Newsletter Dec 2019

Patrons: Matthew Barley, Howard Goodall CBE, Claire Martin OBE, Rachael McShane

M4P 2019 Christmas Newsletter

Tis the season….to get your new 2020 diary out and make sure you’ve got the 1st to 8th August 2020 Summer School dates clearly marked!

Thank you so much to all of you who returned your electronic feedback forms to us following this years’ summer school. We really do read them all!


The committee met in Derby in September to review and plan the 2020 school. We are fortunate to have two new volunteer committee members join this year. Felicity Williams and Jody McKenzie who are finding out just what goes into organizing the summer school. Current Summer School committee members are Jill Snowdon, Kevin John, Steve Randall, Steve Taylor, Alison Beattie, Judi Stockwell, Annie Dehaney-Steven, Hilary Levan, Jody McKenzie and Felicity Williams.

It's hard work this planning!!

We are currently finalising courses and tutors for the 2020 school. As usual there will be some changes to last year, principally based on your feedback. We hope to be able to get the brochure to the printers early in the New Year. We’ll also e-mail you to let you know when online booking opens.


Kevin has been treasurer of M4P since its inauguration in 2007, helping to keep the summer school on a sound financial footing and helping to make the summer school the success it is today. He has decided that the time has come to hand on his financial responsibility at the end of the 2020 summer school.

“I have gained many life-long friends and enhanced my personal music-making because of the school. I feel that I shall be leaving M4P committee and the Summer School in a better place than when we started and I shall always wish the organisation massive success for the future”

The summer school needs a new treasurer, so if you have the skills and the time to act as treasurer please e-mail or for further details.


Thank you to everyone who made a donation to M4P at Summer School, especially if you found some interesting music or instrument from Jennie Vaughan’s estate that you will play and remember her by. Don’t forget if you are a tax payer you can gift aid your donations and increase their value by 25%. You may wish to make regular donations by Standing Order. Our details are on the website


More and more of us do much of our shopping on-line, and it can be a simple way of raising additional funds for Music for People at absolutely no cost to yourselves. Sites such as Amazon,, NEXT, Fashion World, Staples, John Lewis, HMV, Rated People, various Holiday sites and many more subscribe to the scheme which can raise anything from 1% to 15% of the amount you spend for M4P. We have already raised over £300 through this scheme, and it is so easy …

All you have to do is visit Easyfundraising and when you register, select Music for People (Summer School of Music) as the organisation you wish to support. Save the link in your Favourites list, then you can just click on the easyfundraising site and go through them each time you wish to shop online.

Searching the Internet:
Even if you’re not buying anything online you can still help raise money for M4P every time you use the internet. Just use the easysearch search engine, part of easyfundraising. Easyfundraising is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year, and we’ll see you on the 1st of August 2020 in Giggleswick!!

M4P contacts

Registered Office
Ty Cerdd
49 Cosmeston Street
CF24 4LQ
Tel 0800 023 5631

Registered Charity No: 1122957

Music for People (Summer School of Music) is registered as a limited company in England, Registered No.6356502

We want this newsletter to be useful and informative – and we want you to feel you can use it too. If you have any information you wish to publicise to other summer school students eg: - you want to recruit members for a “self-organised group” at the school; - you are seeking or offering a lift to the school; - you have instruments or music for sale; please forward a short note to Jill Snowdon at or by snail mail -
Ty Cerdd,
49 Cosmeston Street,
CF24 4LQ
for inclusion in the next issue.