Beer Festival and Summer Mondays

Dear all,

First things first, sorry, we’re not all off to a Beer Festival, although if you come along on Thursday you might get quite heady on gorgeous aromas! So, NB Thursday people, it’s the Beer Festival next weekend so we’ll be using the main Church on Thursday – enter the site via the pedestrian gate by the crossroads. If you drive in, park in St John’s car park across the road or on the street. I’ll get everything clearly sign-posted on the day.
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:
Monday 8th July 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Wednesday 10th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Thursday 11th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in the Main Church at St Clement’s

Summer Mondays are back!

There are two weeks of normal term time sessions left to go. After this we’ll be running our now famous/infamous Summer Monday Sessions. (If you’re new around here, people complained that everything just “stopped” when we get to the summer holidays. Summer Mondays are our response to this, held on four consecutive Mondays at the start of the holidays).
The details for this year are as follows:

    • times: 9.30 to 10.30 then 10.45 to 11.45
    • dates: Mondays 22nd & 29th July, 5th & 12th August
    • where: Main Theatre, The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester Road, Chorlton. M21 9JG (In the grounds of the Methodist Church)

Age range: for children from 0 to 5 years (older siblings at your discretion)

I hope that all makes some sense and that you can get along at some point this week.
Cheers
Owen

February half term 2019 (and lost property!)

Dear all,
Having fought our way through many challenging sets of weather conditions, it appears we’ve made it to spring half term relatively unscathed. A big thank you for the continued support of all our regulars, and a very warm welcome to all newcomers.
We’re now taking a week off and will be back in action as of Monday 25th February 2019, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing you all again then.
I don’t know what’s going on but it seems like lots of stuff is getting left behind at the moment. One set of penguin slippers – I know who owns these. Another potty from Thursday second session – possibly the same people as before? (If so, it must surely be the case that toilet training is almost complete, otherwise there’s no way the potty would be left forgotten around the place!). And finally, a rather nice small blue knitted hoody – no idea who this belongs to.
Have a great half term everybody – see you in a week.
Cheers
Owen

Music Makers – what a week!

Dear all,
Firstly, a big thank you to those who made it out last Wednesday and Thursday. In the snow on Wednesday it took me an hour and ten minutes to get over to Chorlton from Stretford, including a particularly frustrating 15 minute stop-start – mostly stop! – crawl from opposite St Clement’s to turn right into Manchester Road and park. The amount of ice around on Thursday was in some ways more challenging for people with buggies trying to get to the sessions. Famous last words but hopefully that’s the end of those problems for this winter. (I hope fate’s not watching me write that!!).
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:
Monday 4th February 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Wednesday 6th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Thursday 7th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in the Lower Hall of the main church, at St Clement’s.
I hope to see you all along at some point next week.
Cheers
Owen

Two weeks to go!

Dear all,
Just thought it was worth mentioning that we only have two weeks of sessions left to go before we break for Christmas. (Past experience has shown that it’s a complete write-off to go anywhere near that last week before Xmas).
So
Barring popular two year old demand in January (it usually takes a few weeks before young people stop requesting their favourite Christmas ditties), there’s six sessions left to get yourselves down and fill your boots with all things Reindeer, Jingly, Frosty and Yo Ho Ho.
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:
Monday 3rd December 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Wednesday 5th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Thursday 6th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in the Lower Hall in St Clement’s Church. Please note we are moving from the Youth Centre into the Church itself now!
I look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of weeks.
Cheers
Owen

Welcome to the new year (and some changes)

Dear All,
First things first, I hope everyone had a decent summer. We’re starting our term time offering again tomorrow.
The Music Makers sessions for this week will be as follows:

  • Monday 10th September 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Wednesday 12th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Thursday 13th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s

(For anyone who was new over the summer the term time sessions are smaller, one carpet instead of two, The Edge sessions are down stairs in studio 2, St Clement’s sessions are in the white building behind St C’s adjacent to the car park).

