Autumn groups: West Norfolk Music Centre waives fees

The Trustees of West Norfolk Music Centre have decided to waive all group membership fees this term, and to invite members to make donations instead.

At this time of uncertainty, we cannot be sure that our groups will continue to run for the whole term. We are monitoring legislation and guidance, and the local situation, closely and we will continue decide, week to week, whether we can and should remain open.

We also recognise that we cannot offer the full Music Centre experience this term, with limited numbers and equipment, social distancing, and no refreshments or breaks for socialising. In terms of economic impact, some members may be affected more than others, and we do not want to exclude members who are facing uncertainty in their income or jobs at this time.

Music Centre remains in a strong financial position, thanks to the generosity of the legacy of Michael Janson and Varuni Roberts, and we are therefore in a position to waive our usual charges this term. However, there are still costs involved in running the groups (rent, staff, teachers), and we will be without some of our usual sources of income (refreshments, concert tickets), so we are inviting members to contribute to our ongoing costs if they can.

Members who take individual lessons are eligible for free group membership as usual, and lesson fees are currently reduced for those taking lessons online or at home.

We are currently working towards registration with HMRC, so as to allow us to claim Gift Aid on donations, but in the meantime donations via PayPal Giving Fund are eligible for Gift Aid.

Musical Christmas

West Norfolk Music Centre’s combined wind band, orchestra and choir entertained shoppers at Tesco Hardwick this afternoon with a selection of seasonal favourites.

Many thanks to all who took part or supported this event. And if you’d like to take part next year, join us now.

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Music at Heritage Open Day

Come and see musicians from West Norfolk Music Centre playing solos and duets at King’s Lynn Town Hall as part of the annual Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10 September. Spend the rest of the day in town exploring historic and notable buildings, riding the vintage bus or seeking out the wide range of events.

Our young players and adult students will be playing music from baroque to modern, classical to jazz, on a range of instruments. Find us in the Assembly Room at the Town Hall at 12pm, 1.30pm or 2.30pm. You can come and go as you please — listen to just one piece or stay a little longer — and it’s free of charge!

Music Centre singers to perform alongside Tenors Unlimited at Corn Exchange

Our very own West Norfolk Youth Choir join forces with our senior choir and with King’s Lynn Rock Choir in a performance with Tenors Unlimited at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange this May. Set aside Saturday 14 May in your diaries, and look out for more information — including ticket availability for family or friends — here and at Music Centre!

New Term starts today!

West Norfolk Music Centre’s spring term starts today. It’s not too late to start with us, just ask about the opportunities which are still open. We are still looking for more players to join our wind bands and orchestra.

flyer3-page001We would also like to welcome more young people to our children’s choir, now West Norfolk Youth Choir, so if you are between the ages of 7 and 14 and love music, contact us now. There are no auditions, all you need is a voice and the enthusiasm to sing in a group.

Happy New Year!!

Excellent exam results!

Congratulations to everyone who took exams last term: our students were awarded two distinctions, five merits and three passes.

If you are a member of West Norfolk Music Centre and if you or your child would like to take an exam this term, please talk to your teacher and then see Sarah to confirm details. Deadline for entries is 2 May 2015.

End-of-term Concert, 21 March 2015

Come along to our end-of-term concert on 21 March 2015, at 7pm, Springwood High School, King’s Lynn. The concert will feature the following West Norfolk Music Centre groups:

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Beginner Band
Orchestra
Beginner Recorder Group
String Group
Wind Band
Saxophone Group

Everyone welcome, refreshments available!