Welcome to the Website of

Ealing Junior Music School

President Sir Simon Rattle
Patron Sir Magdi Yacoub
Music Director Felix McGonigal



Ealing Junior Music School provides children and young people with musical training, in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. Our school is in West London where nearly 400 students between the ages of 3 and 18 meet on Saturday mornings.


We offer individual lessons in a wide array of instruments, ensemble opportunities for pupils of all ages and abilities, including classes in music theory and musicianship lessons for the very young. EJMS is also the home of Ealing Children's Choir and Ealing Youth Choir.


You will find information on the opportunities offered at EJMS on this website including Application Forms and contact details for the Administrator and the Music Director. If you would like to come and see the School for yourself then please get in touch to arrange a visit.



Please click the link to find a press report on EJMS from the Ealing Gazette.

Felix McGonigal Music Director
(for musical matters, course suitability)
Tel: 07765 255165
musicdirector@ejms.org.uk

Janine Neye
General Administrator
(for general enquiries, new applications to join EJMS)
Tel: 020 8930 0579
admin@ejms.org.uk

Polly Manser
Finance Administrator
(for queries regarding payments, bills etc)
Tel: 020 8997 0084
finance@ejms.org.uk


Ealing Junior Music School
Location Address:
Twyford Church of England High School
Twyford Crescent, London W3 9PP


Ealing Junior Music School is a Registered Charity: No. 1046811 and is registered under the Data Protection Act.
Trustees: Elin Harraghy, Gill Hilton, Clare Scott Booth, John Hudson (Chair), Cressida Miles, Kaye Barker & Ross Underwood


COURSES AND FEES

At EJMS you can choose from a variety of individual instrumental lesson, ensembles, choirs, theory and musicianship sessions. The fees shown below are for a term of 10 weeks of Saturday mornings. Please email the administrator for further information on the variety of courses that EJMS offers.

You can download this information by clicking the link below:
Fees & Courses 2014

Full Course £300 per term
30 minute Individual lesson, plus 30 minute Musicianship/Theory session, plus Aural and Accompaniment sessions for exam students, plus wide choice of Ensembles and Orchestras. (Anyone paying the full course fee can take part in all other EJMS activities except the Second Instrument lesson.)

Ealing Children's Choir £65 per term
1 hour class for singers aged 7-11. Under our Bursary Scheme EJMS offers a free introductory term for this course. (A 30 minute Theory session can be added for an extra £20 per term.)

Ealing Youth Choir £65 per term
1 hour class open to all singers aged 12-18. Under our Bursary Scheme EJMS offers a free introductory term for this course. (A 30 minute Theory session can be added for an extra £20 per term.)

Musicianship (for younger children) £85 per term
30 minute Group introductory session for younger children aged approximately 3-8 including singing, percussion, musical games, plus an introduction to theory and composition.

Early Starter (for younger children) £165 per term
15 minute Individual Instrumental lesson together with a 30 minute Musicianship session. This course is ideally for very young violinists but also includes cellists.

Introductory Course (for younger children) £165 per term
Specialist Instrumental lesson. 30 minute paired lesson for beginners plus 30 minute Musicianship/Theory session. This course is ideally suited to very young violinists, but also includes cellists.

Start to Play (for younger children) £130 per term
30 minute Recorder or Guitar lesson in small groups of 3-4 students, plus a 30 minute Musicianship session. A good introduction to enjoying and learning music.

Adult Chorale £30 per term
An SATB choir for parents.


THE ENSEMBLES AT EJMS

There are many ensembles available to students as EJMS, as we believe the best way of improving all areas of musical knowledge is by playing alongside other musicians. It also greatly adds to the enjoyment children get out of playing their chosen instrument. In the list below are the are the major ensembles available to the students at EJMS.

Philharmonic Orchestra
This is the premier instrumental ensemble for experienced string, woodwind, brass & percussion players (Grade 5+). It is conducted by the Assistant Music Director, Dominic Brennan.

