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Spring 2016 Issue No. 73


LSSO 2016 Season

Barbican Concert Hall


Tuesday 12 April 2016 Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No.2 Weber Oberon Concert performance in English with singers from the Guildhall School

Dominic Wheeler conductor FE Church. El Rio de Luz 1877

Wednesday 21 September 2016 Sibelius (arr. Ash) Roald Dahl's The Minpins: A Musical Fairy Tale


LSSO Concert dates 2016 2 From the Saturday Centre... 3 Armistice Day 2015 3 CYM Forthcoming Events 4 CYM Annual Showcase Concert 5 Jack Petchey Award winners 6 Awards for Young Musicians 6 Marimbathon! 7 Wind & Brass 8-9 Guildhall Quintet 10 LYWB February Concert 10 2015 London Music Awards 11 Rotary Young Musician Competition 11 Strings 12-13 LSSO 14-15 London Grid for Learning 16 gamelan 17 Folk: Jeff Warner Concert 17 ‘Dick Whittington’ 18-19 Voice 20-21 Primary Years Programme 22 Recorders 23 Piano 24-25 Sorana Santos – Musician & writer 26-27 Guitars 28 Percussion 29 Foundation for Young Musicians 30 Instrument Fund donation 31 Stagecraft 32-33 Friends of CYM 34 James Moriarty - composer 35 BBC Proms Inspire Scheme 35 Editor Nicy Roberts Front cover photo Martin Dixon Photography Rahul Patel & FCYM Design The Blue Moose Graphic Company Print The Blue Moose Graphic Company

Robbie Coltrane narrator Peter Ash conductor Patrick Benson

For more information about the LSSO, see pages 14 & 15

Free tickets for schools Why not tell your school about our special offer? le FREE to Up to 30 tickets per school are availab students bring to any London school that would like an! Barbic the at action in along to see the LSSO Ask your teacher/ office Head of Music to contact the CYM


Special Ticket Offer Available when booking by phone or in person only Please quote the date of the concert as the booking code to receive a £3 reduction on any ticke price!

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UPBEAT Spring 2016 The LSSO is sponsored by the City of London Corporation

Centre for Young Musicians Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Rd London SE1 7HT Tel 020 7928 3844 Fax 020 7928 3454 CYM is part of the network of Centres for Advanced Training funded and developed by the Department for Education's Music and Dance Scheme (MDS). The scheme is for young people who have exceptional talent, potential and an interest in eventually pursuing a career in music.

From the Saturday Centre...


write just before we embark on our two CYM Open Days of 2016. We will be welcoming a number of prospective students and their parents/carers to the Saturday Centre so that they can get a flavour of what is on offer. I am extremely grateful to Rahul and his team from FCYM for once again taking on the task of showing the visitors around, giving them refreshments and, in conjunction with Alice, generally organising the proceedings. We look forward to many of them signing on the dotted line! At the recent Guildhall School Governors’ Dinner I was proud to hear the Principal, Professor Barry Ife, speak of the significance of CYM within the structure of the School – our own London Centre and the three regional Centres that Stephen Dagg has been instrumental in establishing in Norwich, Somerset and Saffron Walden. CYM’s status as a division of the Guildhall School continues to bring mutual benefits, not least the use of the Milton Court Concert Hall for our Annual Concert at the end of this term. I am sure this will prove to be a memorable occasion and will include a performance of Handel’s Zadok the Priest conducted by Stephen as a “farewell” from his role as Director here in London.

In a further association with Junior Guildhall I am very pleased to announce that CYM will be launching a new Primary Years Programme in September 2016 that will provide the first steps of a progressive musical pathway for children from School Year 1 right through to sixth form and beyond. Details can be found later in this edition of Upbeat and from the CYM office. I am delighted that Marion Scott will lead on this initiative, taking on the new title of Head of Recorder and Primary Years. With over a third of our 2015 leavers going on to study music, not to mention those doing so who were connected to CYM through membership of the LSSO and LYWB, it is clear that the musical training and experience we offer is of the highest quality. In addition I regularly hear of the successes being achieved in the music business by former students now making their way as professional musicians. We have much to celebrate and to take pride in.

Geoffrey Harniess – Head of CYM (London)

Armistice 2015

CYM student Alexander Lee had the privilege of playing the Western Front violin last year on Armistice Day at the Imperial War Museum.The violin was made by Kenneth Popplewell in 1983 and inside is inscribed: ‘Violin made from trees grown on Western Front Battlefields – Remembering 1914-18’. Alexander says: This has been one of the most amazing and truly memorable experiences I have ever had. I feel touched to have been able to commemorate and pay my respects to all those who have fallen in such unique and personal ways. It was a privilege and an honour to play the prestigious Western Front Violin and this opportunity has made me a better violinist and a much more compassionate young man. Most of all, this was a poignant and magical moment which I will cherish for the rest of my life. UPBEAT Spring 2016 3

Forthcoming events

(in addition to the weekly student lunchtime concerts at both Notre Dame School & Morley College)

Sat 20 February

1.00pm Viola Masterclass & Workshop with Nichola Blakey (Holst) Piano Dept Concert (B05)

Fri 26 February

7.30pm LYWB Concert St Alfege, Greenwich

Sat 27 February

1.00pm Conservatoire/Further Education Fair (Morley) 1.10-3.00pm Annual Recorder Festival (ND) Piano dept Concert (B05)



St Mary at Hill London EC3R 8EE

Thursday 10th March 2016 7.30pm

CHAMBER CONCERT Featuring Chamber Ensembles and Soloists From the Centre for Young Musicians Saturday Centre

Sat 5 March

1.10pm Chamber Ensemble Concert (Holst) Brass Dept Concert (ND)

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Thur 10 March


St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap EC3R 8EE

Sat 12 March


1.10pm Informal String Concert (B08) Advanced Piano Recitals (Holst) 3.15pm Stagecraft Performance (ND)

Sat 19 March

9.30-12.30pm Piano Duet Day (Morley College)

Sat 19 March

7.30pm CYM ANNUAL CONCERT Milton Court (Guildhall School)

Tue 12 April

7.30pm LSSO Barbican Concert

Sat 16 April



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EXCITING NEW CONCERT VENUE! This year we are very excited that the CYM Annual Showcase Concert on Sat 19 March (7.30pm) will be held in the Guildhall School’s fabulous new concert hall, Milton Court, Silk Street EC2Y 9BH – a wonderful venue for our students to perform in and for our audience to enjoy! Booking details can be found on the poster on the right. Bring all your family and friends for a wonderful evening celebrating the wealth of talent at CYM!



