Five Valley's Music Centre (FVMC)
A great place to learn and develop as a musician, for all ages, Five Valleys Music Centre (FVMC) offers many opportunities to children and adults who play musical instruments and/or sing. The Centre has orchestras, choirs, wind bands, string groups, a jazz band, folk group and much more! These enable members to experience the exciting feeling of playing in large ensembles as an extension to lessons and the musical activities in schools.
FVMC starts back again on Saturday 15th September.
For rehearsal dates visit the GM Calendar
Youth Groups at Five Valley's
FAME Academy (First Access Music Ensemble) for beginning Strings, Brass and Woodwind players.
FREE ensemble lessons for students in their first year of learning.
FAME Academy is our introductory level group. They are a lively and inclusive group who are developing their musical and note reading skills in preparation for progression into the other centre ensembles. FAME Academy may perform a pieces that they have been working on during FVMC concerts.
FAME Academy welcome anyone who has been involved in a Wider Opportunities, First Access or Whole Class Music scheme through their schools as well as individuals who have been learning at home. It doesn't matter if you only know 5 notes on your instrument or if you can't read music as the staff at FAME Academy can teach you all you need to know.
FAME Academy Runs from 10.15-11.15am.
FAME members can also attend the centre youth choir, recorder ensemble or theory prior to their session. This runs from 9.30-10.15 and is open to all youth members of the centre, whatever their experience.
Training Ensembles - Grades 1-3
The next level within the centre after FAME is our Training section. Members at this level learn in an Orchestra soley for their abilities, as well as combining with the centres principal members when separated into Strings and Wind Ensembles. At this level, members can also choose to develop their theory knowledge, join the centre youth choir or the recorder ensemble.
Principal Ensembles - Grades 4+
Principal members of the centre combine with the training members to form our centre wind band and string ensembles. The principal members alone then form our flagship group, the Principal Orchestra.
Running alongside these main groups, principal members also have options of a Jazz Band, Centre Choir, Recorder Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Theory.
We hold centre concerts throughout the year to showcase all members and ensembles. These opportunitues include both informal performances within the centre and more formal events held externally. Some are separate youth and adult performances, others are combined events.
Our next performance will be at the Cheltenham Music For Youth Event on Sunday 25th March:
Music For Youth Details 2018
Rehearsal - Saturday 24th March
This year FVMC have entered MFY as a joint event with Brookfield Music Centre. There will be a joint rehearsal morning the day before, Sat 24th March 9.30-12.30. This rehearsal will take place at BMC - Sir Thomas Rich's School, Oakleaze, Gloucester. GL2 0LF. There will be no youth centre or Adult Choir at Archway that day. Every youth member from both music centres are performing in this event no matter which level of the centre they are currently in - FAME through to Principal. We will be presenting a joint wind band, string ensemble, percussion ensemble and orchestra for members of all levels.
Performance - Sunday 25th March
The festival is taking place at Cheltenham Town Hall - Imperial Square, GL50 1QA.
I can now confirm we are performing in the evening session from 5-8pm. All members need to arrive at Cheltenham Town Hall by 4.30pm at the latest.
Audience members are welcome and it is a free event. There will be lots of groups performing during this time as well as FVMC/BMC, with feedback to all performers at the end of the performances.
Katrina Wyndow (Director) - Principal Orchestra & Boomwhackers
Mark Coldrick - Percussion Tutor
Neil Southgate - Theory & FAME Brass Tutor
Richard Fitton-Perkins - Strings Tutor and Jazz Band Leader
Cathryn Mitchell - Training Orchestra, Wind Band and Choir Accompanist
Zoe Hynes - Vocal Tutor
Chris Gibbons - FAME Woodwind Tutor & Composition Workshops
Hugh Blogg - FAME Strings Tutor & Composition Workshops
Jenny Steele - Director of Five Valleys Adult Wind Band
Paula Gannaway - Music Centre Administrator.
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