A partnership of key local & regional music organisations, working together to create, develop and maintain co-ordinated, high quality music education for children & young people, in and out of school.
Did you know that we offer ukulele lessons in our primary schools as part of the Wider Opportunities Whole Class learning? Research shows that children learning a musical instrument do better in all subjects at school. ...
Good luck to all those Young Musicians coming for auditions tomorrow. Successful auditionees will be playing in the Young Musicians' Concert at Centre Stage, Music School, on Wednesday 5th April. Please put the date in your diary as all are welcome. ...
We look forward to welcoming guitarists from across the city for tomorrow's Guitar Day here at the Music School. All are welcome to the free evening concert, which starts at 7pm, when we will hear from all participants in the day plus our visiting professionals.
Interviews were held last Saturday for the post of Conductor for our Youth Orchestra. Four candidates were short listed, and after an interview and a conducting session with the orchestra Tim Morgan was offered and has accepted the post.
I am sure that you will all wish to join the Music Service in congratulating Tim on his success as we look forward to him taking up the post from September. ...
Each year, Music School (i.e. any groups that meet here after 4pm during the week or at weekends) donate around £500 to a local charity. Members of the ensembles are asked to spare some money each term which goes towards the donation made by 'The Friends of the Music School'.
Conductors will remind members this week and collect money next week if you feel able to contribute. Please contact Music School if you would like to suggest a local charity that would benefit from such a donation. ...
Keith Sedgebeer picked up the accolade in the Express & Star's Great Big Thank You Awards, established to highlight unsung heroes in the Black Country and Staffordshire - and says he was proud to collect the award on behalf of the thousands of talented teachers in Wolverhampton.
Keith, a former schools inspector, is now conductor of Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and over the years has helped hundreds of young people perform all over the world. He is also chair of governors at Highfields School.
The 70 year-old said: "It's amazing to be able to collect this award, and to accept it on behalf of many, many thousands of very talented teachers here in the city.
"I'm very grateful to the Express and Star and to the City of Wolverhampton Council for recognising the immense contribution teachers make to the welfare of our children and our city."
The Teacher of the Year award was sponsored by the City of Wolverhampton Council and Director of Education Julien Kramer said: "Keith is a remarkable colleague and it was a great privilege, on behalf of the City of Wolverhampton Council, to honour the lifetime service he has given to the children, the young people and the communities across the city. He's a remarkable guy; I congratulate him and I thank him." ...
Conductor of Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra Following on from the announcement that Keith Sedgebeer will be standing down from his conducting role, Wolverhampton Music Service seeks applications for the post of ‘Conductor of Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra’ from September 2017. Further details can be found within the jobs section of the Music Mark website – www.musicmark.org.uk...
Hello. We're creating a facebook group for local users and local businesses to find each other, and I think Wolverhampton Music Service would fit in very well.
West Midlands & Shropshire Local Business Group
We'd love to have you join us, please pop over, say hello and let us know about your business.
Also, as this is for local people too, please invite your friends and family to the group too.
After many years of conducting, Keith Sedgebeer has decided that it is time to stand down from the position of conductor for Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and that this year’s tour to Spain will be his last tour with us.
Keith has conducted our youth orchestra for 35 years and the reputation the orchestra has, both locally and internationally, has much to do with the vision, high expectations and drive that he has brought to this role. I personally know that there are many thousands of players, both past and present, who have fond memories of both the Saturday morning rehearsals here at Music School and of the wonderful experiences that our annual foreign tour provides. I am sure that there will be an opportunity for all of us to thank Keith for his work and commitment later on in the year, but in the meantime I know that you would all like to join me in thanking Keith for all that he has done for our youth orchestra and for music education in Wolverhampton.
The post of conductor for Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra will be advertised very shortly, and applicants will be invited to interview before an appointment is made. It is our intention that this process will be completed in good time so that the new conductor can take up the position from September 2017. ...