Milton Court, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 9BH

Saturday 19th March 2016 7.30pm

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Jack Petchey Award winners – Autumn 2015

Diana Panizzon-Pineda (Guitar):

Rosie Alderton (Voice):

Caroline Loane (Trumpet):

Diana’s work in Songwriting has been exceptional. She performs with great sincerity and conviction contributing to concerts whenever asked. Diana has a lovely voice and a good guitar technique, and of course is a fine pianist in her other life at CYM!

Rosie’s award is for her consistent professional attitude and hard work, as well as learning how to belt the top note in Defying Gravity in only a few weeks! She shows regular commitment to Chamber Choir and Stagecraft Class and is a great asset to CYM.

Caroline produces a beautiful tone and has great rhythmic awareness. She is a valued member of Senior Brass and Chamber Orchestra, and has been chosen to mentor the brass section of CYM Wind Band as she is a great encourager and a good role model.

Apply now for up to £2,000 2016 Annual Awards programme

Do you know a talented young instrumentalist who needs help with musical costs? They may be eligible to apply for up to £2,000. We are inviting applications from instrumentalists aged 5-17 playing any musical genre to join our 2016 Awards Programme. As well as receiving flexible funding towards the costs of their musical development Award winners will benefit from individual support, which may compromise mentoring, workshops and master classes with professional musicians, opportunities to observe rehearsals with professional orchestras and other musical partners, and performance opportunities. Our key criteria are musical talent and financial need. Whatever they study, be it classical Western music, classical Indian music, jazz, folk, blues, rock or commercial music young musicians can evidence their ability in a number of ways; it is not essential to have taken formal exams. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 March 2016 and Awards will be announced in May 2016.


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Find out more and apply



n 2014 four friends from University College School walked the Sussex cliffs as a fundraiser for Oli Nelson’s place on the London Schools Symphony Orchestra summer tour. Oli carried a portable(ish) marimba, playing it at scenic points on the route and we called the event ‘Moderate Marimba’. This year we upped the stakes and devised the challenge of a Snowdon Triathlon, aka ‘Extreme Marimba’, aka Marimbathon! The mission: to climb Snowdon at dawn, hitch a lift on the Welsh Highland Railway down to Porthmadog, cycle the Mawddach Trail (Barmouth to Dolgellau) and canoe Bala Lake, all in the space of twelve hours playing a specially composed piece for the marimba, ukulele and welsh slates along the way! THE CHALLENGE It was a genuine challenge. Bill Carslake handed over the music at 9pm the night before we left, ‘Mission Impossible’ style. After camping at Betwys-y-Coed and a rather sleepless night we set off before dawn. Rain was forecast, but at the summit the weather turned really rough. It was too dangerous to descend Snowdon on the windward side, and we retreated to the campsite to dry out. This meant the boys did not ride the little steam train as planned, but Barmouth was sunny for the bike ride and the canoe challenge was squeezed

in before the next storm. Mission accomplished then during a long (mostly) enjoyable day. Marimbathon was a crazy/inspired idea which fortunately caught the imagination of sponsors and thanks to their generosity we raised a total of £2280 for three organisations; Centre for Young Musicians, Camden Music Trust and Seaford Barn Theatre, all of which provide performance and arts training opportunities; and also two nonarts charities, the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal and Macmillan Nurses. THE TEAM Albie Mills, Oli Nelson, Will Silver, Gabriel Ware (London); Barney Meek, Phil McMullen (Sussex); Martin Nelson, James Meek (dads/drivers); Bill Carslake (Composer) There is a YouTube video record of marimbathon at the Camden Music Trust Marimbathon! Giving page at

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Wind & Brass

Clarinet Ensemble

It is amazing to see the diversity of performances that our students (past and present) have been enjoying over the past few months both within CYM and at external venues. The woodwind concert on 17 October featured some of our younger players. It began with Sacha Neugarten playing Luigi Merci Bassoon Sonata in G minor 2nd Movement Cantabile. Another bassoon item in the concert was Ludwig Milde’s Tarentella performed by Dora Goudie who has recently gained a Merit in her Grade 7 bassoon exam. Zeina Faulks, flute, played Paul Hart Lonely and Blue. Two of Neville Graham’s clarinet students also took part; Jacob Ormondi playiing Schumann’s Fantasiestück No. 2, and Emily Hazrati ended the


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concert with the Romanza from the Poulenc Clarinet Sonata. Many thanks to Max Rowlands for accompanying

all the performers. Brass students gave a concert on 21 November. There were so many people wanting to play that the concert started early, but even

then several performers had to wait until the following week to perform, which is a great problem to have! The concert began with Titus Parker performing Songs of Farewell by Philip Sparke on baritone, followed by Joshua Pizzoferro on horn with Romance in F by SaintSaëns. Intermediate Brass Ensemble performed Dance of the Magicians and Prime Time by Roger Perrin conducted by their tutor Robert Evans. Rex Enokido-Lineham played Study No 11 by Endresen. Rex recently achieved Distinction in his Grade 4 trombone exam. Joseph Helm produced a mellow legato tone as he performed Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Kern). The concert finished with a great arrangement of Monti's Czardas played on tuba by Brianna Ste Croix. Brianna is taught by Joe Hassan Looking ahead, Josh Pizzoferro (horn) will be taking part in a lunchtime concert on 18 February at St Laurence Church, Upminster, where CYM students have been invited to perform. On 24 October I had the pleasure of attending the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the borough of Southwark at Southwark cathedral. It was a varied event with the installation of ten new Honorary Alderman and Alderwomen. Music was provided by the combined bands of the Army Medical Services and

Trumpet Ensemble

the 150 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps with the Military Wives Choir. Kenetica Bloco performed exuberantly and several CYM students took part, George Webb on bassoon, Oyinkansola Ogunjobi on saxophone and Ifeoluwa Ogunjobi playing trumpet It was fascinating to see the diversity of the borough of Southwark celebrated in such a visual and sensory way from listening quietly to the poet Suley Muhidin read his poem United to Serve (Southwark’s motto) to feeling the floor and walls vibrate to flourish of Kenetica Bloco with their drums, brass, woodwind and dancers. Julie Beaman Head of Wind & Brass

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Guildhall Wind Quintet visit to Saffron Waldon

