This newsletter provides some updates on events at Music Centre this year and some more dates for your diary.

Mazama Entry: The performance of ‘Mazama’ for our entry into this year’s Youth For Music competition went really well and all the staff are incredibly proud of the standard all the students achieved! The recording is now available to view on YouTube – please make sure your child gets to see the video if they haven’t done so already. We will let you know as soon as we hear if we’ve been successful in reaching the next round.

18th March – Jazz Course: The next Jazz Workshop will be taking place next Saturday (18th) 13:00 to 15:00. This is free to attend and is led by Dan Mar-Molinero. All students of approximately grade 4 standard and above (on any instrument) are welcome to attend.

25th March – Easter Course Part 1: The Youth Wind Band and Youth Orchestra students will be travelling to Taunton College on Saturday 25th March to join forces with groups from the Southampton Music Service to work towards their joint Easter Course and concert. Students who are not participating in the course are still welcome to attend Music Centre as normal on the 25th and can provide some musical assistance to the junior groups instead.

Friday 7th April to Sunday 9th April – Easter Course Part 2: For the second part of the Easter course students from Southampton will be coming to the island for the weekend to rehearse with the Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band at the UKSA in Cowes. Full details have been emailed out to all students who enrolledf for the course. If you require any additional information please speak to me at any Saturday morning session.

Sunday 9th April – 18:30 – Easter Concert: The end-of-course Easter concert featuring the combined forces of the IW Youth Orchestra, IW Youth Wind Band, Southampton Wind Band and Southampton Youth Orchestra. Taking place at Medina Theatre. Tickets £8 / £4 / £20. A concert not to be missed!

April 29th – Open Day:This year we are moving our annual Open Day from November to April. This is intended to be a bigger event than in previous years, and we are encouraging all non-members to come along and join in with the junior groups. More details to follow shortly.

13th May Concerts: The running order for the May 13th Concerts has now been confirmed and is as follows:

14:00: Concert
Foundation Wind Band
Percussion Ensemble
Stage Band
Music Centre Wind Band
Mazama – Combined Bands (inc Youth Wind Band)

19:00 Concert
Youth Choir
Recorder Groups
Adult Choir
Music Centre Strings
Youth Orchestra
Youth Wind Band

Youth Wind Band students will be joining the afternoon concert to perform Mazama with the joint wind bands. They will also be perfroming their own repertoire in the evening concert.

If you would like your child to remain on site between the morning and afternoon, or afternoon and evening sessions please could you let us know as soon as possible so that we can ensure we have the right level of staff on hand to supervise.

The Beginner and Junior strings will be performing their own end-of-season concert at an external venue – to be confirmed.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our upcoming concerts!

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