Brass and String Workshop Days resounding successes

Two of our three workshop days for young musicians have proved a resounding success with participants, tutors and parents saying how much they enjoyed and how much the young players got out of them. If you would like to see what when on at the recent brass day take a peek at the Youtube video below. We were delighted to have the Kingston Music Service take part in this exciting day and have formed an excellent relationship with them that we hope will allow further collaboration and opportunities for learning for local youngsters. Broadstone Music Series Director, Alison Kay said: “It is a lot of hard work to put on these workshops but to see the enthusiasm of the kids and the inspiring expertise of the music tutors makes it all worthwhile. We are grateful for the support of Soundstorm once again in making this event possible; Yarrells School for the venue and thanks to our fabulous tutors.”

Our piano day is scheduled to take place on 23rd June and looks like a fun and educational day too. Look out for the updates both here and on our Facebook page.

50 young string players to part in our String Day.

Playing Opportunity

As part of our Summer Festival, Broadstone Music Series is planning to hold a playing day for adult amateur orchestral musicians. The aim is to provide tuition and coaching on simple orchestral repertoire in a supportive environment for players of grade 3 standard and upwards.

The proposed playing day is scheduled to take place on 6th July 2019, 10.00 – 15.30 (with a play through at the end of the day) at the United Reformed Church in Broadstone. Tutors will include local professional orchestra musicians and the day will be structured with sectionals in the morning and full orchestra in the afternoon. Cost would be around £15 per person.

We are currently trying to gauge if there is enough interest to run the above playing day. If you think this is an event that you might be interested in, please express your interest by sending your name, instrument and email address to Emily Livesey before the end of March 2019.

Workshop Opportunity for Singers, Guitar players or Harpists.

An exciting opportunity exists to participate in workshops associated with the upcoming performance of Fieri Consort in the Broadstone Music Series.

Vocal Workshop: If you can read music, love to sing and would like to expand your vocal skills then this workshop is definitely one for you. Join Hannah Ely and Lucy Cox .

Baroque Guitar Workshop:  Competent guitar players try your hand at something new or improve your Baroque style, with Toby Carr.

Baroque Harp Workshop:    With Aileen Henry. An exciting and unusual chance to explore the uniqueness of the baroque harp style and improve your playing techniques.

Fee for these workshops are £20 includes a ticket to the concert in the evening.  There are five discounted spaces available for under 18s, with thanks to Soundstorm for their support.

Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm 26th May 2018.  Minimum age for this workshop is 13. You must be able to read music. Instrumentalists should be Grade 5+


String Orchestra Day 13th April 2018

STRING ORCHESTRA DAY with visiting Italian violinist and conductor ROBERTO FANTINEL – in conjunction with Soundstorm Music Development Agency

We have a very exciting workshop coming up.  We have invited Roberto Fantinel to coach some young local string musician students. This is an incredible opportunity for them with this renowned Italian conductor, he has an amazing bio, some of which we have shared below.

Roberto Fantinel studied and achieved his diploma in violin at the conservatoire “A. Steffani” in Castelfranco Veneto under the guidance of M° Michele Lot. While attended many advanced courses on chamber music and conducting with artists like G. Guglielmo, S. Pagliani, Leon Spirer, Alexander Janiczek, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli and Bruno Mezzena, he attended the classes organized by “I pomeriggi milanesi” orchestra, which were held by the conductors M° Gilberto Serembe and M° Aldo Ceccato.
Award winning Roberto is the main representative and the conductor of the “SiO” orchestra since 2011, the “SiO” orchestra, is made up of young musicians from 11 to 19, this organisation developed from a project called “Suono in Orchestra” which was created into the middle school “Barozzi“ in San Fior which allowed young members of the orchestra take part of important events such as a concert at Teatro Sistina in Rome for the semester of the Italian presidency among the European Community; a concert at the opening of the EXPO in Milan of 2015; the participation at the tv programme TU SI QUE VALES, which got more than 200.000 views on Facebook; a concert at the Senate of the Italian Republic in front of the President and live on RAI1 in 2016.  Since 2017, Roberto has been the institutional contact person in Veneto for “Il Sistema dei Cori e delle Orchestre giovanili” of Italy, connected with the project “El Sistema“ created by Josè Antonio Abreu in Venezuela.  

Email us for more information and to request an application form if you would like to take part in this fun and informative day!  Please note maximum age 18; minimum playing standard – Grade 6.28548376_10213701161595212_1866552473_o


Buy a little, help us a lot with the Co-op

Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

We are delighted to have been selected as one of the local good causes by the Co-op, so if you are already a member or would consider joining (it costs £1) you can choose to give your 1% to Poole Society For Young Musicians (PSYM). This funding period is for 11 months until the 27 October 2018.

Please help us to raise more money to continue to provide outstanding concerts and educational music events for your community by joining as a member or, if you are already, choose us as your local cause.

