Trafford Music opportunities for Year 8-13

Online music workshops for 13-19’s with Brighter Sound

Aimed at young musicians interested in developing their skills, exploring new ways to make music, and/or looking at music as part of their future career. Sessions will be led by a range of inspiring guest artists including MC Strategy, producer Breezewax, RnB singer-songwriter Mali Hayes and electro-pop artist Natalie McCool.

Between 16 Nov-9 Dec, Brighter Sound will be running two free weekly workshops focusing on the different elements of being a musician. On Monday nights we’ll focus on the practical things you need to know and on Wednesday nights we’ll explore exciting new approaches to making music. Depending on your interests, you’re welcome to come to just one workshop, a selection of
them, or the whole series.

Until we’re able to meet safely in person, we hope these workshops help you to stay connected to your love of music, your ambitions for the future, and each other.

Participants will need access to a laptop, tablet or phone and internet access, and will need to register in advance of each workshop – please click the links below to find out more.

Online music workshops for 13-19’s with Brighter Sound



RNCM Free Workshop – Sunday 15th March 2020

The Royal Northern College of Music would like to invite you to take part in a workshop for music students aged 10 – 16 as part of their Chamber Music Festival on Sunday 15th March 2020

The festival this year is ‘Music of the New World’ and focuses on American Music. To tie in with this theme, the workshop we are offering is based on a Scott Joplin Rag and will be run by the ‘Chameleon Quartet’ (see below for their bio)

During this free workshop, students will learn about the structure and background of a Rag and then be given the opportunity to create their own music before coming together to perform what they have produced in an informal concert.

Students can be any ability, play any instrument, and come as a small group or individually. We have limited spaces for this workshop and they will be allocated on a first come basis.
Deadline for applying is Friday 21st February

The outline for this workshop is:
10:30 – Introduction from ‘Chameleon Quartet’
11:00 – Workshop
12:00 – Break
12:15 – Prepare for Concert
13:00 – Concert in the Carole Nash Recital Room: Family & Friends welcome

If you would like to take part please email
with the following information:
Music Service

Chameleon Quartet:
Chameleon is a multi- instrumental, award- winning, woodwind quartet that was formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016. All members double on at least one other instrument, meaning the group has a unique sound and set-up and the musicians often change instruments mid piece. They are passionate about creating innovative music and are proud to arrange all their repertoire themselves. They are Live Music Now artists and June Emerson Launchpad prize winners. They have won several competitions including the Trevor Wye woodwind competition (2017) and Brodsky Prize (2018) and were awarded the audience prize and highly commended for the Chris Rowland Chamber Music Prize (2017).

Jazz Camp for Girls

Six fun weekend jazz camps introducing girls 9 – 15 to improvisation and the experience of being in a band

Join Jazz North and our partners for a weekend of musical fun at Jazz Camp for Girls, an unforgettable first experience of improvisation that will help build your confidence and musical curiosity. Over two days of creative music workshops under the mentorship of female role models, you will experiment with different techniques, instruments and new technologies and will enjoy small group sessions that give you the experience of being part of a band.

Camp price is £30 with concession for siblings
A limited number of full bursaries are available for each camp. To request a busary email

Click here for more information

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, BBC 1 Boxing Day 3.20pm

If you would like to be entranced by a beautiful new animated version of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s story Mimi and the Mountain Dragon’, please tune in to BBC 1 on Boxing Day at 3.20pm.

Esther G in 8-1 has been sworn to secrecy about this project up until a few weeks ago. She was chosen to record the singing voice of Mimi as part of her role singing in the Halle Childrens’ Choir.

Her sister, Grace G in Y9 and also Olivia H in Y8 are also singing in the other recorded sections as part of the Halle choir.

The animation was aired on Tuesday on R3 on In tune, to promote the Boxing Day showing:

Rachel Portman, who wrote the music, is interviewed. If you scroll down and listen from 23 – 26 mins, she talks about Esther and the clip of her singing is included. It really is an amazing accolade to be chosen to sing for something this high profile and Esther is very humble about this and a stalwart member of AGGS Junior and Chamber choirs here.

We are very proud of them well done!

LCO Concert 3rd November 2019

Lancashire Chamber Orchestra
Featuring The Maia Singers
Autumn Concert

Purcell | Britten:
Chaconne for Strings
Salut d’Amour
Pizz and Pieces (World Premiere)
Maia Singers:
Entr’acte from Rosamunde
Symphony No.5 (final movement)

Conductor: Robert Chasey
Leader: Anne Heaton

3pm Sunday 3rd November 2019

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Cavendish Rd, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 2NL

Tickets: £10 inc. programme
Under 18s free when accompanied by an adult

Tickets can be reserved by phone: 0161 980 4275

NYO Inspire

On Sunday 22nd September, I took part in the NYO Inspire Day. NYO Inspire events provide an opportunity for young musicians to develop their ensemble playing skills, meet ambitious musicians from across the country, and work closely with actual NYO Musicians and Tutors in a friendly and creative environment. There were over 140 musicians aged 13-18 years old. The event took place in Sheffield. The repertoire for the day was The Noon Witch Op. 108 by Dvořák. The brass and percussion ensemble played additional pieces.

We started the day by gathering in the main hall and doing some physical exercises, followed by full sectionals. All the different sections in the orchestra split off into separate rooms to rehearse the piece in greater depth with a music tutor. In the woodwind section, there were nine flutists (including me), two piccolo players, eight oboists, two bass clarinetists and seven clarinetists. Before practising the piece, we did lots of ‘friendship’ exercises to get to know people, where they come from and their instrument. There were musicians from all over the UK, including Dorset and even Nothern Ireland!

Next, we had lunch where we could socialise with the instrumentalists more. Everyone was friendly and very approachable. After this, we had individual sectionals, where we practised in our individual instrument groups. We got to meet current NYO musicians playing in the orchestra and also got to know colleagues from our section even further.

Finally, all the sections reunited in the main hall for the ‘Tutti Rehearsal’ or full orchestra run-through. I was overjoyed when our Conductor turned out to be Jonathon Heyward, an internationally acclaimed conductor.  He is a very hard-working and passionate conductor and made our final performance sound astounding! It was a privilege to be conducted by him.

NYO Inspire Days are entirely free of charge. Applications are now open for Inspire Days for 2020.

Written by Minduli V, Year 9

See the video made by Th NYO here