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Do you play an instrument? Gloucestershire Music needs YOU!

Published
27.09.2017

Gloucestershire Music, the county council’s award winning music service, is recruiting musicians of all ages and experience levels.

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With no less than 16 weekly music centres, groups, orchestras and adult ensembles, there’s an opportunity for every musician to progress and perform.

Members of Gloucestershire Music continue to achieve national success at major music festivals, as well as performing regularly at impressive venues such as Tewkesbury Abbey, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the iconic Royal Albert Hall. 

The new academic year will see another packed musical diary with visits from professional musicians and bands, regional events and festivals and great concert opportunities.

Recent alumni include Edi May, who has followed his passions to Birmingham Conservatoire after securing a place on its Jazz BMus course.

Edi said: “Gloucestershire Music’s Brookfield music centre played a big part in getting me to where I am now. It’s a great fun and educational organisation which I am very happy to have been a part of; I met so many like-minded friendly young musicians who I still collaborate with and am sure I will be friends with for a very long time.

“Most importantly Brookfield staff members pushed me to join the Gloucestershire Youth Wind and Jazz Orchestras, two bands I feel the country should be immensely proud of and I was very proud to be a part of. These two groups taught me musicianship and good rehearsal practice.

“Gloucestershire Music gave me countless brilliant gig opportunities including two tours, one around the black forest and one in Paris, and gigs at wonderful venues including the Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Jazz festival and even the Royal Albert Hall for Music for Youth.

“Gloucestershire Music’s head Steve Legg recently also helped me to apply for Music for Youth with my own band, Shire Brass Band, made up of Gloucestershire and have now been asked to play at the Albert Hall in November.”

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council said: “I think we’re very fortunate to live in such a musical county: the list of achievements by Gloucestershire Music is a testament of the talent of our local musicians and tutors.

“This is an excellent opportunity for new and experienced players to be part of Gloucestershire’s long and acclaimed musical tradition, whilst also improving their own skills and making new friends. I look forward to seeing new members in concert very soon.”

Weekly youth groups and music centres

Brookfield & Five Valleys Music Centres
Saturday mornings in Gloucester and Stroud 09:30am – 12:30pm
Offering young string, woodwind, brass, percussion players and singers the chance to develop ensemble skills under the direction of our experienced tutors. Music Centres are perfect for beginners to the more experienced, and offer options including music theory, choirs and folk groups.

Forest of Dean Wind Area Band (FODAWB)
Lakers School, Coleford. Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
Caters for all Brass, Woodwind and Percussion players aged 7 and over of all standards and ages. Our award-winning Area Wind Band regularly participates in national events such as the National Festival of Music for Youth and the National Concert Band Festival. Adult and youth instrumentalists are welcome to join.

Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra (GYWO)
St Peter’s High School, Gloucester.  Thursdays 6.45 to 9pm
Recognised as one of the country’s top youth wind bands after performances at Music for Youth’s National Festival in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In April 2014, 2016 and 2017 the band represented Gloucestershire at the National Concert Band Festival finals and was awarded a Gold Performance certificate at all three events.

Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra
St. Peters High School, Gloucester. Thursdays 6:30 – 9pm
Regularly performs at impressive venues such as Tewkesbury Abbey, Cheltenham Town Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall; programmes range from 18th century to present day. Also works alongside visiting professional tutors on occasion. Membership is by audition only and is aimed at string players grade 7+. Players may audition or contact us for an informal chat at any time.

Gloucestershire Intermediate String Ensemble
St. Peter’s High School, Gloucester. Thursdays 7 – 9pm
A new ensemble aimed at encouraging young string players (grade 4+) to meet, rehearse and perform.

Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra
Cheltenham Bournside School. Wednesdays 7 - 9pm
This national award-winning ensemble continues to impress under the leadership of Pete Martin. Auditions are open to those of Grade 6 or above, with good understanding of the jazz idiom and scales. (Grades are only a guide to the level required. More important is a strong commitment and positive attitude, alongside good sight-reading, confident improvising, musicianship and ensemble skills.)

Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Academy
Cheltenham Bournside School. Wednesdays 6 - 7:30pm
For young musicians Grade 4 and above keen to develop skills in jazz and improvisation. (Grades are only a guide to the level required.)

Weekly adult music groups

Colwell Arts Orchestra
Colwell Arts Centre, Gloucester. Wednesdays 7 – 9 pm,
An ideal opportunity for adults to rediscover and develop their playing skills. Standards are around Grade 4 to Grade 7+. Many members were already proficient as teenagers; others are recent starters.

Colwell Arts Jazz Ensemble (CAJE)
Cheltenham Bournside School.  Wednesdays 7 - 9pm
Senior-level big band for adults grade 5+. The band gives public performances each year in concert halls, churches and outdoor venues.

Colwell Arts Jazz2Go (J2G)
Cheltenham Bournside School. Wednesdays 7 - 9pm
A training adult jazz ensemble encouraging improvisation and ensemble playing, for Wind, Brass and Percussion players.

Lakeside Concert Band (LCB)
Lakeside School, Cheltenham. Thursdays 7- 9pm
Beginner to intermediate concert band catering for adults of Grade 1 – 4 standard. New members always welcome! Beginner classes for adults are sometimes available.

Gloucestershire Symphonic Wind Orchestra (GSWO)
Colwell Arts Centre, Gloucester. Mondays 7- 9pm
Aimed at advanced Wind, Brass and Percussion players. Plays a wide variety of music, including original 20th century wind band scores through to arrangements of popular and classical music. Auditions required.

Five Valleys Adult Wind Band (FVAWB)
Archway School, Stroud. Saturdays 9.30 - 11.30am
A group for adults at Grade 3 and above, for those who would like to continue learning whilst also enjoying the experience of being in a band. A wide-ranging repertoire includes film, swing, and classical music, with several concerts a year.

Steven Legge, head of instrumental and vocal tuition at Gloucestershire Music said: “Gloucestershire Music has won many national awards in recent years. We have some great opportunities for players of all levels and all ages and aim to provide opportunities for those taking their very first steps into learning an instrument, as well as support advanced musicians. Why not join us to find out more?”

For more information and contact details for music groups visit www.gloucestershiremusic.co.uk or call 01452 330300.