MYMS Plays at the Royal Festival Hall

Thirty-five young musicians, aged 9 -18, from the MYMS String Orchestra played to an audience of more than 300 children, parents and professional musicians at the Royal Festival Hall yesterday, Sunday 10 February 2013.  The performance, in the Clore Ballroom, was part of a FUNharmonics experience organized by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) to introduce young children to classical music and rhythm.  The MYMS String Orchestra’s performance followed a ‘Roaring 20’s’ themed family concert given by the LPO.

Directed by Angela Migden and led by Lara Bowles (aged 13),  MYMS String Orchestra continued the dance theme with a programme of popular music such as Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson, Gypsy Dance, by Christopher Brown, Funiculi, Funicula by Luigi Denza and The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini.

Among the players were 24 violinists, seven cellists, three violists and one double bass player, all from in and around Maidstone.

“To follow a concert given by the LPO, one of the world’s finest orchestras, at such a prestigious venue is an experience our young musicians will remember forever,” said MYMS’ Music Director, Steve Migden.  “We combined our two string orchestras – Strictly Strings and Maidstone Youth String Orchestra – for this special occasion.  Having first been inspired by the LPOs outstanding musicians, our young players felt extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to play and were warmly received by a large, youthful audience.”

Jackie Marks, MYMS Secretary


MYMS Constitution

A parent recently asked about MYMS’ formal constitution.  This provides details of a number of clauses which include what we do at MYMS, how we are organised and how we protect the assets of the charity.  If you wish to access the MYMS Constitution, please click here.  It was last updated at the MYMS AGM in November 2011.  It can only be amended by a quorate General Meeting.

Spring Term 2013

MYMS restarts today – Friday 11th January. Welcome back – and a Happy New Year from everyone at MYMS.

Please find attached here a copy of the January 2013 Newsletter with lots of important news, including possible snow closures, future dates, recruitment, temporary room changes, Arts emails, new staff and committee appointments.  We are planning NOT to issue hard copies of these Newsletters any more, so no more rooting around in instrument cases to find our letters …..

MYMS Concert this Friday and Newsletter

The MYMS Christmas Concert takes place at Invicta GS on Friday 7th December, beginning at 7:30 pm  [AGM kicks off earlier at 7:00 pm – see separate entry below].  Please read the November Newsletter which has details of all the ensembles’ rehearsal times and concert dress.  Gentlemen – if you need a MYMS tie [£10 each], see Richard on Friday.

MYMS Meal, open to students from concert band, strings, orchestra and MYWO.

MYMS Meal, open to students from concert band, strings, orchestra and MYWO.
Where: Pizza Express
When: 14th December, 7.30
If you would like to come, please contact the student reps via Nick Wood – 07733046664
A deposit fee of £5.00 is needed, the total menu cost is £16.95 per person for 3 courses.
Follow the link to see the full menu

New MYMS website now up and running

The new MYMS website is now active. Please have a look around. The re-design will mean that important information can be communicated quickly via the site. The main calendar dates are on the right hand side of the page. If there is no information on a particular date in term time then it will be a rehearsal as normal.

The first rehearsal is this Friday the 7th of September. See you there.


Well done to all the players in the two recent summer concerts at the bandstand in Brenchley gardens and at Invicta. As ever, the standard was excellent and the various ensembles really gave their all. Special mention should be made to Beta percussion in their first concert outing. rest. Great job everyone!