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Fabulous Production of The Tales of Hoffmann

The 2019 Course was yet again a fantastic success, culminating in 5 outstanding sell-out performances of ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ by Jacques Offenbach at The Place Theatre in Bedford. Huge thanks to the all the 27 cast members, 16 orchestral players, the small team of professional staff and the large team of volunteers. Artistic Director Fred Broom directed the cast who showed off their amazing talents in a production worthy of the West End. In addition to receiving vocal tuition from Voice...

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The Tales of Hoffmann

BEDFORDSHIRE YOUTH OPERA ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ by Jacques Offenbach Bedfordshire Youth Opera (BYO) is something very special – if you think you don’t like Opera (or you’re not interested) then THINK AGAIN - you won’t believe it until you see it! Young people getting together and putting on first class excellent entertainment, whilst having the time of their lives! The show runs at The Place Theatre, Bedford from Tuesday 27th until Saturday 31st August. Tickets are selling fas...

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Bedfordshire Gala Orchestra Concert

Bedfordshire Gala Orchestra Conductor: Michael Rose Soloists: Rebecca Bottone and Rachel Nicholls Bedford Corn Exchange 21 July 2019 7.30 pm 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 E...

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Easter Opportunities

Bedfordshire Youth Opera Production 2019 The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach   IT’S BACK! Following on from last year’s smash Candide, the Bedfordshire Youth Opera are back again this Easter with the fun and frothy, Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach. You don’t need to have any previous opera experience to come along and take part in our Opera Workshop under the inspired direction of Fred Broom, just a love of singing, so why not give it a go? Don’t take our word...

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Super Strings

Super Strings Course Dates: Saturday 30 March 2019 - Sunday 31 March 2019 Venue: Castle Newnham School Students will have the chance to develop their all-round musical skills through improvising from chord symbols, playing on acoustic and electric strings and learning most of the material by ear, though notation will be available for those who wish. This is a fun, versatile group which offers various musical activities throughout the course. There will also be an opportunity on the second...

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Orchestral Jamboree 2019

Calling all young musicians. Join us for our free Orchestral Jamboree on Tuesday 9th April. Apply via your local music hub by 9th March 2019....

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Four Hubs Youth Orchestra

‘’I loved it. What a brilliant idea’’ ‘’ I really enjoyed it when everything came together at the end’’ ‘’It’s great being able to play music with full sections’’ These were just some of the overwhelmingly positive comments from the over 100 students who performed a programme including Holst’s Mars from the Planets Suite and John Williams’ Raiders of the Lost Ark March at the Bedford Corn Exchange over the October half term. This was part of the inaugura...

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Candide Production

Another great production from Bedfordshire Youth Opera - congratulations to the singers, players and production team for their outstanding production of Bernstein's Candide which ran for five nights at the end of August in The Place Theatre, Bedford. Once again under the skilled direction of Fred Broom, this year's cast showed off their amazing talents in a production worthy of the West End. In addition to receiving vocal tuition from Vocal Director, Lottie Bagnall the cast were fortunate to be...

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Orchestral Jamboree 2018

Orchestral Jamboree Thursday 12th April 2018   Open to all instrumentalists up to and including Grade 1 level - we welcome string, woodwind, brass and percussionists to try out our Jamboree for FREE! It's a wonderful day which featured 165 instrumentalists last year! Children as young as 7 can take part and you will need to apply through your Hub- Music for Bedford Borough, Inspiring Music, Beds Music Co-op or Luton Mix. If your child has lessons privately you can apply directly thro...

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BYO on BBC 3 Counties Radio!

A big thank you goes out to our students: Louis, Robert, Annabelle, Kerry and Evie, who represented BYO on BBC 3 Counties Radio last month. To listen to the clip, just click here: https://soundcloud.com/user-78899178/byo-19-10-2017 They spoke about what motivated them to get into Opera, and about our recent performance of 'Pirates of Penzance'. If you would like to be involved next year, join our Opera Workshop on 14 - 15 April 2018 and receive updates by signing up to our mailing list at the...