In November, our wind quintet visited Saffron Walden to give workshops and recitals to the students of both the new CYM centre and the Saffron Walden County High School. By coincidence, 4 of the 5 members of our quintet are ex-CYM/LSSO members! The Guildhall wind quintet are Elizabeth Whitehead, Kaija Lappi, Isha Crichlow, Juliet Webb and Emily Burley We spent two days in Saffron Walden and the first day consisted of workshops in the High School. We played a varied chronological programme of short pieces from Mozart all the way to 20th century composers such as Damase and Ravel. In between pieces we gave informative demonstrations of our instruments, and showed the students the purpose of each instrument within the wind quintet and also in larger groups such as an orchestra. Our horn player Emily gave a memorable demonstration of the length and harmonic series of the French horn by attaching her mouthpiece to a long hosepipe and funnel! We also attended a Q&A session with several older students at the school who are thinking of studying music at university level and spoke to them about conservatoire and our Guildhall course as a potential option. On the Saturday we spent the morning 'sitting in' - playing with both the Junior and Intermediate wind ensembles at the CYM centre. After only a few weeks of the centre being open I have to say we were all very impressed with the students' enthusiasm and progress as an ensemble! Kaija and Isha with the young players Finally, on Saturday afternoon we gave a recital to an audience of students, parents and tutors in the wonderful Saffron Hall, including St Alfege Church Greenwich music by Ibert and Nielsen. LONDON YOUTH WIND BAND Our bassoon player and ex-CYM student 7.30pm Friday 26th February 2016 Juliet Webb writes about the experience: "I personally found the trip to Saffron Walden school a very fulfilling and worthwhile venture. I hadn't had much experience with speaking in public to a listening audience, especially those of Including a secondary school age. So this was great practice Clarinet Concerto and a great way to help conquer my nerves with giving a demonstration about my instrument. by Philip Spark It was also a really good way of interacting with And works by: children who had an interest in music and learning, it gave me an insight into the possibility of teaching Edward Gregson music." Malcolm Arnold I speak for all five of us in saying that Gustav Holst the visit to Saffron Walden was a useful and interesting experience for us all, and a great Haydn Wood window in for those of us who intend to Conductor: Geoffrey Harniess explore a career in music education.

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Soloist: Isha Crichlow

Painting by Robert Taverner Archive held by The Emma Mason Gallery

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Isha Crichlow

Isha Crichow is also the soloist at the LYWB Concert on 26 February.

2015 London Music Awards London Music Awards CYM students Louis Lodder (French Horn) and Ibrahim Vatansever (Violin) won the brass and strings categories for the ‘Outstanding Mayor’s Scholar’ award at the 2015 London Music Awards. They collected their trophies onstage at The London Roundhouse, along with two other music scholars, from Michael Elliott, Chief Executive of ABRSM. Louis and Ibrahim, recipients of a four year scholarship from the Mayor’s Music Fund were selected for their talent, commitment and enthusiasm. A total of twelve awards were presented on the night, covering a range of categories from Music Excellence in Schools, through Rising Stars to a London Legend, which this year was awarded to the Kinks front man Sir Ray Davies CBE. Mayor, Boris Johnson, on hand to present awards said, “An unbeatable mix of ingredients has helped make London the music capital of the world.

Our city has produced amazingly talented musicians, who have gone on to conquer the world.” The London Music Awards is an annual event hosted by the Mayor’s Music Fund and the Mayor of London to celebrate the achievements of London’s inspiring and aspiring musicians and its legendary performers. Building on the success of the inaugural event, the 2nd annual London Music Awards attracted

attendees from across the music industry, city influencers and supporters of the Mayor’s Music Fund. The music industry showed its support with major players such as PRS for Music, Live Nation, the Mackintosh Foundation, ABRSM, PPL UK, Time Out, Universal and AEG Live sponsoring awards and hosting tables. Others lending their support included UK Music, Sony, Warner, iTunes and law firms, accountants and financiers.

Rotary Young Musician 2016

On Sunday, 24 January, the South-East London round of the Rotary Young Musician Competition was held at James Allen's Girl's School (JAGS) in Dulwich. Eleven young musicians (eight being CYM students) played a wide range of instruments and pieces to impress the judges and try to make their way through to the London District Final on Sunday, 28 February also at JAGS in Dulwich.The judges commented that the standard of musicality was very high and the wide range of pieces played made their jobs very difficult.The winner of the instrumental section was Ellen Wilkinson (Flute) and the runners up were Rhiannon Dew (Piano) and Harvey Parker (Flute) and Kamil Boulia will represent the area in the vocalist section – all CYM UPBEAT Spring 2016 11 students! Congratulations!


In December a young string quartet coached by Khac-Uyen Nguyen played for the Marie Curie Charity at Hampstead Parish Church The’ Lights to Remember’ Service consisted of readings and recollections interspersed with movements from a Boccherini quartet. Leon Human, Kamil Gowan,

Emmeline Macdonald and Susannah Roman made up the quartet.They played sensitively and with poise and were warmly appreciated by the large audience. This quartet also played in the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall as part of the ‘Let the Light In Festival’ in January.

Also playing for this occasion was a quartet coached by Jane Friend.The group was led by Guildhall apprentice Will Newell and included Sebastian Brooks, Hassan Horack and Brianna Ste Croix.They played a movement from Beethoven’s Quartet Opus 18 No2.

London Schools Chamber Orchestra The December LSCO course (see photo above) was directed by John Kirby who worked closely with the ensemble on bowing skills, intonation and good listening.The 4 day course ended with superb performances of a Zelenka Suite, the Adagio from Mozart’s Clarinet

Concerto, soloist Cara Doyle, Haydn’s Symphony No 6, violin soloist Conor Carleton, cello soloist Matthew Price and Reindeer Waltz composed by Kathleen Archbold, a violist on the course.The wind players and solo violinist were drawn from the LSSO.

violin at the Imperial War Museum on Armistice Day last year, we were invited once again and this year Alexander Lee was given the opportunity. He visited the museum to try the violin, and then played the Allemande from Bach’s Partita No.2 in D minor during the ceremony both on Sunday 8th and Wednesday 11th November. (see page 3)


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Imperial War Museum Following Matthew Norriss’ performance on the Western Front

Double Bass news

Prelude Strings We are very grateful to the Friends for purchasing a new Âź size double bass.This means that Finbar Percy and Quinn Menzie, two new members of Prelude Strings, are now able to have a bass each at home to practise and basses to play on here at CYM.They are in their first year with bass tutor Becky Welsh. Finbar performed in the recent First Performance Platform, a concert in which all aspects of performing including stage manners, nerves, preparation and presentation are discussed. All instruments of the string department were represented in this delightful concert. At CYM there is currently a shortage of bass players of Grade 6 standard and above, so this term we have welcomed Tom Morgan, a 3rd year student at Guildhall, to assist in Chamber Orchestra. He will be playing in the Chamber Orchestra for the Annual Concert at Milton Court. Early next term there will be a lunchtime Taster Bass Session with Becky Welsh. All students will be welcome to find out more about the

bass and opportunities for learning to play. A number of bass players started out on other instruments: Hamish Nockles-Moore, a former CYM student who is now at Trinity College, played the violin to Grade 5 level before opting for the bass. Others find it a good outlet for their interest in Jazz: Hannah Freeman, a singing student of Sorana Santos, started the bass a year ago and is already doing well in Jazz at 4.

