Welcome back everyone! We hope you’ve all had a fantastic Easter break and are ready for the summer term! For this week’s blog, we thought we’d fill you in on all the exciting things that happened over the Easter break- our staff and students are always super busy even after we close our doors for half term…

Firstly, we want to congratulate all our fantastic ICMA singing students who recently received their exam results. Every single student did fantastically, we’re so proud of you all. A special congratulations to Tash Gandy who scored an incredible 100% Upper Distinction!

Whilst we couldn’t be prouder of our exam-takers, here at The Music Place, singing for fun is the most important thing, and our fantastic choir had great fun over the Easter holiday performing at both The Manchester Marathon and The Cinnamon Club’s first ever ‘Jazz Voices Festival!’ On April 7th, the choir gathered on Stamford Street to cheer on the runners of the Greater Manchester Marathon, delighting them with favourites such as ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Another Day’ and ‘We are The Champions’ (or ‘you are the champions’ as it aptly became.) We were also super surprised to see Assistant Manager, Jo, running the marathon herself! Although it wasn’t her first, we were so proud to see her complete it. Well done Jo!

Later that very same day (and you thought the runners had stamina…pfft), The Music Place Choir joined singing teacher, Alison Owen, at The Cinnamon Club for what turned out to be an incredible performance for The Jazz Voices Festival. It’s always a joy to see our teachers doing what they do best (aside from teaching, of course) and Alison and the choir did us proud. As did bass teacher, Huw Jacob, who took to the lounge stage later that day to perform a set of original material for the festival. He went down a treat!

Meanwhile, in Ponta Delgada, guitar teacher, Paul Farr, competed in the 9th European Blues Challenge in the Kyla Brox Quartet, and won! Following their victory at the UK Blues Challenge, the band won the opportunity to compete against 22 countries in Portugal. The win is so prestigious, and we’re really pleased for Kyla and, of course, for Paul. We can’t wait to see what exciting things come out of it!

On the subject of exciting things, huge congratulations to music place woodwind teacher, Michael Sluman, who has just been booked to play principal oboe with the ORSO Philharmonic to play Mahler Symphony No.2 at the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall, what an honour!

A busy holiday all round- we’re looking forward to seeing what this term has in store for our students and teachers!

Have a lovely week everyone!