A big thank you to BBC Radio Cornwall for their feature on the Writers’ Block the morning of our formal launch party.
Thank you to Dick Straughan who met Amanda Harris at Troon school for the recording. It’s a great piece and thank you to Troon Primary school and their headteacher Julie Lamb for taking part.
Vocal development opportunity to sing in the 2017 Proms Youth Choir for singers aged 16-21!
The Cornwall Music Education Hub Vocal Strategy has been given a wonderful opportunity to participate in this year’s celebrated Proms concerts taking place in the Royal Albert Hall London in July.
The BBC Proms Youth Choir, established in 2012, offers talented youth choirs the opportunity to perform at the world’s greatest classical music festival, the BBC Proms, while developing their choral skills during a four-day residency in Birmingham led by international Chorus Master Simon Halsey.
This year existing youth choirs, such as the Cornwall County Youth Choir (managed by CMEHub) across the UK have been invited to take part in the BBC Proms Youth Choir 2017 alongside 36 singers from the BBC Proms Youth Choir Academy. The group will then perform at the BBC Proms on Friday 14th July 2017. This offer however is not restricted to current members of the Cornwall County Youth Choir.
The PYC is open to any young people aged 16 to 21 who can demonstrate:
A love of singing
A voice with potential
Enthusiasm and willingness to learn and develop in a choral setting, as part of a team
Commitment to take part in all sessions and learn the piece
We are keen to meet young established singers as well as those who have musical interests but possibly haven’t sung in anything like this before, or even don’t currently sing in a choir, but who very keen to experience this type of event in order to provide them with an outstanding opportunity to venture into further choral opportunities or which will enhance their current performance CV.
Through a series of workshop sessions with choral conductor Angela Renshaw, Cornwall County Choir Mentors and Cornwall-based singing specialists, plus four members of the BBC Singers (the BBC’s full-time professional choir), singers in the PYC will learn about singing in a choir and develop vocal technique in preparation for the BBC Proms residency and performance at the BBC Proms. Although helpful, singers do not need to be able to read music to be part of the PYC, but they should have a good musical ear. Singers will be taught the music as suits the needs of the group (both learning the music by ear and using scores), and we will provide audio tools for singers to practice their part at home.
There will be a full residency starting on Monday 10th July 2017 in Birmingham with the other PYC singers, and this will be directed by Simon Halsey. Accommodation and catering are paid for but there will be a small contribution towards the coach travel.
We will be staying together with other choirs taking part, in Birmingham in provided accommodation on Monday 10th July, Tuesday 11th July and Wednesday 12th July, from here we will travel down to London by arranged coach on Thursday 13th July where we will rehearse with the professional orchestra and stay in rooms at Imperial College London. We will rehearse in morning and afternoon of Friday 14th July and perform in the opening night of the 2017 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Following the concert on Friday 14th July, we will travel back to Cornwall overnight and arrive back in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Due to media restrictions at this point I am not able to divulge any further information regarding repertoire nor details of the orchestra and conducting who will lead the chorus, other than to say it is a huge event and will be amazing!
At this point I would like to start gathering names, details of voice etc from all interested parties. We have 48 spaces available which will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.
We will then issue a rehearsal schedule which will begin from end of April 2017 onwards and will take place mostly on some Sunday afternoons from end of April onwards. You are expected to work hard to learn your own part in between the rehearsals but will be provided with teach-CD and score to enable to you do this. The nature of the work isn’t something that you will necessarily be able to pick up at choir rehearsals alone.
The date that we must keep and be available to attend is Friday 23rd June 09.00-2.30pm when the members of BBC Singers will visit Cornwall to work with us.
A point of rule which is crucial for all those wishing to participate – all singers taking part must be born on or before 31.08.2001. I hope that’s clear.
Please get in touch if you need any further details. All interested parties please respond before and no later than Friday 24th March 2017.
CMEH Vocal Strategy Lead
firstname.lastname@example.org 07980 567386
CYMAZ are planning another Count Me In! conference which will be on 25th May at Newquay Sands Hotel. The theme is ‘Ways In’.
The day will be a practical and informative conference about how music and creativity support children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. Music can help with raising aspirations and attainment and is scientifically proven to rebuild neural pathways in the brain. To book or find out more contact email@example.com
Click here for Count Me In Poster
Cornwall Council has awarded a series of grants to support cultural organisations and venues across Cornwall.