Emilia Barker, a year 9 cellist at CYM, offered to help with Junior Strings as the volunteering part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. It is really useful to have her tuning instruments and supporting the players each week. Thank you Emily. Gill Tarlton Head of Strings


with NICHOLA BLAKEY SAT 20 FEB 2016 All the CYM violists (c.20) are busy preparing a Fanfare to welcome Nichola. There will be an opportunity during the day to try out a viola. So why not come and try?

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LSSO Barbican Concert 11 January 2016

A week ago, we welcomed the 156-strong National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to the Barbican Hall, in a demanding programme of Tchaikovsky, Korngold and Prokofiev. This programme, given by an orchestra of 98 school students from the nation’s capital, may be thought to be rather more challenging for young musicians, but there was little doubt that, in many respects, it proved to be an equally impressive occasion. The young people of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra come from within the M25 encirclement, drawing from a population very similar in numbers to that of Austria, Israel or Switzerland, and much greater than that of Denmark, Finland, Norway or New Zealand – each of which countries fields more than one excellent professional orchestra – and on this showing the Londoners can hold their own against any similar, even if more broadly-based, organisation. Beethoven’s Leonore No.3 Overture plunged the young players in at the deep end, to which they responded exceptionally well – more so, one might add, in coping with the generally quite fast speeds

Arvo Volmer - conductor (c) Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


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the Estonian guest-conductor Arvo Volmer imposed. There was quite magical piano and pianissimo playing – especially from the strings, and the principal flautist is clearly a player to look out for. The off-stage trumpet was equally superbly judged, although one felt the six horns, spread out on the top level next to the timpani, tended to mar the overall balance at times. Much the same comment regarding orchestral balance could be made of Brahms’s Double Concerto – a difficult work almost as much for the orchestra as it is for the two soloists, here well matched, with Louise Hopkins delivering a finely expressive and noble account of the cello part. Brahms’s writing obliges the violinist to take more of an acquiescent, rather than combative, role in that it is the cello which always gets to speak first, and in this regard Roberto Gonzalez (fellow-professor of Hopkins at the Guildhall School) was the epitome of musical good manners. However, especially in the first movement, one felt the underlying sense of forward momentum, which Brahms judges so well, tended to be reined back rather too much, but the orchestral players especially would have learned a great deal from their participation in this generally very fine account of an immortal score. As they most certainly would have done in Volmer’s directing a simply magnificent interpretation of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony.Very few concessions had to be made in terms of playing, and in this great work this impressive conductor came fully into his own. In terms of tempos, structural command and many myriad details – such as the manner by which he judged the elision into the 3/4 pulse in the first movement – together with his total grasp of every demand Sibelius asks of his interpreters, betokened a conductor of exceptional musicianship and technical mastery. Here was musical education at its finest, and we were privileged to have been there. Robert Matthew-Walker for Classical Source

Exciting summer plans...

LSSO 2016 Tour to Sweden 27 July – 3 August 2016

Following their successful performance at the Southbank Centre on 15 February, the LSSO will be giving three performances of The Minpins, a musical fairy tale based on Roald Dahl’s last book, using music by Sibelius. The orchestra will also give a further performance in September at the Barbican.

NEXT LSSO Barbican Concert Wednesday 21 September 2016

See page 2

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LSSO Archive and Learning Resource Portal As part of the celebration of LSSO’s 65th year, the London Grid for Learning Trust is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM), a Division of the Guildhall School, and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) to further support high quality music education in schools across the capital. In development since early 2014, the partnership includes the creation of online teachers’ resources for LSSO concerts and the creation of a comprehensive archive of LSSO activities since its creation in 1951. In the future, resources to support the National Music Plan will be identified, using LSSO performances at the heart of the stimulus material. The partnership has three elements: 1. Concert support programme Supporting teachers and students attending the live concerts performed at the Barbican Centre three times a year. The resources will include some behind the scenes footage of the orchestra preparing for a

concert and adapted programme notes to help ensure that maximum benefit is achieved from attending LSSO concerts. Available now via 2. The LSSO archive A celebration of 65 years of musical heritage will be hosted on LGfL and will include: Audio and Video recordings of the LSSO Programmes and related notes Photographs of players and performers Reviews of concerts Available from January 2016 – an on-going project 3. Music curriculum resources This will feature LSSO performances from the archive and be linked into the revised National Curriculum. Available: 2016/2017 If you have resources that you would like to donate to the archive, please contact:

The LGfL Trust is a consortium of the London local authorities and 2,400 school working together to provide extensive and cost effective ICT services, particularly for school broadband services and online learning resources.


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gamelan youth course

Led by expert tutor Andy Channing at the Southbank Centre, this course is being run in partnership with London’s Centre for Young Musicians. The classes bring together members of the public and young students from CYM’s Saturday music school (accompanied by their chaperone) to explore ensemble music making on Javanese gamelan. Over nine weeks they are learning to play the gongs, drums and metallophones that make up this beautiful percussion ensemble from Indonesia in a fun and relaxed way. SUMMER FOLK EVENT

Jeff Warner

CYM is hosting an exciting Summer Folk event led by Jeff Warner, one of the US’s foremost performer/ interpreters of traditional music. Jeff Warner’s songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans.

Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and the traditional singers his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. We are delighted to be welcoming such an eminent folk artist in our midst and Jeff will be giving interactive workshops as well as performing himself – accompanying songs on concertina, banjo, guitar and several ‘pocket’ instruments, including the bones and spoons! More details to follow... but get those spoons at the ready! Buffalo Gals UPBEAT Spring 2016


Dick Whittington - the true s performed by Junior Choir Once upon a time...


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SSA Choir The Christmas term is always fun… new students to meet and talents to discover. Not to mention new friendships, strengths to be found and new passions ignited for the young students. To this end I put on a show with the Junior Choir every Christmas an opportunity to find out if they can sing, act, dance and generally enjoy getting up on a stage and performing. This year we performed the pantomime Dick Whittington. Six hours of rehearsal in total is a ridiculously short time to teach the children forty minutes worth of music and text to be learnt by memory, plus bits of choreography and a lot of stage movement; not to mention casting fifty children to make sure that everyone can takes part. I am always amazed at how they all pull together on the day and make something greater than the sum of the parts. The lesson learned from this for the children is that if you set your mind on something, you will always achieve more than you think you can - a discovery which should last them the rest of their lives. Special congratulations go to Omar Ait-el-Caid (who recently


