Posts in Family Music
Southampton's First Family Proms takes place this Sunday
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On Sunday 1 July 2018, from 12noon–1pm, Southampton Music Hub and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will present Southampton’s first Family Proms: a spectacular celebration of music performed by, and for, families of all shapes and sizes from across the city.

Following six-months of free music-making workshops across the city, musicians and singers of all ages and abilities will come together at Southampton’s prestigious Turner Sims.

Family Proms includes the chance to hear bass instruments as you’ve never heard them before, with performances from In at the Deep End: a quintet of musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra consisting of four of the lowest orchestral bass instruments — tuba, trombone, bassoon and double bass — plus percussion.

In at the Deep End will be joined by performers from Southampton’s Family Orchestra, Family Singing and Family Rock Jam groups, alongside Fiona Funnell and rock band Groove Merchant.

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager for Southampton Music Hub says:
“The past six-months of free Family Music workshops have been a huge success! We’ve seen over 500 people taking part, and it’s been incredible to hear stories of how we have inspired singers and musicians of all ages and abilities. We’re delighted to host a spectacular celebration of the achievements of Southampton’s family musicians, with the first Family Proms, and we hope that even more families from across the city will join us to see, and hear, the life-changing power of music!”

Ben Jennings, Participation Coordinator for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra says:
“For 125 years, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have inspired generations of music makers. We’re delighted that In at the Deep End will perform alongside the Family Orchestra, Family Singing and Family Rock Jam groups at this exciting, free, family concert, giving families the chance to hear bass instruments as you've never heard them before!”

Join the final Family Rock Jam workshop before Family Proms

It doesn't matter if you've been to one, many, or none before, Family Rock Jam is back with the final free workshop before Family Proms.

Saturday 16 June 2018
10am-12noon
at Academy of Music and Sound

Joined by Groove Merchant — a house band made from some of city's most talented young rock musicians — Family Rock Jam is free, and fun and open to anyone! You can bring your own guitar, or use one of the free guitars provided.

Family Orchestra is back — come along to a free workshop this weekend! 

It doesn't matter if you've been to one, many, or none before, Family Orchestra is back with a free workshop this Saturday morning, 10am, at Moorlands Community Centre.

Joined by members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Family Orchestra is open to players of any standard, any age, and any instrument — everyone is welcome! You can bring your own instruments, or use one of the free percussion instruments provided.

Free tickets now available for Family Proms

Southampton Music Hub and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents Family Proms — a spectacular celebration of music performed by, and for, families of all shapes and sizes from across the city.

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Family Proms includes the chance to hear bass instruments as you’ve never heard them before, with performances from In at the Deep End: a quintet of musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra consisting of four of the lowest orchestral bass instruments — tuba, trombone, bassoon and double bass — plus percussion.

In at the Deep End will be joined by performers of all ages and abilities from the free Family Orchestra, Family Singing and Family Rock Jam workshops currently taking place across the city, alongside Fiona Funnell and Groove Merchant.

Free Family Singing workshop to help the whole family feel happier and healthier

Family Singing continues its journey across the city, arriving at Moorlands Community Centre this Saturday morning — a venue that brings back fond memories of Southampton's first Family Orchestra workshop nearly 18 months ago!

Singing together can help the whole family to feel happier and healthier — all ages, abilities and experience levels are welcome!

Learn to play 'I Love Rock and Roll' at a free Family Rock Jam workshop on Saturday

Family Rock Jam returns on Saturday, with a chance to learn the massive rock anthem, 'I Love Rock and Roll' by Joan Jett.  Playing alongside house band Groove Merchant, it doesn't matter if you're picking up a guitar for the first time, or are an experienced player — anyone can join in!

Suitable for families of all shapes and sizes — bring your own guitar, or use one of the free guitars provided!

