SMS update 20th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers/ Pupils

Welcome back to the Summer term, we hope you all had a good Easter considering the circumstances we find ourselves in. We hope this finds you all safe and well.

SMS staff worked extremely hard in the two weeks before Easter creating online resources for your children/pupils to access over this difficult time. These will be continued to be added to over the coming weeks as well as some other exciting developments to try and ensure our young musicians stay engaged.

When you visit our you tube channel please make sure you subscribe and like as the more followers we gain the more possibilities it enables us to access. SMS have also set up an instagram site, which again we hope will enable young people to interact with SMS and the musical content we have to offer – more details to follow.

You will no doubt have heard various news headlines about when schools may be allowing children in again. The government was very quick to shut down the reported 3 weeks. From discussions with members of Childrens Services earlier, the feeling is that, the absolute earliest for children to return would be after May half term and even then it wouldn’t be a full return to normal lessons.  We will keep you informed the more we know but until the government release a plan for coming out of lockdown we won’t know for sure.

As the weeks go on our staff will be making contact with you all, either directly or via your school to set some work and to check in. We also hope to start creating some online performances using SMC/SMS ensembles and schools to encourage pupils to practice, perform and to share!

String and guitar Warwick Arts Centre concerts have been cancelled (as I am sure will be the one in June) so our WCET children will unfortunately not get their final celebration this year. We will have to think about some sort of closure for them going forward all other events planed for May and June (Small group concerts, Rock and Pop nights) have also had be cancelled.

For those of you that are looking for some musical activities to do as a whole family please click on this link and have a go!

More online resources will be sent out via our Twitter feed over the coming days.

We will continue to update you as the situation develops and to keep you informed.

Look after one another and stay safe.

Best wishes

SMS