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Bedfordshire Youth Opera

Thank you to everyone who was a part of The Pirates of Penzance production by Bedfordshire Youth Opera at The Place Theatre. It was a fabulous Course and Production, with a very successful run of five performances which were sold out every night! Bedfordshire Youth Opera has been running successfully for 37 years and is unique in the UK providing one of very few opportunities for young people aged 14 – 26 to experience opera, for both for singers and orchestral players. It is directed...

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Jazz Course Success

We are delighted that the Jazz Course on the 22nd April had resounding success and was featured in Luton Today! Many thanks go to CBC Inspiring Music for their support but also to the tutors: Nikki Iles, Nick Smart and Tim Giles. http://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/harlington-students-jazz-up-their-weekend-1-7953525...

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New String Course Success!

A string to everyone’s bow as course is a huge success - written by Jim Brock @Inspiring Music Electric. That was the opinion of last weekend’s Bedfordshire Music Trust’s String Course, open to students from across Bedfordshire and held at Alameda Middle School, Ampthill. It saw 12 children immersing themselves in everything from baroque music to contemporary artists like Taio Cruz. And it was also a first chance to try out the new electrical violins, cellos and violas which the I...

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BYO Presents… Steampunk Pirates!

Following last year’s fantastic course and production of A Little Night Music at The Place in Bedford, Bedfordshire Music Trust are excited to announce details of this year’s production of 'Pirates of Penzance' by Gilbert and Sullivan... as you've never seen it before! Currently showing at the English National Opera until 25th March! The Bedfordshire Youth Opera are looking for young singers and actors to enjoy a two-day workshop to introduce you to the show, the production team and ea...

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*NEW* Bedfordshire Youth String Course – April 2017

Try something NEW this Easter     In addition to our range of courses this Easter, we are very excited to announce a brand new opportunity for all string students. Expand your horizons this April, experience music from BAROQUE to FOLK and even TAIO CRUZ! Led by an expert team of specialist tutors, students will develop their all-round musical skills through small and large group playing on acoustic and electric strings and percussion. Take part in a STOMP! style act...

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Orchestral Jamboree

Saturday 8th April 2017 Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity for young instrumental learners (up to and including grade 1 standard) to enjoy making music with other young musicians, under expert specialist guidance. To apply please contact your local music hub or music tutor. The one-day Orchestral Jamboree workshop will include: Playing in sections: woodwind, brass, orchestral strings and orchestral percussion Organised games and activities Playing together as a large...

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A shining success with “A Little Night Music” 

A huge congratulations to all who worked with us on the wonderful course and performances of a Little Night Music. Another sell-out show at The Place Theatre, A Little Night Music is one of the best productions we have seen. The whole cast showed amazing maturity, with incredibly confident, nuanced and natural performances all round, which gives great testament to the work everyone did. Our youngsters were supported by a fantastic team, the production was masterly; and the direction, on st...

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Auditions 2016

We are very pleased to invite students to apply for auditions for places in the following groups: Bedfordshire Youth Symphony Orchestra (Grade 6 standard and above) Bedfordshire Youth Concert Orchestra (Grade 3 – 5 standard) We are very keen to encourage brass and woodwind players of the required standard to audition for both orchestras. PLEASE APPLY TO AUDITION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (SEE INFORMATION BELOW) DEADLINE: MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 At audition, students are asked to...

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ROCK SCHOOL @ The Sound Garage

This June half term holiday, The Sound Garage is running a Rock School Course: Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd June 2016 | 9am until 3pm Ages 10-16 £60 20 places are available on the course - please visit www.thesoundgarage.co.uk/rock-school for more details!  ...

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A Little Night Music

14 March 2016 ALNM 2016 BYO Flyer from Bedfordshire Youth Opera  After the great success of our 2015 production of Iolanthe, BYO is very excited to announce plans for the 2016 production of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music”. All we need now is YOU! Singers (Soloists and Chorus) and an Orchestra Please APPLY NOW if you’d like to audition for our fantastic Youth Opera course this year (closing date is 31 March 2016). We’re very excited to meet this year’s stars....

