MAGNUS ACADEMY IS OUR NEW REGULAR VENUE
THE MAGNUS ACADEMY, EARP AVENUE, NG24 4AB. PLEASE PARK IN THE CAR PARK NEXT TO THE HOCKEY PITCHES, THEN PROCEED TOWARDS THE SCHOOL GYM ENTRANCE. THERE IS A GATE IN THE FENCE TO THE LEFT OF THE ENTRANCE, WHERE THERE WILL BE SOMEONE TO MEET YOU.
Newark Young Sinfonia is run as a non-profit organisation, for the benefit of local young musicians. It is open to all, with the only requirement being a love of music making. As a group of enthusiastic local music teachers and instrumentalists, the committee believes that all young musicians deserve the opportunity to experience the excitement of playing in an orchestra in their own locality. At present young musicians of Newark have to travel considerable distances to access orchestral experience. The founding members freely give their time, with the intention being to make this orchestra open to all without cost. The orchestra has received generous support from local people and businesses. If you wish to support us in any way, be it financial or otherwise, we would love to hear from you.
News and Updates
Well done to everyone for a fantastic season. Real progress has been made in all sections, and everyone has had lots of fun playing all the new pieces. We have now finished for the summer, and we start back on Sunday 17th September.
More dates for the upcoming year 17/18 will be added in due course.
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The Founding Members
DipTCL, PGcert TCL, Dip NSC, C.I.M.T.Peter was educated at Trinity college of Music, London and after graduating as a performer he went on to work regularly in London as both soloist and accompanist. After having three wonderful children, Peter moved to Newark and his musical career took a new direction as he learnt how to tune and restore pianos. He now teaches piano, both privately and in a number of local schools. Peter also runs Newark’s community choir JustSing.
Elizabeth GreeleyA primary school teacher and music coordinator, Lizzie has set-up a school orchestra along with vocal and instrumental ensembles. She worked for Nottingham City Arts in Education as a Music Development Officer and was responsible for raising the profile of music in the curriculum and as an enrichment activity within schools. She set up and ran a number of ensembles, as well as designing and trialling a pilot programme for the Wider Opportunities scheme, and taught cello in schools and private practice. Lizzie also worked as a tutor for the Nottingham Youth Orchestra as well as running Nottingham Music School’s junior and senior string groups.
ConductorNeil started playing in the Reds & Greys Youth Marching Band at the age of six on cymbals, progressing through the ranks of percussion and the wind section. He also played for the Magnus Swing and the Ransome Brass Bands. At 18 he became musical director of the Red and Greys which fostered a desire for music and led to a career change at the age of 22. He secured a diploma from the Open University and a B.Mus (Hons) from the University of Hull. Neil has been teaching music for 20 years and runs one of the only school marching bands in the country.
GRSM, LRAM, LTCLRowan, who was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, performs as a professional musician on both viola and piano. Her teaching career spans a wide range of levels, ages and environments which has developed into work with teachers as a mentor, trainer, leader and, most recently, producing films to aid discussion and reflection. She works closely with a number of charities, and has taken part in numerous concerts. With her colleagues from Lincolnshire Music Service, she has raised funds for the Aegis Trust and Holocaust Memorial Centre. Rowan also stages fundraising chamber concerts in her own teaching studio for various causes.
When do we meet?
Under it’s conductor, Neil Wright, the first open rehearsal of the 80 piece orchestra took place in Newark Town Hall on Sunday 1 March 2015.
Rehearsals now continue on a monthly basis, always on Sundays (10:00-12:00), at The MAGNUS ACADEMY, NEWARK NG24 4AB
Please note that rehearsals are not public events and attendance is strictly limited to orchestra members (and invited parent instrumentalists only)