Newsletter Mar 2020

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

M4P 2020 Spring Newsletter

Spring is sprung the Snowdrops is riz, I wonder where my M4P is? We hope you have received your 2020 M4P Brochure in the post . If not, please let us know your up to date contact details We are of course online at

Bookings are coming in fast as everyone is obviously keen to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount which ends on 27th April. So make sure you get your application and deposit to us before then. As we usually say, Book early to avoid disappointment as some class numbers are capped.


We are excited to announce that M4P has a new patron! If you follow BBC Young Musician, you will remember Ben Goldscheider's amazing performance on the French horn in the same final as Jess Gillam and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. His career has taken off since then, and he is already a big name in the classical music world.

“I am delighted to become a Patron for M4P. Their mission statement, expressing the value of music in wider society, echoed very strongly with my own personal feelings regarding music and education. I have spent the last four years studying music and the humanities side by side and so have been active in seeing these parallels. I look forward to working with this charity and hope that even in some small way, my involvement can help in bringing these values to a wider audience.”

Find out more about Ben at


We are delighted to welcome back Lauren Kinsella (Contemporary Voice) and Rob Gildon (Opera/Music Theatre Performance) this year. Also joining us is Drummer and Horn player Ben McCabe in the Jazz team and Oboist Jenni Britton in the Wind department.

Unfortunately the tutor Graeme Leak has just told us he will not be coming due to being offered a performance opportunity throughout the Edinburgh Festival leading to an International tour. Rhythm Orchestra 1 and 2 are very much Graeme's personal projects and as such we will therefore not be running these courses.

Alas after nine consecutive years with M4P Pete Lee won’t be able to join us this year as he will be touring the USA with Tom Walker. Pete says he’ll be gutted not to be there! So we welcome a new accompanist for Lauren this year, Matt Robinson who comes highly recommended and works regularly with Lauren.


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.

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.