Thank you.



Summer School: Quartet-in-residence appointed.

The Halcyon string quartet from Royal Academy of Music London are going to be our resident string quartet at Broadstone Music Series Summer School 26th -28th July this year.
Apart from the quartet tutoring on the course, our young string players will be able to play alongside them and listen to them perform. Nathalie Green-Buckley, the violist is an ex Dorset girl who studied music at Cambridge and has regularly appeared in the Broadstone Music Series.  We are excited to be able to have them at the summer school which will give a whole new dynamic to the tutoring this year.  It will be a great experience for the young quartet too, we know they are just as delighted to be with us as we are looking forward to having them.

There are still a few spaces on the Summer School 2017 if you are quick.

Halcyon Quartet


What’s up next for the Broadstone Music Series

Opera Gala SingersAfter a fabulous summer with the Opera Gala at Hurn Court, the Summer School and some of the young musicians playing at private event and on stage ahead of the BSO open air concert we are ready to get back into the the swing of things with the Autumn series of concerts.

Dates for your diary are:
28th October 2016 – Shades of Autumn – featuring the talents of Poole’s Young chamber musicians. An evening concert at St John’s in Broadstone 7.30pm, ticket prices tbc – watch this space for full details and programme.

13th November 2016 – We are delighted to be able to welcome students from the renowned Purcell School to the Broadstone Music Series. We have been waiting to bring this concert to you for some while and so pleased that we have finally found a date, will be one not to miss.

16th December 2016  –  6.45pm Christmas Concert at Methodist Church Centre, Broadstone – Our annual seasonal concert, which is always a great evening with young and older musicians, professionals, students and amateurs alike – a musical celebration at Christmas – full details to follow.

Summer School – Recorder Masterclass

This is  a unique Recorder masterclass for KS2 students who play the recorder. Led by Polly Bartlett, a finalist in this year’s BBC Young Musician of the Year.

This class is taking place at our summer school as a separate event for younger children. There are only 12 places, and they are being snapped up quickly! So if you would like to be involved please get in touch.

26th July, 9.30 – 1pm, the cost of the half day session is £10 held at Poole Grammar School.Broadstone-Music-Summer-School-2016-poster-polly-728x1024


Vinyl Gems of Violin – 4th June 2016

We are delighted to have the opportunity to have the award-winning violinist, Dunja Lavrova, playing here in Broadstone.  Do read her website – the tour that she is planning is going to be amazing and we are incredibly lucky to have Dunja at our series and very proud to be supporting this wonderfully talented musician to help get this project off the ground.

Tickets are £10 and £3 for students – includes interval refreshments

Venue: Broadstone United Reformed Church, Broadstone, BH18 9AB


E.Hallfter arr. J.Heifetz: Danza de la Gitana

N.Paganini: Adagio Flebile from Concerto N4

N.Rimsky-Korsakov arr. F.Kreisler: Hymn to the Sun

N.Rimsky-Korsakov arr. F.Kreisler: Scheherazade

J.S. Bach : Chaconne (from D-minor Partita for solo violin)
G.Catoire: Elegy

S.Rachmaninoff arr. J.Heifetz: Daisies

C.Debussy arr J.Heifetz: L’apres-midi d’un Faune

J.Achron arr. L.Auer: Hebrew Lullaby

D.Shostakovich arr. Tsyganov: Prelude in C-sharp minor

G.Gershwin arr. J.Heifetz: Prelude N2

trad./ arr. J.Heifetz: Deep River

M.Ponce arr. J Heifetz: Estrellita

P.Sarasate: Habanera



Award-Winning violinist Dunja Lavrova presents her project “Vinyl Gems of Violin” in concert with Sophia Rahman, piano.
The programme will consist of 12 violin miniatures, both popular and rare. Dunja will narrate this recital, introducing pieces as the evening progresses. Music will include pieces by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Sarasate, J.S.Bach and others, including arrangements by Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler.
Money raised at the concert will go towards covering the costs of Dunja’s UK tour, a brief description of which you can read here:
“This tour is an idea to recreate the unique experience and magical atmosphere of the musical soirees of the early part of 20th century, where the great violinists like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz performed their favourite violin miniatures. During this tour, Dunja will be reintroducing some of the long-forgotten out-of-print scores popular in the Golden Age of violin playing. Concerts will take place at 12 small vintage cinemas around UK, the nostalgic ambiance of which would create a special, intimate environment, with its dry accountings mimicking the sound of old studio records. Dunja will be narrating the recitals with stories and anecdotes from that period and familiarising the audience with the history behind the less familiar scores.”
About donations:
Making something as original as the Vinyl Gems of Violin tour happen requires very substantial funds and partnerships. Putting together just one out of twelve concerts of this tour can cost up to £4,000. However, everyone who is collaborating with Dunja on this tour already strongly believe that it will all be worth it as this project aims to bring something unique to today’s classical music world and they hope that it gets you as excited about it as they are.
Dunja will be extremely grateful for all the donations made towards her “Vinyl Gems of Violin” tour, whatever size they might be! She will give back personal “thank you” gifts for every donation. Highlights of such gifts include signed CDs/ photographs; tickets to tour concerts and behind-the-scenes rehearsals; personal solo recital given by Dunja at an event/ venue of your choice; arrangement of your favourite piece made by Dunja especially for you; full page about you or your business, or your dedicatee inside the tour concert programme; “sponsored by” banners; opportunity to advertise; and much more…

