Category Archives: announcement

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

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

Little Music Makers, Cracking on towards Easter

There are traditions within Music Makers that just have to be observed. Christmas songs, playing “Happy Arrival” to new babies who’ve been with us as bumps, and last but not least, the Spring Chicken song in the run up to Easter. It’s good fun and I’ve got word sheets for it, so I think we’ll dust it off and give it an outing for the next couple of weeks.
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:

  • Monday 12th March 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Wednesday 14th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Thursday 15th 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 for a bop and a jive next week.
Cheers
Owen

Time for a break and news on the fake tenner

Dear all,
First things first, it’s Manchester half term this week so we’re taking a break. No sessions this week, we’ll be back on Monday 26th February.
Lost and hopefully to be found! Wednesday Early people, when we were dancing last week a silver ring – with a “twig” design – went missing at the back of the room where the buggies are. It wasn’t obviously anywhere on the floor when you’d all cleared at the end of the session, so best guess is that it dropped off and ended up in someone’s buggy or bags. If you could all have a quick search it would be really appreciated. Let’s see if we can re-unite the ring with its owner. Let me know if it turns up. Thanks in advance.
The results are in re fake £10 note. It took Nat West 17 days to come to a conclusion. They phoned me yesterday and said that the note was genuine – they’ve credited my account. When I asked they wouldn’t provide any further information on how the note had got in the state it had or why they were sure it was real. The problem this leaves me with – and potentially other small business people – is that Nat West’s note machine rejected it twice and the bank clerks were unwilling to accept the note as part of my takings. Does this mean that every time a new note manages to get into that state, it’s going to take over two weeks for the recipient to get credited? All a bit too much of a grey area for my liking.
I’ll be in touch towards the end of next week with details of subscription options etc. for the second half of the spring term.
I hope everyone has a good week.
Cheers
Owen

Last orders for 2017, or just the warm up for the main event?

Dear all,
We’re finally here. We’ve made it through another complete year of Music Makers Sessions. The final chance to join in with this year’s festive offering is next week – after that we’re breaking for the Christmas hols – so come along and see out 2017 in fine singing style!
Music Makers is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of people, with new arrivals settling in alongside old hands. I’m always surprised by the apparent speed with which people grow up. This week’s stand out change prize goes to Tabitha, who all of a sudden is well and truly out of her mother’s arms and on the scene.
The final Music Makers sessions for 2017 will be as follows:

  • Monday 11th December 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 at some point this week. If you can’t make it along, have a great Christmas break.
Cheers
Owen

Music Makers – in a rush

Dear all,
Very briefly this week. I’ve run into a “perfect storm” of family life and work this Saturday. Already been out teaching this morning, got home with not enough time to write this to you, before dropping daughter and wife off at a trampoline party, dashing back here to pick up a second violinist, and then getting over to Cheshire in time to play someone down the aisle for her wedding. Definitely “beer o’clock” when I get back later!
The Music Makers sessions for this week are as follows:

  1. Monday 25th September 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  2. Wednesday 27th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  3. Thursday 28th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s

Lost and found

One “The Superdry Premium Knitwear co.” blue/white stripey top left at Thursday early session. If you thinks it’s yours please let me know – thanks.
I hope to see you all along at some point next week.
Cheers
Owen