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reached the final auditions for Matilda in the West End!) as the narrator, who learnt his considerable part in a week, Anton May as Dick Whittington (currently playing one of the Genii in the ENO production of The Magic Flute), Sabina Cote, Tifany Rodas as a very scary Mrs Sourdough(!). Also Rafael Harper, Nona Lawrence, Ben Sachrajda and Ben Duffy, Kaela Simi Masek, Khayr Hazly, Jasmine Lewis, and especially Danae-Lekha Aroukatos for stepping in at the last minute and playing the part of the Barbary Queen for her sister, (who was ill that day), with word-perfect text and acting. Well done! It’s a shame I can’t mention everybody, as the whole cast was excellent and I was very proud of them all. Special thanks also to Eoghan McCarthy and Rosie Alderton as the grown up Dick and Alice in the last scene, who set a great example to the younger students of what they will be able to achieve in a few years time. Do look at the ‘storyboard’ of photos on the previous pages to get the full visual effect. The Vocal Faculty Lunchtime Concert was a great success, with all six choirs contributing, and

many solo items from the older singers, featuring music from Vaughan Williams to Radiohead to Music Theatre. I was delighted that ex-CYM student Nick Newland was able to come along at the last minute to conduct the three Intermediate Choirs in the concert. The Stagecraft Class gave a performance of Broadway to Hollywood last term, with songs about ‘The Business’….auditioning, failing and ultimately succeeding. This term’s subject is Group Therapy and will contain songs about life’s problems and how to deal with them, with a surprising amount of humour! The performance, as always, is on the last day of term, 12 March, at 3.15 in Notre Dame Hall. Do come, it’s a real showcase of what these amazing young people can do. I was proud that last term, Omar Ait-el-Caid and Christopher Sabisky were chosen to be in Otello at the English National Opera, where they displayed excellent dance skills, not to mention their acting. Well done. In December, twenty three of our young singers performed a specially-written arrangement of Away in a Manger for the charity

‘Compassion in World Farming’ on the steps of St John’s Smith Square, outside the government’s DEFRA offices to ask that in their new twenty five year plan, being written at the time, animal welfare should be considered and made of paramount importance. It was a great evening, the children were filmed singing and can be seen on YouTube under ‘Compassionate Children’s Choir’. They all had lanterns to carry which made it a beautiful scene to watch just before Christmas. They also met and talked with actress Pauline McLynn (Father Ted) who was giving a speech, and also happens to be the auntie of ex-CYM student Ellie McLynn, who was also singing. Small world! The children sang beautifully, unaccompanied in three parts, and the charity and film crew were thrilled. Last term I was approached by the Children’s Organiser at the English National Opera and asked if I had any boys who could audition for the parts of the three Genii in their forthcoming production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. These parts are the hardest parts for children in any opera, in my opinion, as they have about forty pages of singing to memorise, and each child

Intermediate Choirs has to hold his own harmony part against two others each singing theirs, which is quite a feat at ten or eleven years old. So as well as having fabulous voices, acting ability and great memories, they also have to be phenomenal musicians to be able to do that. This year with a fantastic influx of new and wonderful boy trebles, I sent nine of our boys along to audition. A couple of them I knew were too young, but it is good experience anyway, as once the ENO have boys on their books, even if they are not yet strong enough to do The Magic Flute, they usually get asked for La Boheme or Carmen - shows which need a lot of youngsters. I was thrilled that seven

of the nine boys who auditioned got through to the finals, and of those, three were chosen for the actual three parts and two more for understudies! So congratulations to Anton May,Yohan Rodas and Louis Lodder, singing genii 1,2 and 3 in that order, and also to Bertie Beaman and Hugo Brady for getting the understudy roles. Bravo boys, you are flying the CYM flag high! The Magic Flute is already into production, and has received rave reviews in the press. Do go and see the production, which is amazing! Lynda Richardson Head of Singing

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CYM Primary Years Programme (PYP) In September 2016 CYM will offer a brand new course for children in School Years 1 and 2, forming the first steps of a progressive musical pathway that could lead through their entire school lives and beyond. The course will run in collaboration with the current Kindergarten and String Training Programme of the Junior Guildhall and take place on Saturday afternoons during school term time. CYM is based at Morley College in Central London, close to Waterloo and the South Bank.

HOW IT WORKS After the initial year with a Year 1 group and a Year 2 group the programme will grow to cover Years 1 to 5 as the first cohort progress. The focus will be on practical musicianship skills in Year 1 plus a group instrumental lesson and an ensemble class for students in Years 2 and 3. In Year 4 students will progress to one of the CYM Prelude Ensembles and receive individual instrumental tuition, and in Year 6 to the full

Saturday Centre Programme. In exceptional cases students may transfer to the full programme in Year 5. Year 2 students will be able to take lessons on violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar or recorder. There will be a set number of places for each instrument and these will be allocated on the advice of the Head of Early Years.


A sixty minute practical musicianship class involving singing, rhythm and movement.

Year 2 & 3

A forty-five minute practical musicianship class as above. A thirty minute group instrumental lesson (maximum five students). A forty-five minute ensemble class.

Year 4 & 5

A ninety minute prelude ensemble including practical musicianship. A twenty minute individual lesson. The programme will take place at CYM’s Notre Dame School Annexe in St George’s Road, SE1 6EX between 2.00pm and 4.30pm (Year 1 class 2.00-3.00pm).

HOW TO JOIN Year 1 Course

There will be no audition procedure and no prior musical training is necessary to start the programme in Year 1. However, there are a limited number of places available and if oversubscribed selection will be on a first come first serve basis.

Initial Year 2 Course (2016)

Some places will be offered in conjunction with

the Junior Guildhall Kindergarten Course. Other places will be offered on first come first serve basis but may also take into account any previous musical training if oversubscribed.

Year 2 Course from 2017

Places will be offered to children completing the Year 1 course and in conjunction with the Junior Guildhall Kindergarten Course.

Instruments Parents will be encouraged to purchase or hire instruments for their children but CYM will provide for those on low income. Bursaries Fees are competitive but CYM’s mission is to strive never to turn down children because of financial need and some means tested bursary support will be available.

For further information and application form, please email 22

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Baroque music does still feature frequently in the repertoire of a recorder player, but these days we might also be heard playing Jazz, Folk music, Ragtime, Contemporary or Late Romantic music. We did, however, go back to the basics of 18th century style in our Recorder Department meeting in October, using the excellent information provided for us in J.J. Quantz’s book written in 1752 – Essay on Playing the Flute. This is an invaluable source of information on all things Baroque, not just on how to play the flute; he tells us about playing a concerto and a cadenza, articulation, how to behave in an ensemble, playing the cello or harpsichord continuo, how not to scare your audience with grimaces … This time it was the

description of how to play a trill in Baroque music, where to place the appoggiatura, how to finish the trill that we considered. We put the information into practice by decorating Three Blind Mice, and I have to tell you that a roomful of recorder players ornamenting the nursery rhyme was a sound to astonish! The informal concert in December turned out not to be so informal, with a large audience joining us, but everyone rose to the occasion and the programme was typically varied in style. Recorder Ensemble A performed a movement of the 1970 Berliner Sonata by H.U. Staeps which creates a fascinating sound by doubling the three parts at the octave for a rich sonority using six instruments, but

maintaining a more delicate texture. Ensemble B provided a contrast in musical style with Susato dances from 1550, followed by a beautifully played solo from Sacha Neugarten playing Nebulae by Douglas Coombs, which allowed free rubato lines and lively dance rhythms. The Baroque era was included, of course, with a Handel Jig played by Purav Menon and a complete Telemann Sonata in F major from Nina Hicks. The concert was completed by Nicolas Markantonis performing two movements from the Sonatina by Malcom Arnold in true late romantic style and a grand finale. The audience was treated to a fine concert and stylish playing. Marion Scott Head of Recorder & Primary Years

