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What a wonderful weekend we had at the 2017 BDMA Summer Concerts!

4 concerts, 91 performances and the most wonderful thing of all was that we got to enjoy 7 original compositions and several collaborations!

We are so proud of all our students here at the Academy but ever more so when we see their creative confidence growing and get to watch them being so fearless!

Every year our family grows and every year we get to watch our students grow and develop as musicians and young people – what could be better?

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Here are the new term dates for the academic year 2017 – 18, for the London and Manchester Academies.

London:

Weeks 1 7: w/b September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 16th

Weeks 8 12: w/b November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, December 4th

Weeks 13 18: w/b January 1st (lessons start 2nd Jan), 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, February 5th

Weeks 19 23: w/b February 19th, 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th

Weeks 24 29: w/b April 16th, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st

Weeks 30 34: w/b June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd

 

Manchester:

Weeks 1 – 7: w/b September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 16th

Weeks 8 – 12: w/b November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, December 4th

Weeks 13 – 19: w/b January 1st (lessons start 2nd Jan), 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th

Weeks 20 – 23: w/b February 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th

Weeks 24 – 29: w/b April 16th, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st

Weeks 30 – 34: w/b June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd

 

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Christmas Concert 2016

What a success! We had over 100 performers over the 4 concerts and we were absolutely thrilled at the quality of every single performance. It is a true testament, to our wonderful students and also our wonderful tutors, how well prepared and beautifully performed each piece was!

Music grade exam dates for 2017

TRINITY/GUILDHALL exam board (LONDON)

Spring Term

  • 12th & 19th March (closing date 27th January) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 8th & 9th April (closing date 10th February) (GUILDHALL CENTRE) 
  • 30th April (closing date 10th February) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)

Summer Term

  • 14th & 21st May (closing date 10th March) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 11th & 18th June (closing date 12th May) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 9th & 16th July (closing date 12th May) (GUILDHALL CENTRE) 
  • 23rd & 30th July (closing date 12th May) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)

Autumn Term

  • 16th & 17th December (closing date 6th October) (GUILDHALL CENTRE) 
  • (Paper entry candidates should contact the centre representative for closing dates) October 15th, November 19th and 26th, December 10th

TRINITY/GUILDHALL exam board (MANCHESTER)

Summer Term

  • w/b 3rd July 2017 (closing date 5th May)

Autumn Term

  • w/b 4th December 2017 (closing date 6th October)

ABRSM exam board (LONDON & MANCHESTER)

Spring Term

  • Practical 6 March – 8 April  (ONLINE closing date 20th January, POSTAL closing date 13th January)
  • Theory – Wednesday 1st March 5pm (closing dates same as above)

Summer Term

  • Practical 5 June – 1 July (excluding Saturday 17 June) (ONLINE closing date 12th May, POSTAL closing date 5th May)
  • Theory – Saturday 17th June 10am (closing dates same as above)

Autumn Term

  • Practical 6 November – 9 December (excl. Tuesday 7 November) (ONLINE closing date 29th September, POSTAL closing date 22nd September)
  • Theory – November 7th 5pm (closing dates same as above)

 

BDMA Term dates 2016-17 (London)

  • Weeks 1 – 6: w/b September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th
  • Weeks 7 – 12: w/b October 31st, November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, December 5th
  • Weeks 13 – 18: w/b January 2nd (lessons start 3rd Jan), 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, February 6th
  • Weeks 19 – 24: w/b February 20th, 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • Weeks 25 – 29: w/b April 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
  • Weeks 30 – 34: w/b June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd

Term dates 2017 (Manchester)

  • Weeks 13 – 19: w/b January 2nd (lessons start 3rd Jan), 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, February 6th, 13th
  • Weeks 20 – 24: w/b February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • Weeks 25 – 29: w/b April 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
  • Weeks 30 – 34: w/b June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd

Summer Concert 2016

A couple of pictures from our animal themed Summer Concert on Sunday 5th June 2016. A cracking affair, well done everyone!

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Term dates for 2015/16

Hello! Here are our term dates for academic year 2015/16

  • Weeks 1-6: w/b September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, October 5th and 12th
  • Weeks 7-12: w/b November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, December 7th
  • Weeks 13-18: w/b January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th
  • Weeks 9-22: w/b February 22nd, 29th, March 7th, 14th
  • Weeks 23-29: w/b April 11th, 18th, 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
  • Weeks 30-34: w/b June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, July 4th

Christmas Concert 2015

We really enjoyed watching our students perform in the academy’s two Christmas concerts, which brought families together to enjoy festive music before the holidays. Well done to everyone who played.

