CMST has its first Patron!

CMST has its first Patron!

As Cornwall Music Service Trust approaches the end of its third year of existence we are delighted to announce that Charles Hazelwood has agreed to be our first Patron.

Charles Hazlewood 

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“What Heston Blumenthal is to food, Charles Hazlewood is to music.” The Guardian

Charles Hazlewood, British conductor, is a passionate advocate for a wider audience for orchestral music. After winning the European Broadcasting Union conducting competition in his 20’s, he has enjoyed a global and pioneering career conducting some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg & Malmö Symphonies, Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and the Philharmonia (London). Hazlewood is known for breaking new ground. By re-inventing the presentation of orchestral music and by collaborating with many ‘stars’ from across the genres of music Hazlewood has sought to embed the ‘magical instrument of the orchestra’ in 21st century music scene; but always with the same goal: to expose the deep, always-modern joy of orchestral music to a new audience. Hazlewood has authored, presented and conducted multiple television films on music for the BBC and Channel Four and won Sony Awards for his shows on Radio 2 and 3. Hazlewood has conducted over 100 world premieres of new scores by contemporary composers, and worked with contemporary musicians as diverse as Wyclef Jean, Professor Green, Goldie, Nigel Kennedy and Steve Reich. He is the first conductor to headline with an orchestra at the Glastonbury International Festival of Contemporary Arts, the greatest rock festival in the world. Hazlewood's work as a composer and music director has been received with consistent critical acclaim. His South African township 'Carmen' film sung in Xhosa won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, his production of the mediaeval plays 'The Mysteries' was a sell out in London's West End and provoked the first leader on music theatre in the Times in 40 years; his re-invention of John Gay's, the Beggar's Opera (Dead Dog in a Suitcase and Other Love Songs), was selected by the Guardian for its top 10 shows of 2015. In 2012, the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first orchestra of musicians with disability, was formed by Hazlewood to play at the Closing Ceremony of the London Paralympics to a global audience of millions. The BPO has since played at Buckingham Palace, toured the Middle East and now regularly play in mainstream performances alongside able-bodied musicians. Hazlewood lives in Somerset, England with his wife and family. 

 

“Hazlewood’s conducting was a revelation.” The Times

 

Inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival

Inaugural Cornwall Youth Jazz Festival

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 have already been sent out to schools - it is also available to download here along with a consent form

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Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir in concert

Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir in concert

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Music in St Cuby

Concert

at St Cuby Church, Tregony

Thursday 2nd November

7.00pm

Directed by Christine Judge

and accompanied by

Will Fairbairn

We welcome back the Cornwall Youth Choir with their new autumn programme. The members are drawn from all over Cornwall, rehearsing on Thursday nights under the direction of Christine Judge with assistance of the current organ scholar Will Fairbairn. They join through their enthusiasm for singing in a four part choir, and are ably supported in the lower parts by the Gap year choral scholars from the Cathedral. Their repertoire is exciting, their quality of sound impressive and their enthusiasm infectious.

Tickets £5 (under 18’s free) available on the door

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Truro Choral Society perform Handel's Messiah

Truro Choral Society perform Handel's Messiah

Truro Choral Society and Truro Symphony Orchestra join forces with singers from Truro School and Truro High School for Girls to perform Handel's Messiah in December. Many CMST staff will be amongst those performing!

 

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Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month - September winner

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month - September winner

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Congratulations go to Sofia Thomas who has been awarded the CMST Pupil of The Month award for September, 2017.


Sofia is a keen and committed young Saxophonist who is taught by Jessica Pascoe (Woodwind Teacher for CMST) and has recently made the move to Tenor Sax just before the summer holidays.

Mrs Pascoe commented “Sofia has shown an amazing maturity both musically and personally over the past few months. Her attendance is excellent and her attitude to learning exemplary!’

 

 

Mrs Pascoe continued to say “Sofia has now taken on the role of tenor sax player in Tretherras Jazz band after only switching to tenor just before the summer holidays. Sofia takes the bull by the horns and has asked for copies of the music to study at home and in her lessons.”

“Sofia really is a fantastic ambassador to her school music department and it is a pleasure to teach her.” 

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, said “Once again there was an amazing field of nominations which the panel found difficult to split however, Sofia’s maturity and willingness to change instruments to help the Jazz Orchestra was really rewarding to see”. Mr Churcher added “this is a really well deserved award and we look forward to hearing more about Sofia’s musical talents in the future”.

 

 

CMST receive fantastic donation

CMST receive fantastic donation

The Church of King Charles The Martyr hosted a series of lunchtime concerts over the summer. On Saturday 30th September, members of the CMST Staff Woodwind Ensemble performed in the latest of these concerts and were delighted to receive a cheque for £1200 - raised over the summer months - for CMST funds to help provide services for young musicians in Cornwall.

The concert series is kindly supported by The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth. 

CMST Staff Woodwind Ensemble featuring Verena Watkiss (Woodwind Team Manager), Lowenna Thrussell, Sarah Whomersly, Julia Knight-Bennett and Colin Friend. 

CMST Staff Woodwind Ensemble featuring Verena Watkiss (Woodwind Team Manager), Lowenna Thrussell, Sarah Whomersly, Julia Knight-Bennett and Colin Friend. 

Jane Williams from The Greenbank Hotel hands over a cheque to Michael White, organiser of the concert series.

Jane Williams from The Greenbank Hotel hands over a cheque to Michael White, organiser of the concert series.

National Open Youth Orchestra for young musicians with disabilities - coming soon!

National Open Youth Orchestra for young musicians with disabilities - coming soon!

#FastFwd2017

CMST was delighted to attend the Fast Forward 2017 event "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" in Bristol on Friday. It brought music and education organisations together for a day's conference on how to make sure musicians with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D) have the opportunities to fulfil their potential.

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It was also the launch event for the National Open Youth Orchestra, which will be starting in 2018. In Cornwall we've been running Open School Orchestras at Pencalenick and Richard Lander schools, with three new schools due to join them in January. As Cornwall's young musicians with SEN/D increase in confidence, and develop their musical skills, they will have the opportunity to join the South West Open Youth Orchestra (seen in the photo performing at Fast Forward 2017 with Bristol Youth Choir). Cornwall Music Service Trust is proud to be a partner of OpenUp Music in building this national infrastructure across the country (with 25 music services running Open School Orchestras this year):

http://openupmusic.org/oso/

The conference had an "artists panel" of professional musicians with disabilities, discussing how they worked through the difficulties they found (from finding an instrument suited to their needs, to finding teachers and training, to performing venues not being accessible). Amongst them was James Rose, who studied at Falmouth University. His cerebral palsy meant he couldn't play an instrument, but with determination he found a way to conduct using a specially developed head baton. He's now been appointed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to create and conduct the first disabled-led BSO ensemble.

http://www.jamesrose.com/biography/

Alongside these inspirational stories, there was much discussion about how to overcome the barriers that young musicians with SEN/D face (and the reason why so few become professional musicians, regardless of the high quality of their work and musicianship). It was very encouraging to hear the "industry panel" discuss ways of breaking this glass ceiling - with representatives from higher education (Guildhall), orchestras (BSO), the BBC, music hubs, and the Musicians Union. It was clear that momentum is building to tackle the issues - as the event was attended by many major national organisations and funders (and the Department for Education!), as well as those like Cornwall Music Service Trust who are doing local SEN/D music work on the ground.

CMST is looking forward to building on this momentum in our aim to ensure that all young people in Cornwall (regardless of disability) will have the opportunity to develop as musicians. And who knows, some of them may find their way to the National Open Youth Orchestra soon!