1. Royal Albert Hall Visit 2. Half Term Dates

1.  MYMS Visit to the Royal Albert Hall TOMORROW [Saturday 14 May]

102 students and adults from MYMS will be visiting the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow for a matinee concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of a selection of wonderful film music.  The concert will be compered by Tommy Pearson, who is a former MYMS student – and he has promised us a mention during one of his introductions…

2.  MYMS is open today and on Friday 20 May

This is a reminder that MYMS will then be closed for two Fridays – 27 May [at the beginning of half term] and on 3 June [during half term].

3.  Concert Dates

  • Sunday 19 June 2016 – 3:00 start – bandstand concert in Brenchley Gardens
  • Friday 24 June 2016 – 7:30 – summer concert at Invicta GS [preceded by 2nd General Meeting]
  • full details will be circulated after half term.

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

Vinters Road Closed until Saturday

Dear All

I have just been alerted by Invicta GS that Vinters Road [the one that goes from the top car park by the canteen to the Sittingbourne Road] is going to be CLOSED until Saturday.  It apparently has a major hole in it that needs repairing by Kent Highways.
This will effectively turn Huntsman Lane into a cul-de-sac and potential bottleneck.
Just wanted to alert you to that when you plan your journey to MYMS this afternoon or evening.
All best wishes
Richard
MYMS Manager
07802-425022           grettonr@gmail.com

Sad news about Jeffrey

It is with enormous sadness that we have learned that Jeffrey Vaughan Martin passed away on Friday afternoon.

As you will all know, Jeffrey was the founder of MYMS and its Musical Director for over 34 years.  We all owe a great debt of gratitude to him.


Tributes to Jeffrey have been pouring in through social media and via Kent Online. See the story here. These include:

Evelyn Glennie

This is very sad news. Jeffrey, his vision and belief, was paramount to my vision and belief as a a solo percussionist. I am so very grateful to Jeffrey’s actions and ability to make a difference to so many. I shall be eternally grateful.

 Graham Mann

When young people get the chance to learn and play music together, I think it’s no exaggeration to say their lives from that moment onwards are enriched beyond measure.  Jeffrey Vaughan Martin enabled this to happen for many, many young people from Kent.  He will be sadly missed.

Tommy Pearson

Jeffrey was one of the most important influences on my life as a musician, as he was to thousands over the course of 40 years. He gave me opportunities as a player, a composer (commissioning pieces from me when I was a teenager and getting them professionally copied) and was constantly introducing us to new music. We had our run-ins over the years (everyone did!) but, taking a moment today to think about what he did for us, he was a great innovator and constantly energetic force in Kent music that will never be forgotten. He formed both Maidstone Youth Music Society and the KSSWB – key groups that gave us so many opportunities to enjoy and excel in music – and when he left KMS his ambition never stopped, staging one of the best Noye’s Fluddes I’ve ever been a part of, and always bringing new and recent works to the Maidstone Choral Union and beyond.

His conducting was…well, let’s say ‘individual’. He would work us hard. He did deals that enabled us to travel the world for an astonishingly small amount of money and secured instruments that could be used by all. He could be infuriating, testy, impatient. But without him, I’m not sure many of us would have gone on to pursue music. Almost everything Jeffrey did, he did for the benefit of young musicians. He could be maddening. But his heart was in the right place and we have all benefitted, way beyond our musical lives.

We shall all miss him.

In sadness

Richard Gretton, MYMS Manager

Karen Vincent, Chair of MYMS

MYMS restarts on Friday 15 April 2016

A few things to share with you all before we restart on Friday:

  1. BRILLIANT Spring Concert

What a fantastic end of term concert.  Not a false step from start to finish.  Well done to all of you.  The box below is an example of the emails I received afterwards – and this from a MYMS parent of nearly 10 years’ experience….

I’d like to congratulate all at MYMS for an excellent Spring Concert on Friday 18th March. I do not wish to single any ensemble out as the dedication and talent of the staff and the musicians at all levels was superb. I can’t remember a more enjoyable MYMS Concert!

Well done to everyone….

