Making music part of young lives
A PARENT-run charity which helps children from the Thornbury area to make music is inviting more families to come and see what it has to offer.
Thornbury Area Youth Music was set up seven years ago when a South Gloucestershire Council-run music centre closed. With provision for music declining in many schools, TAYM aims to offer all young people the chance to make music part of their lives.
The group runs Saturday morning affordable music sessions at Manorbrook School, including group lessons, orchestras and a choir.
To encourage more children and their parents to get involved, TAYM is holding two open mornings in June.
Trustee Hannah Paniale said: “The open day itself is a chance for children and young people to come and along and see what we do, see where we operate and try out all the different instruments we offer.
“This is a great excuse for kids to try out trombones, violins, flutes, cellos, little plastic j sax, plastic clarinets and cornets.
“This usually creates a real buzz, as most of them have never tried such a variety of instruments, and it really helps them make up their minds about what they want to learn and which they find easier to play.
“Their faces when they produce their first trombone note are worth the work!”
Fellow trustee Nadya Webster’s daughter became hooked on the cello after going to an open day.
She said: “My daughter tried about seven different instruments and then the cello. She'd never seen one before and it made such a beautiful sound when she tried it. It was as if she had found something she had been looking for all her life – she just looked at me and grinned. And that was it. She's been playing the cello ever since.”
On Saturday mornings 130 children attend the music sessions. They are for children of all abilities from the ages of four to 18.
Instruments can be hired for a small charge.
The charity is open to children from Bristol and Gloucestershire as well as South Gloucestershire. The open days take place on June 8 and 15, from 9.30am to noon.
For more information go to www.thornbury-music.org online.