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Woodwork Recorder Consort – Family Concert

10th February 2016 Woodwork Recorder Consort is performing a Family Concert at St. James Church, Biddenham, on Sunday 28th February at 14.00. It would be great to see you there. Woodwork is a recorder consort consisting of recorder students and alumni of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Playing on a vast array of instruments ranging from six inches to six feet long, they are rapidly gaining a reputation for colourful performances of music ranging from the medieval period to the...

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Acoustic Guitar Masterclass

click for full Acoustic Guitar Masterclass poster March 17th 2016 7pm - 8.30pm North School Hall Redborne Upper School Ampthill MK45 2NU Free Entry! supported by Inspiring Music Guitar learners age 9+ and families welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Guitars provided by Americana Guitar Company, available to try and buy! 7pm Masterclass led by Max Milligan (Bring your guitar along to try out some techniques!) 7.45pm Short break with refreshments provided...

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Bear-faced Bassoonery! + Bassoon Voyager

Monday 16 November 2015 Two special free-admission Bassoon music events... Please click here to view the event poster: Bassoonery Event A4 PDF Bear-faced Bassoonery! If you play the bassoon - or would like to - this free-admission event is a great opportunity to discover one of the most characterful of all musical instruments. Laurence Perkins will illustrate the wide range of music for the instrument, and there will be a chance to explore the sheer fun and adventure of being a bassooni...

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Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama 2016

9 November 2015   The Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama this year takes place between 5 – 12 March 2016. We do hope you will consider entering. It’s not only a fantastic opportunity for you to showcase your talents and build confidence but could also provide a useful ‘test’ run for forthcoming exams or recitals. As an added incentive, there are several monetary prizes and trophies on offer! *Closing date for entries is 1 December 2015* Click on the follo...

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2015 Auditions

10th September. We hope you have all enjoyed a lovely summer. We are very pleased to offer auditions for places in our new Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Wind Band. PLEASE APPLY BY MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2015. Students wishing to join either the Training Band or String Orchestra can do so by tutor recommendation – please click here for further information. Further to your feedback, we have organised regional venues for the auditions, so hopefully you will find a convenie...

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Our New Offering

23rd July 2015. A New Academic Year, a New Offering! Dear BMT Supporter We would like to thank you for all your support for our music courses over the past twelve months. We are contacting you to share the musical opportunities that we are offering in the coming academic year. Many thanks to all who responded to our survey, and also to the students’ committee and the music hubs, for sharing thoughts and ideas. The results have helped shape the offer we are now making, which we hop...

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Youth Choir July Course: Update

1st July 2015. Many thanks to all those who have booked a place on our forthcoming July Youth Choir course. Unfortunately, we have had a very disappointing take up from other Youth Choir members on this occasion. Following discussions with Joss Sanders and the team, it is felt that the choir is not musically viable, so we have reluctantly decided to cancel the course scheduled at Redborne Upper School from 21 to 23 July 2015. We realise how disappointed this will leave you and sincerely a...

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Changes To Summer Course Schedule

26 June 2015. Many thanks to all of you who have responded and signed up for one of our summer courses. Unfortunately, some of our proposed courses are not musically viable due to the numbers that have applied and we are therefore making necessary changes. The Youth Orchestra and the Second Orchestra will be combined and follow the Youth Orchestra schedule as previously advertised with the course commencing at 9.30am on Saturday, 18 July at Redborne Upper school. The combined orchestra wi...

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Easter Youth and Second Orchestra – Update

27 March 2015. Unfortunately, we have had fewer members applying to take part than expected across both the Second Orchestra and Youth Orchestra and so, following consultation with our conductors, we are making some changes. I am pleased to say that we have decided to invite the Second Orchestra members who have applied, to join the Youth Orchestra players for this Easter in order to ensure everyone can enjoy the experience of playing some great music in a large orchestra. The course and...

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Concert Band This Easter – Update

27 March 2015. Unfortunately, we have had a very disappointing take up from concert band members on this occasion, and, following discussions with Liz Schofield, it is felt that the band is not musically viable and so we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Concert Band course scheduled at Alameda Middle school from 31 March to 2 April. We fully realise how disappointed this will leave many of you and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused, but felt we were left with no choice....

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Easter Course Bookings Now Open

22 February 2015. We’re now taking bookings for our Easter Courses. Please click on Book a Course to apply online now....

