Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival
SYM win two trophies:
The SYM Ukulele group won the 1st prize for :Class G30 – Ukulele Ensemble Secondary School Age.
A great sound and vocalist. I would love to see if you could start experimenting with the strumming patterns to really give us a slightly difference twist. Excellent crescendo getting towards the end of the song which was really effective. Well played. Mark 87 Category: Distinction
The SYM Brass Ensemble won the 1st prize for: Class E2 – Ensembles Secondary School Age.
An effective opening and there was some particularly impressive work from the 2 young 1st trumpeters. The ensemble worked well here with good balance and the intonation was mostly secure and you conveyed the character of the music with some conviction.
Hall of the Mountain King
Be careful of your tuning on the 1st note! Again good ensemble work with some excellent support from the young drummer and you managed the gradual accelerando well and built well into the exciting finish. A most impressive group – well played! Mark 88 Category: Distinction
New National Plan for Music Education
The government launched the long awaited 2nd National Plan for Music Education (NPME2) on 22nd June 2022 entitle: ‘The Power of Music to Change Lives’.
Sets out our vision for music education and how this can be achieved through partnerships with schools, music hubs, the music and creative sector, and others.
The new plan can be seen here.
New Face Book Page
Keep up to date with us with our brand new Face Book Page!
Great News – SYM is back!
We re-launched our face-to-face SYM groups and ensembles on Saturday 12th September. This has been managed through using the DfE Guidance for Out-of-School- Services.
Children & young people arrived at the Platform with huge smiles on their faces very keen to start making music once again and it was great hear the music-making spilling out of the building once more.
The children went away with huge beams on their faces content that they are making music together once more – long may it last!
SYM looking to return on Saturday 12th September
We are looking to welcome our members of SYM back from 12th September, but with COVID-19 restrictions.
Our services will be designed taking into account the Government guidance. You can view the guidance here.
SYM will be activities will be offered in a different way but we will work to get back to our normal services as soon as the guidance and advice allows us too.
You can view our frequent asked questions (FAQs) here.
On-Line Music Lessons
If you are looking for activities for your child(ren) to do whilst at home and they are interested in instrumental lessons, we can help! For as little as £10 per session, we can delivery on-line tuition to you in your home.
To find out more, click the link at the bottom of our home page.
Music Lessons Cancelled – Saturday 21st March 2020 at The Platform
Due to the governement anouncment we have had to cancel the instrumental lessons at SYM tomorrow (Sat 21st March). We will be in touch shortly to explain how instrumental lessons can continue during this challenging time.
Breaking News: Schools Junior Voice Festivals & Make a Noise Event
Due to the government announcement today about encouraging people not to attend pubs, restaurants and theatres, Swindon Music Service has taken the initiative to cancel the schools Junior Festivals on Wednesday 18th & and Thursday 19th March 2020.
The Make a Noise events scheduled for March 2020 are also cancelled.
If you have purchased tickets, you can request a refund from the Wyvern box office
Swindon Music Service – Becomes a New Charity
The Music Service left Swindon Borough Council to become a not-for-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 1st April 2019.
The move should help facilitated the new charity to look to apply for other music and arts grants and provide sustainability for music education in Swindon.
SYM is Cancelled on Saturday 30th March 2019
SYM has been cancelled on Saturday 30th March 2019 due to the Honda marches which will see Faringdon road closed.