A Blast from the Past

Hi all,

I’ve just updated various website pages with some as yet unseen recordings of of Phoenix and Improv at Bluewater last Christmas, but I thought I’d post a full list as well for your perusal! Enjoy!
Please note that none of these videos are on YouTube- they are exclusive to our website!

DVYM Turns 10 This Year!

Dear all,

You may or may not know that it will be 10 years this year since some fabulous people had a simultaneous brainwave and decided to set up DVYM. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re throwing a bit of a party in the summer:

DVYM 10-year Celebration: Sunday 5th July, from 6pm @ Eynsford Cricket Club

True to DVYM style, the whole thing will one massive outdoor gig to celebrate all the talent we’ve had through the years. All our current bands will play and there will be an opportunity for a massive group jam later in the evening- SO BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS! The ECC will be selling food (read BBQ!) and drink to keep us going.

Everyone who has ever played in any of our bands is most definitely invited, along with families and all the helpers and friends of DVYM. Let’s make it an evening that they are still talking about in another 10 years!

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New Grade 5 Theory Classes for 2015!

Dear subscribers,

We can now offer group sessions for Grade 5 Theory on term-time Tuesdays after school at Anthony Roper School between 4.30 and 5.15pm. This is open to any member of DVYM and their families. The cost would be shared proportionally according to the number booked to participate (not per session).

3 sharing @ £60 for 10 sessions;  4 sharing @ £50;  5 sharing @ £40;  6 sharing @ £30, etc .

Payments for 10 sessions will be due at the start, once the number is known.

Grade 5 is a recognised achievement and necessary for Grade 6 practical exams with the Associated Board (but not Trinity or Guildhall/London). It is also the target level for GCSE Music upper grade bands.

We can offer the 10 sessions from Tuesday 24th February to March 31st and April 21st to 19thMay, excluding May 5th.  If there are to be candidates entered, the following 3 weeks after half-term in June would be available at extra cost. The entry deadline for the summer exam is Friday the 8th of May for Saturday, June 20th at 10am at any UK centre.

The lessons will be with Duncan Dwinell.

Please contact us if you are interested!

Good News!

This year has a been a bit of a challenge- we’ve moved home and had to start paying rent for the very first time.

Fortunately, the lovely people at the Co-op accepted our recent application for a grant towards the cost of being at the church and so, for the moment, we can rest easy!

We were awarded the princely sum of £1575.00 from the Co-operative Community Fund, which was rather nice of them.

Thank you, Co-op!

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Classical Roots: How some stars made it by knowing their circle of fifths.

Some popular musicians who make it to the top all have one secret to success in common- they were classically trained. They probably sat hunched and frustrated over theory papers and lost sleep the night before exams, just like you. I am not referring here to people who make it through the Simon Cowell pop factory with an army of vocal coaches and songwriters, I’m talking about the people who made it to the top through sheer musical ability and determination.

The frontman of Muse, Matt Bellamy, is an excellent example of someone who had piano lessons as a child and actually did something with it. He met his bandmates at college and after winning the local battle of the bands, they decided to become internationally successful. And they did. A lot of their music is very influenced by classical music and composers. Rachmaninov anyone? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOCZFChafOQ They even wrote an actual classical symphony a few years ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZD0yp-E0rw
The leading lady of Evanescence, Amy Lee is another musician who created her sound from her classical training. She has a particularly classical timbre to her voice and she often features her awesome piano skills in her songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw2Ic_2XdVQ

Although he is mostly known as a jazz/pop musician, Jamie Cullum can not only play the piano, but also guitar and drums. He’s another one who’s clearly spent a lot of time practicing and knows all about notes and things. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srNkCHB3MSQ

There are others; Hearsay’s Myleene Klass studied the piano, violin and voice at the Royal Academy and Annie Lennox studied the flute there too. Going back even further, most of the Electric Light Orchestra were classically trained, too.

 Even although some of the greats weren’t classically trained, they often look to classical music for inspiration.

Daft Punk actually wrote a half classical, half modern score for the film Tron: Legacy. Its one of my personal favourites, especially for the big brass sounds towards the end of the film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeqeWF8pkAE These are contrasted by Daft Punk’s signature electronic sounds in other parts of the film. Awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4dUiBfMQVU Strangely, Pharrell Williams wasn’t invited to this one…

In short, yes, Grade 5 Theory could get you a Brit award, so don’t forget to learn your cadences!

p.s. If you know any I’ve missed, stick a comment below.

The Clef Factor

Last Saturday saw the culmination of our summer-long music competition- The Clef Factor. Everyone had taken home an instrument at the beginning of July and had until the 20th of September to learn as best they could before an X-factor style talent contest took place.