Elementary String Orchestra
A first ensemble for string players to gain experience and confidence (Grades 1-3).

Intermediate String Orchestra
For more able and experienced string players (Grades 3-5).

Senior Strings
A chamber ensemble for very experienced string players, to give experience of standard string repertoire (Grade 5+, by invitation).

String Trios and Quartets
EJMS runs several chamber string groups of various standards offering opportunities for smaller Chamber Music for more advanced players.

Elementary Recorder Ensemble
A group for all recorder players, not just those learning the recorder at EJMS (Grades 1-3).

Intermediate Recorder Ensemble
A more advanced chamber group including all sizes of recorders (approx Grades 3-5).

Advanced Recorder Ensemble
Advanced chamber group for experienced players (approx Grade 6+).

Junior Percussion Ensemble
A first ensemble for percussionists giving good experience in using all sorts of percussion instruments.

Senior Percussion Ensemble
For more advanced percussion students.

Elementary Wind Band
A first ensemble experience for brass and wind players (Grades 1-4).

Senior Wind Band
A large concert band for brass, wind and percussion, playing demanding repertoire (approx Grade 4+). The Band is conducted by the Music Director, Felix McGonigal.

Jazz Ensemble
A big band style ensemble that focuses on improvising as well as jazz styles and idioms (grade 5+).

Wind Quintet
Chamber group for more advanced wind players (Grade 6+, by invitation).

Clarinet Choir
A chamber ensemble for all clarinettists (approx Grade 3+).

Flute Choir
A chamber ensemble for all flautists (approx Grade 3+).

Saxophone Ensemble
Chamber group for sax players (Grade 4+).

Brass Ensemble
Chamber group for more advanced brass players (Grade 4+).

Junior Rock Guitar Group
A beginner group for rock guitarists.

Senior Rock Guitar Group
A more advanced group to explore different styles of rock repertoires (approx Plectrum Style/Rockschool Guitar grade 3).

Guitar Ensemble
A group for classical guitarists.

THE CHOIRS AT EJMS

EJMS is proud to be the home of both the Ealing Children's Choir and Ealing Youth Choir.

Ealing Children's Choir was founded in the 1950's, and is now administered by Ealing Junior Music School. It provides girls and boys aged 6-11 with the opportunity of singing high-quality choral repertoire, in EJMS and local events as well as further afield. ECC has appeared on Sky TV and performed in large-scale concerts such as Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and the world premiere of Paul Ayres's The Christ.

Other recent repertoire includes music by Bach, Handel and popular songs such as Yesterday, The Rhythm of Life, The Very Thought of You, Take the A-Train, and Shenandoah.

Ealing Children's Choir rehearses on Saturdays 10.30am.-11.30am. and new members are always welcome. The Choir is conducted by the Music Director, Felix McGonigal.

Ealing Youth Choir was founded in 1985 and is open to all singers aged 10-21 who enjoy a wide range of music-making. The choir has been on TV (London Tonight) and radio (Classic FM). Since 2004 it has been running as part of EJMS, rehearsing on Saturdays 11.30am-12.30pm.

We perform all kinds of music: by Purcell, Monteverdi, Lennon & McCartney, Bach, arrangements of popular songs, Vivaldi, spirituals, Britten, Ward Swingle, madrigals, improvisation and new compositions. In 1997 EYC won an award from the National Lottery's Arts for Everyone Scheme, facilitating a series of choral workshops with leading tutors (Mike Brewer of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Ken Burton of the London Adventist Chorale, Keel Watson of English National Opera and Roddy Skeaping of City Waites).

The Choir is conducted by the Assistant Music Director, Dominic Brennan. New members are always welcome.

The EJMS Adult Chorale is a newer addition the the EJMS family of choirs, and is a chamber choir formed of keen parents - all welcome. The Choir is conducted by the Chair of Trustees, John Hudson.


