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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

October Newsletter

October 21st, 2017

We are already at half-term time and there are no Rockschools or individual tuition on Saturdays 21 and 28 October. We will be back on Saturday 4 November.

On Saturday 2 December Brackley Rotary Club are holding their Young Musician of the Year competition at Wayneflete Hall, Brackley from 2.00 pm. Please make a note of this date and I will be talking to bands and soloists after half term to decide on our Rockschools entries.

Our next big Rockschools event will be our Christmas Concert which will be on Saturday 9 December at Nicholas Hawksmoor School from 3.30 – 5.30 pm. All bands will take part and our Parents and Friends Association will be providing suitably festive refreshments.

We hope you all have a good holiday and look forward to seeing you again in November.

David Taylor
Director

September Newsletter 2017

September 14th, 2017

Welcome back to a new Rockschools Year

Registration and Family Day is on Saturday 16 September 2017 from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm at Nicholas Hawksmoor School, Towcester

We look forward to seeing you all again at our Annual Registration and Family Day, where you can meet up with friends, listen to our bands and register for the new Rockschool year.

The Parents and Friends Association will be providing ‘Tuck Shop’ and refreshments for you to enjoy whilst you register and listen to our bands.

Bands will be playing outside if the weather is fine, or inside in the school hall if need be. All students who have individual guitar, drum, piano and singing tuition are invited to come and listen to our Rockschools bands and to register to join a band themselves if not already in one.

Fees per term are:
£120 per term for bands at Rockschools
£160 per term for individual tuition at Rockschools
£280 per term for both at Rockschools
£98 per term for guitar lessons in Primary Schools

Payment can be made online to:
Rockschools Ltd
Sort Code 20-03-84
Account 63548996
Ref: Name of Student

Online payment is preferred but fees can also be paid by cash on registration day.

All students will need to have a new registration form signed by parent/carer and student for this year. Forms are attached to this letter for you to print off and complete and will also be available on the day. The Rockschools Calendar is also attached.

Bands and solo acts who would like to play on the day please contact Ros Miles to reserve a practice room if required.
Please remember that although this may be a non-playing day for some, it is an important Rockschools session for all as I want to be able to discuss with each of you the band you would like to be with and plan your goals for the year with you personally.

Please note that due to health and safety requirements all electrical equipment used at Rockschools must be PAT tested. We will be providing a free PAT test for all students’ equipment during the term. All students bringing equipment must also bring their own extension lead to connect to the power breaker provided.

I look forward to being with you all once again on Saturday 16 September,
David Taylor
Director
Rockschools

July Newsletter

July 7th, 2017

Our Summer Concert is on Saturday 8 July at Nicholas Hawksmoor School from 6.00 – 8.00pm. All our Rockschools Students will be taking part and this will be an informal and social occasion to which all family and friends are welcome. We are hoping the weather will continue to be warm and bands can play outside in the courtyard. Refreshments will be provided and tickets will be available on the door at £6 adults and £4 children.

Bands and acts performing are:

· Arrowhead

· Black Light

· Echoes

· Epicentre

· Gallivants

· Hannah

· Isabel and Emeric

· Josh

· Marshall

· Narga

· Sugar Rush

· Suspense

· Vessel

· XXIV/VII

Bands are shown in alphabetical order and the running order will be shown in the programme. Students in the first session can leave at 3.00pm and return at 5.30pm or stay on until the concert starts. Students in the second session will be there for the start of the concert.

There will be awards during the evening for student staff and helpers and the presentation of the Mark Tanton Memorial Shield. We would ask students, family and friends to stay throughout and enjoy all our students’ performances.

All our students having tuition at Rockschools, in schools or at Wappenham are welcome to bring family and friends to our concert.

Our Family Day for registration for our next Rockschools year will be on Saturday 16 September at Nicholas Hawksmoor School from 12.30 – 2.30pm.

Meanwhile I look forward to seeing you all at our Summer Concert on Saturday.

David Taylor
Director

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