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The Music Service has for over a year been working in partnership with Charanga, one of the UK’s leading developers of digital resources, to offer North Somerset Primary schools an online music support programme called Musical School. We are delighted to announce that Musical School has now been recognised at national level having won the award for Best Digital/Technological Resource at the recent Music Teacher Awards 2015.
North Somerset’s annual youth Big Band evening at Somerset Hall in Portishead was once again a splendid foot tapping event!
Conducted by Peter Tyler, the NSCYM Swing Band kicked things off with some really polished playing and some great solos. MacArthur Park, fronted by trumpeter Tim Leong was one of many highlights.
Up next was the North Somerset Jazz Orchestra who presented a mixture of classic swing era numbers and contemporary arrangements. This band is well known in the area and always brings the house down.
The historical cantata for young voices ‘Tom Blood’ was performed for the first time ever on Tuesday evening at Weston Playhouse and then followed by a second performance at Churchill Academy on Friday.
Composed by local musicians Caro & Tim Barrett this new work tells the story of the historical figure Thomas Blood who betrayed the King in the English Civil War and went on to try to steal the Crown Jewels, but ended up being pardoned for his crimes! As well as being a talented song writer, Caro Barrett is the Deputy Manager of North Somerset Music Service and its singing strategy lead teacher.