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Concert Band – Reunion Concert, Saturday 4 April 2015

22 February 2015. BMT is thrilled to announce that a reunion band of past members is gathering together, ready to share in a fantastic event with our Concert Band this Easter. This occasion will mark the 20th Anniversary of the first massed concert of the bands and orchestras in the Royal Albert Hall in 1995. The reunion band is open to those who attended Bedfordshire County Youth Concert Bands (1st, 2nd and 3rd) – all players and tutors who attended courses and tours in 1995 and earlier are...

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Bedfordshire Youth Opera – Iolanthe

21 February 2015. BYO is very excited to announce that this year’s production will be Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan. The whole course and concert will be held at The Place Theatre, Bedford Course Dates: Easter: Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 April (days/evenings) Summer: Monday 17 – Monday 31 August (days and evenings, 10am – 10pm) Performance Dates: Six final performances: Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 September (with Saturday Matinee) Watch this space for more…...

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Mozart Requiem, Bedford School, 22 March 2015

21 February 2015. On Sunday 22 March Bedfordshire Youth Choir is taking part in a performance of Mozart Requiem. Joining with singers from Bedford School and Bedford Girls' School the performance of this amazing work will be in the Great Hall at Bedford School with full orchestral accompaniment. In the first half of the concert the Bedford School Chapel Choir will perform 'Beatus Vir' by Monteverdi and then Sean Davies will be soloist in a performance of Mozart's 3rd Horn Concerto, accompani...

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FBYM and BMT proudly present the Strings Masterclass 2015

21 February 2015. On Tuesday 24 March the Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music and Bedfordshire Music Trust will be holding the 2015 Strings Masterclass. This will take place at Wootton Upper School on Tuesday 24 March between 3.15pm and 7.15pm. After the success of last year, the classes will again be given by David Angel, Martin Outram and Michal Kaznowski of the Maggini String Quartet. Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is one of the finest British string quartets. Its acclaimed recording...

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Spring Half Term Course Bookings Now Closed

21 February 2015. Spring Half Term Course Bookings now closed for taking applications....

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Mozart’s Magic Flute – Bedfordshire Youth Opera

03 October 2014. September saw the very exciting re-launch of Bedfordshire Youth Opera, with a thrilling production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Some reviews… Catherine Rose We were blown away by Bedfordshire Youth Opera's performance of the Magic Flute last night. Particularly fabulous was the solo ensemble singing - this was across the board though I do think the Three Ladies and the Three Boys were particularly brilliant, with excellent altos balancing the harmony beautifully (which y...

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Philharmonia Open Rehearsal

5 April 2014 The open rehearsal on 5 April was a great opportunity for our students to see the orchestra at work.  Members from all our groups watched Andrew Gourlay rehearse Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony and the Dvorak Cello Concerto. In the break students had a chance to talk to viola player Nicholas Bootiman, a former student of our courses. We hope to provide more of these opportunities in the next year....

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New Vocal Project Funding Announced

30 March 2014 In March we were successful in securing funding for our Vocal Project from Harpur Trust, Wixamtree Trust and Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music. We are enormously grateful for this support which will help us to launch and develop the Youth Choir and Youth Opera projects over the next couple of years. The Youth Opera students started their rehearsals for the Magic Flute at Easter and already they sound amazing. The performances, which are running from 3 to 6 September at The Place...

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Andrew Manze is our new Patron

28 March 2014 We are delighted to announce that Andrew Manze has agreed to become a Patron of Bedfordshire Music Trust. Andrew was leader of the Bedfordshire Youth Orchestra in 1979 and played in the National Youth Orchestra. Following a successful career as a solo violinist he is now a widely acclaimed conductor. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden as well as a regular guest conductor with a number of leading international orc...

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Booking for the Summer 2014 Courses is now open

11 April 2014 Go to Book a Course to download an application form....

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Youth Opera

20 May 2014 The Bedfordshire Music Trust is now supporting the Youth Opera for its 2014 production. If you are aged 14 – 26 years and have a passion for music and/or performance, get in touch to arrange an audition.  Rehearsals for Mozart's The Magic Flute began at Easter and already the students sound amazing....

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