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Geoff Marshall

Castleford Young Musicians are sad to announce the passing last week of Geoff Marshall. Geoff was a very active supporter of our group in the 80’s and 90’s while his son Phil was a member of the band, organising many fundraising events and taking on the role of Chair of the Parents Group at the time. His funeral will take place at Kettlethorpe Crematorium on Friday 28th October at 11am.

Joint Concert with Yorkshire Evening Post Brass

Our concert on 6th May 2016 at St Matthew's Church, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3QF with the brass tentet, Yorkshire Evening Post Brass went very well. Thanks to Diane Carlisle for organising the event.

 

 

 

 

 

We started 2016 with a members social event, roller skating at The Hut in Airedale. This followed an enjoyable night bowling there last year.

Our Annual Christmas Concert at the Civic Centre on 11th December lived up to its reputation as one of our most popular concerts of the year with a bumper audience enjoying a wide range of Christmas music from our Concert Band and Choir. Thanks to everyone who attended and once again a big thank you to Handelsbanken for sponsoring the concert.

The following week, we ended 2015 with a short Christmas Concert at Castleford Library. A very cosy venue, but appreciated by the Friends of Castleford Library.

Our performance as guests of Castleford Male Voice Choir took place on Friday 16th October 2015 at the Civic Centre in Castleford, in their annual Patron's Concert. This was the first time the two groups had performed together in a joint concert, and judging by the comments at the end of the night, it was a great success!

A big 'thank you' to everyone who attended our Summer School on 18th August 2015. We hope those who performed with us for the first time had a good day and we would like to thank our current members who came to support us; we couldn't have done it without you! Hope all our current and future members enjoy the rest of their summer holidays and we'll hopefully see you all at our next rehearsal on Friday 4th September (usual place and time)

Congratulations to Callum Ferrier on passing his Grade 8 Clarinet, Grade 8 Guitar AND Grade 6 Drums recently!

Our Annual Concert at the Civic Centre in Castleford in May 2015 was once again a great success. The concert featured a number of brand new items, as well as solos from Chloe Wilson in the choir and band member Liam Oxley on Saxophone. Band Director Phil Clarkson performed Stranger on the Shore, accompanied by Steven Dixon on piano, to remember the well-known Clarinettist Acker Bilk who passed away at the end of last year.
A number of presentations were made on the night; Kath Smart was announced as Vice-President for the coming year and choir member Jade Sinfield was formally accepted onto the Executive Committee. Band member Steven Dixon’s recent promotion to the Committee was also recognised.
Awards were made to long serving choir members Faye Burke and Lee Gray, and band member Becky Brocklehurst. Attendance awards were presented to Liam Oxley and Jasmine Toal in the band, and Matthew Williamson and Chloe Wilson in the choir. Certificates of appreciation were also made to the six choir members who recently represented CYM at Pontefract Music Festival; Darcey Crewe, Georgia Griffiths, Sophie Hockney, Alice Lindley, Daisy Pyrah and Chloe Wilson.
Congratulations to all our award winners and thank you to those who contributed to the £146 raised by the raffle.
Thanks also to some of our audience members for leaving the following messages on our Facebook page after the concert:
“A thoroughly entertaining performance once again. A good variety of music; you could see the enjoyment on their faces, and when the performers enjoy it, we enjoy it. Thanks to everyone.” John Harvey
“Well done to everyone at tonight's concert brilliant performances as usual” Pauline Dyson
“Wonderful evening and inspiring to see such talent on show” David Hall
“Well done everyone it was a brilliant night” Claire Wilson
With this Annual Concert now complete, we turn our attentions to our 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in twelve months’ time. Keep an eye out for details of this, plus all the other performances and events scheduled in the meantime.

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Congratulations to all our members who represented us in Pontefract Music Festival recently. Well done to Georgia Griffiths for coming third in Prepared Reading, and to Chloe Wilson and Darcey Crewe for receiving Credits for their singing performances. In Verse Speaking, well done to Sophie Hockney and Alice Lindley for their Credits and a special congratulations to Daisy Pyrah for coming first place in her class! They all performed and represented CYM really well so a big 'Well Done' to them! The singers were accompanied on the piano by band member Steven Dixon who did a brilliant job too!

