MYMS Spring Concert – Friday 23 March 2018 – 7:30 pm

Spring Concert – Friday 23 March 2018 – 7:30 p.m. – Invicta Grammar School

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday 23 March. As usual, all parents [plus family and friends] are invited to attend. There are no tickets and no admission charge but there will again be a raffle on the way in and an opportunity to contribute a donation on the way out.

Schedule for Dress Rehearsals in the Hall on the Concert Day [23 March]



Length of Rehearsal

3:30 – 4:15

Preparation of Hall. Percussion and Audience Chairs

** Any help in setting up is much appreciated.

MYMS Voices [25 minutes]

Orchestra for All [25 minutes]

MYWO [30 minutes]

Alpha [25 minutes]

MYO [30 minutes]

Youth Strings [25 minutes]

End of Dress Rehearsals – Audience admitted to main Hall

Before concert

Refreshments and raffle tickets will be available BEFORE the concert

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 only to eat it in the canteen and NOT in one of the school classrooms or the Auditorium.

The vast majority of MYMS students are immaculately behaved in and out of rehearsals. We supervise them as closely as we can but we do have the occasional incident on concert days which risks upsetting our links with our host school. Will you PLEASE REMIND THEM that we are guests at Invicta each week and that they all need to conduct themselves appropriately all the time?

Players need to be back at Invicta in their green rooms in their concert dress at the latest by 7:15 p.m. They will be told which are their green rooms on the day.

We have decided NOT to have an interval in this concert. Please come in time to buy a drink beforehand, as well as your raffle tickets.

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 Band 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.

Data Protection – you may be aware that the government are introducing the General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] in May 2018. This is just to let you know that MYMS are reviewing their current handling and storage of personal data in the light of these changes and that I will provide a further briefing on this early next term.

Future Dates

Fridays 30 March, 6 & 13 April 2018 – MYMS is closed.
Friday 20 April 2018 – MYMS restarts for the Summer Term.
Sunday 22 April 2018 – MYMS Visit to the Royal Albert Hall to see the matinee performance of ‘Film Gala’ played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – 60 students and adults going.
Sunday 13 May 2018 – MYMS Voices taking part in Mayor of Maidstone’s Charity Fund-Raising Concert at All Saints Church.
Friday 1 June 2018 – No MYMS [we shall be closed for only one Friday during half term]
No Bandstand Concert in 2018.
Friday 22 June 2018 – Summer Concert and Second General Meeting at Invicta GS.

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 –

Richard Gretton
MYMS Manager