Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil of The Month - January 2018

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil of The Month - January 2018

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Congratulations go to Nicholas Frantz who has been awarded the CMST Pupil of The Month award for January, 2018.

Nicholas is a grade 8 Sax and Clarinetist who is taught by Verena Watkiss, CMST woodwind teacher and woodwind team manager. His commitment to his playing both as an individual and with ensembles is amazing as you will read below.


When speaking to Mrs Watkiss she commented that “I have been teaching Nick since year 3 at Nansloe school and it is great to have seen him flourish in the years I have been teaching him. More recently I have been so impressed with his commitment. He has always had a natural ear and ability and sometimes has found it easy to get away with not practicing, however as he has advanced it is obvious he is putting in extra effort at home. He recently passed his grade 6 with distinction and now has sax lessons as well.”

 

 

Mrs Watkiss continued to say “He played at Polgwynne for us last year and I am really impressed that he has now joined the County Youth Wind Orchestra and as a result of that has been invited to Sax is our Business. Nick supports all the school ensembles at Helston college and also events in the community. He is a fantastic musician and lovely young man.”


Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, said “I had the pleasure of accompanying Nicholas for the Magical Music in May event at Polgwynne. It was apparent then he had real enthusiasm and natural ability for his music making. Furthermore, I know that Nicholas had to make a huge effort to make this concert and it is a huge testament to his commitment and dedication. Well done Nicholas - you are a deserving recipient of this award.”

 

Auditions for £1000 Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Award

Auditions for £1000 Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Award

You may be aware of someone aged between 16 and 26 who is keen to pursue a career in music and singing is their passion. 

Please see below a poster with details of the Auditions for this year's Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Award  

The Award has assisted 12 young people since 2012 and the foundation hope to find a worthy candidate for 2018 .

Details are on the poster attached but if you need any more information or assistance applying please contact me on   juliatreglown@hotmail.com  or 07815 987172.

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Be a Chorister for a Day

Be a Chorister for a Day

‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ will take place on March 3, 2018 and is an opportunity to learn about life as a Truro Cathedral Chorister.

The event will take place at Truro Cathedral between 10am and 12.15pm and is open to boys currently in Years 2, 3 and 4.

Boys will be able to take part in a range of activities including singing with the choristers plus a rare opportunity to climb to the top of the Cathedral’s tower.

To book a place contact Christopher Gray, the Cathedral’s Director of Music: christophergray@trurocathedral.org.uk or 01872 245004

For more information please follow this link.

Vacancy for CMST Music Therapy Team and Professional Lead

Vacancy for CMST Music Therapy Team and Professional Lead

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CORNWALL MUSIC SERVICE TRUST
MUSIC THERAPY TEAM AND PROFESSIONAL LEAD
(www.cornwallmusicservicetrust.org)

MANAGERIAL ALLOWANCE £4040
Plus sessional hours personally delivered

HOURS : 4HRS PER WEEK management time allowance.

LOCATION: TRURO, CORNWALL

Cornwall Music Service Trust (CMST)

Established in January 2015, the Cornwall Music Service Trust is a highly respected organisation with 120 staff providing music education and music therapy in Cornwall.


The CMST music therapy service, launched in June 2017 and still expanding, currently has a team of ten HCPC-registered music therapists.  An opportunity has arisen for a Team and Professional Lead to take the team forward.  The successful applicant will already have or will need to generate their own portfolio of music therapy sessions.

The leader will be confident in setting up new work, promptly handling enquiries from potential clients, allocating referrals, keeping up-to-date with current music therapy theory, holding regular team meetings, liaising with and advising Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, promoting team cohesion and maintaining the robust professional stature of music therapy in Cornwall. As well as co-ordinating and monitoring the team, the leader will represent CMST music therapy in conferences, meetings and seminars and will be the media spokesperson for the team. 

This appointment is subject to an enhanced level disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service

Informal enquiries can be made through CMST Head of Service, Gareth Churcher gchurcher@cornwallmusicservicetrust.org

Apply online via office@cornwallmusicservicetrust.org

We value diversity at Cornwall Music Service Trust and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Further information regarding the post is available here and an application form can be downloaded here.


Closing date: 05 March 2018

Musical Super-Star takes the helm of Cornwall’s International Choral Festival

Musical Super-Star takes the helm of Cornwall’s International Choral Festival

CIMCF Executive group: front L-R Jenny Keymer, Gareth Churcher & outgoing-Director Rob Elliott; back L-R David Peters, Richard Robinson, John Larke, Terry Coplin, Andrew Lancaster.

CIMCF Executive group: front L-R Jenny Keymer, Gareth Churcher & outgoing-Director Rob Elliott; back L-R David Peters, Richard Robinson, John Larke, Terry Coplin, Andrew Lancaster.

Globally-acclaimed music maestro Gareth Churcher has been announced as the new Artistic Director to lead Cornwall’s hugely successful International Male Voice Choral Festival (CIMCF) – the largest event of its kind in the world - to its next event in 2019.

Gareth takes over from another award-winning Director, Rob Elliott, whose 2017 event saw 2000 singers from 60 choirs of all ages and nationalities - including Australia, the USA and Russia – taking part in 50 events in 40 venues right across Cornwall and bringing around £1million into the local economy.

Gareth’s commitment to promoting music across Cornwall and beyond is legendary and was recognised by his being anointed a Cornish Bard as a "True Ambassador for Music" as well as being awarded the Trelawny Plate for outstanding services to Cornwall.