Young musicians to host free, open air concerts at Westquay this bank holiday weekend
 Young Brass players at Music in the City

Young Brass players at Music in the City

Southampton Wind Band and Southampton Youth Brass Band are hosting two open air concerts at Westquay Esplanade this bank holiday weekend. Performing in front of the old city walls, and as part of Westquays "Sunday Brunch" series, these free concerts, taking place on Sunday at 1pm and 2pm, are the perfect way to enjoy (what hopefully will be) the sunny long weekend ahead. 

Other performers in the Sunday Brunch series include LoveSoul Choir — one of Southampton Music Hub's partners — performing on Sunday 27 May.

Free Family Singing workshop at Woolston Community Centre this weekend

Family Singing comes to Woolston Community Centre this Saturday with another free community singing workshop to help the whole family feel happier and healthier — free and fun, Family Singing is open to families of all shapes and sizes!

Bring a friend!

Do you know a family who would enjoy singing together?
Do you have an auntie/uncle/grand parent or friend who would love to join you?

Why not send them this email and invite them to join us this weekend?

Join house band Groove Merchant for a free rock guitar workshop this weekend

Family Rock Jam returns to the Academy of Music and Sound this Saturday, with another free rock guitar workshop from 10am–12noon. Joined by the house band, Grove Merchant, Family Rock Jam is a great way for families of all shapes and sizes to learn to play guitar, performing alongside some of the city's most talented young rock musicians.

Orchestra Pyramid concert brings together talented young musicians from across the city
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On Saturday 24 March 2018, young orchestral musicians from across the city will come together for an inspirational evening of music at Central Hall. Featuring performances from Acorn Strings, Elgar, Southampton Youth Strings (SYS), Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia (SYCS) and Southampton Youth Orchestra (SYO) the evening will also feature a special guest performance from Airplay, the city's foundation youth wind band.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, £2 for children under 16, and a special family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £20. Advance price tickets can be reserved up until 3pm on Friday 23 March, by contacting the Southampton Music Hub office.

Enjoy a ukulele performance on BBC Radio Solent from one of Southampton Music Hub's families

On Monday 5 March, Jo Downs — one of Southampton Music Hub's brilliant teachers — and her family appeared on Juilian Clegg's show on BBC Radio Solent to perform live on their ukuleles.

Billed as "the south's real Von Trapp family", Jo, husband Tim, and their children Alice and Emily, won the opportunity to perform after a competition at The Kings Theatre, looking for the most musical family they could find.  

Matt Brombley, Interim Manager at Southampton Music Hub, says:
"We have an incredible team of musical teachers and families here at Southampton Music Hub, and Jo is an amazing example of someone who shares their love of music with everyone they meet — not just at home, but in schools and across the community too. Whether it's teaching brass, writing catchy (and sometimes a little silly) songs for the Everybody Sing Song Bank, or performing with her family on the radio, Jo has an infectious love of music, so it's no surprise to see that the whole family also join in."

Listen to the Show:

Join a free, fun, rock guitar jam session with Family Rock Jam this Saturday

This weekend sees the launch of Family Rock Jam — a chance for players of all ages and abilities to join in a free, fun, and open-access rock guitar jam session  with house band Groove Merchant. The first Family Rock Jam session is on Saturday 24 February 2018, from 10am-12noon at Academy of Music and Sound.

Musicians can bring their own guitar if they have one, or can use one of the free acoustic guitars provided.

Catch up on last weekend's Family Orchestra workshop

On Saturday 10 February 2018, Southampton Music hub and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra were joined by over 35 player, or all ages and abilities, for a Family Orchestra workshop at St Deny's Church Hall. 

Made up of brand new players — including one young boy picking up his brand new trumpet for the first time — and experience players — including returning members from last year's workshops — the orchestra created a brand new piece of music together, inspired by the songs "We Are Family" and "Viva La Vida".

Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a free Family Orchestra workshop this weekend

Following on from last week's Family Singing workshop, where more than 25 singers of all ages and abilities enjoyed singing together, this week, the Family Orchestra returns with a free music making workshop at St Deny's Church Hall.

Join members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a free Family Orchestra that is open to any one — any standard, any age, any instrument welcome. 

Musicians can bring their own instrument if they have one, or can use one of the free percussion instruments provided.

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