These includes funding from the Council’s HALLS for Cornwall grant programme which was set up to make local venues more comfortable for audiences, and help them to attract high quality programming and reduce their overhead costs and increase their earned income while the Hall for Cornwall is closed for major building works.
The funding will be used to enable 11 venues across Cornwall from Calstock Arts to Newquay Lane Theatre, to the Tolmen Centre in Constantine to improve their facilities. The projects include new roofs, lighting and sound equipment and better dressing rooms.
Welcoming the awards, Julian German, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, said “I am thrilled to see venues in communities across Cornwall supported through this scheme. Many of our smaller venues are supported by loyal teams of volunteers and I would like to thank them for their dedication in bringing great quality performing arts to our villages and towns for all to enjoy.”
Paul Mullin, Chairman of The Acorn Theatre, Penzance, which has received one of the grants, said “‘We are absolutely delighted and enormously grateful to Cornwall Council for making such a large contribution to the Theatre’s Refurbishment Programme.
“As a result of this grant, we can replace our aging boiler and upgrade parts of the theatre to LED lighting – which will both save energy and reduce our running costs. We’ll also be able to decorate the main auditorium and upgrade the dressing rooms, so the place will be more inviting for performers and customers alike. Taken together, all this will help make the theatre more financially viable and sustainable for the people of Penzance and Penwith in future.
“Great news! Many thanks Cornwall Council. Watch this space!”
Alongside this funding, the Culture Revenue Grants scheme will also vest in 18 key cultural organisations from 2018-2022 sustaining a plethora of activity in theatre companies, museums, literature, dance, music, the visual arts and associated support services. This includes support for four new organisations – The Charles Causley Trust (based in Launceston); Dance Republic 2 (based near Newquay); Endelienta (based near Port Isaac) and KEAP – Kernow Arts Education Partnership (based in Camborne).
“Not only will investments in our key cultural organisations will give Cornish residents the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of creative and heritage activities it will also strengthen our economy and attract visitors to Cornwall” said Julian German. “ Cornwall should cherish its excellent cultural companies particularly as we work together towards developing the Truro –Cornwall European Capital of Culture designation”.
Amanda Harris, Director of Kernow Arts Education Partnership ( KEAP) one of the four new organisations to receive support, said “ “We are delighted that we have been offered the opportunity to be a Culture Revenue grant client of Cornwall Council. As a small organisation committed to creating opportunities for young people to access and participate in the arts it means a lot to us to have the recognition from Cornwall Council.”
Our fabulous Story Republicans are gearing up for festival season. Our first gig is St Austell’s Festival of Fun on the 15th April. The Story Republicans will be performing at the Market House, The White Hart, White River Place and Moustache Jacks. A big thank you to Sheila Vanloo for booking the team, we are really looking forward to being part of the event.
On April 22nd we will be part of the afternoon programme at the Porthleven Food and Music Festival and performing between 12.30 and 4pm around the harbour.
If you would like to find our more about The Story Republican’s events schedule, check out www.thestoryrepublic.co.uk/events
If you would like to book the team have a look at our Story Republic Promotional Flyer 2017
Drawing upon and inspired by our work with Discover, The Children’s Story Centre in London, we’ve created an extra-special storytelling and story building session for 5 to 7 year-old children. The first session sold out almost over night so our next Story Adventure will take place on Wednesday 31st May, 10am to midday. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
On a Story Adventure, children are invited to take a magical journey into The Writers’ Block with Connie Crosby and Jo Lumber from The Story Republic. Once inside, children will be invited to explore a magical world of stories and characters.
Jo and Connie will be reading and sharing popular children’s stories and there will be opportunities for children to create, write and tell their own, play creatively in the space and take part in singing and craft activities.
After the success of our residency at Trelissick House last year and the popularity of our writers events promoting our publication A Space To Write, we’ve decided to create some writing opportunities for adults.
Lead by Mac Dunlop, Wyl Menmuir and Jane Pugh, those interested in developing their writing skills or dipping their toe in wordsmithing waters are welcome to come.
The first series of sessions will be introductory immersing those who take part in all kinds of activities and imagination laxatives that get creative juices and words flowing. The sessions will last for 3 hours and include refreshments.