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Little Nut
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31 of 36  Sat 2nd Apr 2016 9:37pm  
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Hi Slash1 Looking at the location you give it could have been Cheylesmore School which was at the back of Rolls Royce, and had Morris Car Bodies at the back of the boys playground. It was situated in Mile Lane at the town end and I have seen ref to the school on other topics on here. My husband was there between 62 to 67. The girls playground was the marching ground for the Coventry School of Music Corps of Drums. Sorry we have been talking about the School of Music we remember in Dover Street. Mind you I could never have been a member of the choir as I am tone deaf and so was encouraged to give percussion a bash. Regards, Little Nut
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ghlee
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32 of 36  Tue 24th May 2016 5:48am  
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On 1st Aug 2014 12:57pm, slash1 said: Just to say, this point was never made clear at the beginning, I was never aware of a band, I was a member of a choir. With a couple of young ladies, Marilyn Gilway and her younger sister, they lived in Dennis Road, we were sent from Stoke Heath School at about the age of 9 years. In those days I think that I was a reasonable singer, from Caludon, in the first year, a couple of us were sent to sing in choir of the church that was at the end of Corporation Street. We were sent by our music master, Mr Matthews, whom we obviously called Mozart! Was the church, Christ Church? Sure that someone will tell me.
Hello Slash1. I was also a member, 1956/57. My class teacher at Stoke Heath School, Mr Knight, recommended that I join as two girls in the class - Diane Gilway (the younger sister) and Linda Oughton - were already members and that the choir would benefit with the addition of my soprano voice. I recall that the weekly practice gatherings were at the Town Hall and that we gave one concert that year for families and friends. I discontinued when I attended secondary school the following year. Edited by Midland Red, 6th Jun 2016 8:08 am (This post has been copied into a new thread "Stoke Heathens", and subsequent conversations moved there, so as maintain this thread on-topic!)
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jaguarmanuk
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33 of 36  Tue 20th Dec 2016 11:25am  
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On 1st Apr 2016 1:45pm, Little Nut said: What a find!! My husband and I were members of the band until 1971, so know quite a few of the people in the photo. However it is a surprise to see who isn't there as well. My husband played B flat bass and I played percussion. He was first taught trumpet by Len Pepper, who visited local schools and played in the first ever band group who met at Caludon Castle School. Some of the older lads were young apprentices from the Jaguar Band, but Len's band was classified as a youth band. Their first engagement was at the National Savings Annual Dinner played at the Police Assembly Hall in New Union St. They played the March from Scipio and the March from Alsace. I joined in 1963 when percussion was allowed for the first time in 4th division competitions. I was having lessons at the School of Music and my teacher played in the Coventry Theatre pit orchestra with Len, so we were encouraged to join! Many years later after spending every summer weekend either playing in various parks around the West Midlands or at competitions we decided to leave. We left in November 1971 just after the band had qualified to play in the championship section - it was a bit like football, you had to win a national competition to go up, but unlike football now the championship was the premiership for bands. We were both approaching final exams with our marriage planned for March 1972 so something had to go and unfortunately it was the band.
I'm not quite sure how I found this post but it provoked a whole flood of memories. I too played in the band starting on cornet and finishing up on E flat bass and only left in 1970 when my folks moved house to Slough. My last memories of playing was on a tour we did in Holland. I left straight afterwards. My brother was also in the band and played baritone.Both of us stopped playing after leaving but one of my nephews played in the Coundon Court Band for a while. Happy days. David Gilkes.
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Billy Bolton
Horwich
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34 of 36  Thu 4th Jan 2018 6:10pm  
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In response to some of the previous posts here are three photos that I think are of members of the Youth Orchestra. The only name I am certain of is Brian Llewellyn. Can anyone help with the others? The photos were taken in the early 1960s
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JDR-Cov
Coventry
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35 of 36  Sun 8th Apr 2018 5:41pm  
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On 2nd Nov 2014 1:34pm, Czechchick63 said: I sang with the Coventry Schools' Choir in the 1970s under the inspirational musical direction of Alan Biddle. You had to pass an audition to join. I was at Earlsdon Junior Girls' School where we listened to and sang with the BBC Schools' broadcast 'Singing Together'. Our music teacher was Irene Bliss and she instilled a love of singing that's lasted a lifetime - and encouraged me to audition for the Coventry Schools' Choir, which in those days rehearsed in Percy Street. There was also a recorder group and a schools' orchestra at Percy Street, both of which I performed in. Again, I seem to remember auditions for both. My violin teacher at Earlsdon was Mr Moriarty.
I was a member of the recorder group you mention. If I remember correctly, we were the Coventry School of Music Festival Group. We used to rehearse at Percy Street until moving to the annex at the old Coundon Court school. We were under the direction of Alan Tucker and then Mr Herbert (can't remember his first name). I also went to Earlsdon and was taught by Mrs Bliss but can't remember my violin teachers name. We performed with the youth choir and orchestra at some of our concerts. I find it difficult to find any mention of it these days but I loved being part of it back then.
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Midland Red
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36 of 36  Sun 8th Apr 2018 10:35pm  
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