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Five Towns Community Day

Look out for our stall at Pontefract Park on Saturday 15th September as we kick-start our 2018-19 season with some promotion at the Five Towns Community Day. Although we're not performing, we'll have plenty of information for potential new members.

We'll be there between 12pm and 4pm so please come and say 'hello'!


An Evening of Music on the Lanes

Our concert 'An Evening of Music on the Lanes'. took place on the evening of Friday 13th July at Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre to raise money for our 'Defbirillators for Castleford' Appeal. The evening was a great success with an audience of over 100 people enjoying a wide range of music from our concert band and choir. We're still waiting for the total amount raised on the night, but with over £280 raised from the raffle alone, a big 'thank you' has to go to everyone who bought tickets. Thanks also to Loubie Lou's, Sisters Ladies Fashionwear, Bill Plant Driving School by Scott Tomkinson, KL Hairdressing,  and the staff at Dorothy Perkins and Marks & Spencer and  for donating some brilliant raffle prizes.



Castleford Footbridge 10th Anniversary Celebrations

CYM were recently invited to perform at the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the Castleford Footbridge.

The bridge project featured on Channel 4 and was officially opened on the 4th of July 2008 by Wakefield Council Leader Peter Box and TV presenter Kevin McCloud at a cost of £4.8 million, which was funded by national and regional bodies. For more information about the bridge, visit the Castleford Heritage Trust website

Help us Spread the Word!

Social media is one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective methods of promotion available to us, but we need your support! Please like and share our pages and posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word! Why not keep up to date with all the CYM news and events by joining our mailing list too?! Click here to sign up.





Calling All Clarinettists!

Castleford Young Musicians are always on the lookout for new band and choir members, but we're currently very keen to invite any clarinettists who may wish to join us. There are NO AUDITIONS, so if you're aged between 8 and 25 and are at least grade 1 standard please come down to a rehearsal and see what you think! Contact us for more information.



Keep in the know!

From September 2017 we will be using e-mail (rather than letters) as our primary method of communication with members and parents, so please sign up to our mailing list (here) as soon as possible.

For everyone else, we'll be launching a brand new (occasional) e-mail newsletter very soon, so please sign up for all the latest CYM news and events!

Become a Friend of CYM

Our annual patron's scheme 'Friends of CYM' is a great way to support Castleford Young Musicians if you're not musical or you fall outside our membership age range! Memberships renew each August, but between now and the end of January we have a special half-year offer for only £5 (single membership) or just £6 (joint membership). There is no commitment from August 2017, but if you would like to continue supporting us, membership for the following 12 months will be £12 (single) and £15 (joint).

This is an excellent way to help CYM with their fundraising efforts - if you're interested please complete the form on our Friends page. Contact us if you would like more information.


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Defibrilators for Castleford Appeal

CYM are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint fundraising campaign with Carlton Lanes to bring much needed defibrillators to Castleford town centre. We are aiming to raise enough money to locate two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Shopping Centre which will be available for use by members of the public should the need arise.

AEDs are lightweight portable devices used in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) that check the patient’s heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. SCA can lead to death if it’s not treated within minutes; in fact each minute of SCA leads to a 10% reduction in the chance of survival. AEDs are intended to be used by the general public to allow early treatment of the patient until the emergency services arrive.

Castleford Young Musicians will be raising money through various fundraising events, donations and collections at concerts, but we're very pleased to announce that 100% of the profit from our Annual Concert at the Civic Centre on Friday 11th May will go towards this appeal.

Neighbourhood Improvement Fund

Very pleased to announce we have been successful in our application for £500 from Wakefield Council’s Neighbourhood Improvement Fund. This will go towards replacing our well used music stands which have served us well for over 15 years, but they have certainly seen better days!

Next Concert

Our next concert takes place on Friday 27th April in the Church Hall at St Joseph's Primary School in Castleford (next door to our rehearsal venue) on Friday 27th April at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £5 and will be available on the door. Please check our events page for a full list of this year's concerts.

Annual Concert Early Bird Offer!

Tickets for our Annual Cabaret Concert at Castleford Civic Centre on Friday 11th May are now on sale, with an early bird offer until 31st March. Save £1 per ticket by ordering them before this date either by e-mailing us here or calling (01977) 511971.



Joint Concert with Featherstone Male Voice Choir

CYM were invited to perform with Featherstone Male Voice Choir at Featherstone Methodist Church on Friday 9th March to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. The Mayor's Concert was a fantastic evening; the packed out audience enjoying a wide range of music from both organisations. Many thanks to those who left us comments on social media:
"You were all completely fabulous. Hope you are very proud of yourselves, because you really should be. Fantastic mix of talent." Julie Marris
"Thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Well done everyone!" Pauline West
"What a brilliant night that was ! From the youngest performer to the oldest, everyone looked as if they were really enjoying it, and delivered a memorable evening’s entertainment. Thanks to all of you" John Harvey
"Fantastic concert. Everyone was amazing. I was so proud of our son for being able to be part of it" Claire Lancaster
"Brilliant concert, didn’t want it to end!" Vanessa Clarkson
"Well done to all concerned another amazing concert" Pauline Dyson
"Wonderful evening, enjoyed every minute. Well done everyone!" Phyllis Harvey

Promotional Event

A big thank you to those who volunteered during our promotional morning on 9th September at Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre, Castleford. We gave out plenty of leaflets and had some interest, so hopefully this results in a few new members for our band and choir!

Exam Congratulations

Congratulations to Alfie Southernwood (Grade 1) and Maxx Lancaster (Grade 4) who both passed their recent Saxophone exams!


New Concert

We've just added a new concert to our events page - a performance at St Joseph's Primary School in Castleford on Friday 7th July to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. As this is the same venue as our planned rehearsal, the evening will begin with refreshments at 7pm with the concert beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets will be available on the door and are priced at £5 adults, with children just £2.

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