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Piano Piano Class Concerts: There were four piano class concerts given in room BO5 in the Autumn term with well prepared performances from students of all levels. It is always good to see family and friends in attendance to support these performers and you are always welcome. Piano Exam Results: Congratulations to Jamie Cook for passing Grade 8 with distinction and to Myfanwy Dew, Hana Kojakovic, Emmeline MacDonald and Henry Dixon- McGale who all achieved a merit. University Place: Our congratulations to Emily Hazrati who has recently been awarded a place to study music at Oxford She will begin her studies there in September. Emily is a high achieving pianist, clarinettist and recorder player who has also won prizes nationally as a promising young composer. Holst Room Concerts: On 5 December we were treated to a delightful and varied lunch time performance in the Holst Room. Martha Neugarten (violin), Anna Gunstone (cello), and Natasha Mallett (piano) gave a performance of the Andante

movement from the Piano Trio in D minor by Mendelssohn. Lola Grieve (clarinet), Anna Moreno (clarinet) and Melissa Flynn (piano) performed another charming and less known work by Mendelssohn - Konzertstucke No. 2. Myfanwy Dew also presented an attractive programme of piano pieces by Kaski, C P E Bach and Grieg, in preparation for her Grade 8 exam. On 12 December the concert given by the CYM Chamber Orchestra included a performance of the first movement of Poulenc’s exciting Concerto for Two Pianos with soloists Nye Hughes-Watts and Joshua Venables. We look forward to hearing this work again in the CYM Annual Concert on 19 March in the Guildhall School’s brand new concert hall, Milton Court which CYM is using for the event. The music will match the splendid surroundings! Piano Purchase advice: We had a visit on 3 October from Julian Markson, of Markson Pianos, to give us a lunchtime talk on what to look for when buying a piano. We are very grateful to him for giving CYM parents the opportunity to ask questions and receive valuable advice.

Shostakovitch Soloist: On 30 January Natasha Mallett performed the second movement of Shostakovitch's Piano Concerto No.2 in a concert given by a visiting group, Chamber Cellos. Jazz Bass Visit: On 6 February we were visited by the professional jazz bass player, Pete Hutchison. Pete is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and has performed with some top jazz musicians. Apart from his individual work with our jazz piano students Pete performed with them in a lunch time concert in the Holst room that day. Judging by last year, this high quality event was by all accounts equally successful and enjoyable for students and audience alike. Piano Duet Day: On the morning of Saturday 19 March the Piano Department will hold its annual Piano Duet event. Participating students will be allocated rehearsal time from 9.30am, followed by a concert in room BO5 (Morley College) at 11.30am, to which family and friends are cordially invited. Chamber music news: Some of CYM’s piano chamber ensembles will be taking part in regional rounds of for Music for Youth this term and a number of them will be performing in the Annual Chamber concert on 10 March. Please come and support them! Advanced recitals There will be an Advanced Piano Recital at lunch time on 12 March, featuring Grade 8 piano recitals from the several students doing their Grade 8 exam this term. Cathy Riley, Head of Piano


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FEATURE...A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s seminal album, Hejira, which multi-GrammyAward-winning Mitchell wrote over the course of three journeys she took during late 1975 and early 1976. The final and most famous of these was the trip she took in Spring 1976 where, after having already driven two friends from LA to Maine, she decided to return to LA driving solo down the USA’s East Coast, around the Gulf of Mexico and through the desert back home to LA, writing the bulk of Hejira while in transit. At the time Mitchell was recovering from what was to be the final breakup of her on-again-off-again relationship with drummer John Guerin, and much of the album sees her wrestle with the disappointment of ‘true love’ constantly eluding her versus the freedom-call of free-love and the open road, which she illustrates to great effect by balancing shifting tonalities within her songs.

Unsurprisingly, for an album written by a single woman in her 30’s driving solo across the US, Hejira also has a strong feminist bent. In songs like Amelia, she likens Amelia Earheart’s pioneering accomplishment as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, to her life’s journey as a musician and the compromises women make in order to be on the vanguard. Indeed, Mitchell was not being arrogant in declaring herself a pioneer. Originally a Folk singer, she allowed the influence of Jazz to infiltrate her music, working across genres without necessarily beginning a new one. Mitchell’s foray into the cross-genre world of self-defined Folk-Jazz was met with immense disapproval and resistance from critics who were used Joni Mitchell to hearing her work in a more tonal and Popular context. Consequently, her cross-genre albums did considerably less well than her preceding work. As is often the case in history, for example, with the work of the Impressionists, Mitchell’s work in this era has become highly regarded for its level of craftsmanship melodically, harmonically and lyrically, and she is now revered as making one of the most significant contributions to songwriting in the Twentieth century. My own songwriting journey has somewhat echoed that of Joni Mitchell’s in that both our music became heavily influenced by Jazz, having originally begun in another genre. For example, my last album Our Lady of Stars that was released last year brought together elements of Contemporary Music, Jazz, and the singer-songwriting tradition. My interest in Mitchell’s music deepened when I began studying songwriters who break patterns of expectation in their music and also looking into the key elements that factor in genre-creation and cross-genre composition – all of which feature strongly in Hejira and in Mitchell’s subsequent albums. To commemorate this seminal work, and to get me in the right frame for arranging my own re-interpretations of Hejira for my next album, I am going to be recreating the road trip on which Mitchell wrote Hejira, leaving the UK for Maine on the 16th March 2016 and following the exact route Mitchell took before flying home from LA on the 11th April. En route I am going to be conducting interviews with journalists and musicians that were associated with or influenced by Hejira. By uploading to a daily vlog and blog of these events I also hope to create a portrait of Mitchell’s experience through the journey, producing a montage of footage and photographs from the places in this trip that inspired and featured in Hejira – from the Cactus Tree Motel to the Mandolin Brothers’ shop on Staten Island. I will also


