Restormel Junior String Concert

Restormel Junior String Concert

Restormel Junior Strings will be playing at Mount Charles Methodist Church on Monday 15th July at 4.15pm conducted by Hywel Webley and accompanied by Jill Steer.

We have an extremely ambitious project!

We will be performing Hywel's arrangement of the first movement of Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons Violin Concerto with Soloist Molly Leigh which was written especially for the orchestra.

We will also be performing 2 more of Hywel's compositions together with some old favourites such as Postman Pat and Eastenders!

St Austell Chamber Orchestra welcomes new CMST staff

St Austell Chamber Orchestra welcomes new CMST staff

A year of rehearsals comes to an end for members of St.Austell Chamber Orchestra.

After working with the orchestra for 20 years we sadly say goodbye to Ben Hoadley, but look forward to welcoming Hywel Webley as our new member of staff in September.

Wishing everyone a well deserved summer break, see you all in September. Happy Holidays!

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Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - April 2019 Winner

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - April 2019 Winner

Ezme with Head of Mawnan School, Mrs Jilly Pridmore and her teacher the inimitable Mr Andy Bilham

Ezme with Head of Mawnan School, Mrs Jilly Pridmore and her teacher the inimitable Mr Andy Bilham

Congratulations go to Ezme Pedersen who has been awarded the CMST Pupil of The Month Award for April 2019. Ezme has made an excellent start to learning the Piano and has certainly embraced the practice routine as you will read below.

When asking Mr Bilham why he felt Ezme should win the award he said “Ezme has been learning for 18 months and during that time she has completed a staggering 6,000 minutes of practice! She really enjoys her music, and works so hard in her lessons and at home.”

Mr Bilham continued “Winning this award would recognises the commitment and perseverance that Ezme has shown since starting her piano lessons, and I can think of no more deserving pupil.”

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, commented “The amount of time Ezme has devoted to learning her instrument is exemplary and signifies the absolute importance of a consistent practice routine, of which I am sure Ezme will reap the rewards. In addition, it teaches the life lessons and skills of perseverance and commitment which Ezme will transfer to other areas of her education without even knowing it.”

Young Person's Mental Health Unit launch crowdfunding campaign

Young Person's Mental Health Unit launch crowdfunding campaign

Gareth Churcher, our head of service, writes about this ground-breaking initiative:

"I am delighted to be championing the Sowenna initiative and what this will do in terms of much needed support for young people of Cornwall. A base such as Sowenna will allow for vital services in Cornwall along with being a venue for very many innovative ways of delivering support."

To pledge your support please visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sowenna-grow-outdoors

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Cornwall Music Service Trust - Pupil of the Month Winner, May 2019

Cornwall Music Service Trust - Pupil of the Month Winner, May 2019

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Congratulations to Sophie Weller: the CMST pupil of the month for May 2019. 


Sophie began learning the violin at Mount Charles Primary School when she was in year 3. Now a year 11 student at Penrice Academy, she has recently gained a merit pass for her Grade 7 ABRSM examination.

Her teacher Karen Frost says “ Sophie has always shown dedication and commitment to her violin playing, has supported her school orchestra, the St. Austell Chamber Orchestra which she now leads and is a valued member of Cornwall Youth Orchestra”.  

Sophie will be continuing her musical studies next year at Truro College and we wish her well for the future. 

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - March 2019 Winner

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - March 2019 Winner

Congratulations go to Sam Saville who has been awarded the CMST Pupil of The Month Award for March 2019. Sam is in the early stages of his musical journey but what a start he has made!

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Sam’s teacher Karen Frost tells us “Sam began playing the cello in September last year and has made astonishing progress in that time!” 

Mrs Frost continues to say “Sam is really good at keeping his practice diary up to date and practising regularly at home.”

“It is clear to see that Sam not only has a flair for this instrument but also loves playing it” Karen continued.

Sam supports the school orchestra, is a member of Restormel Junior Strings and performed at the ESTA Strings Concert on March 10th.

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, commented “Sam is a prime example of committing to music making straight away. He has only been learning for a relatively short amount of time but has in that time joined ensembles and performed in public. This is a really key part to the whole music making process.”

Well done Sam from the whole CMST team, keep up the great work and we look forward to hearing you perform soon.

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Conference - Music Therapy: Changing Lives

Conference - Music Therapy: Changing Lives

You are cordially invited to a special conference exploring the life changing effects of Music Therapy. This event is open to all,  SENCOs, parents, students, therapists etc. and anyone who is interested in learning more about this extremely important service.

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