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July Newsletter 2018

June 28th, 2018

We are now coming to the last two weeks of our Rockschool year, with our Summer Concert on Saturday 30 June from 4.00 – 6.00pm at Nicholas Hawksmoor School. This will be an outdoor event in the Inner Courtyard – weather permitting! All family and friends are welcome to our concert. Tickets will be available on the door at £5 for adults, with children under 18 free, and refreshments will be available.

Students in bands at 12.30pm and 1.30pm can come at their usual times and those in bands at 3.00pm can come at 2.00pm. All should then be ready for the concert at 4.00pm.

Bands and solos include:

Black Light

Cohesion

Encryption

Epicentre

Gallivants

Isabelle – solo

Josh – solo

Luxor

Playing Witness

Sugar Rush

TRS Junior Band

Undefined

Vessel

The running order will be shown in the programme.

There will be Rockschool sessions and lessons as usual for the last day of term on Saturday 7 July but as it is also the weekend of the Silverstone GP, there may be travel issues for some of you.

Towcester Rockschool will open at 12.30pm for the new school year on Saturday 15 September for band sessions and individual lessons.

I look forward to seeing you all at our concert on Saturday and on 7 July.

David Taylor
Director

June Newsletter 2018

June 15th, 2018

We are now coming to the end of our Rockschool year and here are the dates for the rest of our term.

Our bands are playing for Midsummer Music on Saturday 23 June from 2.30 – 4.30pm at Towcester Mill and all are welcome to attend.

Our Summer Concert is on Saturday 30 June from 4.00 – 6.00pm at Nicholas Hawksmoor School and all students will be taking part. This will be an outdoor event in the Inner Courtyard – weather permitting! All family and friends are welcome to our concert.

There will be Rockschool sessions and lessons as usual on Saturday 7 July, which is the last day of term, but as it is also the weekend of the Silverstone GP, there may be travel issues for some of you.

I look forward to seeing you all for these last few weeks of term.

David Taylor
Director

May Newsletter 2018

May 23rd, 2018

We are now half way through our Summer Term and there will be no Rockschools on Saturdays 26 May and 2 June. We will be back on Saturday 9 June for sessions and lessons.

Several of our bands will be playing, however, on Saturday 26 May at the Towcester Community Fun Day on the Recreation Ground in Towcester from 11.00am – 3.00pm. This is a free event, all are welcome to attend and a poster is attached to this Newsletter. If you have any questions or queries on the day please contact Nathan Digby on 07972 493032 or David Taylor direct on 07803 035608.

Our bands will also be playing at Kislingbury Fete on Saturday 16 June from 1.30 – 2.30pm and forMidsummer Music on Saturday 23 June from 2.30 – 4.30pm at Towcester Mill and all are welcome to attend these events too.

Thank you to all who have paid Rockschools fees. For those who have not yet paid would you please do so by the end of this month.

Online payment can be made to:

Rockschools Ltd

Sort Code 20.03.84

Account No. 63548996

Ref: Student’s name

Fees are £120 for sessions, £160 for lessons and £98 for guitar lessons in schools.

I look forward to seeing all who can be with us at the Fun Day and to all our Saturday students on 9 June for the last few weeks of our Rockschool year.

David Taylor
Director

April Newsletter 2018

April 19th, 2018

Welcome back to Rockschools Summer Term which starts on Saturday 21 April for sessions and lessons. Fees for the term are due on Saturday and can be paid online to:

Rockschools Ltd
Sort Code 20.03.84
Account No. 63548996
Ref: Student’s name

Fees are £120 for sessions, £160 for lessons and £280 for both.
Fees for guitar lessons in schools are £98 which will be due next week.

Payment online would be appreciated but if this is not possible fees can be paid by cash or cheque to Rockschools Ltd on Saturday or next week at schools.

Well done to our bands who have taken part in Regional events and Recorded entries for this year’s National Festival of Music for Youth. Feedback from adjudicators for all bands has been excellent and we now wait to hear if any will be selected to play at the finals in Birmingham on 3 – 7 July.

The District Final for the Rotary Young Musician was cancelled due to snow and this has now been re-scheduled to be on Sunday 29 April in Market Harborough.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday ready for more music making.

David Taylor
Director

March Newsletter 2018

March 19th, 2018

We are now at the end of term and all ready for our Rockschool Easter Concert on Saturday 24 March at Nicholas Hawksmoor School from 4.00 -6.00pm. Tickets will be available on the door at £5 for adults and all children under 18 will be free.

Bands and acts taking part will include:

· Black Light

· Cohesion

· Encryption

· Epicentre

· Hannah – solo

· Isabelle – solo

· Josh – solo

· Luxor

· Narga

· Red Eyed Viper

· Sugar Rush

· TRS Junior Band

· The Undefined

· Vessel

The running order will be shown in the programme.

All bands are welcome to come to Rockschool from 12.30pm to practice, giving those who usually come for 3.00pm a full session before the concert starts.

Well done to all our bands and acts who took part in the Rotary Club Young Musician competition on 4 March. Joshua Cox, Joe Flannigan, Alanna Fisher, Matt Nikel, TRS Intermediate Band and TRS Senior Ensemble all won through to the Finals on Sunday 18 March, but unfortunately that was cancelled at the last minute due to the snow!

