Dear Friends,

Since we last wrote to you at Christmas, The Music Pool has been busy providing its usual wide range of activities - see below. In addition, we will be holding a variety of functions and activities to raise money for our core costs.  We have engaged Helen Cotterell to mastermind the programme by making good use of her wide network of contacts in conjunction with                    Robin Cox, Chair of Trustees
The Music Pool’s own network.  You might have                              and Friend of The Music Pool
already experienced an extremely successful evening celebrating Burns Night.

We are holding another Barn Dance at Caradoc by kind permission of Major Patrick and Mrs. Dido Darling. The date is set for Saturday June 11 so why not book it in the diary NOW!
Future events which are still in the planning stage include an evening with Linda Tolchard, and an informal concert from Ian Storey, both of whom have supported The Music Pool in the past.
 - Robin Cox
Kieran Shannon pipes in the haggis borne aloft by
    James Greenfield. [photo by Sally Corrick]


Phase 1 of Early Hurly Burly which ran from September 2014 to February 2016 is completed.  Spanning 9 local authorities in the West Midlands, approximately 540 sessions were held in local libraries.  We have received a very positive evaluation document on the project, and there is now an urgent need for new funding to run more sessions.
In a new venture for The Music Pool, we will be providing musicians and artists to work with Dewsall Court for corporate team-building events.  Dewsall Court has also nominated us as their charity for the year. Our other popular early years’ project, SwingBridge, has recently completed 4 years’ provision, with many requests for more. Congratulations to the SwingBridge team: Bym Welthy, Alison Houlbrooke, Pedro Brown.
Funding & Fund-Raising:  With help from Lucy Wells, The Music Pool has just submitted a bid to The Tudor Trust for support for our core costs. We are expecting a decision on our latest Youth Music bid on April 22nd.  One of the Livewire parents has agreed to sponsor the project for a short period, and we have just succeeded in raising a contribution for further youth work, and a new venture with the Probation Service, from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. We also have a bid in with Global’s Make Some Noise (a national media company) to support continuing children’s special needs work. In the meantime work at Blackmarston School carries on, supported by the Herefordshire Community Foundation. 


Last term’s schools singing project - Sing Spring In 2016! - reached 45 schools across the county, with 14 different end-of-term cluster gatherings as well as a number of schools singing the songs on their own in assemblies and concerts.  During this 4th project, the songs have been sung by over 3000 children, which is a record.  Our team of 8 singing leaders, including their leader Jenni Axtell, should all be extremely proud of what they achieved - we’re getting loads of very positive feedback.
The aim for the National Singing Strategy, which is behind the whole project, is to achieve regular singing in schools - the Evaluation forms received so far from schools emphasize how the project successfully encourages children to enjoy singing, so we anticipate another similar project next year.

Pupils from Ashfield Park Primary School enthusiastically performing the Crocodile Rap

This is a joint Dancefest & Music Pool production in partnership with The Courtyard.  On March 22nd & 23rd the Big Jigsaw presented a performance of The Magical Umbrella performed by disabled and non-disabled dancers and musicians. A brilliant show, visually and musically, it involved nearly 150 dancers and 8 musicians, and moved both sell-out audiences to tears.  Young people from Barrs Court, Westfield, Blackmarston, Marlbrook & Regency Schools joined dancers from Hereford College of Arts Contact course, Jigsaw Performance Group, Elevate Youth Dance and Elevate Junior Youth Dance.


Due to funding difficulties the Livewire Project is not yet definitely able to provide a Livewire Central week in Summer 2016. However, after a generous personal sponsorship from Mr Dave Lonsdale, Livewire Tuesdays have been able to continue and grow from strength to strength. These drop-in sessions are producing brilliant songs which are currently being recorded by one of our volunteers, Josh Lamdin, who will be with us through the next term.
We have been in talks with Nozstock Festival, Hereford River Carnival and Castle Green Summer Fair, negotiating good opportunities for our young people to perform. 
We are currently seeking more funding and opportunities to continue and sustain this great project. We are hopeful of securing funding and running another Livewire Central.
Livewire Castle Green Sessions run every Tuesday evening 5.30 - 7.30 pm.

The Garrick Singers, led by Jon Watson, meet every Monday.  There are now around 100 singers joining one of our two sessions on a regular basis.  Pedro Brown leads Family Music Makers in fun sessions for parents, toddlers and pre-schoolers every Friday.  Yam Jams  enjoyed another  record-breaking week recently with 71 people (+ carers) attending this music-making workshop for  adults with varying  Special Needs.   The 3 sessions weekly are led by Mark “Lofty” Loughman, in partnership with ECHO (Extra Choices in Herefordshire). 

          DIARY DATES          

Saturday Cafe - Fedora Chic (Courtyard)               Sat 9th April
Saturday Cafe - Eclectic                                         Sat 16th April
Hannah Lockerman Band                                      Sat 23rd April             
Saturday Cafe - Rod Kelly Trio                            Sat 30th April                    
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Saturday Cafe - Roy Johnson Quartet                   Sat 7th May                        The Music Pool when shopping online!
Saturday Cafe - Sarah Smith & Will Barnes          Sat 14th May                    There are over 80 participating retailers
Saturday Cafe - Wye Valley Jazz                           Sat 21st May                        including big names such as Amazon,
Saturday Cafe - Minnie's Moochers                      Sat 11th June                       Argos, Domino's, M&S, Sainsbury's,
Caradoc Barn Dance 7.00pm - Midnight                                                              Waitrose and MANY more.
Caradoc, Sellack                                                     Sat 11th June
Saturday Cafe - Frank O'Neil Trio                         Sat 18th June                            
Bridget and the Big Girl's Blues                             Sat 2nd July                      it's the retailers that make the donation!
 Garrick Singers     Mondays 12.00 - 1.30pm & 2.00 - 3.30pm                      You can download the FORGET ME
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Yam Jams                          Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays                             shopping experience even easier!
Family Music Makers       Friday 12.30 - 1.30pm                                               Click here for more information

Your support and donations help to keep The Music Pool afloat.  Thank you!
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