In 2012 our local authority announced that it was closing its Saturday morning music centre at Marlwood School, Alveston. Thanks to the vision and energy of a small group of parents a charitable trust was set up over the summer and Saturday youth music carried on at Marlwood. Since becoming independent, Thornbury Area Youth Music Trust has gone from strength to strength.
Today, we have moved premises to Manorbrook School in Thornbury and more than 100 children from the age of 4-18 make music with us on a Saturday morning in term time, with groups ranging from early years to senior orchestra.
Our innovative Let’s Play scheme is unique in the region and is introducing the next generation of youngsters to “proper” musical instruments. With over 70 under-10s enjoying music on a Saturday, the future for youth music in our area is bright.
TAYM is run entirely by parent trustees and volunteers. With the decline in musical opportunities in primary and secondary schools, it’s really important to us that all the young people of our area have access to music on their doorstep at affordable prices without having to travel further afield.
If you’d like to help us giving the children of our area the wonderful opportunities that music offers - as a trustee, volunteer or funding partner - please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.