CALENDAR FOR 2014

Please click on the link to download a copy of the EJMS Calendar 2013-2014 showing the dates for the 2013-2014 academic year.

					
					Spring Term 2014
					Fees due on or before 11th Jan 2014

					JANUARY
					11 (Term begins)		8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					18					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					25					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS

					FEBRUARY
					1					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					8					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Come & Play Day    2.30pm – 4.30pm 

					Half Term - NO EJMS-15th & 22nd Feb

					MARCH
					1					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					8					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Cake Sale 10.00am

					15					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Chamber Recital, St Andrews W5 7.00pm
					Friends AGM 10.00am

					22					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Requested Day 1 for ABRSM Exams

					29 (Last Day of Term)		8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Requested Day 2 for ABRSM Exams

					End of term Concerts
					Twyford C of E High School 
					2.15pm/3.30pm in the Performance Centre.   


					Summer Term 2014
					Fees due on or before 26th Apr 2014

					APRIL
					26 (Term begins)		8.30 - 1.30 EJMS

					MAY
					3					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					10					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					17					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS

					Half Term NO EJMS 24th May 1 Week only

					31					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS

					JUNE
					7					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					14					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					21					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Cake Sale 10.00am

					28					8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Requested Day 1 for ABRSM Exams

					JULY
					5 (Last Day of Term)  	8.30 - 1.30 EJMS
					Requested Day 2 for ABRSM Exams

					End of term Concerts 
					St Barnabas Church 7.00 pm
					Pitshanger, Ealing W5


					


APPLICATION FORM

We are always pleased to receive new applications from young people aged 3-18 who wish to come and make music with us. Please click the link to download an Application Form for 2014.

If you have any queries regarding courses or availability of lessons, please email the administrator for further information.

How To Find Us
Saturday mornings: 8.30am-1.30pm
Twyford Church of England High School
Twyford Crescent, London W3 9PP
Please enter the Twyford School site through the Uxbridge Road entrance by the Sports Centre). Look for the EJMS banner on the gate.


COME & PLAY DAY

Please come along to our next Come and Play Day at Twyford School on Saturday 8th February 2014 at 2.30-4.30pm. Your children will have the chance to try out lots of different instruments under the guidance of our expert teachers. Please email the administrator to book a place on this day, or just turn up at the door. All are welcome, but please be aware that instrumental lessons at EJMS are for children age 5+.

We will also be at Pitshanger Lane Party in the Park in June offering the chance to try our instruments once again.


CURRENT INFO

New Term
The Spring term starts on Saturday 11th January 2014, with the Come & Play Day on Saturday 8th February, 2.30-4.30pm.

FREE Bursary Places
There are always free bursary places of one free term available for new students on the 'ensembles only' course. Please contact the administrator for further details, or to arrange a no-obligation trial day.

Available Lessons
Please see the Twitter Feed on the Home Page for details of available lessons. this term.

Performance Platform
The Performance Platform will be held every Saturday from week 3 to week 9 at 12.30 pm in the Performance Centre (Main Hall). If you are taking an exam this term it is a really good idea to showcase your pieces in advance of the big day. Please sign up at the front desk in the Music Director's Notebook. Audience members are always most welcome too!

Accompaniment and Aural Lessons
If you are taking a practical exam this term then please sign down for lessons with our pianists as soon as possible. You may chose a time to suit for the first three weeks but please remember that the times for the remaining lessons of the term will be arranged only once we have all the entries and your time may be altered from that first chosen.

School Parking Important Notice
All cars must enter the Twyford site through the Uxbridge Road entrance (by the Sports Hall). There is very limited Parking Space and so if you can park on the surrounding streets or come to EJMS by any other means then please do so.

Absence
If you know you will be absent on any Saturday, please telephone 020 8930 0579 well in advance so we can tell your teacher.
If you are unavoidably absent or late at short notice on a Saturday morning, please phone EJMS on 07939 550 497 to let us know.

