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We are the County Council's music service, offering a wide range of services to Children and Young People across the county. 
 
Our service aims to inspire young people from all of Somerset to make music together, unlocking the musician within. We deliver music lessons to all group sizes and ensembles and arrange events, conferences, workshops and bespoke training for all your musical tuition needs.
 
 
 
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The service is part of Support Services for Education, who provide a wide range of services to schools and other educational providers promoting educational excellence for all the children and young people of Somerset and beyond. To find out more about what we can offer you please visit our website www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk​ ​

 
Working Together - Providing Opportunities​

 
 

Information for the start of the new academic year September 2020

In the light of the current situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to assure you that Somerset Music continues to follow all DfE guidance in relation to education settings. Maintaining the safety of pupils, families and staff is of the upmost importance to us as a music service.

We have contacted all schools with details of how we are planning to recommence face to face delivery of music lessons. Our tutors will be liaising with individual schools to agree the best way forward as we recognise that each school will have its own concerns and practical issues, whether that relates to a suitable teaching room or support staff being available.  In this way we hope that as many pupils as possible will be able to benefit from music tuition as they adjust to the return to school.

Where we are unable to provide face to face lessons, we are creating a pool of resources which schools will be able to use to cover the whole of the autumn term if necessary. These resources will be wide ranging and there will be a focus on how music can assist with the physical and mental well-being of children during these difficult times.

We will continue to update our plans to take into account any changes to the DfE​ guidance over the summer and our risk assessment will be available for the start of term which tutors will use alongside your own.

If you would like to discuss any details of your music provision please do not hesitate to contact us.  somersetmusic@somerset.gov.uk

REAL Somerset Music document for schools for September provision.docx


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​​​County Group News

​​​Somerset County Youth Orchestra & Somerset County Youth Concert Band

Unfortunately due to Covid 19 the Band and Orchestra have been unable to meet since Christmas 2019. We were hopeful that we would be able to meet at Easter 2021 but have had to once again change our plans. We are now planning to record an online video performance of the 3rd Movement of the Vaughan Williams Folk Song Suite as part of the Somerset Day Celebrations. This will be in collaboration between the Somerset County Youth Orchestra and Somerset County Youth Concert Band.

We are also going to offer the opportunity for our band and orchestra members to take part in an online masterclass with The Royal Marines Band in Lympsham. More details to follow soon about these exciting online events!

To see our August 2020 'One Day Like This' online collaboration which has had over 5000 views on YouTube with the Somerset County Youth Orchestra, Somerset County Youth Choir and Somerset County Youth Concert Band please click on the link One Day Like This - Somerset Music

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Somerset County Youth Choirs

Due to the continuing Covid 19 situation we have decided our rehearsal schedule for Spring 2021 will remain online. We have set the dates for both Spring & Summer for the choir and are hopeful that we may be able to meet in person in August 2021 for a 3 day course. We have been asked to be involved in some exciting online projects including Somerset Day Celebrations and the Somerset Music Singing Festivals.

We are always happy to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining then please complete our online Initial Interest Form

Please see our main page SomersetCountyYouthChoir for more information on the County Youth Choirs.


Somerset County Youth Show Choir

We are offering the chance to participate in online Musical Theatre/Show Choir workshops based on popular West End and Broadway musicals, led by experienced Show Choir Choreographer Claire Switzer and professional Musical Director of West-End and UK touring musicals, Luke Holman. Together, they are hosting an evening of professional singing workshops and stylised musical theatre choreography based on some of our favourite musical shows including Hamilton, Waitress, Little Shop of Horrors and Bring It On! 

This is an ideal opportunity for any students in Year 8 to Year 13 who have​ a love of musical theatre! Under normal circumstances you need to audition to join the Show Choir but for this term that will not be required. The fee for signing up to these four sessions is £40.00. If you wish to also take part in the Somerset County Youth Choirs sessions for this term then it is offered at a reduced price of £20.00.

 Application Form to join Show Choir for Spring 2021​

Show Choir Dates Spring 2021.pdf


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NEW!  Music Workshops
 
Bespoke Music Workshops available for a full or half day
Please see attached leaflet or contact Somerset Music for further details  Music Workshops.docx

 
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Singing Strategy 
 
We have a new offer for the Singing Strategy for Somerset for 2020/21 - please check the 'Singing Strategy' page for further details.
 
 
Centre for Young Musicians
 
As a division of the Guildhall School - the centre provides a broad and comprehensive curriculum every Saturday providion access to excellence in the South West. Bursaries available for Somerset residents.
 
For more information please contact Rachel Parvin -  RParvin@cym.org.uk
 
 


Somerset Music is based at Taunton Library​
Our address for any correspondence is:  Somerset Music/SSE, D Block, Somerset County Council,
County Hall, The Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4DY
 
0300 123 7364
 

 

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