THAMES friends AGM 2017

Dear THAMES friends members,

This year, THAMES friends Annual General Meeting will be on 24 June starting at 9.15 (for a 9.30 start), and should be finished before 11.00.

You are all welcome – the meeting will be in the staff room at St Paul’s Way Trust School.

The main items on the agenda are the point where all members of the committee will resign and seek re-appointment for a further year, and a review of the past year.

So please come along – there will be coffee, cakes, and a chance for a chat – as well as the formal business of the AGM.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 24th!

The THAMES Friends Trustees.

AGM Agenda: Tf AGM-24-06-2017

Minutes of AGM 2016: Tf 2016 AGM 25 06 16-Minutes

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Fundraising successes!

THAMES friends (Tf) have been collaborating with a number of partners to raise funds during 2014/15.
The Canary Wharf Group continue to support us. They donated £1,000 in December 2014. More recently THAMES friends Trustees submitted another application for funding in respect of either:-
(a) “Music Master Classes” aimed at more advanced musicians who play instruments aligning to those played at SMC. The classes will address technical issues and focus on individual the musician, covering every performance detail of a particular piece. The students would improve their: • Overall level of musical performance• Interpretation of a piece and communication of that interpretation• Articulation• Dynamics • Breathing • Confidence• Happiness etc; or
(b) “Music Clinics” which provide targeted teaching for a small group in the format of a “surgery” that will identify and correct technical issues, with a view to improving • Reading music • Bow hold for string players • Embouchure for wind players• Stick hold for percussionists• Breathing technique• Posture• Accuracy of rhythm• Improved intonation.

THAMES friends’ Trustees in conjunction with one of our SMC parents submitted an application to John Lewis partnership’s Music matters initiative and were successful in being pledged £1,250, a significant donation which will be presented by John Lewis in the coming months and will be used to enable the THYO residential course to take place from 10–13 September at Leiston Abbey House, Suffolk by fully funding the transport costs of the attendees.
Tf have also received a very kind anonymous donation via the donor’s publishing house for which we are very grateful.
SMC parents and friends have been using when doing their online shopping and this is producing a steady income flow which Tf are able to apply to the various initiatives in the pipeline for the immediate future.

A regular source of funds continues to derive from both the tuck shop and from the concerts, we thank all who volunteer each week on tuck shop and front desk duties and all those who volunteer and contribute to the concerts in particular Celia Evans who provides the cakes which result in enormous anticipation and queues! These funds have enabled THAMES friends Trustees to contribute a further £1,750 towards the THYO residential course in addition to the £1,500 mentioned above.
We thank you all for your fund raising efforts.

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THAMES friends AGM

Annual General Meeting –

The THAMES friends AGM will be on Saturday 27th June 2015 at Paper & Cup Café, 83 St Paul’s Way, London, E3 4AJ, 9:30am – 11:00 am.

As members of THAMES friends, all parents and carers of THAMES musicians are very welcome to attend.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Agree Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 28th June 2014
  3. Trustees retirements & appointments (S18, THAMES’ friends Constitution)
  4. Year in Review
  5. Treasury Update
  6. Any other business
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The Bad Mood – Spitalfields Summer Music Festival

The Bad Mood, at Spitalfields Summer Music Festival on Sunday 7th June, looks like it will be of great interest to young music service users and their families. Free tickets are available for Tower Hamlets residents.

The Bad Mood is the second of TROUPE’s family concert series If a tree falls in the forest. It tells the story of HQ, a sonic nerve centre operated by a diligent team of workers. HQ sends and receives sound signals like clockwork, maintaining perfect order on the Grid – until one day, a Bad Mood arrives and threatens to wreak havoc on the system.

Exploring ideas around empathy and resilience, HQ and the audience try to cope with the Bad Mood every which way they can, from soothing to arguing and – ultimately – to dancing it off. Each stage is represented by a piece of classical music, including pieces by Ravel, Cage and Bach.

The Bad Mood begins with the audience (ages 7+) making their own sonic signal receivers in a workshop led by Ruth Paton, a theatre designer and installation artist who specializes in making work for and with children and young people.

