Mon 2nd December was another night to remember on the band’s 2013 calendar when we were privileged to both perform and accompany some wonderfully talented students of The Lord Mayor Treloars College Alton. The boys and girls came along to sing some very appropriate Christmas music at the beautiful Glaziers Hall in London SE1 and thoroughly deserved the audience’s full standing ovation given them at the completion.
It was a heartwarming evening for all of us and we can only congratulate to them all – including the wonderful soloists too.
In particular we must also mention their recent Classic FM award winning Head of Music Jocelyn Watkins* for moulding them all together and ensuring their unstoppable love and enthusiasm for music! A superb and very rewarding Christmassy night for everyone of them and band too!
* For more details of Jocelyn’s recent award, please read on for details.
Treloar School teacher wins a Classic FM
Music Teacher of the Year Award
14 November 2013
Jocelyn Watkins classicfm award MobileJocelyn Watkins has been honoured by Global’s national classical music radio station Classic FM at the 15th annual Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards. She was presented with the Special Education Needs Music Teacher of the Year Award on stage at the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concerts in front of thousands of people at the Royal Albert Hall this week. Jocelyn was given the Award by Classic FM’s own Catherine Bott.The Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards seek to recognise and reward those teachers who have made a real difference to the musical life of young people. As part of the Award, Jocelyn will receive musical equipment and instruments from Yamaha and software from Avid for her school.
The judges commented: “Jocelyn is a remarkable teacher who demonstrates an extremely high level of skill and passion. Many of her students at Treloar School are unable to express themselves physically or verbally, but she gives them a voice by enabling them to reach out to others through music. Jocelyn’s enthusiasm, drive and determination mean that every student, regardless of their disability, can benefit from the pleasure of music. Her work is humbling to witness – she is an inspiration to us all.”
On receiving her award Jocelyn comments: “My reaction to the award was total disbelief but delight that music can be recognised as a vital part of education for all children, especially for those at Treloar’s…and it was nice to get the champagne out!”
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photo courtesy of Richard Johnson
Author: Carolyn Warne