MYMS Spring Concert – Friday 24 March – 7:30 pm

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. As usual, all parents [plus grandparents, friends and neighbours] are invited to attend. There are no tickets and no admission charge but there will be a raffle on the way in and an opportunity to contribute a donation on the way out.
Refreshments are available before the concert at the back of the hall. On this occasion, we are experimenting with having no interval and running the concert straight through.

Schedule for Dress Rehearsals in the Hall on the Concert Day [24 March]

3:30 – 4:15
Preparation of Hall. Percussion and Audience Chairs
** Any help in setting up is much appreciated.
4:20
MYMS Voices
4:45
Orchestra for All
5:10
MYWO
5:40
Alpha
6:05
MYO
6:35
Youth Strings
7:00
End of Dress Rehearsals – Audience admitted to main Hall
7:30
Concert starts

[Please ensure that all players arrive in good time so that all the rehearsals start – and finish - promptly.]

Before the Concert – depending on the timings of their dress rehearsal(s), players may need to have a packed tea. PLEASE ask them to eat it in the canteen and NOT one of the school classrooms.

Players need to be back at Invicta in their concert dress by 7:15 p.m. at the latest.

MYMS Raffle – Any donations of raffle prizes would be gratefully received. Please bring them with you on the day of the concert.

Concert Dress
MYWO, MYO and Youth Strings
Men: black long-sleeved shirts – sleeves rolled down please, black trousers, socks and shoes, MYMS tie (£12 each – from Richard, MYMS Manager)
Ladies: black sleeved top and trousers, or skirt (knee-length or longer), or similar black dress with plain black tights and black shoes
[MYMS Voices – core choir singers can choose either of the types of concert dress]
Alpha and Orchestra for All
Men: white long-sleeved shirts – sleeves rolled down please, black trousers, socks and shoes, MYMS tie (£12 each)
Ladies: white sleeved top, black trousers or skirt (knee-length or longer), black tights and black shoes
Additional Notes: I have been asked by staff and the Committee that you make sure that all shoes are BLACK, that tights are not heavily patterned and that blouses for senior players are black and opaque, rather than see-through.

Dates for rest of current academic year
Fridays 31 March, 7 & 14 April 2017 – MYMS is closed.
Friday 21 April 2017 – MYMS restarts for the Summer Term.
Fridays 2 June 2017 – No MYMS [we shall be closed for only one Friday during half term]
No Bandstand Concert in 2017.
Friday 23 June 2017 – Summer Concert and Second General Meeting at Invicta GS.

Provisional dates for three concerts in 2017-2018
We have provisionally agreed the following three concert dates with Invicta GS for the NEXT academic year:
Friday 1 December 2017 – Christmas Concert and Annual General Meeting;
Friday 23 March 2018 – Spring Concert;
Friday 22 June 2018 – Summer Concert and Second General Meeting.

Change of Chair of MYMS Committee
We have had a recent change of roles at MYMS. Karen Vincent has decided to step down from being Chair but to remain on the committee. Her place as Chair has been taken by Elizabeth Rees. Our Vice Chair – Graeme Dowd – continues in that role.

We are enormously grateful for everything that Karen has contributed to MYMS so far and wish her well with her continuing studies towards her doctorate. We welcome Elizabeth to her new post and wish her much success as she helps guide the future of MYMS.

Richard Gretton
MYMS Manager
07802-425022
grettonr@gmail.com

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Last rehearsal of this half term

MYMS rehearsals in usual rooms and at usual times today.

MYWO will be conducted for the whole session by Nigel McDonald, as Graham Mann is unavailable today.

We are closed for half term next week; we therefore reopen on Friday 24 February 2017.

Have an enjoyable break.

Richard Gretton
MYMS Manager
07802-425022
grettonr@gmail.com

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Friday 3 February 2017

All rehearsals at usual times today.

MYMS Voices will be conducted by Kathryn Ridgeway today, as Ciara is unwell.

Richard Gretton, MYMS Manager
07802-425022
grettonr@gmail.com

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MYMS – Friday 27 January 2017

All rehearsals at our usual times today.

Alpha Band will be conducted by Nigel McDonald today, as Jeremy Shoobridge is unwell.

Please remember to bring in your used postage stamps for the RNIB appeal.

MYWO and MYO members – consent forms for playing in the Memorial Concert on Sunday 19 March are due back. Thank you.

Richard, MYMS Manager
07802-425022 grettonr@gmail.com

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MYMS is OPEN today – Friday 13 January 2017

Just to confirm that, unless the weather worsens considerably during the day, MYMS will be open as usual today.  