Loads of our wonderful musicians took part and each had their turn under the spotlight and the critical gaze of our guest judges (Duncan and Margaret). Everyone played spectacularly and each performance was more unexpected than the last (apparently Max had only started the sax that afternoon!). The individual performances, both in the Youth and Adult categories, culminated in getting everyone back on stage for a group rendition of a Queen medley- at least I think it was Queen…

At the end of the night, however, the judges gave their final verdict on the winners. Many congratulations to:

  • Youth Category 1st Prize- Harry on the Pocket Trumpet.
  • Youth Category 2nd Prize- Sarah on Piano and Alex on Clarinet
  • Adult Category Winner- Sandra Drake on the Soprano Sax
  • Best Teacher- Rachel

And then we all went and stuffed our faces with refreshments, cakes and sausage rolls courtesy of the lovely Sarah Sexton and Sandra Drake. Overall, much fun was had!

Finally, is with great honour that I can present to you part of a winning performance from Harry- enjoy!

P.s. You might have noticed that the website has had a bit of a makeover recently. Please let me know what you think- constructive criticism also welcome!

2014 Rehearsal and Concert Schedule Updated

2014The rehearsal and concert schedule for the remainder of 2014 has now been updated and can be accessed HERE. This schedule will be periodically updated on the JOIN page of the DVYM website. Please be sure to add these dates to your diaries!

On the JOIN page you will also find an updated list of all our current vacancies. If you know anyone interested in fulfilling these vacancies, please encourage them to attend a rehearsal where they’ll be welcome to join us.

Please note that the DVYM autumn term starts again on Thursday 11th September 2014 (for Ukulele Orchestra) , Friday 12th September 2014 (for Minims, Phoenix, and Improv) and Saturday 13th September 2014 (for Enterprise and Concert Band). In the meantime, have a great summer break and enjoy your holidays!

Enterprise and Minims Perform at Otford Primary School Fair

Otford MinimsOn Saturday 5th July Enterprise and Minims band joined forces with pupils from OTFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL to perform at the school’s summer fete. The occasion was a great opportunity for the DVYM bands and Otford school pupils to come together and share the pleasures of making music, performing and entertaining …and may hopefully generate a few new recruits for DVYM. Congratulations to Otford pupils for doing such a great job! You can see images of the bands playing on the website of the SEVENOAKS CHRONICLE.

Phoenix and Improv Perform at ARPS School Fete

ARPS PhoenixOn Saturday 21st June Phoenix Jazz Band and Improv Band performed at the ANTHONY ROPER SCHOOL fete. Despite a number of player absences, the bands played a wide-ranging selection of pieces that were well-received and even encouraged some spontaneous dancing!

JAMES DRAKE has kindly created a DVYM YouTube account on which to post recordings of DVYM performances. Click HERE to see videos of our performances at the fete -and our mystery dancer!

2014 Rehearsals and Concert Schedule

2014The rehearsal and concert schedule for the remainder of 2014 has now been finalised and can be accessed HERE This schedule will be regularly updated on the JOIN page of the DVYM website. Please be sure to add these dates to your diaries!

On the JOIN page you will also find an updated list of all our current vacancies. If you know anyone interested in fulfilling these vacancies, please encourage them to attend a rehearsal where they’ll be welcome to join us.

NEW! DVYM Ukulele Orchestra

Image © http://www.hitthescene.netDVYM is delighted to announce the launch of its NEW Youth Ukulele Orchestra under the leadership of JAMES DRAKE, who previously co-founded and lead the successful Tonbridge Grammar School Ukulele Orchestra.

The band will meet every Thursday evening at 5.30pm-6.30pm in the Olive Seal Hall at the rear of St Martins Church, Eynsford.

Membership is open to all aged 10-18 years old who can play at least four chords on a ukulele. Those who would like to have a go at the ukulele for the first time are also welcome to attend and may borrow a ukulele from James who has a few personally-owned instruments for use at the classes only.

James is kindly leading these sessions free of charge but there will be a small charge of £15 per term to cover hall rental charges. Please bring £1 per session for the first two sessions. For more information please CONTACT US. We look forward to welcoming you to our new and exciting venture!

Easter Concert -Sunday 6th April 2014

DVYM will be holding its EASTER CONCERT at ANTHONY ROPER PRIMARY SCHOOL, Eynsford on Sunday 6th April 2014 from 3.00pm – 5.00pm. The concert will feature a wide variety of pieces from Percy Grainger’s “Country Gardens” to “James Bond Returns“, from Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” to a medley of the music from “The Lion King” (Elton John). For more information, please CONTACT US. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Home for DVYM

Baptist ChurchDue to refurbishment works at St Martins Church, Darent Valley Youth Music will be moving to a new location. From Friday 28 February 2014, all rehearsals will take place at Eynsford Baptist Church (the church with the purple doors!), which has kindly agreed rent their premises to DVYM for the duration of the St Martin’s works.

Please note that all rehearsal times remain unaltered.

Please CLICK HERE for directions to the Baptist Church.

