More details of young musicians concert

Music on the Levels announces further details of its free concert on Sunday 24 March 2019 at 3.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, Westonzoyland, with performers from the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) and Taunton Preparatory School.

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These two leading musical establishments combine in a celebration of young musical talent. The music will be in a wide variety of styles including pieces by Haydn, Alan Menken, Jerry Bock and plenty more to enjoy. The young performers will be accompanied by Frances Webb on piano.

Thanks to grants from Sedgemoor District Council and generous donations, the concerts are free to attend, although there is a modest charge for the sumptuous home-made teas that are available to enjoy while you listen.

There is no need to book; just turn up at the Church in time to be seated by 3.30 pm. Doors open at 3.00 pm. Contact Frank on 01278 699071 or e-mail for more information.

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton(CYMT), a division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, exists to provide all 5-18 year olds the opportunity to collaborate, write, play, produce, have fun, and develop musical skills, knowledge and confidence with other young musicians.

The Centre runs on Saturday mornings in term time at Richard Huish College, Taunton.  Currently 38 schools across Somerset, Dorset & Devon are represented by students at CYMT, which is open to all young musicians from beginners to advanced.  There are no auditions and students can start at any point in the academic year.

CYMT offers lots of practical music-making activities. There are bands and orchestra as well as music production, theory of music, percussion, strings, brass, woodwind, piano workshops, singing ensembles, and much more.  Everyone finds a welcoming, friendly and all-inclusive atmosphere at CYMT with regular opportunities to perform in any style of music.  CYMT is running a summer holiday course in mid-August for 10-18s, which will be a fun-filled week of music and drama.

There are Centres in London, Norwich, Saffron Walden, Peterborough and Taunton, so CYM is helping to establish a talent pipeline for young musicians.  The CYMT experience and termly visits from the Guildhall School provide students, schools and teachers with support to achieve the best possible music outcomes for students and the community.  Financial support is available to help with the fees through generous bursary schemes from Sound Foundation Somerset music education hub and the Guildhall School Access Agreement.

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While Taunton Preparatory Schoolhas a strong focus on the core subjects of the curriculum, it also encourages individual talents and special interests. With its own performing arts centre giving access to a variety of specialist music facilities, pupils are able to explore their musical and performance abilities to the full.

Pupils benefit from tuition in all orchestral instruments including the harp, piano and organ, plus jazz, classical and rock guitar and musical theatre. The school offers Music Scholarships at 11+ and 13+, as well as Assisted Places in recognition of outstanding ability and potential in Music.

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Centre for Young Musicians Taunton  (CYMT) and Taunton Preparatory School

Sunday 24 March 2019, 3.30 pm St Mary’s Church TA7 0EP

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Two leading musical establishments combine in this celebration of young musical talent.


There is no need to book; just turn up in time to be seated by 3.30 pm. Doors open at 3.00 pm.

Contact Ann Philcox on 01278 691438 akphilcox@btinternet.comfor more information.


Latin American music brought extra sunshine to a bight February Sunday

On Sunday 24 February in Westonzoyland’s parish church, Paradis Palm Court Trio played a varied programme of some familiar and some not-so-familiar pieces from their ‘Latin American Collection’. Introducing them with interesting facts and anecdotes including that Arthur Benjamin received a bottle of rum each year from the Jamaican Government in recognition of the prestige brought by his popular Jamaican Rumba!

The Trio rehearsing before the concert. Lisa Betteridge (violin), Linda Stocks (cello) and Penny Simons standing in for Jacqueline Bevan on piano.

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. . . and in performance.


The audience enjoyed the concert . . .


. . . and the cakes.


Come and join us at our AGM

Please come to the Annual General Meeting of Music on the Levels to be held on Sunday 3 February at 3 pm in the Church Hall, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0ED.

Make known your views about the programme of concerts- what you think about the concerts in the past and what you would like to see in future programmes.

Enjoy complementary refreshments.

Trio Paradis:the Latin American Collection

Sunday 24 February 2019, 3.30 pm St Mary’s church, Main Road, TA7 0EP

Please note change of venue!

Trio Paradis

Returning after three years- this time with music from their Latin American collection. Jacquelyn Bevan (piano), Lisa Betteridge (violin) & Linda Stocks (cello) present tangos and other dances including Winter and Spring from Piazzolla’s Four Seasonsand some well-known numbers such as La Cumparsita. Fiery music to brighten the darkest of winter days and get your toes tapping.


There is no need to book; just turn up in time to be seated by 3.30 pm. Doors open at 3.00 pm.

Contact Ann Philcox on 01278 691438 akphilcox@btinternet.comfor more information.