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SORANA SANTOS be uploading short commentaries and analyses of the songs themselves, as well as videos of a few music-making sessions I hope to make with other musicians while on the road. When I return my new album of re-imaginings of Hejira will be well and truly under way and I am looking forward to sharing what fresh insight and inspiration I gain along the way with the students at CYM. I am due to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the preliminary funds for the album in the coming weeks (as I release music on my own label I have to raise a certain amount before I can approach other funding sources) but for now follow me at the links below and come join me on the journey! It’d be lovely to have you along. Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Sorana Santos


Sorana Santos is a Hispanic multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer whose music and writing bring together elements of the contemporary music, jazz, and songwriting traditions to produce works that illustrate the inextricable links between music and language. Her diverse composition portfolio includes commissions from the BBC and The Rose Theatre, Southbank, arrangements for Polydor, and Kingsize Records, and awards for innovation from The Millennium Commission and Global Game Jam. Beginning her creative practice training in ballet, Sorana decided to focus on music, studying piano,'cello, guitar, and voice, and gained a first degree from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, owing much of her style to the support and encouragement of Diana Burrell, Lynda Richardson, Penelope Appleton-Burton and Eve Macateer. She is a Visiting Lecturer at both Oxford University and at London's Centre for Young Musicians (a division of The Guildhall), her former pupils being Grammy nominee Jaxx Jones and MOBO winner Shakka Philip.

"A panoramic epic of an album... Sorana Santos, lady of myriad magical voices." Max Reinheardt, BBC3 "One of the best jazz vocal offerings to date... A great talent." Adrian Pallant, London Jazz News "Took my breath away." Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing "Her music shows the flair and imagination inherent in her personality." Diana Burrell

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The combined forces of the Blues Ensemble - coached by Ramon Goose, and the Acoustic Ensemble - coached by Tim Pells and Steph Curran.


Both groups were formed as part of the initiative to diversify styles of music taught and performed in the CYM Guitar Department. The ensembles learn in a variety of styles as well, using notation, chord charts, improvisation, and learning by ear. The aim is to produce guitarists with the broad range as musicians of the values used in modern music industry situations, such as recording sessions and online performances. Both ensembles use a mix of classical guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, and voices and we also sometimes add percussion parts. These ensembles are also meant to be a lot of fun, with students choosing repertoire to develop, and having a lot of input into how the performances are crafted. There are several other CYM


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Guitar ensembles meeting and rehearsing at the Saturday Centre each week: Classical Quartet coached by Vincent Lindsey-Clark Classical Guitar ensemble coached by Tim Pells Junior Classical Guitar ensemble coached by Steph Curran Jazz Guitar ensemble coached by Johnny McCourt Songwriter’s ensemble which uses a lot of guitarists and is directed by Sorana Santos (see page 26) A new ensemble will be starting up after the half-term break – a Junior Acoustic Pop ensemble which initially will be coached by Tim Pells. The ensembles are all supported by teaching in all of these diverse

areas, and the Guitar Department will also have a big input in the new CYM Primary Years Programme starting in September. (see page 22) Plans for the future development of the Guitar Department include a fresh look at the Guitar in World Music. Tutor Ramon Goose is currently performing and recording in no less than three World Music groups, focussing on the music of North and West Africa. Ramon’s groups are: 1. World Scatterings - musicians from Senegal, Morocco, and France 2. West Africa Blues Project - new album just released to high critical acclaim 3. Coconut Revolution - new album about to be released involving some famous Rock music names! We will be looking at ways of developing the guitar in Africaninspired music in the new academic year, starting in September. In the meantime we have included guitar in the chamber group, ‘Tango Band’, looking at the music of Argentina, and directed by Vincent Lindsey-Clark. The Guitar is everywhere in modern music, and we are proud that CYM is a leading light in Junior College provision of Cultural Diversity and Guitar! Tim Pells, Head of Guitar


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Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM) We are immensely proud that the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) uniquely offers students the chance to perform and collaborate with people from all walks of life and of all ages. CYM receives higher than average passes at merit and distinction grafe in instrumental exams, 25% of our students study music at Higher Education and many of our alumni teach, write and work as professional musicians. If you visit us at the Centre on a Saturday you will experience an eclectic, energetic and positive environment for the students to learn in and most of all an over-riding sense for both children and their families, that learning music together is great fun! We want to be able to offer this valuable opportunity to as many children across London as we can. It costs £2,000 per student each year to provide this level of quality training. Currently 50% of our students would not be able to attend without a bursary. The Foundation for Young Musicians exists to secure funds for these bursaries to enable many young people to attend the Centre. To date, the Foundation has raised £8.5 million in bursaries.

“Growing up as a young black male in south east London has not always been easy. (At CYM) I feel equal to the rest and we all play together trying to achieve the same goal – the best possible performance. I’m now 18, start University in a few weeks – play music and stay off the streets.” Krystian, former bursary student If you would like to help support our students, together with our Friends membership, we have launched a new Patrons scheme to enable you to help talented young people to access bursaries. Join our programme from £500 a year (£42 per month) and your money will directly benefit young Londoners giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. Please do find out more by contacting Claire Barlow: 07709 442852

“For me, without coming to CYM I would not be about to finish my music undergraduate degree, nor would I be thinking about doing my PGCE. It’s thanks to CYM that I am the musician that I am today, and I will always thank the Foundation for Young Musicians for my bursary. Now I think it’s time for me to see the potential in other young kids and help them get the opportunities I did.” Cleo, former bursary student

Rescue and liberate your musical instrument!

A new initiative from FCYM inviting CYM & LSSO parents, family, friends, alumni and others to donate musical instruments they are no longer using for use by CYM students. We want to ensure there is no barrier to students’ musical development either as a beginner or when moving on to a more advanced instruments. Don’t worry about the condition of instruments as FCYM will get them back into playing condition. We also need accessories such as cases, covers, bows, etc. • What instrument? Any • Does size and condition matter? No

• Can we pick up? Yes, London M25 or as close • When can I do it by? Any time! This is a permanent FCYM scheme. Please email or ring 07956 579466 as soon as you can! 30

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Instrument Donations MARCUS PRICE – an interview