He has worked tirelessly and creatively to ensure the future of music teaching for Cornwall’s young people – devising a new model Cornwall Music Service Trust when budget cuts saw the demise of Cornwall Council’s own service. The not-for-profit Trust, of which Gareth is founding Head of Service, now employs 120 Music Teachers & Music Therapists and delivers over 1000 hours of music education per week to students in schools and other educational establishments across the length and breadth of Cornwall.

He is Director of Music for many ensembles, both community and education sector-based, including, with great success, the St Keverne Bands, Eight in a Bar Choir and the Truro School Barbershop Choir – the latter two of which both won classes at the 2017 CIMCF.

“Gareth gets his energy from a boundless passion for music,” says Cornwall International Male Choral Festival Chairman Bruce Taylor, “and we feel honoured that he is taking the helm of our fantastic international festival alongside his many musical commitments – he is the perfect fit for the role.”

Those other commitments include studying for a PhD at Falmouth University in an innovative project which involves composing music specifically for Online Ensembles, as well as holding a publishing contract with Kirklees for musical composition with works performed internationally.

Alongside being supported by an established Festival committee and patrons, more than 300 dedicated volunteers, the choirs themselves and a wide range of local businesses, Gareth will have the able assistance of experienced music manager Jenny Keymer, who has been appointed Festival Administrator.

Gareth’s work with young people will provide an added emphasis for the Festival into the future: “I’m very excited to be building on the exemplary work of previous Festival Directors,” he says, “and I aim to keep the very high international profile of the CIMCF, attracting even more top choirs including youth choirs.

“Looking forward, I aim to devise a strategy for the sustainability of Male Voice Choirs in Cornwall which, through the international outreach of the Festival, will demonstrate an approach others can follow. It will involve links with the education sector, community music making and routes of progression that involve higher education, working closely with Cornish Choirs to provide valuable seminars, workshops, masterclasses and symposium.”

St Petersburg Boys Choir at St Michael’s Mount to launch the 2017 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival (photo by Phil Monckton)

St Petersburg Boys Choir at St Michael’s Mount to launch the 2017 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival (photo by Phil Monckton)

Gareth and the team are hard at work ahead of the ninth biennial Cornwall International Male Choral Festival – with choirs from across the world already signed up for the event which will run from May 2nd to May 6th 2019.

The eight events since the Festival’s inauguration in 2003 have brought around 16,000 singers from every continent on Earth (including Cornwall) for a celebration of music and song in the male choral tradition.

All details, including a festival film, background and photos from previous events can be found at www.cimcf.uk. Any choirs from home or abroad wishing to take part should contact Gareth at director@cimcf.uk or call him on 07584 296961. 

U3a Carrick Singers seek a new Musical Director

U3a Carrick Singers seek a new Musical Director

U3a Carrick Singers are looking for a new Musical Director when their current director, Liz Grant, moves to Norfolk at the end of May. Carrick Singers is a lively four-part community choir that has always sung a cappella, and enjoys singing a wide range of music “from Bach to Buddy”. We have always sung from music [apart from a couple of very short pieces] and would prefer that to continue, while at the same time being open to new ways of doing things......bearing in mind that the average age of the choir is probably about seventy! Currently there are over 70 signed up members of the choir [usual attendance being in the mid fifties] and we meet at Kea Community Centre in Playing Place on a Wednesday afternoon between 2.00-3.45. Over the last seven years Liz has arranged all our music for us, so we already have a substantial library of her music. This has enabled us to give local concerts 2 or 3 times a year which have been very well received. An active Working Party deals with the day-to-day running of the choir.

 

We are looking for an experienced and able musician to lead this group which is used to working hard, while at the same time having a lot of fun in rehearsals; so we would love to find someone with a great sense of humour and a lot of energy! If that’s you....... our group leader, Andrew Julian, [ andrewjulian@hotmail.co.uk  ] would be delighted to hear from you.

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil of The Month - December 2017 Winner

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil of The Month - December 2017 Winner

Congratulations go to Ella Simms who has been awarded the CMST Pupil of The Month award for December, 2017.

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Ella is a keen flautist who is taught by Verena Watkiss, CMST woodwind teacher and woodwind team manager, and has made great leaps in progression at this early stage of her musical career.

When speaking to Mrs Watkiss she commented that “Ella is a fantastic musician and is lucky to have great support at home. She has been learning the flute for a couple of years and is still only in year 4.”

Mrs Watkiss continued to comment that “Ella works extremely hard in her musical studies and has already passed her copper, bronze and silver medal tests and is now working towards grade 2. She plays in school concerts and has taken part in the Cornwall County Music Festival. She has made such fantastic progress in such a short amount of time and is a pleasure to teach.”

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, said “It is great to see that the CMST Pupil of the Month award is acknowledging all levels of musicians. Whether they are just finishing their learning with us and moving on to study music at higher education or just embarking on this exciting path of musical exploration. Ella has made a great start to her playing and it is a pleasure to hear of the family support, congratulations to you all.”

Ella’s award sees the end of the 2017 Pupil of the Month Award, with all monthly winners now being automatically eligible for the CMST Pupil of the Year 2017 award. Exciting! The monthly winners are now in the hands of an independent adjudicator who will be announcing the overall winner in the next few weeks, so watch this space…….

 

We will be embarking on the 2018 awards in due course but thank you to you all who have taken the time to be involved in this amazing initiative that allows us to recognise the exemplary work of pupil and teachers from CMST.