B&NES Society of Young Musicians Celebrates 50 years!

B&NES Society of Young Musicians (BSYM) celebrated it’s 5oth year with 2 back to back concerts at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Sunday 24th March.

There was a real party atmosphere both behind the scenes and on stage as students from all four music centres that fall under the umbrella of BSYM performed. The Saturday centre’s Samba Band got the party started in style before the combined string groups took centre stage under the baton of Jane Smith. The oboe ensemble surprised us all as they combined with the acoustic guitars to perform a fantastic folk piece, complete with penny whistles. In the second half we heard the Big band (a recently formed ensemble at the Saturday centre), Electric Collective, and the Intermediate Wind Band as well as some of the Music Service’s oldest ensembles, Incantation and Flutes Galore.

The evening concert showcased the Music Service’s senior ensembles: Brass Tacks, Mallets and Beaters, Symphonic Wind band, Cantilena and SPO. The first half of the concert ended in style with a commission by local musician and composer Mike Mower which combined many of the players from the concert. ‘A Tale of One City’, written especially for the celebrations, featured 3 movements, each exploring a different aspect of Bath life, past and present. With its memorable melodic lines, great lyrics and many humorous moments, it served as a triumphant end to a fantastic first half. The second half featured the Alumni Orchestra comprising all the players from the first half alongside BSYM staff (both past and present) as well as BSYM members from the past.

The concert was a fitting way to celebrate 50 years of the B&NES Music Centres that mean and have meant a great deal to music loving students in the area. Here’s to another 50 years!