The place to be in South Gloucestershire on a Saturday morning, TAMC hosts 2 Orchestras, 2 Wind Bands, 2 String Orchestras, Chamber Music, Choir and Theory classes
Saturdays @Marlwood School
3 separate classes aimed at different ages and abilities, TAJMC is the perfect way for young children to explore and discover music and instruments in a fun and educational way
Saturdays @Marlwood School
Join the finest young musicians in South Gloucestershire in this auditioned orchestra for players gr5+. Coached by professional musicians, SCYO performs symphonic repertoire with visiting masterclasses
Thornbury Area Music Trust
of exciting music ensembles in South Gloucestershire, comprising the Thornbury
Area Music Centre and the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra, Thornbury Area
Music Trust is a charitable trust run by volunteers to serve the
young musicians of Thornbury in South Gloucestershire and its surrounding area.
The trust's aim is to maintain and enhance youth music making in South
Gloucestershire, and to promote excellence in music in a fun a friendly
atmosphere. This is achieved through a
range of musical activities, including Thornbury
Area Music Centre for musicians aged
8-18 of all abilities, TAJMC with activities for juniors aged 4-7, and The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra
for musicians who are grade 5 or above. All music activities are open to children
across South Gloucestershire, North Bristol and the Southern area of
Thornbury Area Music Centre (TAMC) is the main outlet for the trust's music-making. Meeting for 9 sessions every term, TAMC is a non-auditioned collection of ensembles and musical activities. These include junior and senior string orchestras and wind bands, a junior and senior orchestra, choir, chamber music coaching, and lessons in music theory and practical musicianship directed by experienced teachers and professional musicians. Our musicians are drawn from across South Gloucestershire area and beyond, including musicians from Yate, Little Stoke, Hanham and Kingswood, as well as from Gloucestershire, including Wotton-Under-Edge.
Providing a range of fun and energetic musical activities for children aged 4-7 to inspire musical imaginations and creativity, Thornbury Area Junior Music Centre (TAJMC) meets on Saturday mornings at Marlwood School. The activities are organised in 3 classes. The Foundation Class is for reception aged children, and involves an introduction to music, singing and basic percussion instruments. The Music Makers Class is for children in Years 1 & 2 and explores listening responses, singing, and used of tuned percussion. The Recorder Class not only allows children access to tuition on the recorder, but also introduces children to basic composition and performance techniques. These classes, led by qualified and experienced teachers, are a lively and enthusiastic introduction to music, and form a great basis for going on to learn a musical instrument.
The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra (SCYO) is an ensemble of the finest young musicians in the South Gloucestershire area. It is for musicians who have reached a minimum standard of grade 5 on a standard orchestral instrument, and draws players from across the region, including Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The orchestra meets for rehearsals over a three-week period each term, ending with a formal concert. Coached intensively by professional musicians, the courses are devised and directed by Dury Loveridge, Chris Sanders and Sarah Eales, and look at large-scale symphonic repertoire and performance techniques. There are also visiting recitals and speakers, as well as organised concert trips. SCYO is open to musicians across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Gloucestershire, and offers them opportunities to play and study music at an advanced level.
On July 12th, SCYO performed at a celebration of Britten at the Adrian Boult Hall, in Birmingham, as part of the Music for Youth National Festival.
Performing their own piece as well as taking part in a workshop, the event was filmed for broadcast online too!
Sunday July 6th saw a fantastic concert from TAMC at Marlwood School.
The concert saw stunning performances from all of the bands, orchestras, strings, chamber groups and choirs! Well done!
'Ten Pieces' is a fantastic, nationwide initiative to get more young people listening to classical music - and we're signed-up champions.
SCYO are already playing one of the pieces in the November concert, and other groups will be getting involved throughout the year.