1. Tell us about who you are and how you are involved with CYM? I have been a trustee of the Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM), the charitable arm that supports CYM, for a number of years. Having worked in commerce in the City of London for over 20 years, I was keen to put my practical experience to good use, supporting causes I was passionate about; young people and music. I was exceptionally lucky as a child to be encouraged and supported to learn music. Many of those skills (although sadly not scales and arpeggios!) have stayed with me through life. I was keen to help those with the talent and the desire, but perhaps not the means, to learn music. So thanks to the support and encouragement of Bridget Sime, I joined the Board of FYM. 2. What do you think are the top 3 things about CYM? For me that's easy. First is the energy, passion for music and talent of the students. Secondly, it is the professionalism and selfless commitment of the staff of CYM under the leadership of Stephen until recently and continued in fine style by Geoff Harniess. And third, the product of those two things is the first-class music and musicianship which echoes through the corridors of Morley College. 3. Do you play an instrument? I was an avid chorister and violinist (more accurately, fiddler) in my youth. I grew up in Deal, a small coastal town in Kent which was then home to the Royal Marines School of Music, and was very fortunate to get to know one of the music professors (Eric Sokell, a former member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for 20 years). I have very fond memories of playing classical (baroque being a favourite) and Scottish folk music together. But I sadly did my level best to forget everything Eric taught me when I went to University; if only I could turn back the clock! But I've still got the violin I learnt to play and cherish it greatly. Unfortunately, my own children (aged 12, 8 and 6) show no interest in picking it up. 4. Why do you think people should support CYM? Music is a wonderful gift in its own right, as well as a wonderful way of teaching young people skills for life that will stand them in good stead for whatever path

they take, such as self-discipline, confidence, collaboration and team-work. But sadly with school funding being so stretched and difficult decisions having to be made on where to focus increasingly limited budgets, music education is often under-represented. And that’s where CYM can provide a compelling and very competitive solution. It is a true centre of excellence for music education with all the benefits that brings, such as lower costs and a more professional teaching staff. We need to cherish CYM as one of the few remaining accessible and affordable routes for talented musicians to learn and hone their craft, becoming more rounded people in the process. 5. If you were going to watch your dream concert, where would you be, what pieces would they play, and who would play them? It is unfair to mention just one dream concert as there would be so many to chose from, but certainly near the top of my list would to travel back in time to watch Maria Callas perform in the 1960 La Scala production of Donizetti’s Poliuto. Certainly not the most demanding of operas, but performed to perfection (even on my rusty old recording)! As a fiddler in my youth,Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman were heroes, so any performance by them would be a close run second! Marcus Price has donated to the Instrument Fund, managed by The Foundation for Young Musicians, so CYM can purchase a tenoroon for the youngest students to learn on. If you are keen to support, then please contact Claire Barlow at the Foundation for Young Musicians to find out the ways in which you can be involved. Email: UPBEAT Spring 2016



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Friends of CYM (FCYM)

A word from the chair...

First of all…don’t forget to get your tickets for the following CYM evening concerts LYWB, Chamber and Annual Showcase concerts – all details are on page 4 & 10. The Friends would like to welcome our new treasurer, Kerry Crichlow, and Adeline Chan who will help her with various financial processes. The FCYM Wine-tasting event with the CYM Dance Band last November was a tremendous success. We raised just under £700 and tasted(!) £330 worth of wine from round the world. Delicious food was made by Rachel Ortas, Clementine Olenga-Disashi and brought altogether by Sarah Parish with her special crudités. The evening was hosted by Didier and Christine Cordina, helped by their singer-songwriter daughter Helen. Didier’s supreme knowledge of wine and his enchanting and engaging talk had us all mesmerised. We were entertained brilliantly by the CYM Dance Band in the break between the switch from white to red wine. Thank you to Peter Shrubshall for leading the Dance Band and Morley College for providing Emma Cons Hall for the evening. A very successful evening and we are already planning something similar for November 2016. The last day of term 2015 was a wonderful and endearing event for a lot of parents, families, friends and their children at CYM. The advance publicity meant that we had more people attending concerts then I can remember for a long time – also measured by an


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increase in takings at the Friends canteen. People I spoke to really enjoyed the day and commented on a great festive feeling, and both Elaine and Alice from the CYM office pulled off show stoppers with their Christmas festive outfits! The Christmas Cake Sale was again a great success and we sold out of cakes well before the end. We made £250, and special thanks to Dagma Morton and her employers (GfK) for agreeing to match fund it, therefore giving us a total of £500 to go towards the on-going fund-raising activities for CYM. Thank you to all the parents who acted as guides as well as those who helped in the Friends Canteen Team for the two CYM Open Days in January 2016. We showed round a much larger number of prospective parents and students this year to all three sites. They were really impressed with the depth and the breath of music education taking place at CYM. I particularly want to thank all the students and tutors who allowed their individual lessons, ensemble or orchestral classes to be open for our visitors, who were very impressed at being allowed into this process of music education. During the question-and-answer session led by Geoff Harniess the existing parent’s testimonies and experience of CYM played a crucial role for a number of parents seriously considering CYM for their children's music education, and feedback was very positive. For this Spring term, the aim of our annual £500 match funding event is to raise money to purchase: two tenoroons, small double bass, quarter size cello, teaching piano, portable marimba and a wooden tenor recorder. Although there is stock of full size bassoons, which is fantastic for older students, we need a stock of tenoroons so that the younger, smaller students can start early and reach a higher level before they leave the Centre. Our younger intake is increasing in numbers and these instruments are essential to the learning process. Thank you for your support. Rahul Patel, Chair FCYM

Composition success for CYM alumnus James Moriarty

James Moriarty talking about his piece during the workshop at LSO St Luke's with the LSO in the background and conductor Francois Xavier-Roth, who led the workshops. Reflections on the Panufnik Scheme My time working with the London Symphony Orchestra was somewhat surreal. The sense of this being a highly unusual, never-to-be-replicated experience was formed from the moment I took the call telling me I’d been accepted on to the scheme. At the time I was still only in my second year as an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, but suffice to say they liked something about me, or at least my music. The initial period of the scheme was fantastic hearing the orchestra regularly, discussing ideas with players, gradually carving out a short and dense piece of orchestral music. My own reaction to my own piece was probably more muted than other people’s. Nevertheless when asked to write a second piece for the orchestra, this time intended for the Barbican Hall itself, I was minded to produce something

BBC Proms Inspire announces exciting opportunities for young composers

quite different. The saturated harmony and extreme compression of my first piece ‘Granular Fragments’ was replaced by something much more expansive in ‘Windows’, closer to Sibelius than Boulez. When the new piece was first rehearsed, some months before the premiere, I wasn’t altogether pleased with it and a lot of editing took place between this first rehearsal and the premiere; I doubt I’ll ever be entirely satisfied with anything I write, but the final product was something I’m proud of. To date this scheme is still the single greatest show of support I’ve received as a composer. The work put in by the whole orchestra, the LSO Discovery team, and even Daniel Harding himself, who conducted the premiere, was humbling in the extreme. Even if I never find myself in such illustrious company again, I’ll never forget the evening of December 6th, 2015.

If you are 12-18 years old and want to make your own music, join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme for young composers and receive a range of exclusive offers and opportunities all year round.You can also enter the BBC Proms Inspire Competition which is open to young composers aged 12 to 18 writing music of any style or genre. Winners receive a professional performance of their piece at the BBC Proms, a coveted BBC broadcast and a BBC commission. The closing date for entries is 26 May 2016. To join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme and for full details of how to enter the BBC Proms Inspire UPBEAT Competition Springand 2016terms 35 and conditions, visit

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