Please visit to find out more about relevant gifts based on donation sizes. You can donate today, in person, by cash or personal cheque, or by visiting Dunja’s tour page on her website where you can make secure card payments or contact Dunja directly to find out other ways to donate.

Please remember that ALL donations are extremely important in order to get this project off the ground!

Performer Biographies:
Born in Russia, violinist Dunja Lavrova moved to The U.K. at the age of 13. She began her studies at St Petersburg’s School for Exceptionally Gifted Children, in class of Vera Dobrynina. She won a prize at her first competition (Mravinsky Competition in St Petersburg) at the age of 10, and by the age of 11 had already toured Germany and Peru, appeared on Russian and Peruvian National Television, performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with St Petersburg’s leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover.
She moved to U.K. when she won a full scholarship to study at The Yehudi Menuhin School in class of Natasha Boyarsky and, later, Maciej Rakowski. Upon graduation from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Dunja continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski under full scholarship at the Royal College of Music and subsequently graduated with Tagore Gold Medal, presented to her by HRH Prince Charles.
Whilst a U.K. student, she has won numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club (presented by David Attenborough) in 2004. The event took place at The Arts Club and was broadcast on Russian National Television.
During her studies, Dunja was selected to participate in masterclasses with world-leading musicians, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Igor Oistrakh, Pierre Amoyal, Zahar Bron, Zvi Zeitlin, Dora Schwarzberg and others.
Dunja has performed as a soloist at the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Gallery, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Soho Jazz club as well as at numerous other concerts and festivals around the U.K., Europe, Russia and South America.
She has also performed violin concertos with various orchestras, including Russian National Television and Radio Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra of St Petersburg, English Symphony Orchestra, Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Kent Sinfonia, King’s Chamber Orchestra (London), Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, London Concertante and others
As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at various prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Soho Jazz Club and appeared on French National Television with Ensemble Metamusika, of which she is the Leader and Director.
In the summer of 2014 Dunja participated in highly exclusive masterclasses with Pierre Amoyal and Robert Levin at Academie de Musique in Lausanne. That same year she signed a record deal with Solo Musica/ Naxos to record her debut solo album, “My Dusty Gramophone”. The album is now available worldwide and has already received many positive reviews and media attention, including airplays on BBC Radio 3 and 6, review inside BBC Music Magazine and a full feature in Classical Music Magazine’s May 2015 issue.
In December 2015 Dunja made her Moscow debut in Bol’shoy Theatre, performing piano trios with distinguished cellist Alexandr Kniazev and international solo pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, which was a great success.

Sophia Rahman has recorded concertos with the Scottish Ensemble, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and twenty-five chamber discs for companies including Linn records, CPO , Guild, Naxos, ASV, Dutton/Epoch, Meridian and Resonus.

She has acted as a class pianist for IMS/Prussia Cove for Kim Kashkashian, Atar Arad, Hartmut Rohde and, for the last six years, Steven Isserlis. Since 1994 she has acted as official accompanist for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and has also appeared for the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition and the Samling Foundation, as well as the 2013/14 inaugural Australian Cello Awards. She was a class pianist for the last few years of masterclasses given by William Pleeth at the Britten Pears School.

Together with colleagues Robert Plane (clarinet) and Philip Dukes (viola), she was Artist-in-Residence at Queen’s University, Belfast for eight years, where she developed her  love of teaching. She is currently a guest-coach on the string Masters programme at the University of Limerick.
Alongside her touring schedule she has given masterclasses at conservatoires throughout the UK and in Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Finland (coaching chamber music at Sibelius Junior Academy), Estonia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. She is also a member of Trittico with John Anderson (oboe) and Nancy Ruffer (flute). She has appeared in recital with Steven Isserlis, Thomas Riebl, distinguished wind players such as Karl Leister and Alex Klein, and also works regularly with her partner, the violinist, violist and conductor Andres Kaljuste.

Sophia Rahman studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Peter Norris, with additional guidance from Vlado Perlemuter and Louis Kentner.
She took a first-class honours degree in English from King’s College, London and completed her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Malcolm Martineau.
She was the winner of the Royal Overseas League’s Accompanist Award and the Liza Fuchsova Memorial Prize for a chamber music pianist in consecutive years.