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Senior Moments and Young Guns

Senior Moment:
So I almost metaphorically dropped the baby last Wednesday.

I turn up to set up – loads of time – feeling un-stressed – until one of my worst possible nightmare scenarios starts to manifest itself. I don’t have the tablet computer that plays the music with me! Massive adrenalin dump, full-on panic. I dive into the car and return to Stretford to get the device, it’s not to be found. On my way back to Chorlton I frantically try to download relevant music playing app onto my phone. (No, I had never properly “disaster planned” for this scenario – doh!!). The app on phone works – thank goodness – session starts a couple of minutes late, with me a frazzled wreck, trying to look calm. Then of course, half way through the session – after having played the dance music via my phone – the *!^*$%^”** tablet device miraculously “re-materialises” under the big carrying bag next to the bluetooth player.

I felt like retiring to a darkened room and ignoring the world for the rest of the day. C’est la vie!
Young Gun:
At the other end of the human life cycle, it’s fantastic to see so many people growing up so fast! This was epitomised at last Thursday’s late session by a certain young chap – who last time I looked was hardly mobile – strolling over to the three year old female youth club, (held behind the back row of chairs), to try and hang out with them. (They ignored him – he came back – probably good practice for later life!).


Enough of my failings and other general musings, the Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:

  • Monday 19th June 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge 
  • Wednesday 21st 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge 
  • Thursday 22nd 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 at some point.
Cheers
Owen

Big Changes to Music Makers Timetable

Dear all,

The Grand Sign-Up Session Experiment is over!

Basically this seemed like an excellent idea on paper but not enough people transferred interest into attendance. (A really big thank you to everyone who did join the Sign-Up sessions. I know we all really enjoyed them. Thanks for being part of them). So starting on Monday 24th April, we’re going to run with six open sessions per week. Come to whatever you want, when you want. We’re going to go strongly with our USP – as stated repeatedly by you lot – namely, we’re one of the few baby/toddler groups, where no pre-booking or subscription is required.

I’ll be in touch again before we start back, with details for next term.
I hope everyone has a good Easter break, see you all at the end of the month.
Yours
Owen

Last week before Easter hols!

Dear all,
Next week’s sessions are the final ones before the Easter holidays. We finish at St Clement’s on the 30th, and will re-convene at The Edge on Monday 24th April. Our household will be welcoming a new member during the break – a Manchester Terrier puppy called Tierney will be joining us – so I might be a bit chewed around the corners by the end of April! All dog/puppy related wisdom will be gratefully received.

The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:

  • Monday 27th March 9.30 to 10.30 Sign-Up Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Open Session, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Wednesday 29th 9.30 to 10.30 Open Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Sign-Up Session, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Thursday 30th 9.30 to 10.30 Open Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Sign-Up Session, both in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s

I hope to see you all along at some point this week.
Cheers
Owen

Music Makers get off to a flyer

Dear all,
Thanks to everyone for a great first week. Monday Open Session people: if that was all a bit much, bear in mind that Sign-Up sessions have a limited number of places so they’re never too busy – get in touch if you’d like more info.
If you haven’t checked it out yet there’s some really good pictures up on the Sign-Up page  – well worth a look.
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:

  • Monday 16th January 9.30 to 10.30 Sign-Up Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Open Session, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Wednesday 18th 9.30 to 10.30 Open Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Sign-Up Session, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Thursday 19th 9.30 to 10.30 Open Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Sign-Up Session, both in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s

By the way – they say that the third Monday of January is the most depressing Monday of the year. I say think again – get down to Music Makers and we’ll blow all the winter blues away!
I hope you can make it along at some point this week.
Cheers
Owen

A New Year for Music Making

Dear all,
I hope everyone had a great festive holiday. My orchestra tour to China got cancelled at the eleventh hour, so I had far more of a break than I was expecting!
Anyway, down to business.
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:

  • Monday 9th January 9.30 to 10.30 Sign-Up Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Open Session, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Wednesday 11th 9.30 to 10.30 Open Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Sign-Up Session, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Thursday 12th 9.30 to 10.30 Open Session, and 10.45 to 11.45 Sign-Up Session, both in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s

