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Young Music Makers of Dyfed 2013

Congratulations to 18 year violinist Lily Whitehurst from Pembrokeshire for winning the 2013 Young Musician of Dyfed Competition. In second place was flautist Epsie Thompson from Llanelli, with Tuba player Grady Hassan from Borth in Ceredigion in third. The other two instrumentalists who contributed to a superb final on March 24th at Rhos y Gilwen were cellist Charlie Kind from Meidrim, and violinist Thomas Mathias from Aberystwyth. All five performers won great praise from the three adjudicators - Andrew Wilson Dickson, Nigel Seaman and Rhys Taylor.

The evening prior to the above final saw a wonderful celebration concert to bring to an end the 2012-13 Young Composers of Dyfed process – again at Rhos y Gilwen. The Farthingale Ensemble (vocal quartet) performed 12 pieces composed by young musicians from the three counties, including three from Carmarthenshire – Ffion Boyeson from Emlyn School, Emily Wright from Carmarthen (now studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire) and Rhodri Williams from Llanelli (now studying at Hull University). With Peter Reynolds in his third year and final year as composer in residence all 12 young composers produced pieces of striking originality, skill and creativity.

Ofsted guidance on observing music lessons

This document outlines Key Principles in three areas:

  1. planning, preparing and starting;
  2. teaching, learning and assessment;
  3. work samples and wider participation.

The principles are followed by Key Questions for the observer to consider during a lesson.
Ofsted makes the point that the booklet is not intended as an inspection or performance management tool. It is intended to develop awareness among senior leaders of what it is that makes a music lesson effective, and how this might differ from what makes other lessons effective. It is intended to provide a starting point for a conversation between music staff and their line managers.


Royal Opera House Education Competition
Many congratulations to
Dafydd Davies, a Year 7 pupil at Bryngwyn School, who has been selected as one of 10 winners of the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition. There were over 300 entries from across the UK! Dafydd’s composition was a piece of class-work produced as part of his Year 7 curriculum at Bryngwyn
Dafydd will now attend the Royal Opera House for a workshop on April 23rd. He will meet the composer Duncan Chapman, and members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The purpose of the workshop is to begin to further develop his fanfare for a recording by the full orchestra in May, and a public premiere of the winning fanfares on June 30th.


Music Nation 2012
Many congratulations to the 18 young singers from Carmarthenshire who joined with over 200 other young singers from all over Wales to perform with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales on March 4th. Together, the choir and orchestra gave the world premiere of 'Songs of the Earth', an exciting new work by Karl Jenkins, with the composer himself conducting. This St David's Hall concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Also featured were students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and pupils from  Gwyn Special School in Cardiff. A superb experience for everyone and a concert we as a nation can be proud of!

Good Practice
Click here to see videos of good practice following a review of music education by Ofsted in England.

A National Plan for Music Education in England
'The Importance of Music' outlines the new national plan for music education in England. In Wales we have nothing like this!

Welsh Music Review Report
Click here to see a copy of this report and the Minister's reponse.

Making more of music – Ofsted
Here are two very useful documents for teachers – one for primary and the other for secondary. Ofsted has responded to its recent review of music teaching in England by creating a continuum exemplifying how to move from the satisfactory to the outstanding in certain key areas.



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