Singingworkshops Fundraising Concert

Singingworkshops Fundraising Concert

We are pleased to share the following update from Singingworkshops:

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Hello everyone

Just to wish you our very best for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful New Year to you and your family.

Please see attached poster details for our Fundraising concert on Jan 6th at St Endellion church.

Maria  is down in Cornwall especially for the evening and has put together a delightful selection of songs for this Concert, which will be performed by some of the past Award recipients, and our 2017 winner Laurence Kilsby, who will also be receiving his 2017 Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Award.

I am sure that it will be a very special evening with Maria and such talented  young performers and I do hope that you are able to come along - it will be great to see you - please share with friends , family and anyone who might be interested.

The Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Award auditions 2018 are open to local youngsters aged 16 to 26  and will take place in April 2018 - if you or someone you know is interested more details can be found on the Fund website  or contact or by phone 07815 987172  

As for Singingworkshops next year, following on from the success of “Seussical the Musical”, we will be looking forward to making plans with Maria in the New Year for another set of Youngsters and Adults Workshops and Shows for 2018.

Thank you once again for all those who were involved for your enthusiasm, hard work, and help in making

“Seussical ” and the Youngsters and Adults workshops such a success - we all had so much fun !

We will be back in touch just as soon as we have details for the 2018 workshops, and to invite you to book your place.

In the meantime we hope that you have a lovely festive break.

All our very best wishes

Julia & Rob at Singingworkshops, and Maria and all at MJUK

Penrice Academy Christmas Concert

Penrice Academy Christmas Concert

Well done and a big thank you to the St. Austell Chamber Orchestra string players who opened the Christmas Concert tonight at Penrice Academy. Many thanks also to CMST teachers Karen Frost, Ben Hoadley and Steve Watts. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas. 


Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month - November 2017

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month - November 2017

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Congratulations go to Alistair Sutton-Freckelton who has been awarded CMST Pupil of The Month for November, 2017.

Alistair is a keen Flautist who is taught by Rebecca Sampson, CMST woodwind teacher, and has a real passion for is music making as you will read below.


When speaking to Mrs Sampson she commented that “Alistair has always been a very hard-working and enthusiastic flute student. He practises regularly and participates in school ensembles and also Carrick Winds.”


Mrs Sampson continued to say “But it is how Alistair spent his Autumn half-term that really showed me his love for his instrument. Many students will be too distracted during school holidays to pick up their instrument.”


“The lesson before half-term we had played through the first two pages of a Grade 8 piece (Devienne Sonata). The lesson after half-term Alistair played to me all five pages of this same Grade 8 piece, with attention to not only the notes but also the articulations. He showed me a real hunger for learning, not to mention a real enjoyment of the piece. I was really taken aback and applauded him, with ‘Bravo!’ Since then, Alistair has memorised another Grade 8 piece (CPE Bach Sonata in A minor, the first one we learned).”


Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, said “Alistair was one of many very strong nominees this month but his conscientious approach to music making really stood out. He shows a real passion for his own personal performance but demonstrates a huge commitment to ensemble music making too. Well done Alistair!”



December will see the final opportunity for pupils to be nominated by their teachers for the 2017 awards. From this one lucky pupil will be recognised as the CMST Pupil of the Year for 2017! So parents and pupils give your teachers a little nudge if you feel you are worth of a nomination and remember that all applications must be in by the 20th of December to be eligible.




Fund-raising Concerts in aid of Cornwall Music Therapy Trust

Fund-raising Concerts in aid of Cornwall Music Therapy Trust

We are delighted to be able to advertise two fund-raising concerts for the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust:

Saturday 16th December @ 7:30pm

Duchy Singers sing Handel’s Messiah

St Marys Church, Penzance


Sunday 17th December @ 3pm

Camerata Kernow will be performing music for Advent and Christmas

Roselidden Farm, Helston


And if you are shopping in Truro Waitrose on the evening of Monday 18th December, perhaps you could pop some change (or paper money) in the collecting buckets as a group of gents will be singing their hearts out to raise funds for us. Please give them a clap and say a big ‘thank you’ on our behalf.

