Massive Congratulations to all NBSS pupils who successfully auditioned for the Birmingham Schools' Central Ensembles this year. We have had yet again a 100% success rate with 3 pupils joining BSJO and 5 pupils joining BSCO. They are going to have a such a wonderful time with these fantastic ensembles, we are very lucky to have so many great orchestras to chose from in our city!

Our virtual Solo concerts have been a fantastic experience for the players and went much better than we all expected. We did one for the pupils and one for the grown ups and we all had a lot of fun. It was great seeing to many parents accompany at the piano and otherwise everybody being so organised and confident operating the tech side of things! Well done everyone!

Driveway group lessons have been going well for this first half of autumn term and we have been extremely lucky to have had good weather on each of the dates we needed it! However, winter is closing in and we now need to find a new, Covid safe solution. The kids were so happy to be playing together again and it was great being able to make live music together <3

With Covid still going strong we had to make the difficult decision not to pursue chamber music this autumn term. This is very disappointing for a number of young players who tell me they always love playing with their friends and sitting on the coloured boxes. But safety has to come first. As soon as we can, chamber music will be back on offer!

We have found a lovely new venue for our group lessons at Streetly Methodist Church, only around the corner. The rooms are very inviting and we are pleased to support an Eco Church that is heated by a biomass boiler. We will be playing at their Eco Festivalon the 26th of September 2020, come along to hear us!

There will be another lot of NBSS pupils auditioning for the Birmingham Schools' Central Ensembles this year - we have so far had a 100% success rate in auditions and are looking forward to keeping this up. We are fortunate to have such high level orchestras around as it is the best way to gain fluency in music reading and make lots of friends with similar interests!

We recently went to Tim Toft Violins again to purchase some more advanced instruments for some of our pupils. It is always a pleasure to be there and try the lovely violins and we came home with two beautifully sounding 4/4 violins and a fabulous 3/4 violin. We are also pleased that one 1/2 violin was passed on to another pupil to stay in the school!

Sadly, due to Covid, this year's Leamington Spa Festival of Music has been cancelled.

We will have unfortunately miss out on our usual group piece as well as the chamber music performances and solo pieces. We very much look forward to next year's festival though!

The ultimate Media Project is now live on our youtube channel, go check it out! Thank you for everyone's hard work and for submitting your videos. Many new skills are being added to your toolbox during these trying times! Well done for keeping going!

What an amazing evening! Steph performed her first movement of the Mendelssohn violin concerto with the Royal Sutton Coldfield Orchestra tonight and truly made everyone proud. She played with beautiful tone, wonderful musicianship and great understanding of the piece and conducted herself in such a professional manner. Proud moment for everyone involved!

Congratulations to Priya who won first prize in her school's music competition, as well as best musician overall out of all classes. She was thrilled and received a huge trophy! Also big congratulations to Aila who placed second in her class, playing a beautiful Gavotte. Well done both of you!

The review challenge 2020 has started and the first beads have already been awarded to each team. This year there will be on reviewing specific techniques and all the pieces featuring said technique. Special marbles, worth 3 points are awarded for correctly identifying the theme for each group of pieces.

"Where love is deep, much can be accomplished."

 Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education

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