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MYMS Christmas Concert & AGM – Friday 2 December 2016 – 7:30 p.m.

Dear Parents and Players

MYMS Christmas Concert – Friday 2 December 2016 – 7:30 p.m. – Invicta Grammar School and MYMS Annual General Meeting – c. 7:15 p.m. – Invicta Grammar School [immediately before the concert]

I am writing to confirm the arrangements for the above concert and AGM.

Friday 25 November 2016 - Rehearsals for all ensembles will be at our usual times and in the rooms we have been using recently. 

Friday 2 December 2016 – Christmas Concert – [for ALL players]   The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday 2 December and is preceded by the MYMS AGM at approximately 7:15 p.m. [more details below].  As usual, all parents [plus grandparents, friends and neighbours] are invited to attend.  There are no tickets and no admission charge but there will be a raffle on the way in and an opportunity to contribute a donation on the way out.  As usual, we are also planning to have mulled wine and mince pies available in the interval.

Schedule for Dress Rehearsals in the Hall on the Concert Day [2 December]

 

Timings Details Length of Rehearsal
3:30 – 4:15 Preparation of Hall. Percussion and Audience Chairs

** Any help in setting up is much appreciated.

4:20 MYMS Voices 25
4:45 Orchestra for All 25
5:10 MYWO 30
5:40 Alpha 25
6:05 MYO 30
6:35 Youth Strings 25
7:00 Beta Percussion Ensemble 10
7:10 End of Dress Rehearsals – Audience admitted to main Hall
7:15 MYMS Annual General Meeting in the Hall
7:30 Concert starts

 

[Please ensure that all players arrive in good time so that all the rehearsals start – and finish - promptly.]

Before the Concert - depending on the timings of their dress rehearsal(s), players may need to have a packed tea.  PLEASE ask them to eat it in the canteen and NOT one of the school classrooms.

Players need to be back at Invicta in their concert dress by 7:15 p.m.

 

MYMS Annual General Meeting – Notice is given that the 42nd MYMS AGM will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Friday 2 December 2016 in the Hall at Invicta GS just before the Christmas Concert begins.  The paperwork for the meeting will be placed on the MYMS website – www.myms.org.uk – this week.  This will include the Agenda [see below], the Minutes of last year’s AGM and this summer’s Second General Meeting, and the Chair’s & Manager’s Report.  If anyone wishes to raise any other business, notice of that should be sent in writing in advance of the AGM to Alexandra Brown on secretary@ myms.org.uk 

 

MYMS Raffle – Any donations of raffle prizes would be gratefully received.  Please bring them with you on the day of the concert.

Concert Dress

MYWO, MYO and Youth Strings

Men: black long-sleeved shirts – sleeves rolled down please, black trousers, socks and shoes, MYMS tie (£12 each – from Richard, MYMS Manager)

Ladies: black sleeved top and trousers, or skirt (knee-length or longer), or similar black dress with plain black tights and black shoes

[MYMS Voices – core choir singers can choose either of the types of concert dress]

Alpha and Orchestra for All

Men: white long-sleeved shirts – sleeves rolled down please, black trousers, socks and shoes, MYMS tie (£12 each)

Ladies: white sleeved top, black trousers or skirt (knee-length or longer), black tights and black shoes

Additional Notes:  I have been asked by staff and the Committee that you make sure that all shoes are BLACK, that tights are not heavily patterned and that blouses for senior players are black and opaque, rather than see-through.

 

Student attendance at Rehearsals and Concerts – please help us to put on as good a concert as possible by maximising students’ attendance at the dress rehearsals and the concert

Help with Recruitment – please remember that MYMS pays a £10 ‘reward’ to any current member who introduces a brand new member to MYMS [once that new player has paid their subs].  This applies both to any new instrumentalists but also to friends of yours who sing but don’t play an instrument to join MYMS Voices.

 

Future Dates

  • Fridays 9, 16, 23 & 30 December 2016  – MYMS is closed.
  • Friday  6 January 2017 – MYMS reopens for the Spring Term 2017.
  • Friday 17 February 2017 – MYMS is closed for half term.
  • Sunday 19 March 2017 - Memorial Concert for Jeffrey Vaughan Martin [founder of MYMS] at Mote Hall at 3:00 pm – members of MYWO and MYO will be taking part [more details in the New Year].
  • Friday 24 March 2017 – MYMS Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Invicta GS.
  • Fridays 31 March, 7 & 14 April 2017 – MYMS is closed.
  • Friday 21 April 2017 – MYMS restarts for the Summer Term.
  • Fridays 2 June 2017 – No MYMS [we shall be closed for only one Friday during half term]
  • No Bandstand Concert in 2017.
  • Friday 23 June 2017 – Summer Concert and Second General Meeting at Invicta GS.