String Groups perform at St Austell Festival of Music & Speech

String Groups perform at St Austell Festival of Music & Speech

Congratulations to all our string players who performed solos at the St.Austell Festival of Music & Speech this morning. Outstanding performances from Jake Montgomery-Smith, Millie Montgomery-Smith and Emma Sage, who all came 1st in their respective classes. The adjudicator, Richard Deering, was impressed by everyone taking part.

The afternoon continued with some enjoyable performances from 3 of our string string orchestras; Restormel Junior Strings, Newquay Strings and the St. Austell Chamber Orchestra. Well done everyone, we’re proud of you all!

Cornwall Youth Brass Band Christmas Course and Concert

Cornwall Youth Brass Band Christmas Course and Concert

NEW MUSIC FOR THE CHRISTMAS COURSE, WITH PRINCIPAL TRUMPET OF THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.                                                                            

Around 40 young musicians of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band will be spending four days of their Christmas holidays, from 27th to 30th December, rehearsing and studying under the baton of their Guest Conductor Dr Stephen Cobb, Staff Bandmaster of the International Staff Band of The Salvation Army, with his son Philip, Principal Trumpet of The London Symphony Orchestra as Guest Soloist.  

Aged between 10 and 21 all the musicians also play with a local brass band and devote many extra hours to their membership of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, rehearsing monthly with their team of local Conductors and Tutors in preparation for the twice yearly residential Courses, held at Truro High School for Girls. 

Returning to the CYBB after a successful visit in 2007, Stephen and Philip Cobb will be directing and joining the Band in a wide range of music, including the World Premiere of The Great Storm Cat by Paul Saggers.

Paul is currently a Cornet player in the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Plymouth. This sparked his interest in composition and he successfully undertook a Bachelor of Music Degree which is available for members of the Royal Marines Band Service. He is now continuing his studies with a Masters Degree in Composition. 

As part of this he entered the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s 2017 Composition Competition where his piece The Roar of The Khamsin was shortlisted and performed live by the Cory Band. As a former member of Cornwall Youth Brass Band he invited the Band to give the world premiere of another of his pieces, which is based on the famous traditional Cornish tale of the Mousehole Cat, focussing on the Storm Cat element of the story. 

The Band was founded in 1955 and has a record of encouraging many aspiring young composers amongst its ranks by giving first performances of their music, such as now well known composers, Simon Dobson, Christopher Bond and Daniel Hall. Over the years the CYBB has given first performances of music and commissions by composers such as Eric Ball, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Goff Richards, Elgar Howarth, Philip Harper, Darrol Barry, Paul Sharman and Andy Scott.  

At the end of the Course the Band will give a Gala Concert at St Michael’s Church in Newquay on Wednesday 30th December at 7pm.  

The Band will also be repeating its successful Open Rehearsal and Audition afternoon at 1-30pm on Friday 29th December. This gives young musicians interested in joining the Band an opportunity to observe the Band in action and talk to the local Team of Conductors and Tutors about the simple procedure required to join the Band. Full details of all the events can be found on the Band’s Web Site,    


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Inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival Hailed a great success!

Inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival Hailed a great success!

Last weekend saw the first Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival hosted at Truro College. CMST's Team Manager for Keyboard and Jazz - Andy Bilham - has written a full report on the workshops, masterclasses and performances that took place and is available to download here

Give As You Live to raise funds for CMST Early Years Music Initiative

Give As You Live to raise funds for CMST Early Years Music Initiative

CMST has joined Give As You Live, a website enabling a free way to raise money for CMST when shopping online!

All you have to do is:


- Click ‘Support us, it’s free’

- Sign up

- Each time you shop online, go to your chosen shops via your account on (Download the APP for your phone and browser here:

 Please help us spread the word. Thank you for supporting Early Years Music in Cornwall this Christmas. 

Small Steps Big Noise - Creativity in the Early Years

Small Steps Big Noise - Creativity in the Early Years

Small Steps Big Noise

Creativity in the Early Years


Thursday 15 March 2018

The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton

The South West’s biggest Early Years Expressive Arts Conference, bringing together EY practitioners, artists, music leaders, settings, regional hubs, funders, researchers and strategic partners.