Our bands Encryption and Sugar Rush will be playing at the Music For Youth Regional entries in Milton Keynes on Thursday 22 March, with the opportunity to play at the Music for Youth National Festival in July.

We wish you all happy holidays over Easter and look forward to seeing you again at the start of our Summer Term on Saturday 21 April.

David Taylor
Director

February Newsletter 2018

February 9th, 2018

It is now our half-term break for Towcester Rockschool and there are no sessions or lessons on Saturdays 10 and 17 February and we will be back on Saturday 24 February.

On Sunday 4 March there is the Rotary Young Musician District Semi-Final in St. Ives, Cambs. Those taking part are:

  • Joshua Cox, Junior solo vocal
  • Joe Flannigan, Junior solo instrumental
  • TRS Junior Ensemble (Sugar Rush)
  • RS Junior Band
  • TRS Intermediate Band
  • Alanna Fisher, Senior solo instrumental
  • TRS Senior Ensemble (Black Light)

The venue is Thorndown Primary School, Hill Rise, St. Ives, PE27 6SE. It is expected that the Junior entries will play in the morning and the exact timings will be notified shortly. The Final will be on Sunday 18 March.

Our Rockschools Easter Concert will be on Saturday 24 March from 4.00 to 6.00pm.

I hope you all have an enjoyable half–term holiday.

David Taylor Director

January Newsletter 2018

January 11th, 2018

Welcome back to Rockschools for Spring Term 2018 which began on Saturday 6 January, for 10 weeks of sessions and lessons.

Fees for the term are due and can be paid online to:
Rockschools Ltd
Sort Code 20.03.84
Account No. 63548996
Ref: Student’s name

Fees are £120 for sessions, £160 for lessons and £280 for both.

Payment can also be paid by cheque to Rockschools Ltd or by cash on Saturday 13 January to Ros Miles, who will be there to collect your fees.

A reminder to all students with electric guitars, bass, keyboard or electric drums to bring their own extension lead to plug into the power breaker provided with the PA in each room.

Dates for your diaries for this term include Sunday 4 March for the Rotary District Semi-Final in St. Ives, Cambs. and Sunday 18 March for the Final.

Our Rockschools Easter Concert will be on Saturday 24 March from 4.00 to 6.00pm.

I look forward to another term of music making with you all.

David Taylor
Director

January Term Information

January 4th, 2018

Dear Parents and Students

Happy New Year to you all.

May I remind you of the following dates:

Towcester Rockschool lessons and sessions for Spring Term start on Saturday 6 January.

Lessons at Wappenham continue for Winter Term on week beginning Sunday 7 January.

Lessons in schools for Spring Term start on week beginning Monday 8 January.

Some guitar students have catch-up lessons on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 January and have been advised of times

December Newsletter

December 5th, 2017

We are now at the end of term and all ready for our Rockschool Christmas Concert on Saturday 9 December at Nicholas Hawksmoor School from 4.00 -6.00pm. Tickets will be available on the door at £5 for adults and all children under 18 will be free.

Bands and acts taking part will include:

· Black Light

· Cohension

· Encryption

· Epicentre

· Gallivants

· George & Maddy

· Hannah – solo

· Isabelle & Emeric

· Josh – solo

· Luxor

· Marshall

· Narga

· Red Eyed Viper

· Sugar Rush

· TRS Junior Band

· Undefined

· Vessel

The running order will be shown in the programme.

Refreshments will be available in the lobby and there will be tiered seating in the Hall.

All bands are welcome to come to Rockschool from 12.30pm to practice, giving those who usually come for 3.00pm a full session before the concert starts. If you have any queries please call Ros on 07738 974220 or email rockschools@googlemail.com.

Well done to all our bands and acts who took part in Brackley Rotary Club Young Musician competition last Saturday. We have several bands, ensembles and soloists who will now be playing at the semi-final in March. Our congratulations particularly to Alanna Fisher who was awarded Brackley Young Musician of the Year for her guitar solo.

We wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you again at the start of our Spring Term on Saturday 6 January.

David Taylor
Director

November Newsletter

December 4th, 2017

We are now approaching the end of Rockschool for this Autumn Term with a busy two weeks of music making!

On Saturday 2 December Brackley Rotary Club are holding their Young Musician of the Year competition and we have several Rockschool entries. Our Juniors have solo, ensemble and band entries, and we have an Intermediate band entry. Our Seniors have solo and ensemble entries. The venue is Magdalen College School Hall, Wayneflete Ave, Brackley, NN13 6FB. All are welcome to come and support our students. The event starts at 2.00pm, there is a small entry fee and refreshments are provided. All those taking part are asked to arrive by 1.00pm in order to prepare.

There will be the usual Rockschool sessions and lessons at Towcester for those not taking part and those who are can return to Rockschool for the second session if they would like to.

On Saturday 9 December we have our Rockschools Christmas Concert at Nicholas Hawksmoor School and this year it will be during the later part of the afternoon. All bands will take part and our Parents and Friends Association will be providing suitably festive refreshments.

I will have more details for you next week but if you have any queries please email rockschools@googlemail.com or call Ros on 07738 974220.
Meanwhile I will see you all either at Brackley or Towcester on Saturday.

David Taylor
Director

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