  1. Term Dates

We restart this week on Friday 15 April and this is the list of important dates from the last concert programme:

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday  15 April 2016 – MYMS reopens for the Summer Term

PLEASE NOTE – this year, MYMS is closed for two Fridays at half term [i.e. Fridays at beginning and during half term]

Friday 27 May AND Friday 3 June 2016 – MYMS is closed

Friday 10 June 2016 – restart after half term

Sunday 19 June 2016 – 3:00 p.m. MYMS Bandstand Concert in Brenchley Gardens [for Alpha Band, Concert Band, MYWO and Beta Percussion]

Friday 24 June 2016 – 7:30 p.m. Summer Concert and Second General Meeting at Invicta GS [for Orchestra for All, Youth Strings, MYMS Voices, MYWO and Maidstone Youth Orchestra]

Friday 9 September 2016 *—MYMS reopens for the Autumn Term

Friday 2 December 2016 *—Christmas Concert & AGM

[* awaiting confirmation of our new calendar from Invicta GS]

  1. Exams

We appreciate that many of you will be involved in exams this term.  We wish you all lots of success but also want to remind you that MYMS on a Friday is important down-time.  We hope you will be able to come to as many rehearsals as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all again on Friday – and WELL DONE AGAIN for the Spring Concert.  I was really proud of you all….

All best wishes

Richard, MYMS Manager

07802-425022    grettonr@gmail.com

MYMS Spring Concert – TODAY….

We look forward to welcoming you to the MYMS Spring Concert  later TODAY at 7:30 pm.

Schedule for Dress Rehearsals in the Hall this afternoon

3:30 – 4:15  Preparation of Hall. Percussion and Audience Chairs

* MYMS Voices – Can you ALL come as early as possible to help set up the Hall so that we can start your rehearsal promptly at 4:20.

4:20        MYMS Voices [* see above]

4:45        Orchestra for All

5:05        MYWO

5:35        Alpha

5:55        Concert

6:15        MYO

6:45        Youth Strings

7:10        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.]

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

MYMS Spring Concert – Friday 18 March 2016

The full details of the up-coming MYMS Spring Concert can be found in the attached letter – MYMS Letter to Parents & Players re Spring Concert on 18 March 2016

Schedule for Dress Rehearsals in the Hall on the Concert Day [18 March]

3:30 – 4:15  Preparation of Hall. Percussion and Audience Chairs

* MYMS Voices – Can you ALL come as early as possible to help set up the Hall so that we can start your rehearsal promptly at 4:20.

4:20        MYMS Voices [* see above]

4:45        Orchestra for All

5:05        MYWO

5:35        Alpha

5:55        Concert

6:15        MYO

6:45        Youth Strings

7:10        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.]

MYMS Raffle – Any donations of raffle prizes would be gratefully received by Jackie Marks, who is organising the raffle.  Please bring them with you on the day of the concert.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert.

Maidstone Symphony Orchestra – the trumpet soloist for MSO at Mote Hall on Saturday 19 March is Paul Beniston, a former member of MYMS.  Do come and support him at the concert – full details in the concert letter attached above.

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

Friday 26 February 2016

All rehearsals as usual today.

Spring Concert – Friday 18 March – details of dress rehearsals will be circulated next week.

Royal Albert Hall Trip – Saturday 14 May 2016 – only THREE tickets left now.

Committee Meeting – tonight at 8:00 pm.

Richard Gretton – 07802-425022    grettonr@gmail.com

(1) Half Term Information (2) Royal Albert Hall Trip – only 14 tickets left…..

Friday 12 February – All rehearsals at normal times.

Friday 19 February – half term break and MYMS is closed.

Friday 26 February – All rehearsals at normal times.

Royal Albert Hall trip on Saturday 14 May 2016 – only 14 tickets left – please email Alex Brown directly on alexjbrown1969@gmail.com if you would like to book tickets.  It’s still on a first come / first served basis.  Please see earlier post on this website for further details.

Entrance to Invicta GS – the school have asked that ALL students, parents and staff attending MYMS do so via the canteen door.  They have been revising their security arrangements and the front door that goes into their main reception area will be kept locked at all times.

Friday 18 March 2016 – 7:30 pm – MYMS Spring Concert.

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

Friday 5 February 2016

All rehearsals at normal times today.  We welcome Jonathan Vincent, the conductor of our Youth Orchestra, at an earlier time today as he will also be conducting Alpha Band, as Jeremy Shoobridge is unwell today.

We are open today and next Friday, 12 February and then closed for half term. So there will be no MYMS on Friday 19 February.

We then have three more rehearsals before the Spring Concert at Invicta GS on Friday 18 March 2016, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Please get your applications in to Alex Brown if you wish to go on the Royal Albert Hall trip. Please see earlier post on this website for further details.

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