The production is part of this year’s Spitalfields Summer Music Festival, and will be performed on Sunday 7th June, 12.30 (workshop beings at noon) at east London’s Rich Mix.

More information on our website, and free tickets are available for Tower Hamlets residents:

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Big Band Treats at the Troxy

photo 1The SMC Big Band performed at the annual Mayor of Tower Hamlets Education Achievement Awards on Tuesday 25th November at the Troxy.
The repertoire on the night ranged from classic jazz favourites such as ‘Cantaloupe Island’ to the ska classic ‘Ghost Town’. The appreciative audience included the athlete Perri Shakes Drayton who was spotted dancing in her seat!
A fantastic evening.

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Crowd Out Performance

A new piece of music for 1000 people – including members of the THAMES Community Choir. Inspired by the roaring swell of a football match, Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lang’s new work invites you to step in among a chorus of singing, shouting, whispering voices. As the ebb and flow of music resonates around Arnold Circus and envelops you, lose yourself in the crowd and take your own journey through this powerful piece.

Saturday 21 June, 3.30pm & 6.00pm

Arnold Circus Bandstand

For more information see

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THAMES friends AGM

Notice of the THAMES friends Annual General Meeting

DATE: Saturday, 28th June 2014
TIME: 09:30 – 10:30 AM
VENUE: Paper & Cup
St Paul’s Way Centre
83 St Paul’s Way
London, E3 4AJ
(1 minute walk from SMC)

Please attend and support your charity. Tea/Coffee and pastries will be provided.

In accordance with of the THAMES’ friends constitution, the trustees of the charity will all retire at the AGM, and will stand again for re-election as trustees by the membership.  The trustees seeking re-election are:
Justine Sacarello, Florinda Jovellnos Clark, Bob Fields, Patrice Clough, Nick Evans, Steve Givlin, Paola Malaspina, and Netty Yasin.
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Musical Summer School

We have been contacted about an exciting summer school opportunity run by Goldsmiths University, that some of the older SMC students might want to take advantage of.

The free summer school is open to anyone living in the London Boroughs and is particularly aimed at those who have no family history of attending university or for those still undecided about whether it is for them. 30 young people will be selected to participate and will experience teaching from professional musicians and academics, as well as the opportunity to work alongside Goldsmiths undergraduate music students.

Each session will work towards a final performance chosen from three main areas:

  • Composition/Songwriting
  • Chamber/Early/Traditional Music
  • Rock/Pop/Urban Music

This fully funded opportunity will provide a week of creative music making, developing skills as a performer, songwriter or composer. Intensive group practical sessions will be supported by daily sessions in music theory, aural and sightreading, as well as sessions introducing creative digital music, gamelan, film and TV music, and a taste of university-style lectures.

Participants need to:

  • Be 16-24 years old
  • Have a passion for music, have some experience either as a performer or composer and have a basic understanding of music theory;
  •  Submit an application
  • Be able to commit to the full 5 days of study at Goldsmiths (Monday 30th June – Friday 4th July

The deadline for applications is Thursday 5th June.

This is a fantastic free opportunity for young musicians and would gladly accept applications from your musical community.

For further information and the application form, please see this link: or contact:

Jade Whymark
Administrative Assistant
Admissions, Marketing, Outreach & Recruitment
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
T: +44 (0)2077173329

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SMC Musicians to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 11 May sees the BMW LSO Open Air Classics concert – an opportunity hear outstanding music performed by the LSO in the open air in the heart of London. For free! The performance will feature music by Prokofiev, and the orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Even more exciting – young musicians from THAMES SMC will be among the young people performing along with the LSO as part of the LSO Discovery Programme.

BMW LSO Open Air Classics will be on Sunday May 11 at 6.30pm in Trafalgar Square. For more information about the event see

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Raise money for THAMES friends while you shop!

Did you know that you can raise money to help  THAMES friends support music making, just by doing your online shopping? And it doesn’t cost you a penny!

By registering with EasyFundRaising, companies you buy from will donate a small percentage of what you spend to THAMES friends!

Just go to to sign up, and whether your doing the weekly shop, buying presents, or booking your summer holidays, music making at SMC can benefit!

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