If you want to join one of our Sign-Up Sessions please get in touch to check availability of places and details of how to register.
Sign-Up sessions have a different vibe to our open sessions. There are some great new photos along with parent feedback and other general info on our website.
Open Sessions – as the name suggests – are Open to all with both weekly pay on the door and a discounted subscription option. (I’ll have all the subscription info available at our sessions next week).
It’s always a bit of a scramble getting everything sorted out after the Christmas break so please bear with me as we get back up to speed.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again next week.
Cheers
Owen

Booking for next half term opens today

We’re going to a six session timetable after half term. The session times are detailed on the Little Music Makers page.
We’re shifting away from every session having a pay on the door option. Half of the new timetable will be “Sign-Up” sessions. The split is as follows:
Sign- Up Sessions:
Monday 9.30 to 10.30, Wednesday 10.45 to 11.45 and Thursday 10.45 to 11.45 will be Sign-Up Sessions.
Pay on the Door Sessions:
Monday 10.45 to 11.45, Wednesday 9.30 to 10.30 and Thursday 9.30 to 10.30 will be Pay on the Door Sessions.
Why are we making these changes?
Over the course of the first half of this term, our Monday, Wednesday and 10.45 Thursday sessions have all ended up being jam packed on different occasions. We need to try and do something about the feast or famine nature of things, hence our new Sign-Up Sessions.
How will Sign-Up Sessions work?
They will have a restricted number of places available, allocated on a first come, first served basis, booking to open at 10am on Saturday 22nd October.
There are seven Music Maker weeks in the next half of this term. To secure a place for a Sign-Up Sessions you will need to pay up front for a certain number of sessions.

There will be two different models of payment for Sign-Up Sessions.
1) Minimum payment for five sessions in order to secure your place. (We will run a “register” sign in sheet at these sessions, if you come to more than five you will just pay for the extra two sessions on a weekly basis).
2) Alternatively, there will be a discount subscription offer for the whole seven sessions.
(Each Sign-Up Session will be limited to those on its register, but you will be able to attend Pay on the Door Sessions if you need to).
Pay on the Door Sessions will continue to operate as they do now.
We’ll be trying this new system out for at least two half term periods. I know that there are people who don’t mind a crowd but equally there are people who really don’t like it. I’m hoping that this new system will accommodate everybody’s preference.
There’s bound to be questions arising out of all this so please feel free to message/email/phone me if you have any queries.
Yours
Owen

That’s all, folks – until September!

Thanks to everyone who has made it along to the Summer Music sessions. We’ll be taking a break now until September. Given Inset Days and the varying start dates of new terms, we’ll get going again in the week commencing Monday 12th September. (Contact me if you want a ‘term time leaflet’ with all the details).

That’s it for now – thanks again for joining us in a very successful summer of music-making.

Cheers,

Owen

Summer sessions

The Summer Little Music Makers sessions are being held in the main theatre at The Edge. We’ll have twice the carpet space, twice the chairs, twice the shakers and also my big new bluetooth speaker – which has enough watts to cope with summer crowds!

Times

  • first session: 9.30 to 10.30
  • second session: 10.45 to 11.45

Dates

  • Monday 25th July, Mondays 1st , 8th and 15th August

Location

  • Main Theatre, The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester Road, Chorlton. M21 9JG
    (In the grounds of the Methodist Church)

Cost

  • £4 for first child, £2 for each additional sibling

Please note: children remain the responsibility of their parent/carer throughout these sessions, these are “stay and play” events.

Last ‘term time’ dates

These are the final Music Makers sessions of the 2015/16 academic year. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to a great year.

Little Music Makers sessions for the final week of the Summer Term will be as follows:

  • Monday 18th July 9.30 to 10.30 in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Wednesday 20th 10.30 to 11.30 in Studio 2 at The Edge
  • Thursday 21st 9.30 to 10.30 and 10.45 to 11.45 in the Youth Centre at St Clement’s