Small Steps: Big Noise is a one-day conference showcasing creativity in practice for 0-5s across the South West, including prominent keynote speakers, vibrant debate led by Early Years experts, engaging practical workshops and a performance from a professional Early Years theatre company


Keynote Speakers

Dr Susan Young: The BIG Noise in Small Steps!


Take Art is delighted to welcome academically respected Early Years Arts, Music and Education expert Dr. Susan Young, author of ‘Music with the Under Fours’ and ‘Music 3-5’ to deliver the Keynote speech to open Small Steps Big Noise, the South West’s biggest and brightest Early Years Conference. Susan is one of the UKs leading advocates for creative arts education, with particular reference to early childhood music.

In her keynote, she will challenge and enthuse everyone involved in Early Years creative practice and education, speaking of the vital imperative we all share to promote and articulate high quality inclusive practice. 

She has decades of experience in academia, recently retired as senior lecturer from Exeter University and is an honorary research fellow with Roehampton University.  Susan is the current chair of MERYC-England and is still involved in Early Childhood Music as a researcher and consultant. She is Course Director of the new national Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood. Originally having trained as a pianist at the Royal College of Music, she spent her early career teaching music in secondary, primary and pre-school settings before achieving a PhD in Early Childhood Music from the University of Surrey.


Rhona Matheson


Rhona Matheson is Chief Executive of Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years organisation. They specialise in creating performances and exploring creative activity for babies, toddlers and young children aged 0-5 and the adults who care for them. Rhona began working with Starcatchers on the pilot project in 2006 and since then has been on an amazing journey with thousands of babies, toddlers, parents, carers, educators, artists and project partners.

She is an inspirational speaker who believes passionately in the transformational power of the arts to inspire Scotland’s youngest children and the people who care for them through creativity, performances and engagement projects. “10 years ago, people questioned what the point of theatre and creativity for babies was, in 2017, people question why there isn’t more.”

In this Keynote, she’ll help support us in our call to arms to make this work irrefutable.


Tickets £80

Early bird tickets at £60 - available until 22nd December

InspirED Schools £40

Limited number of free places for practitioners interested in Early Years Music click here for more information

Click here to book your tickets

Take Art and Early Years Creativity

Visit to discover all our Early Years projects and opportunities. 

Explore our current Early Years projects and discover what opportunities are available to support your settings and practice. Soundwaves ExtraHopper and Elements

Join in the conversation on our Take Art Early Years Facebook page  

For further information on InspirED Click Here

You can also join the Facebook Soundwaves Extra Music Network here

Places still available for Inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival

Places still available for Inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival

Free places are still available for participants in our inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival. For more details see below or email

Cornwall Music Service Trust, in collaboration with Truro College and Cornwall Music Education Hub, is proud to present the inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival 2017. We will be joined by students from Leeds College of Music studying on the Jazz Degree course and will deliver a weekend of workshops, master classes and performances. Letters - that have have already been sent out to schools - is also available to download here along with a consent form 

The Gala Concert on Saturday 25th November starts at 7:00 pm and entry is £5 / £2:50 for under 16's.

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Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month - October 2017 Winner

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month - October 2017 Winner

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Congratulations go to Holly Crompton who has been awarded CMST Pupil of The Month award for October, 2017.

Holly is a keen Violinist who is taught by Karen Frost (String Teacher and Team Manager for Strings within CMST) and sister to Harry who was the first ever recipient of the CMST Pupil of the Month award. Sounds like a musical family!


Mrs Frost said “Holly is a keen and motivated pupil, with an enthusiastic and inquisitive approach”.


Mrs Frost continued to say “Holly has developed her performance skills over the last year despite having quite a reserved personality and is playing with much more confidence and belief”.


Furthermore Mrs Frost commented that Holly is “always diligent with her practice, she is a promising and deserving student for the October CMST Pupil of the Month award”.


Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, said “It is lovely to see that through the hard work of Karen Frost, a family has had the opportunity to be immersed in music making. Although at times I am sure there is healthy competition between the two siblings it allows a family to be brought closer together through their love of music-making. I am delighted for Holly and well done to the Crompton family!”