Changes to Pricing Structures:

As those of you who have been around for ages will know, I’m very keen to offer good value. Our prices haven’t shifted for over two years now. I’ve decided to bite the bullet and use the start of a new academic year to change both our prices and payment options. (It is my hope – although the whole Brexit situation makes things very hard to predict – that following on from this, our prices can remain static for a further sustained period).
The new pay on the door prices for this year will be:

  • £5 for the first child
  • £2.50 for additional siblings

We always offer a pay on the door option at all our sessions.
As of now we’re ditching the Termly subscriptions option, and switching to a discounted Block Booking System which will work as follows.
Each Block Booking is valid for six months. You pay in advance for ten sessions at a price of £42 for one child, £63 for two, £84 for three etc. This price offers a 16% discount compared with the on the door price.
When you do a block booking you can use your ten sessions at any Music Makers session, you’re not tied to a particular day or time. Also the ten sessions can be at any point in a six month period, (this usually means that you’ve got about 20 weeks of sessions to aim at, with 6 six individual sessions available in most weeks).

I hope that all makes some sense, I’ll have Block booking forms available as of Monday. I’m very much looking forward to seeing you all again.

Cheers
Owen

Little Music Makers – not yet!

Dear all,
I hope everyone had a good summer. Just very quick message to try and forestall people wasting their time. We start back in nine days’ time, not this week – we begin on Monday 10th September.
I’ll be in touch again towards the end of this week with details of prices and offers for the new term.
Cheers,
Owen

Little Music Makers – we must be doing something right!

Dear all,
When we get to the end of this term Music Makers will have been running for five complete years. This is quite exciting, I’ve just googled fifth anniversary – in terms of silver, gold, ruby etc. – and apparently it’s wood! Does that mean I can get a new violin? (Don’t tell the present one that I said that or he might take offence and dump me in it!).
Enough of that randomness. We’ve grown from one session a week with just a few people there, through to our current six sessions plus Summer Mondays. A big thank you to everyone who’s been part of the journey so far, and I look forward to meeting everyone who’ll join us in the future.
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:
Monday 11th June 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Wednesday 13th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Thursday 14th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s.
I hope to see you all along next week.
Cheers
Owen

Nitty-gritty admin notice through to the summer

Hello Everyone,
I hope you all had a good half term break. I spent mine doing gigs, invigilating at the Uni, and going into combat with the hordes of weeds that try to take over my allotment at this time of year (the best I can ever hope for is an amicable draw!!).
As always, we’ve got a long haul through to the summer holidays. We’re starting back on Monday 4th, and then running through to the week beginning 16th July – last session Thursday 19th July – that’s a seven week half term. (The good thing about this is that you save more if you subscribe – I’ll post payment options on here too).
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:

  • Monday 4th June 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Wednesday 6th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Thursday 7th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s

Thursday people: Ken, the Vicar at St Clement’s, has once again kindly agreed to let us use the main church for the week in July that is affected by the annual beer festival so we’re good to go on the same schedule as Monday and Wednesday people.
I hope to see you all at some point this half term.
Cheers
Owen

Music Makers payment options, summer term

We always offer a pay on the door option at every session, but you can save money by subscribing. Details below.

Subscription Rates for 7 Music Makers Sessions Summer 2018

Information correct at 3/6/2018

Prices for 2nd Half of Term. Subscription covers seven Owen’s Little Music Makers sessions between Monday 4th June and Thursday 19th July. Subscriptions offer a discount of approximately 16.5% on pay on the door prices.

  • One Child £23.00
  • Two Children £35.00
  • Three Children £47.00

A subscription buys you seven Music Makers Sessions within the stated period. You can use your subscription for any Music Makers class, so you’re not tied to a particular day.
If you’ve already got my bank details feel free to pay by BACS, using your surname and postcode as a reference. Alternatively, if you haven’t subscribed before, please complete a paper copy of the subscription form at a session over the next couple of weeks.

No sessions this week, but news of summer

Dear all,
Just a quick holding post to say that there are no sessions this week – it’s half term (stroppy nine year old at home – going on fifteen – joy here!!) We’ll re-convene week beginning Monday 4th June.
News of the summer. 
Last week I had a meeting with Dom – Manager  at The Edge – and I’m happy to be able to confirm that we’ll be running Summer Mondays sessions again at the start of the summer break. As before, they’ll run for the first four Mondays immediately after we break up at the end of July. More of that in due course.
Anyway, I hope everyone has a good week and I look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Cheers
Owen