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NEWSFLASH!
17 October 2019
Academy Brass Masterclasses now open for booking.The Academy@Maestros is delighted to now open our Brass Masterclasses taking place on Saturday 23 November. We will be welcoming brass specialists from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the form of Roger Argente (for lower brass) and Philippe Schartz (for upper brass). Find out more details and register for the Masterclasses, please see our website here.

Brass masterclass
16 October 2019
Arts Council England pledge £9,137 for our crowdfunding project. Having received a £900 pledge for our crowdfunding project Mini Maestros in the Community from Newbury Music Centre Parents and Friends Association, we have achieved the magic milestone of 15% funding. This triggers Arts Council England to submit their pledge of 50% of the required project funding, taking us to a huge 69% of funding for the project! Thank you to ACE. We have until 1 December to ahieve the remaining 31% of funding to ensure the project takes place, so please keep pledging here. Thank you
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9 October 2019
Academy Flute Masterclass now open for booking. During the academic year 2019-20, the Academy@Maestros will be holding a series of instrumental Masterclasses with industry professionals which will welcome both members and non-members of the Academy to benefit from the teaching of instrumental experts. The Flute Masterclass, with Wissam Boustany, is now open for registration. For more details and to book, please see our website here. Watch this space for announcements about further Masterclasses in Oboe, Bassoon, Brass, Clarinet, Recorder and Saxophone.

Flute Masterclass
3 October 2019
Max Maestro has had a makeover! Our favourite music mascot Max Maestro for Berkshire Mini Maestros has a brand new look. He has grown his fur and has had an outfit change - we love his new style! Hop on over to the Mini Maestros page here to see more of the new look Max. Our thanks go to our colleague Jess Wilkins for her artwork to complete his re-styling.
max
2 October 2019
Tickets for BYSO and BYPE Autumn Concert 2019 are now on sale. Tickets are now available for the next BYSO concert - "BYSO’s Guide to the Orchestra". Conducted by Pete Harrison, it will offer a programme containing film music by John Williams and Hans Zimmer, Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Concert goers will also be treated to a performance from BYPE. Taking place at The Concert Hall in Reading, tickets are priced £12 (£8 for concessions) and can be booked online here.
BYSO Guide to Orchestra
16 September 2019
Welcome to our new CEO Dawn Wren. Today we are delighted to welcome our new CEO Dawn Wren to the Maestros family. Dawn comes to us with years of leadership experience at Kingston Music Service and is keen to build on our existing successes and high quality standards of musical education here in Berkshire. Read more here about what Dawn had to say about beginning work with us when she spoke to us about her appointment.
Dawn Wren

11 September 2019
The CBeebies Proms will be on TV on 14 September featuring our choir members! Don't miss the broadcast of this year's CBeebies Proms concerts 'Off to the Moon' on CBeebies on Saturday 14 September at 9:30am. Members of Berkshire County Youth Choirs sang as part of the CBeebies Proms Children's Choir. We were hugely honoured that our choirs were invited to take part in what was a really fun concert experience and the students worked very hard to learn the music. We can't wait to see it on TV! Read The Telegraph's review of the concert here.

CBeebies Proms
10 September 2019
Key Dates for your Diary for 2019-20. We are pleased to be able to share with you key dates to go into your diary for the academic year 2019-20. Please click here for a full list of all our courses, junior music festivals, county group concerts and Soundstage gigs that we will be running this year. Nearer the date of each event, full details will be available either on our website or on our online ticket office here. Please keep an eye on our website, e-mail communications and social media for announcements.
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5 September 2019
Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2020 competition is now open for entries! This is the first time that a Berkshire Young Musician competition has been open to percussionists and marks an exciting development for the annual competition. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and under (on 31 August 2020) from Berkshire for them to showcase their talent and win prizes alongside others of a similar age. Please see the competition webpage here for full details.
Berkshire Young Musician
4 September 2019
Berkshire Young Singer of the Year 2020 competition is now open for entries! The competition is open to anyone aged 19 and under (on 31 August 2020) from Berkshire for them to showcase their talent and win prizes alongside others of a similar age. Please see the competition webpage here for full details.
Berkshire Young Singer

Berkshire Young Musician of the Year and Young Singer of the Year 2020 Competition Announced

31 July 2019

Berkshire Maestros, in partnership with Windsor Festival, is delighted to announce two young musician competitions for 2020!

The Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition will be open to players of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments. This is the first time that a Berkshire Young Musician competition has been open to percussionists and marks an exciting development for the annual competition.

There will also be a welcome return of the Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition following it’s very successful run in 2018, and young singers will again be able to enter in classes for classical song, musical theatre/pop song, and folk song.

Both competitions will follow a three stage process of round one, semi-final and final. The live concert finals for both competitions will take place during Windsor Festival at key venues in Windsor and will be adjudicated by prominent music professionals.

The competitions will open for entries in early September. Further details can be found on the competition information webpage here.

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News Archive

New CEO for Maestros – 18 July 2019

Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 Winners Announced – 20 March 2019

Funding leads the way to musical success for young people across Berkshire – 25 February 2019

Semi-Finals of the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 Strings Competition – 21 January 2019

More than 1800 Berkshire children to perform at Royal Albert Hall spectacular – 30 October 2018

Local Youth Choir in the Spotlight at Royal Albert Hall for the premiere of The Great War Symphony – 11 October 2018

Berkshire Maestros student achieves national success – 26 September 2018

Berkshire Maestros to Relocate its Caversham Music Centre to Queen Anne's School18 June 2018

Berkshire Maestros to Relocate its Bracknell Music Centre to Ranelagh School – 16 April 2018

Berkshire Maestros Celebrates its 35th Anniversary! – 25 October 2017

Berkshire County Youth Choirs Perform at 'The Proms' – 23 July 2017

Arts Council praise for the Berkshire Music Education Hub – 19 December 2016

Berkshire county young music ensembles outstanding tour to China – 4 August 2016


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