Newsletter Summer 2020

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

M4P 2020 Summer Newsletter

Well who would have thought that our lives would have changed so much in 2020! Who would have thought that we would not be heading off to Giggleswick in August? We sincerely hope that all is well with you and yours during lock down.

To keep our spirits up M4P have been holding weekly Zoom Student Concerts on a Thursday evening at 8.15pm, usually with 15-20 participants performers and audience. Why not join in one evening and see some familiar faces

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Meeting ID: 858 3527 6912
Password: 024514

What are we going to do from 1st to 7th August?

We are going to have a VIRTUAL SUMMER SCHOOL!!!! There will be all the usual favourites including a welcome Quiz, student concerts, M4P best bits and a competition for the best lockdown song running throughout the week! So get your creative hats on folks and watch out for further details coming soon!!

Booking refunds

Thank you to those of you who have let us know what you’d like us to do with your deposit monies. If you have not please e-mail Kevin @ Thanks to everyone who has donated to M4P as we have already incurred some irrecoverable expenditure for the 2020 school.

M4P Tutors – Providing online Tuition

Some of our tutors are are providing online tuition or other musical offerings for the foreseeable future. As live music is probably one of the very last things that will be happening following lockdown please help support them to earn a living during this difficult time.

Pete Lee

Recorded jazz & pop piano accompaniments:

I would like to offer recorded jazz piano accompaniments to instrumentalists and vocalists alike, with bespoke elements like tempo, key, and arrangement - all recorded at home, according to their needs and preferences. These can be used as a practice tool, or an accompaniment to their own recordings. Whilst on lockdown, we all miss simply playing with someone else!! But I hope this helps!

Lessons in Jazz I am also offering one-to-one lessons over Zoom. I can assist in harmony, jazz piano technique and arranging & composition skills.

Students who are interested should email me at:

Fees: As per the MU, I will charge £35 per hour.

Rob Gildon

Explore your Voice! Online Workshop Wednesdays 7.15-8.15, £8 session Join Lynsey and Rob for a 5-week course exploring a wide variety of song repertoire, learning with 2 coaches, working on technique and having great fun choreographing with a community of singers online. In their inimitable style, the duo channel their tried and tested light-hearted but focussed approach to getting the best out of your vocal performance skills whilst in lockdown. Following requests to help maintain and advance vocal health and mental well-being as choirs face the sad consequences of COVID and social distancing, we aim to contribute to your musical development. Focus of the course: Learn 2 new songs a week – melody plus harmony options (music theatre, classical, folk, jazz, pop) Practice in between with recordings from Lynsey and Rob (opportunity to harmonise) Work on vocal technique and warm-ups to keep you limbered up at home Choreograph the songs online, led by you, the participants Interactive community, ask questions, try out a solo! Places are limited, first come first served. Click here to book online
About Us: Between them, the pair have led singing projects for a host of national organisations including the Royal Opera House, Streetwise Opera, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Dorset Opera, County Music Hubs, orchestras, festivals and theatres.

George Sleightholme

This video by my group iyatraQuartet. We launched our album Break the Dawn on YouTube with a 'Live Listen Along' on YouTube with videos, insights and artwork by the band. Playing time: 1 hour. Grab a drink and join us for the ride!

Clarinet choir

Early in lock-down we set up a virtual clarinet choir, with George Sleightholme at the helm. 13 clarinettists signed up to the challenge. We are using Zoom to play together and we “meet" once a week. It has been a lot of fun! We have put a recording of some of our work on the M4P FaceBook page. If you’re interested in joining us PM Judi Stockwell on FaceBook.

Richard Ormrod

I’ve been recording whole band ‘playalong’ world/jazz tracks in albums, which are available on Bandcamp on a strict PWYW basis. Anyone who gets an album or track can have all the necessary charts and ‘crib sheets’ to go with it, and everything is suitable for all wind/brass/keys/gtrs/bs/dms - I’m very happy to make parts for any less common instruments - there’s nothing specifically for vocalists yet...

The page is called Stanley Quarantine: and people who sign up to follow get a free bonus tune!

Love to all,


Lauren Kinsella

I would be very happy to give zoom singing lessons online for any M4P students that are interested. They can get in touch via my website contact form on where I will respond and I look forward to hearing from them!

Julian Martin - composer

I'm teaching online and having some success with teaching how to make arrangements using just the melody and chords from leadsheets. I cover all styles from baroque to jazz rock and pop. If you have a busker book in the house and want to get more out of it, Julian is currently teaching students how to interpret piano leadsheets (eg simple melodies with chord symbols) in all styles from Elton John and John Williams through to sophisticated jazz harmony. Feel free to contact me for an initial infomal chat. 07717855305 or

Tom Atherton -

Introductory workshops on individual instruments (eg basic congas, basic snare work, etc) Rhythm reading workshops Percussion score troubleshooting (usually revolving around learning what to prioritise in the score and what to take with a 'pinch of salt'!) Drum kit lessons (all levels) Anyone that would like to take advantage of this can contact me on or 07930 749578

Chris McShane – Ukulele

I am doing some one to one ukulele teaching in Skype and will be doing a class on zoom in the next few weeks. Anyone interested can contact me here:

Changed your e-mail?

If you have changed your address or contact information don’t forget to let us know. We wouldn’t want you to lose touch!! Just e-mail We are of course online at


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.