Possible Snow Closures – I will post immediate advice about whether MYMS is open or not on the MYMS website.  I will also attempt, as I did when we last had a snow closure, to get information posted on BBC Kent.  I will also send out a direct email to everyone on the MYMS mailing list.

If you want to discuss any aspect of MYMS’ activities or you wish to get more actively involved yourself, please feel free to contact any of us.  Our contact details are all on the MYMS website – www.myms.org.uk

 

Richard Gretton                                                                                                              

MYMS Manager                                                                                                               07802-425022

grettonr@gmail.com                                 

 

THE 42ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF 

THE MAIDSTONE YOUTH MUSIC SOCIETY 

WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER 2016 

AT INVICTA GRAMMAR SCHOOL AT 7:15 PM

 

A G E N D A

  1. Welcome, Apologies for Absence and notice of any items of Any Other Business
  2. Minutes of the last AGM *(4 December 2015) and Second General Meeting * (24 June 2016)
  3. Chair’s & Manager’s Report on 2015-2016 *
  4. Treasurer’s Report and Statement of Accounts *             [* copies available on website]
  5. Membership of Committee

5.1.    To note that the Conductors and MYMS Manager are ex-officio/non-voting members.

5.2.    To confirm the membership of the Committee from 1st January 2017:

Chair – Karen Vincent; Vice Chair – Graeme Dowd; Treasurer – Peter Runting; Secretary – Alexandra Brown; Librarian - Barbie Vaughan; Instrument Hire - Graeme Dowd; Parent Representatives – Damian Pevy, Elizabeth Rees & Polly Williamson; Committee Member – Carl Taylor; Student Reps – Matthew Deacon, Alexandra Hadaway, Tom Ryan, Sarah Vincent and Freya Wentzel.

  1. Any Other Business:  please let the Chair, Secretary or Manager have a note of this in advance of the meeting.

 

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MYMS IS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS

MYMS is closed TODAY [Friday 21 October] AND NEXT WEEK [Friday 28 October].

We re-open on Friday 4 November.

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MYMS – 1. Half Term Arrangements 2. Subscriptions

Our rehearsals on Friday 14 October 2016 will be our last until Friday 4 November.  As Invicta GS has a two-week half-term break, MYMS will be closed on Fridays 21 and 28 October 2016.

Rehearsals for the Alpha Band will be returning with immediate effect to the ground floor classroom in the Orchard Block, rather than the Sixth Form Common Room.

MYMS Subscriptions for the 2016-17 academic year are due by 31 October 2016.  Thank you to all those of you who have already paid.

PLEASE NOTE: Individual membership is £140 if paid before the end of October, when it will rise to £160.

Family membership [for two or more family members ] is £240 if paid before the end of October, when it rises to £270.

Subscriptions and completed membership forms myms-membership-forms-september-2016 can be posted to:

Richard Gretton, MYMS Manager, 16 Sycamore Crescent, Allington, MAIDSTONE, ME16  0AG.

 

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MYMS New Year Under Way

The new academic year at MYMS is now under way and a very warm welcome to all players and parents, both our established members and our new ones.

Attached here are:

Please download them.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Gretton, MYMS Manager, either by email on grettonr@gmail.com  or by mobile on 07802-425022.

We are recruiting new players to all our ensembles.  We would be delighted to welcome you to MYMS, held at Invicta GS on Fridays after school.  Come for a FREE taster session or two – you’ll have great fun.

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MYMS Summer Concerts – Bandstand and Invicta

ENORMOUS CONGRATULATIONS to all the players and staff who took part in our two end-of-summer term concerts at the Brenchley Gardens Bandstand and at Invicta GS.

Two very successful concerts, both extremely well attended and including tributes to our founder Jeffrey Vaughan Martin.

On this occasion, I can best sum up the reaction of the audience by quoting an email I received on Friday from Mrs Julie Derrick, Headteacher of Invicta GS:

“Congratulations on a wonderful concert. I thoroughly enjoyed every piece. You have done a superb job this year in developing such a talented group of students. They were all an absolute credit to you – not only in their musical ability, but their conduct and professionalism. You should be rightfully very proud. Please do pass on my thanks to your students and staff.”

Well done everyone.

Remember that we restart after the summer break on Friday 9 September 2016 at 4:15.  Do encourage your musical friends to join MYMS and bring them along with you next term.

Richard Gretton, MYMS Manager

07802-425022                grettonr@gmail.com

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