Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
I am delighted to tell you about the Bedfordshire Music Trust Summer Events 2019.
In May we have our second Blow and Bow Weekend, and very much hope it will be as enjoyable and successful as the first one in February.
Once again there will be a whole range of musical activities, but as well as working as separate wind and string bands this time they will come together for the grand finale of the concert!
If your child enjoyed our recent Jamboree then this could be the perfect way to take their music making to the next step.
For further information on the Blow and Bow Weekend Course please click here or to sign up click on the link below. In order to allow us time to process applications you MUST complete our online booking form for the Bow and Blow Weekend by FRIDAY 10 MAY 2019 at the very latest.
Payment for the course is to be made online. Please follow instructions on the booking form to make payment by debit or credit card using the PayPal payment service (you do not need to have a PayPal account).
Some students may be eligible for financial support from Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music – please read more here and contact FBYM before booking a course. If you are successful, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will organise your course booking directly.
Blow and Bow Weekend
2 day course
Sat 18 – Sun 19 May 2019
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Sunday 19 May 2019
(retiring collection in aid of FBYM)
We had a fantastic Bedfordshire Youth Opera Workshop early in April working on Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and are now really looking forward to the full course and performances.
If you missed the Workshop but still want to take part it’s not too late!
Tickets for this year’s Youth Opera production are on sale now for Tuesday 27 August – Saturday 31 August 2019 at The Place Theatre, Bedford at
Another event not be missed is our Bedfordshire Gala Orchestra Concert at the Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.30pm on Sunday, 21 July 2019.
150 musicians of all ages, who were trained through the Bedfordshire Music system over the past 50 years, will gather on 21st July for this grand event.
Michael Rose, doyen of the Bedfordshire music scene, and the conductor of the Bedfordshire Youth Orchestra for 40 years, will helm the concert. The programme includes much-loved music by Elgar, Delibes, Puccini and Mahler. The orchestra will be joined by international opera stars Rebecca Bottone and Rachel Nicholls, both former leading lights of the Bedfordshire Youth Opera.
For more information click here or tickets are now on sale at
Grants from Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music (FBYM)
FBYM can offer financial support to young musicians who would like to participate in our BMT holiday music groups. FBYM can offer families up to 100% remission of fees where the family has children entitled to Free School Meals or whose household annual income is below £20,000. Applicants must live in Bedfordshire. FBYM can offer support of 75%, 50% and 25% to other families who have a household income of up to £26,000. In exceptional circumstances FBYM can support other children where there is an obvious need.
Please find an application form, and more information here: FBYM Financial Assistance
If you would like to apply for FBYM assistance, please do so before booking your course on our online system. Once approved, FBYM will give you a grant reference code, which should be entered onto the BMT online booking form, along with any remaining payment required.
If you are travelling by car please indicate on the booking form whether or not you are happy for your contact details to be shared for the purposes of lift-sharing. If you are having difficulty with transport and would like help in making private lift-sharing arrangements please email us. We will then send you contact details of parents in your area. We will then send you contact details of parents in your area.
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