MYMS Newsletter – October 2017

Dear Parents and Players

It is time for a further Newsletter. The topics included are:

1. We are open this Friday, even though Invicta GS has a staff development day;
2. Maidstone Music Festival 2017;
3. Maidstone Young Musician Competition 2018;
4. Membership Forms;
5. MYMS Subscriptions;
6. Reminder about dates, including half term closure dates; and
7. Instruments for Sale.

1. This Friday – 6 October – we are OPEN
Invicta Grammar School has a staff development day this coming Friday. MYMS will still be open as usual and, in addition to students from every other school, we hope that as many Invicta students as possible will still be able to join us.

2. Maidstone Music Festival [MMF] 2017
A number of students from MYMS already take part in the Maidstone Music Festival, which is held in November each year at Invicta GS. This year, it will be held on Saturday 25 November and Sunday 26 November 2017.

For full details, please visit the MMF website, which is

MMF is an adjudicative music festival, open to amateur performers of all ages and levels of ability. You can download the MMF brochure from their website.

The reason I mention MMF this week is that deadline for entries is fast approaching – they close on next Monday 9 October 2017.

3. Maidstone Young Musician 2018
I have recently been informed that the Maidstone Young Musician competition in 2018 is being organised differently. The only gateway to entering the competition is via the Maidstone Music Festival [MMF] – see above.

I am attaching a file entitled ‘Essential Information for Young Persons wishing to enter Maidstone Young Musician 2018’- mmf17 information for persons wishing to enter MYM – 2 (1)

If your son or daughter is interested in tasking part, please download the attachment and contact either Brian Frost or Robert Greenham [their contact details are in the attachment]. Please note that the deadline is linked to the MMF cut-off date of next Monday 9 October 2017.

4. MYMS Membership Forms
MYMS takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. We are effectively in loco parentis for over 150 students each Friday. It is therefore essential that I have all the relevant contact information and permission slips completed.

I need to have the most up-to-date information on file for your child, including the latest medical data, so I am afraid you have to complete one of these each year.

I am reattaching the paperwork here – MYMS Membership Forms – September 2017 – (1). Please download, complete and return to me at MYMS as soon as possible, preferably by 13 October 2017, just before our half term break.

5. MYMS Subscriptions for 2017-2018
These are now due and it will help our cashflow and forward planning if they could be paid at your earliest convenience. The Committee has extended the deadline date this year to 30 November 2017 but it helps us greatly if you pay them promptly.

MYMS Subscriptions – Parents agreed at the Second General Meeting in June that Membership Fees should be raised as follows: they are now £145 for individual membership if paid by 30 November 2017 – £165 if paid after that date and £245 for family membership [two or more children from the same family] – this will rise to £275 after 30.11.17.

If you are likely to have any difficulty paying the membership fee by the appropriate date, please contact me in confidence [on 07802-425022] and we can discuss alternative arrangements, which could include termly payments. You may not be aware that MYMS has its own bursary scheme, which could provide financial assistance with subs. If this would help, just ask…. Our priority is to have as many young people as possible making music each week and we don’t want finance to be a barrier when there are ways to help.

Payment of Subs – Electronically – Again, this year, we are able to offer parents the facility of paying the MYMS subscriptions by electronic bank transfer. If you wish to pay this way, the details you need are:
Sort Code: 08-92-99 Account Number: 65370937
Reference: Please remember to add your child’s name in the reference box, especially if the child’s surname differs from yours.

By cheque – Alternatively, fees may be paid by cheque [payable to MYMS] and handed in – in an envelope addressed to Richard Gretton, MYMS Manager – on Friday evenings. Please write the student’s name and MYMS ensemble on the back of the cheque and send it in with the reply slip attached to this letter [see Membership paperwork]. An updated Gift Aid form is attached: if you are willing to complete this [and you are a current taxpayer], please print it off and return it with the subs and application/membership forms, as this benefits MYMS substantially.

6. Reminder about dates
As the school is closed for two weeks at half term, MYMS will be closed on:
Friday 20 October and Friday 27 October 2017

Our Winter Concert is on Friday 1 December 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Hall at IGS [plus MYMS AGM beforehand]. We are then closed for the remainder of December 2017 and also on 5 January 2018. We restart after Christmas on Friday 12 January 2018. Latest version of MYMS Calendar for this academic year attached here – MYMS Calendar for 2017-2018 [Version 4]- 051017

7. Instruments for Sale
I have been contacted by parents and the following instruments are for sale:
Junior Tuba – £400
3/4 ‘Cello – offers in region of £350-£400
Tenor Trombone – £160
The full details of all three instruments and the relevant contact information will be posted on the MYMS Noticeboard in the Dining Hall at Invicta on Friday afternoons.

If any other parents have instruments, other musical equipment or music for sale, I am happy to post notices about them on our Noticeboard [for free]. If you are successful in selling it via MYMS, I would just invite you to make a donation to MYMS.

With all best wishes
MYMS Manager