Spring Term 2022

After the success of our revitalised Christmas Concerts in December 2021, all of us at the Music Service and Music Centre are delighted to be looking forward toward a more conventional year ahead as lockdown restrictions continually ease and regular activities resume.  There’s so much to look forward to with performances for every Music Centre group planned right through to the summer and beyond!

I am also delighted to share with you our latest OMS Newsletter, ‘Music Notes’, which both looks back at the Christmas shows as well as further into 2022 with additional details about some of the things that we’re planning.  You can now find the newsletter here on its own, dedicated page along with previous editions.

As ever, thanks to every one of our OMC  members, pupils, their parents and other supporters who do so much to ensure the survival and growth of great music making in the borough.  We can’t wait to show off your musical skills in 2022 and beyond!

Music Centre Tour 2022

In both 2020 and 2021 our proposed tour to Liege in Belgium had to be cancelled. We refunded all deposits and wiped the slate clean. However, the tour arrangements are still in place and because we had booked previously, we have been given very favourable terms to rebook. We are proposing to re-instate a 7 day tour for summer 2022, from July 20th-26th inclusive.

The tour will cost a maximum of £550 per person and could be reduced further depending on the success of fundraising events. For a tour of this length, on half board, this represents a very good price when taking into account recent cost rises. We will be giving three concerts and will have a very full itinerary of visits, sightseeing and a theme-park. In order for the tour to be a success we need quite a high uptake up from members of Youth and Intermediate Brass Bands, Wind Bands and Orchestra, to ensure we have viable performing ensembles.

Initially we are asking for you to express an interest in the tour, with no commitment, just so we can get an idea of numbers. Oldham Music Centre tours have a history of being an exceptionally good experience for participants and for many students they represent one of the high-lights of their school age years. I have no doubt that this tour will be the same.

Music Centre leavers, who had signed up to the cancelled tour are also invited to contact Mr. Leedale to discuss if they would like to take part in 2022.

In the first instance please express your interest by emailing Mr. Leedale, stating the group in which you normally play and the instrument/instruments you would want to play on the tour. Further information will then be sent out.

PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST BY FRIDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2021.

About the Music Service

The Oldham Council Music Service is committed to supporting and fulfilling the musical aspirations of all young people living in the borough (in and out of school), and engaging people of all ages in a variety of exciting musical activities.

The Music Service has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in the Federation of Music Services evaluation programme.

Oldham Music Service is proud to be a founder member of the GM Music Hub, which is an exciting and innovative music education partnership. We are committed to providing the highest quality music education and the best expertise which the region has to offer.

Music can transform children’s lives and we want to work with local families, schools and other organisations to make sure that all children get the chance to play music, achieve great things and inspire others.

Find out more about the work of the GM Music Hub.

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