6 September 2018

Summer Holiday Concert band success!

Three of our PYMS tutors; Helen Welsh, Olwen Knowles, and Simon Keates worked this year alongside Ivybridge Community College’s brand new Music Teacher Christy Smith throughout the Summer with players of all ages to form the City of Plymouth Summer Holiday Concert Band. Rehearsing every Tuesday during the holidays, they met at Mount Gould Church and finally performed a lively concert on the 31st August to a full house.

The Summer holiday concert band welcomes members of any age and is aimed at young players and adult learners.

Their repertoire this year consisted of hits by Queen, The Beatles, Sky, and some Disco classics. Disney musicals such as Beauty and The Beast and the Jungle Book and a few classical pieces as well as the summer holiday band traditions of starting each half with The Muppets Show Theme and Hogan’s Heroes. It was a thorough success this year, everyone worked very hard and performed brilliantly.


25 June 2018

Armed Forces Week-Flag Raising Ceremony-Mount Street School Choir

Mount Street Primary School Choir performed 3 songs to an audience of Military VIPs Veterans and City Councillors at Plymouth Guildhall earlier today. The Flag-Raising ceremony heralded the start of Armed Forces Week  in Plymouth and across the UK.  The young singers did their school proud and performed very confidently despite not having their teacher present. Congratulations Mount Street. There were many compliments from the audience

23 March 2017

Plymouth Youth Concert Band Summer Spectacular

Young musicians reunite for a very special occasion

On July 16th past and present members of Plymouth Youth Concert Band will be joining forces for a Summer Spectacular concert in Plymouth Guildhall.

First established in April 2005, the band was the first city-wide youth ensemble created by the newly-formed Plymouth Youth Music Service and it began with approximately 9 auditioned players. Barrie Mills, a former Director of Music in the Royal Marines was responsible for the formation of the band. The band soon grew and, ever since, has regularly performed at public events in and around the city.   On July 16th the band will be performing a very special concert which will feature at least 50 players on stage, all of whom are past and present members of the band.

The concert will take place at 7.00pm in the splendid surroundings of the Plymouth Guildhall – the very spot where the band held its very first rehearsal in April 2005.  All profits will be donated to Action For Children.

Many former members of the youth band have gone on to become professional musicians and composers and Barrie is very proud of the fact that at least 8 have joined the Royal Marines Band Service and three of them will be returning to play with the band.

.Fiona Pendreigh, Head of Plymouth Youth Music Service, said: ”

The Plymouth Youth Music Service is part of Plymouth City Council and provides children and young people with a range of musical opportunities from their very first instrumental lesson to membership of one of 12 established city-wide ensembles. As well as staging events for young musicians to perform in, the Service organises music groups, tutoring and networks to enable young people to get involved in all things musical.


For more information contact Plymouth Youth Music Service


14 October 2016

New Youth Samba Band Opportunity

Plymouth Music Education Hub is launching a brand new youth ensemble. if you love rhythm and percussion, Plymouth Samba! is the band for you. The band begins rehearsals on Tuesday 1st November from 4.30-5.30pm at Hele’s School, Plympton. Led by Simon Keates, a PMEH tutor with vast experience of running samba bands, the ensemble will work towards creating the authentic Brazilian Samba band sound on the move. As with all our youth ensembles, there will be public performance opportunities as well as regular rehearsals.  Membership is free so, if rhythm and movement is your thing, give it a try!

16 September 2016

Plymouth Musicality Concert

Back in January this year we hosted our Annual Musicality Concert which was an exciting opportunity for all our city ensembles and groups to perform at the Plymouth Pavilions to family, friends, and the general public. It also gave the children of the city a chance to see their peers in action.

We had a whole day of music with a massive variety of groups performing, from Primary School choirs from across the city, to Steel Pans, Brass Bands, Orchestras, Concert Bands and much more. It was a fantastically musical day!

A massive thank you to OPENhand Creative who documented the day for us.

13 September 2016

Second Legacy Choir

 Due to the success of the original Mayflower 400 Legacy choir, we are starting a satellite choir at Eggbuckland Community College. These choirs will form the core for our Mayflower 400 Plymouth ensemble to sing with visitors from the USA in June 2017, so it is well worth getting involved!

Do you have any keen Year 6 singers that you think are ready to take on a new challenge? The Legacy Choir aims to give pupils high quality singing and performance opportunities plus aids transition by giving pupils the opportunity to sing with friends even if they attend different schools.

For more information, please contact Jessica Rowe (Primary Music Consultant)

9 September 2015

Plymouth Music Education Hub launches a new ensemble

An exciting new musical opportunity will be available to young Plymouth musicians from the 15th of September.  PMEH are launching a brand new Junior Ukulele Band.

The Junior Ukulele Band has been set up to offer young Ukulele players the opportunity to meet, and make music with other young players from across the city. It is aimed at children who have completed their whole class lessons in primary school and are either continuing to play at school or privately. However, any pupils who haven’t had the opportunity to continue through school but would like to join would also be very welcome. We are expecting an age range of 8-13 years but the group is certainly not age-restricted.

The band will rehearse most Tuesdays in term time from 4.30-5.30pm at High Street Primary School for 30 weeks across the school year and will be led by PYMS music tutors Tony Clarke and Dennis Frere-Smith. The first session will be on Tuesday the 15th September.

30 April 2015

Plymouth Schools Celebrate BBC Ten Pieces

Coachloads of young musicians from 14 Plymouth schools descended on Central Methodist Hall in Plymouth over two days to share their own interpretations of pieces from the BBC Ten Pieces project. Ten Pieces is an exciting new initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, focusing on classical music and creativity. The pupils performed on a range of instruments including ukuleles, clarinets, guitars and saxophones to a packed hall.  The exciting project in Plymouth was led by Jessica Rowe, music teacher at Montpelier Primary School and Primary Consultant for Plymouth Music Education Hub.  The two days of outstanding performances were the outcome of work begun by the participating schools last November.

14 April 2015

Plymouth Youth Concert Band perform a stunning 10th Anniversary Concert

Plymouth Youth Concert Band put on  a stunning concert on Saturday 11th April at Plymouth Guildhall. A band of over 50 current and former members of the band provided a brilliant evening of music in a programme ranging from Coldplay to Blues Brothers and which included bagpipes, trumpet and tuba solos.  The band was conducted by the Plymouth Youth Music Service’s Leadership Associate, Music, Barrie Mills, who founded the band in 2005. They produced a bright, full sound with lots of light and shade.  Given that they had only rehearsed together for a day, the result was a very polished performance which had the audience in raptures.

14 November 2014

The Plymouth International Choir


This is an exciting new collaborative project between Plymouth UK and Plymouth, Massachusetts in the United States of America. The musical objective for this project is to share performances through cultural exchange from 2015-2020. The final 2020 concerts will celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers journey in 1620 to North America which departed from Plymouth, England.

Notre Dame School is leading a major collaborative community project which will involve many local schools in choral performances with the US schools here in Plymouth. In the first year the US Massachusetts Plymouth choir will come to Plymouth UK to take part in a concert with students from five secondary and five primary schools. This will form a choir of 200 students. This is very much a celebration of music and the enthusiasm for this to be a successful project has been considerable!

The following Plymouth schools will be taking part: Notre Dame Roman Catholic School, St Boniface’s Roman Catholic College, Devonport High School for Girls, Eggbuckland Community College, Manadon Vale Primary , Montpelier Primary, Oakwood Primary, Lipson Vale Primary and The Cathedral School of St Mary.

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