Our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy and our Health and Safety Policy are now available to view on our Policies page, or to download from our Downloads page.

Our first meeting after Christmas, on 9th January was a member's social event, with ten-pin bowling at The Hut in Airedale. It was a great way to start the 2015 season; many thanks to everyone at The Hut for their hospitality.

Our Christmas concert at the Civic Centre on 12th December 2014 was once again a great success. Featuring several brand new items in both the band and choir programmes, plus a special performance of 'You Raise Me Up' by Ralph, Phil, Richard and choir members Lee and Matthew! Thanks to all who attended, and Merry Christmas to all our members and supporters!

Congratulations to Phil Clarkson and Sarah Dyson on their wedding at the end of July 2014. Presentations were made to the happy couple towards the end of the concert in Scarborough from both CYM as a whole, and the band more specifically.

Thanks to everyone who came to see our performance in Scarborough on 12th July 2014. Once again our members had a good day out in the amusements and on the beach, and enjoyed a great concert at Queen Street Central Hall in the evening.

Our presentation concert at the Civic Centre on 16th May 2014 saw 10 year awards presented to band member Billy Beacroft and (in absentia) Emily Driscoll in the choir, along with attendance awards for Liam Oxley (Band) and Matthew Williamson (Choir). Congratulations to them all! The position of Vice President, which exists as an annual rotation between members of the Committee was passed from Phil Clarkson to Diane Carlisle.

Our concert at The Brig in Altofts in April 2014 went very well. Tim Johnson, Trustee at The Brig sent us an e-mail following the performance...

"A massive thank you for last night. What a great evening.
Such a bunch of talented people. I can appreciate the hard work and dedication from all concerned that has to go into producing a performance of that quality. The feedback from those attending was great.
My personal highlights was the Mamas and Papas (ex hippie!) and the Gershwin medley.
Please forward this email to those who participated and I hope we can work together again.
Tim Johnson
The Brig, Trustee"

Band and Choir members donned their hoodies at a recent rehearsal to show the funding organisation 'Positive Choices' that their money has gone to good use. It's great seeing our members out and about in the local area advertising our group!

Congratulations to choir members Alice Lindley, Daisy Pyrah, Sophie Hockney, Darcy Crewe, Evie Griffiths, Lucy Marshall, Brodie Westwood, Chloe Wilson and Ellie White, who all represented CYM in the 2013 Pontefract Music Festival!

Our concert at Trinity Methodist Church in Castleford on 27th September 2013 was a great success, raising over £400 for Blind Veterans UK. Many thanks to all who attended.

Band and Choir members donned their hoodies last night to show the funding organisation 'Positive Choices' that their money has gone to good use. It's great seeing our members out and about in the local area advertising our group!

Our concert at Trinity Methodist Church, Castleford, on 17th May 2013 raised over £500 for the  Trinity Mission Night Shelter and Drop-In Centre. A big thank you to our enthusiastic and generous audience!

Our Annual Presentation Concert on 15th March 2013, sponsored by Handelsbanken, helped raise over £600 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Many thanks to our wonderful audience for helping us raise so much.
Awards on the night were presented to Flautist Victoria Mallory for 10 year's service, and choir member Alice Lynch and Saxophonist Chris Camm for 5 years. It was Band Director Phil Clarkson's turn for the Vice Presidency, taking over from Richard Forster in this position's annual rotation.

A great result at the Positive Choices funding event in February 2013 helped us fund new, specially designed hoodies for all our existing and new members. This is one of several initiatives we are trying to help us grow our membership.

CYM are still looking for someone to come along and help our Choir Director. Hopefully this would eventually lead to taking over the directorship of the choir. This is a voluntary position and rehearsals are held on Friday evenings 7pm-9pm (term time only). This would be a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys choral work with a membership of young people aged between 8 and 25 years. For any further information or interest, please contact our secretary on (01977) 511971.