Berkshire Maestros

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Berkshire Maestros
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Motto Teaching Music, Changing Lives
Formation 1982
Legal status Registered charity
Purpose Extra-curricular music education
Headquarters Reading, Berkshire
Location
Region served South East England
Membership Private
Chief Executive Philip Litchfield
Main organ Board of trustees
Staff ~260
Website Official website

Berkshire Maestros (formerly Berkshire Young Musicians Trust) is a music organisation in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The organisation was founded in 1982 as Berkshire Young Musicians Trust. The concentrations offered by tutors at the trust include bass guitar, brass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, strings, voice and woodwind; as well as a number of group ensembles, orchestras and concert bands. The organisation has performed at events such as the 2007 BBC Proms,[1] have been finalists at the National Festival of Music for Youth and played at the Windsor Festival.[2]

As of 2009, the organisation offers tuition in five of Berkshire's unitary authorities, in both schools and the organisation's centres.

Locations[edit]

The Reading Music Centre (formerly the Central Berkshire Music Centre) is located at Stoneham Court, on the site of Prospect School in Tilehurst (near Reading). The centre has purpose-built music facilities (unlike other locations which share school facilities) and is the site of the organisation's head office.

The Bracknell Music Centre (formerly the South Berkshire Music Centre) is located at the Open Learning Centre in Bracknell.

The Newbury Music Centre (formerly the West Berkshire Music Centre) is located at Trinity School (formerly Shaw House) in Newbury. The centre has strong links with the town, and hosts regular concerts at the Corn Exchange theatre.[3][4]

The Windsor Music Centre (formerly the East Berkshire Music Centre) is located in a purpose-built music centre constructed in 2010 at Dedworth School in Windsor. In 2007, the centre performed alongside Southbank Sinfonia at the Windsor Festival.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berkshire youngsters perform at BBC Proms". Press Release. Berkshire Maestros Media. 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Choral events". Windsor Festival 2007. Windsor Festival. 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Berkshire maestros at the Corn Exchange". Reading Evening Post. S&B Media. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  4. ^ "January gig for Berkshire Maestros orchestra". Bracknell Forest Standard. S&B Media. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 

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