Young musicians sought as graduates move on to prestigious schools
PUBLISHED: 08:05 13 July 2018
Accomplished young musicians, who became more peripatetic than they anticipated when Walden School closed, are marking a year at their new home, Fairycroft House arts centre.
Several members of Saffron Music School have now gone on to prestigious music colleges including Leeds College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall in London.
Saffron Music School, which began 18 years ago at Saffron Walden County High, moved to Walden School (formerly Friends School) three years ago but the private school suddenly shut down in July 2017.
Head of Saffron Music School, Jason Meyrick, told the Reporter: “We have had an excellent year at Fairycroft House and now that some of our older players are leaving we have spaces for other budding musicians.”
Two of the ensembles, the Band Friday big band (which meets on a Monday evening, but originally met on a Friday at the County High) and the saxophone group, Pure Sax, delighted the audience at Saffron Walden’s Community Picnic on the common on Sunday.
Other groups at Saffron Music School include a concert band and a brass group. The school teaches music theory as well as jazz and improvisation.
Mr Meyrick, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, whose own instruments are clarinet and piano, spent two years with the Royal Marines Band and taught at Long Road and Hills Road Sixth Form Colleges in Cambridge.
He said: “We always welcome new members of brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. We are also looking for a bass player and a keyboard player who can read music. ” At the school’s end of term concert on July 1, the Gordon Lewis Meyrick trophy for most improved pupil (named after Mr Meyrick’s late father) was awarded to trumpet player Thomas Smith, a Year 5 pupil who has reached grade five.
The school is offer three free taster sessions (six hours of free tuition) for new students. The new term for Saffron Music School begins on Monday, September 10. Fairycroft House is at 37 Audley Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3HD. For details see: www.saffronmusicschool.com.