For more information, please CONTACT US.

17th Dec -Phoenix Jazz & Improv at Bluewater Shopping Centre

Phoenix Jazz Band & Improv Band are delighted to have been invited to perform again at BLUEWATER SHOPPING CENTRE from 7.00pm-8.00pm (GF entrance to ‘West Village’ between House of Fraser and John Lewis). The programme will comprise an extensive variety of jazz, easy listening and popular music including among many others: Strike Up The Band (Gershwin) – Vehicle (Ford) – Theme From Shaft (Hayes) – Back to Black (Winehouse) – Beggin (Franki Valli) – Skyfall (Adele) –  New York New York (Sinatra) – Forget You (Cee Lo Green) – Don’t Make Me Over (Bacharach) – Stone Cold Sober (Paloma Faith).

8th Dec -Christmas Concert -3pm-5pm at St Martin’s Church

DVYM will be holding its annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT at ST MARTINS CHURCH, Eynsford on Sunday 8th December from 3pm-5.00pm. This year, we are delighted to announce that Phoenix Jazz Band as well as the newly reformed Minims will be performing in addition to Enterprise Band & Concert Band. The wide ranging repertoire of Christmas festive favourites and popular “hand-clappers” will provide an afternoon of festive delight and jollification.

A warm and hearty welcome awaits all who attend to enjoy the music …and the traditional seasonal refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there.

29th Nov -Phoenix Jazz at Sevenoaks Christmas Lights Illumination

On 29th November, Phoenix Jazz Band will be once again be providing music at the Sevenoaks Christmas Lights Illumination in Sevenoaks High Street playing an extensive programme of jazz, easy listening and popular music including among many others: Strike Up The Band (Gershwin) – Vehicle (Ford) – Theme From Shaft (Hayes) – Back to Black (Winehouse) – Beggin (Franki Valli) – Skyfall (Adele) – St Louis Blues (Handy) – New York New York (Sinatra) – Forget You (Cee Lo Green) – Summertime (Gerschwin) – The A Train (Strayhorn) – The Girl from Ipanema (Sinatra) – Don’t Make Me Over (Bacharach) – Stone Cold Sober (Paloma Faith).

Exam Congratulations

Music Theory

Congratulations to Max, Miriam and Rachel on passing their ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exams. A tremendous achievement. Well done!

Studying for ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory enables players :

to broaden their knowledge of music composition and structure;
learn more about rhythm and notation, harmony and counterpoint;
improve sensitivity and confidence in their performance through an increased understanding of musicianship.

Students taking ABRSM Grade 6, 7 and 8 practical examinations will need to have passed ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory beforehand.

If you are preparing for ABRSM Grade 6 practical exams or are simply interested in studying ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory, please speak to Duncan about joining his theory classes on Tuesday evenings or contact us via our Contact page.

Autumn Term 2013

Autumn Harvest
Autumn Harvest

2013 Autumn Term Dates Announced

First Rehearsal: Minims, Phoenix & Improv -Friday 13th September

First Rehearsal: Enterprise & Concert Band -Saturday 14th September

For more information on term times, see our complete list of term dates HERE. Dates for the spring and summer terms will be announced shortly after the start of the autumn term. We look forward to seeing you all again in September. In the meantime, here’s hoping for an improvement in the weather. Enjoy the summer holidays …and keep practicing!

Eynsford Scouts Fete -Sat 13th June 2013

Scouts Motto
Scouts Motto

Saturday 13th June 2013Eynsford Scout Fete at Harrow Meadow, Eynsford, Kent (1.00pm until 5.00pm)

Phoenix Jazz Band and Improv Band

Programme: Phoenix Jazz Band and Improv Band are delighted to accept an invitation from First Eynsford & Farningham Scout Group to perform at their Scout Fete. It is our pleasure to support this thriving local group who provide a social focus offering local youngsters aged 8yrs-18yrs a varied, exciting and educational programme of activities, especially outdoor pursuits and adventure. Last year the group was proud to celebrate a long and rich history at its 100th anniversary! For more information on the musical programme to be provided by Phoenix Jazz & Improv Band, please click HERE. We look forward to seeing you there.

Anthony Roper Primary School Fete -Sat 22nd June 2013

ID-10016095022nd June 2013 –12 noon -3pm Anthony Roper Primary School Fete, Eynsford

Enterprise Band & Concert Band

Programme: Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner) – My Fair Lady (Loewe) – Superman (Williams) – Meadowlands (Traditional) – Sousa Palooza (Souza) – Jamaican Rhumba (Benjamin) – Radetzky March (Strauss) – The Best of George M Cohan (Cohan) – Plus many other popular songs and  themes from the stage and screen

For directions to Anthony Roper School, click here. For more information or any other general enquiries about the event, please contact Anthony Roper Primary School or visit our Contact page.