Code of Conduct
EJMS expects all students to follow the Code of Conduct during every session.
Treat your teacher with respect.
Treat your fellow students with respect.
Treat all instruments and school property with respect.


FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR

Please click the link to get up-to-date information from the Music Director's Blog.

Welcome to the website of Ealing Junior Music School. I hope that you will see an opportunity here that will interest you and that you will consider joining us on Saturday mornings to learn more about music.

Perhaps you would like to learn an instrument? Or perhaps you already do and would like the chance to play in ensembles with other young people? Or maybe you would like to join an excellent children's choir?

At EJMS we offer all these opportunities and so much more. There is instruction in almost every kind of musical style ranging from classical through jazz to rock and pop music. You can learn an instrument, sing in a choir, play in a rock group, orchestra, wind band and many other kinds of ensemble. You can also learn music theory, take classes in musicianship and we offer musicianship groups for very young children. More details of our ensembles and courses are on this website.

All these activities take place in the relaxed and happy atmosphere that characterises EJMS. If you would like to come and see for yourself then please get in touch and make an appointment for a tour of EJMS on Saturday mornings at Twyford School, Acton. I look forward to welcoming you to the School.

Felix McGonigal, Music Director


EJMS STAFF

Music Director

Felix McGonigal

Assistant Music Director

Dominic Brennan

General Administrator

Janine Neye

Finance Administrator

Polly Manser

Front Desk Assistant

Candace Brooks

Strings

David Ashbridge (viola and violin)
Joseph Devalle (violin and viola)
Ruth Ferguson (violin)
Charis Jensen (violin)
Juliet Lee (violin)
Andreas Manoras (cello)
Costas Manoras (violin)
Elizabeth McGrath (violin)
Corinne Morris (cello)
Gemma Murray (double bass)
Martin Smith (violin)
Anda Vican (violin)


Guitar

Terrino Chan
Glenn Nightingale
Alan Oliver


Woodwind

Rosie Cow (bassoon)
Isobel Clarke (recorder)
Louise Hayter (oboe)
Ian Killoran (clarinet and saxophone)
Stephen O'Regan (flute)
Tim Osborne (flute)
Helen Pierce (clarinet and saxophone)
Rosie Smith (recorder)
Faye Stringer (clarinet and saxophone)
Laura Underwood (clarinet and saxophone)


Brass

John Deane (Trombone)
Kate Hainsworth (French Horn)
Ian Lynch (trumpet)


Percussion

Barnaby Archer
Calum Huggan
Hammadi Rencurrell


Singing

Eleanor Janes
Sandra Porter


Choir, Accompanists, Aural Training, Theory and Musicianship

Lana Bode
Isobel Clarke
Thomas Coltman
Charles Economou
Dawn Faure
Graham Harris
Matthew Hough
Nina Leosawasthiphong


Musicianship

Megan Beynon
Rachael Wood


Adult Chorale

John Hudson


CONTACT US

You can contact the following people at EJMS for more information.

Music Director - Felix McGonigal
(for musical matters, course suitability)
Tel: 07765 255165
musicdirector@ejms.org.uk

General Administrator - Janine Neye
(for general enquiries, new applications to join EJMS)
1 Woodfield Avenue, Ealing, London W5 1PA
Tel: 020 8930 0579
admin@ejms.org.uk

Finance Administrator - Polly Manser
(for queries regarding payments, bills etc)
4 Ravensbourne Gardens, Ealing, London W13 8EW
Tel: 020 8997 0084
finance@ejms.org.uk

Chairman of Trustees - John Hudson
Tel: 020 8997 3248
chair@ejms.org.uk

How To Find Us
Saturday mornings: 8.30am-1.30pm
Twyford Church of England High School
Twyford Crescent, London W3 9PP
Please enter the Twyford School site through the Uxbridge Road entrance by the Sports Centre). Look for the EJMS banner on the gate.