Welcome to Ann Smith our new director
Ann Smith has taken over from Polly Fenn as the New Director for Thetford Music Project.
"I have been made so welcome by all the staff, trustess and members and it is a great honour to be part of Thetford
Music Project" says Ann.
End of Term Concert 2012
The applause could have been heard in the next town; such was the success of Thetford Music Project’s end-of-year concert, held at Queensway Junior School on the evening of 12th July. With the hall filled to bursting with children, parents and friends alike, the air was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. TMP members did not disappoint, delighting listeners with a vast array of musical numbers, ranging from instrumental solos (keyboard, drums, guitar, violin, voice, clarinet, saxophone….) to small group items (Clarinet Choir, String Ensembles), to larger ensembles: Band, two Rock Groups, Singers, Djembe and the very special – and hugely successful - Mini Maestros.
The Minis, as they are affectionately called, are our youngest TMP members who, since pilot sessions began in February, have been working behind the scenes at a very supportive Forest Academy (Brandon), to deliver a hugely entertaining and moving performance consisting of ukuleles, sticks, spoons and boom-whackers, all expertly led by tutor Jessica Berners. Mini Maestros will be moving to Thursday TMP at Queensway Infants School in September and any children between the ages of 5 and 8 who are interested in taking up this extremely popular session are invited to apply without delay via the TMP website.
At the interval, the following awards were presented:
Chair's Cup: Outstanding Achievement Award – Bronwyn Watkins
Outstanding Musical Ability – Jacob Dean
Exceptional Commitment – Charlotte Hewett, Harriet Hewett and Elliott Sanders
Excellent Progress – Briony Greathead and Pippa Hatt
Most Promising Newcomer – Tom Collett (drums) and George Mooney (saxophone)
Most Helpful Students – Bobby Greathead
In addition, TMP proudly announced their latest ABRSM instrumental exam results:
Pippa Hatt: Piano Grade 1
Izabella O’Farrell: Clarinet Grade 1 (distinction)
Yasmin O’Farrell: Clarinet Grade 1 (distinction)
Goodbyes were also said to long-standing TMP members Fiona Ellerby and Bronwyn Watkins, who are both leaving to pursue their studies. As the evening drew to a close, Councillor Mayor Terry Lamb gave an address and Director Polly Fenn thanked tutors and helpers for their hard work. Colin Armes, 100 Club Promoter, presented Robert Rickard, Chair of Trustees, with a cheque for £1301 to support TMP’s vital funds. The concert was rounded off with a spirited rendition of We are Family by the Clarinet Choir, with Director Polly Fenn joining in.
Scaleathon article from the Bury Free Press 22 June 2012
Scaleathon & Cake Bake to raise funds for MNDA
This term, as well as preparing for the summer concert and the Thetford Garden Centre performances, our members got busy learning their scales for a good cause! Thurs 14th June saw dozens of instrumentalists take part in a timed ‘Scaleathon’ to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. At the same time, an array of tempting, home-baked cakes were on sale. The results are being counted and we’ll let you know much we raised at the summer concert!
Here are some wonderful moments caught on camera!
Letter of Thanks from Julie Settle
Julie Settle, mother to John and Melanie Settle (both long-standing members of TMP past and present), writes a testimony to TMP
May I express my gratitude to the Thetford Music Project for the help and encouragement it has given my children in learning to play musical instruments and to develop confidence through gaining performance skills. TMP had been going for about a year when my son joined in 2000 to learn to play the drums and later the guitar. Now my daughter is leaving in the summer term 2012 after learning to play the clarinet and saxophone and singing with TMP.
Thetford Music Project is a marvellous resource for the children of Thetford and the surrounding area, especially for families for whom expensive private tuition may be out of reach. Learning a musical instrument is such a worthwhile skill to gain and being encouraged to join ensembles from an early age helps build confidence and team-work. It’s always been delightful to see the children who’ve just started to learn an instrument in September get on the stage at Christmas to give a squeaky rendition of “Twinkle, twinkle little star” and to see how much they gain from that experience. Also, these youngsters are much encouraged to continue by watching the older, more experienced students give their performances.
Over the years, as TMP students have progressed, they have been encouraged to take ABRSM or Rock School music exams and many have joined larger Norfolk and Suffolk youth ensembles. Some former TMP students have gone on to further music study and to make music their career whilst others have chosen to continue with music as a hobby and are making a contribution to their local communities through the bands, orchestras and choirs they have joined. In recent years an increasing number of students have continued with lessons and playing in TMP ensembles into their sixth form years. Older and former students have been encouraged to help the younger children and at least one former student who started guitar lessons at TMP later came back to teach. All this is a testament to just how well TMP works!
TMP is a worthwhile local charity to support and I wish it all the best for continuing to give great musical opportunities to the children of Thetford in the future.
Thank YOU, Julie, and hear-hear!
Thetford Garden Centre, 16th June 2012
People turned out in crowds to see Jim Bacon, weatherman, give a speech as he cut the ribbon to the Thetford Garden Centre's new extension. TMP was there to provide the music - and the very appreciative audience were not disappointed! With a mixture of songs, harp and band numbers, TMP members once again demonstrated their musicality, enthusiasm and commitment to the Project. Here are some pics of the event. Well done to all who took part and thank you to those who helped out and came along to support on the day.