Category Archives: Little Music Makers

Signing off for holibobs

Dear all,
A big thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Summer Mondays series and helped to make it a success. This is the good, slightly weird email/post that I get to write once a year. No session dates. No cunning plan on my part to try and tempt you all along. This is the one where I get to run away for a bit!
The Summer Mondays sessions are finished for another year – apologies in advance to anyone who rocks up next week. We’re now taking a break until the week of Monday 9th September 2019. This will be the last thing I’ll send out for at least a couple of weeks.
I hope you’ve all had a good summer so far, and that you enjoy the rest of it.
That’s it for now, would the last one out please turn off the lights? See you all on the other side in a few week’s time.
Cheers
Owen

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

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

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

Have we just had the Summer for this year?

A bit cynical on my part I know, and I hope I’m wrong, but it seems to me that for the last couple of years we have a gloriously hot – but tiny – window of a few days in Spring, followed by several months of grey dampness that is the new British Summer. Come on weather gods, prove me wrong!
Enough “bah humbug” from me, thanks to Thursday early session for coming up with a perfectly in tune D major chord at the end of the shaker Twinkle Twinkle. I know I’m a bit of an anorak about such things but I got really excited for a minute or two!
The Music Makers sessions for next week will be as follows:
Monday 23rd April 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Wednesday 25th 9.30 to 10.30, and 10.45 to 11.45, both in Studio 2 at The Edge
Thursday 26th 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 next week.
Cheers
Owen