It is down to Keith Sedgebeer that I have gone on to play and conduct professional orchestras and now to take a role of teaching music in secondary schools. That man is very influential and will be sorely missed by the orchestra and the music service
I feel sorry for those that join the orchestra after this year's tour, considering they will miss out on being taught by this wonderful, wonderful man. He is an absolute inspiration and I wish him all the best for the future, we love you Sedgy!
I have many fond memories of Mr Sedgebeer and the Youth Orchestra. It's a great way to make friends and build confidence and Mr Sedgebeer was integral to that with his personality, enthusiasm and passion. Tours were one of those life experiences that you will never forget. He's a credit to the city and its education services and will be difficult to replace. All the best for the future, you deserve it.
What a loss for the young musicians in Wolverhampton. Mr Sedgebeer has worked tirelessly to get young people making fantastic music, first thing on a Saturday morning! he is a total inspiration and a wonderful person. I wish him all the best for the future and also wish his successor all the best - very big shoes to fill!
In my relatively short years of playing music in orchestras, Mr. Sedgebeer is a unique character that seems rare in the world of conducting at the moment. He is also a true inspiration to many young people, past and present, of Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra, and I feel privileged to have played under him for the 2½ years I was in the orchestra. I wish all the best to Mr S!
Many thanks to Keith for many wonderful memories. A great conductor and a great bloke!
James Watson Sam Watson
Natasha Koczy Samantha Stewart Katie Calveley 😢 x
Huge shoes to fill when the baton is finally passed on. I have many happy memories of my short time in youth orchestra and the tour of Germany 1983. I am so pleased that both my daughters have had the same opportunities and privileges in the present version of the orchestra.
Marcus Johnson Rachael Dickens Craig Keady Gemma Calvin
Thanks to Keith for everything that he has done over the the years. I know that Amy has valued the experiences, learning and fun over the past few years. Not forgetting the 'banter'. Have a great last tour Keith and Amy x
He will be impossible to replace because Keith was unique. I knew him as a colleague in the Education Department as well as through my two daughters' involvement with the music school and the one thing that shone out was his enthusiasm for music and his ability to inspire so many youngsters to do good things in music. I will never forget the concert he organised in the early nineties where he put together a choir which was a mixture of school children, teachers and staff from the education department, I sang tenor and we did Handel's "The King Shall Rejoice". It was brilliant and although there were many people involved it was Keith's enthusiasm and inspiration which carried off a great night and wonderful performance by the choir. He deserves all the accolades he gets and I wish him well now that he has finally called it a day.
Jonathan Shepherd Alekz Piekarski Chad Gordon Higgins
Most definitely a legend 👌👍🏻 the end of an era for Wolverhampton music school . Wishing him all the best !
Sam Dutton Nikki Alder Kay Fisher such good memories!!
This brought back lots of lovely memories of rehearsal and tours in the 90s.
All the best for your retirement Keith.
I too knew Keith both as a colleague and as a musical guide and inspiration for my daughter and 2 stepdaughters plus my son-in-law. He changed lives, he inspired students to go further than they may have thought possible, he was always kind, funny, caring and had the highest expectations of his students at all times. This is a much deserved rest Keith but there is going to be a massive void left when you go. Much loved, much admired, a brilliant man.
A very big act to follow 😔
Amazing times had at WYO with Mr S!! Big shoes to fill for sure, all the best Mr Sedgebeer!!
Remember him well. What a legacy. Good luck with the replacement.
Have such great memories of playing and touring with the youth orchestra. Mr Sedgebeer will be a hard act to follow.
Chris Lewis-Todd Dawn Durrant Ness Elcock Rachel Dunlops......x
All rehearsals are on this week. Please make sure you get the new door code from your conductor/group leader. A reminder to parents: always check that the rehearsal is running and your child has accessed the building before leaving the site. ...
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain joins conductor John Wilson and pianist Tamara Stefanovich on A Winter Journey to bring you Szymanowski’s lively Symphonie Concertante and the radiant warmth of the ultimate Russian Romantic work, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2. Fri 6 Jan 7.30pm | Symphony Hall, Birmingham | 2-for-1 offer on all seats – quote ‘NYOWinter ‘ or £5 under-25s ...