Following two fantastic summer concerts at Westborough Church in June/July, it is now Summer Break - sessions will resume on Saturday 16 September and Tuesday 19 September. Can we take this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to Caroline Watkinson who is retiring following many years of teaching, and hello and welcome to Amanda Wademan who now steps in as musical director of Ebony, our clarinet ensemble.
A brilliant start to 2017 included a Guitar Open Morning, a concert at Pickering Church in aid of our Transport Fund, a Jazz workshop and masterclass with saxophonist Tommaso Starace, EASY Jazz attended the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival and Dennis Rollins' Funky-Funk hosted an amazing and well attended Boyes' Celebrity Concert in the Grand Hall at the Spa.
The two Gala Concerts held on Saturday 10 December at new venue Queen Street Methodist Church were a great success. A big thank you to staff, students and parents, the Parents Committee and not forgetting the team at the Church who looked after us so well. Warm and welcoming, beautifully decorated and fab accoustics, this will hopefully be a venue we will return to in the future.
Busking in the Brunswick Centre for the bus back in November raised £214.92 - thanks to staff, students and parent helpers.
Ryedale Bus news - the service was reviewed at Easter due to low numbers on board and the cost of running the bus and it was sadly decided to withdraw the service until further notice.
The Parents Committee is on the look-out for any new members following two resignations - PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN!
EASY Jazz featured in one of the FREE Fringe Events at Scarborough Jazz Festival at The Spa Sun Court in September. Following on from a workshop earlier in the day, they were led this year with festival favourite Alan Barnes along with fab jazz pianist Gareth Williams.
We would all like to thank the Scarborough Freemasons of Leopold Lodge for their so very kind and generous donation.
Thanks to the NASUWT for their donation of £165.80 towards new MUSIC.
ALSO to help raise centre funds is our music book scheme - if you have any books you no longer need or perhaps have changed instrument and would like to pass them on to another young musician, please also leave at Tuck Shop. These will then be available at future concerts in exchange for a small donation.
A big thank you to the families of Kay Mills-Hicks and John Ward for their fantastic donations which enabled us to buy more music centre cellos (see photo above) and to also hold a guitar workshop with Richard Safhill for our young musicians. And of course not forgetting parents, students, the Parents Committee and staff alike for their unfailing and continued support!