MDMT’s third aim is to support local music and arts activities taking place in and around Martyn’s home town of Macclesfield, Cheshire.
FRIENDS FOR LEISURE
A local Macclesfield organisation that enables disabled and able-bodied young people to work together, Friends for Leisure produces an all-singing, all-dancing show once a year. MDMT sponsored this activity in 2004 and 2005.Trustee Colin North represented MDMT at the public performance of ‘The Snow Queen’ held in Poynton High School and commented:
“Having provided the venue, several of the staff and Sixth Form students helped with the staging of the show and also backstage. The preparation and rehearsal were spread over 22 weeks and the disabled youngsters, as they’re happy to be known, are encouraged to participate in the all-inclusive activity. As one watches them perform, one soon realises that very little encouragement is needed, as they simply love to put on a show and clearly get great enjoyment!
They do, however, need help and guidance and here the dedication of all the helpers, carers, students and parents is much in evidence, and their contribution is beyond measure.
There was a cast of 16/17 young people, but a programme which listed 60/70 names of people involved, plus your correspondent who poured cups of coke and handed our crisps for light refreshment at the end of a moving and joyful evening.”
LIVE MUSIC NOW!
Instigated by the great Yehudi Menuhin, Live Music Now! is a scheme that enables young professional musicians to take music into the community and perform in places where music is not usually to be found: hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, hospices and care homes.MDMT has supported a number of Live Music Now! performances in the Macclesfield area.
Dec 05: Nicola Mills (voice) and Charlotte Wilson (piano) entertained audiences at the Peatfields Centre and Millers Court Retirement Home with a wonderful selection of songs from the shows, Gershwin, Mozart, Chopin and audience participation in some Christmas favourites.
July 06: The Minerva Trio (a wind group) performed at Millers Court Retirement Home, the Peatfields Centre and the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit in Macclesfield General Hospital.Dec 06: Two Christmas concerts were given by Eleanor Turner, a harpist aged 24 from Lincolnshire and a scholar of the Royal College of Music, where she won the harp prize. Eleanor gave two concerts in Macclesfield, at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and the Peatfields Centre.
Dec 07: Andy May (keyboard and Northumbrian pipes) and Calum Stewart (wooden flute) performed at the East Cheshire Hospice, Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and the Peatfields Centre, playing folk-oriented music, with plenty of audience interaction and some seasonal Christmas requests.
July 08: Performances took place at the Peatfields Centre, East Cheshire Hospice and the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at the hospital. This year’s musicians were Calum Stewart (flute) and Jamie Smith (accordion) playing a mixture of British/Irish folk and traditional tunes.
MDMT is keen to help young musicians, particularly those who attend Macclesfield schools. The Trust has purchased a baritone saxophone for use by Martyn’s former school, Tytherington County High School, Macclesfield.I have been playing the alto saxophone since year 7, when I started high school. I was introduced to a wide range of musical styles, which after four and a half years, whittled down mainly to jazz and blues. After three years I took up the tenor saxophone, which opened more doors for me and allowed me to progress. I play in the Cheshire Youth Jazz Band as well as the two school bands. In this I am able to hear and learn from good saxophonists. Recently I have been able to progress musically and gain a bigger repertoire by playing the new baritone sax from Martyn’s Trust, both on my own and with the schools bands, adding a new level of sound.I hope to progress further in the next few years through playing this new instrument, as it has already helped me greatly.
The Trust has purchased an E flat bass for a young and talented member of Bollington Brass Band, Sean Martin. Sean has been playing euphonium since the age of 7 and progressed to the E flat bass. He has been a member of Bollington Brass Band since Sept 04 and started playing on an old instrument lent by Stockport Schools’ Brass Band. He has now been presented with a new Besson Sovereign E flat bass, which he is playing in his school band, Stockport Schools’ concerts, Bollington Brass Band and now the National Childrens’ Brass Band of Great Britain.
BOLLINGTON FESTIVAL 2009
On a stormy night in May, MDMT sponsored a blistering performance by the Royal Northern College of Music Jazz Collective, led by Mike Hall, as part of Bollington Festival. A capacity crowd heard these fabulous young musicians perform a mixture of standards, original compositions and contemporary jazz, showcasing some real stars of the future.