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Gosport & Fareham Youth Orchestras Open Evening - 21 June 2012

An invitation to come along and play with the Gosport & Fareham Youth Orchestras. Please view further details and complete the application form.

North East Hampshire Area Training Band - Open Rehearsal

Open Rehearsal Flyer

Open Rehearsal application form

East Hants Schools' Brass Band changes structure ready for September

The East Hants Schools' Brass Band has opened its doors to woodwind players to reflect the changing needs of young musicians in the Alton and surrounding area. This, along with some high quality musical opportunities that are provided by Amery Hill School and the new Alton Area Wind Orchestra, will provide an opportunity for woodwind players to join the restructured East Hants Schools' Band. Are you a brass, woodwind or percussion player playing to at least a grade 2 level? To join this new and exciting chapter in the Band's history please call 023 8065 2037 or e-mail:

The sun shines on Hampshire Music Service at Marwell Wildlife

On Sunday 26 April five Hampshire Music Service Wind Bands with some 200 children played for parents, visitors, and animals alike at Marwell Wildlife near Winchester.  The children were from all over Hampshire and included the Waterside Area Youth Band, Winchester Youth Concert Band, Gosport and Fareham Wind Training Band, Eastleigh Area Wind Orchestra and the newly formed New Forest Wind Band in their first public engagement.  The music included pieces such as ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Titanic’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’, and ‘The Great Escape’ whose title entertained the crowds!

The day was enjoyed by all who listened and took part, and the beautiful weather made the day an extra special treat.  All involved hope to come again next year.
Windband day at Marwell

Winchester Area Schools Orchestra tour the Czech Republic

A tour of the Czech Republic took place during the February half term this year, visit the blog to see how the WASO tour got on.

RAYJO enjoy a superb day

The Romsey Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (RAYJO) under the direction of Shaun and Mandy Moffat enjoyed a superb day of music making on Sunday last. Shaun and Mandy had arranged for 6 members of the BBC Radio Big Band to come along to the Lantern Theatre, Mountbatten School, to run a series of rehearsals, sectionals and master classes with the young jazz musicians culminating in a concert for parents and friends on Sunday evening.

The professionals provided inspiration and enthusiasm for the young jazz players and involved;Paul Eshelby (trumpet), Simon Bates (sax and clarinet), Gordon Campbell (trombone), Paul Harris (piano), John Rees Jones (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums). Apart from playing with the Radio Big Band, all are highly sought-after London session musicians and have performed and recorded with many of the world’s foremost bands and artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Robbie Williams, Barbara Streisand, Dame Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Humphrey Littleton and so the list continues.

The final event of the day was the concert where all of the lessons learned were put into practice with numbers by a wide range of jazz greats being played to an extremely high standard by the youngsters. The audience were also treated to 2 sets performed by the professionals who really got the feet tapping.

This has been an inspiring start to the year for the band.  The band was put through its paces by American jazz educationalist - Scott Stroman at a jazz workshop organised by HMS back in January at the Henry Beaufort School, Winchester. Scott was so impressed by their enthusiasm that he invited them along to watch him rehearse the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Band last week. The young musicians were enthralled with the standard and commitment shown by the college students and hopefully and it may have inspired a few RAYJO members to follow in their footsteps.


Vivaldi Project are awarded 'outstanding performance'

The Hampshire Vivaldi Project was born from a desire to explore baroque music at greater detail as part of Hampshire's Award Scheme for outstanding young musiciains. With the help of Christopher Hirons, string consultant for Hampshire County Council's Music Service, students have been able to explore baroque playing techniques and discover more about early music.  

Following their success at the Music for Youth National Finals in Birmingham, the Vivaldi Project were invited to perform at the Schools Prom which took place at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2008.

Please have a look at the video of their performance