINING SECTION. Own Choice. (No more than 10 minutes)

Adjudicator GLYN WILLIAMS.

Prize money totals some £4000, with £1000 going to the winners of the Championship Section, as well as the prestigeous Royal Trophy, presented by the then Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall to the Festival in 1913. 

Well over 40 other Trophies are presented throughout the various Sections, including 12 special Soloists Awards, which are eagerly sought after by the Musicians. 


As a Summer Festival the Trustees are aware of the difficulty this can cause to Bands who would like to attend, but may have problems caused by player’s holidays and examinations for younger musicians in entering with a full Band. To assist with this potential problem the Rules have now been changed to allow a Band to include up to 5 Guest Players, subject to certain conditions to be found in the Festival Rules our Web Site, where full details of the Festival and Entry Forms can be found.

Phillip Hunt, Publicity Officer, 01752 843919. 

Guitar Team Christmas Competition

Guitar Team Christmas Competition


This term, the guitar team ran a Christmas tune competition.  There were 3 categories where students of different levels were given the challenge to play one of three set pieces.  Out of all the entries, each guitar teacher was asked to submit what they felt was the best performance from their schools, and then from that we chose an overall winner for each category.

Jasmine won the level 3 category for her performance of "God rest ye Merry Gentlemen" on the classical guitar.  She's currently preparing to take her Grade 5 exam.

Pupils of the months!

Pupils of the months!

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - July, September and October 2018 Winners

Normally we would announce individual awards on a monthly basis but the competition has been so fierce that it has taken our panel a little while to decide on the previous 3 months awards. Excitingly, we have 3 announcements to make in this update on winners of POTMA for the past 3 months (August no award) and what a deserving trio of young musicians they are!

July 2018 - Henry Ellis

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Henry started his cornet playing at a very young age, being in the infants at his school. His teacher Claire Churcher tells us “Henry is a very enthusiastic learner, always really keen to show me his new favourite thing to play!”

Claire says “Henry took and passed his grade 1 whist in year 2 and only very recently took his grade 2 exam which I am sure he will pass with flying colours.”

Henry is a member of the St Keverne Youth band and within his first few weeks of joining he took part in the SWBBA championships at Torquay in which the Youth Band won their section.

September 2018 - Lucy Jadav

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Teacher Jane Whatley is delighted to tell us all about her winner, Lucy.

“Lucy impressed me so much over the summer term, preparing for the end-of-term music concert, in which she played two pieces as part of a band. She played the lead part for Havana and a flute duet for All of Me.”

Jane continued, saying “Lucy works tirelessly each week at home and is completely focused and engaged during lesson time. She picks up new concepts really quickly and makes rapid progress due to her commitment and dedication to practise”

October 2018 - Jenna Cowling

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Teacher Amanda Rice is delighted to be able to present her winner, Jenna Cowling.

“Jenna has been learning the bassoon since February 2018 and has made amazing progress. She’s passed her Bronze Music Medal with excellence before the summer. She is also a member of the next steps ensemble which she attends on a weekly basis and is developing a good ear for ensemble playing.”

Amanda also said, “Her commitment this term to both lessons and next steps has been brilliant and she is developing into a capable young musician.”

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, commented “This trio of musicians typically demonstrates that there can be great achievement at the early stages of development. It is just as important to recognise and applaud this with musicians just embarking on their musical careers as it is with our more advanced instrumentalists. My sincere thanks goes to the staff who are so inspiring to these pupils as their enthusiasm and encouragement has a huge impact on their learning.”