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Music grade exam dates for 2016

TRINITY/ GUILDHALL exam board

Spring Term:

  • 21st February 2016 (closing date 15th Jan) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 13th & 20th March 2016 (closing date 22nd Jan) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 9th & 10th April 2016 (closing date 5th Feb) (GUILDHALL CENTRE) – last weekend of Easter holidays

Summer Term:

  • 8th & 15th May 2016 (closing date 18th March) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 12th, 19th & 26th June 2016 (closing date 22nd April) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 16th & 17th July 2016 (closing date 6th May) (GUILDHALL CENTRE) 
  • 17th July 2016 (closing date 6th May) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE) – we don’t recommend the July dates as it is too hot for students to be comfortable

Autumn Term:

  • 25th September 2016 (closing date 12th August) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 16th October 2016 (closing date 9th Sept) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 20th & 27th November 2016 (closing date 23rd Sept) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)
  • 10th & 11th December 2016 (closing date 7th Oct) (GUILDHALL CENTRE)
  • 18th December 2016 (closing date 14th Oct) (TRINITY LABAN CENTRE)

 

ABRSM exam board- Practical (BLACKHEATH CENTRE)

Spring Term: 22nd February 2016- 24th March 2016 (closing date online 22nd January 2016, closing date for postal 15th January 2016) no exams Wednesday 2nd March

Summer Term: 13th June 2016- 16th July 2016 (closing date online 6th May 2016, closing date for postal 29th April 2016) no exams Saturday 18th June

ABRSM exam board- Theory (BLACKHEATH CENTRE)

Spring Term: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 17:00 (closing date online 22nd January 2016, closing date for postal 15th January 2016)

Summer Term: Saturday 18th June 2016 10:00 (closing date online 6th May 2016, closing date for postal 29th April 2016)

Summer Concert 2015

A big round of applause to all of the pupils that performed so beautifully in this year’s Movie themed Summer Concert – you were all brilliant! We’d also like to thank all of the parents and tutors for being so supportive.

Here are a couple of photos of all of our wonderful pupils and tutors who performed!

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Christmas Concerts 2014 – Well done!

We’d like to congratulate everyone on their brilliant performances at the Becky Dell Music Academy Christmas Concerts – it was amazing to hear how far everyone has come along since the summer. Bravo students, tutors and ever supportive families!

Christmas Concerts 2014

We are excited to announce that this year’s Christmas concerts will be held at the marvelous Mycenae House on the 15th and 16th of December from 6:30pm until 8:30pm (luckily no one has booked the room after us however, so we can go on for as long as we like!). Start thinking about what songs you’d like to play – it’s a lot closer than you think!

Summer Concert 2014

A big well done to everyone who performed at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic themed Summer Concert at Mycenae House on the 18th of June. Everyone sounded incredible and it was wonderful to meet everyone’s favourite teddies and toys! Have a look at these pictures of a few of the pupils performing below. Happy holidays!

Christmas Concert 2013

Well done to everyone who performed at the Christmas concert at Mycenae House on Monday evening. Everyone played and sang beautifully, topped off with some jolly Christmas carols, accompanied by some of our wonderful tutors. Below are some pictures from the evening. Have a very merry Christmas.

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New members of the Rubybird team 2013!

I’m very excited to welcome Bex McGann to the Rubybird team, who has started work as my glamorous personal assistant! As some of you might know, Bex was my very first piano student 13 years ago and I am so happy life has come full circle and she’s now part of the team helping the next generation to learn music. (This might be the appropriate time to burst into singing The Circle of Life…) She’s recently moved back to Westcombe Park after graduating from Leeds Uni and is also an ace baby sitter if you need one. Bex will be working two days a week for the BDMA and helping out at all the events, so I’m sure you will get to know her very soon! Here she is in her reindeer outfit!
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P.S. Becky/Bex, I know, I know, out of all the names in the world how did I pick someone to work for me who has the same name as me?! Truth is, she’s just too awesome to pass up. I’m Becky and she’s Bex. I’m sure this isn’t going to be confusing.

P.P.S. The very lovely Steph Legg has also joined the team as woodwind teacher extraordinaire.  Have a look at her profile here.

Christmas Concert 2013

Hello hello!! Just a quick date for your diaries; the Christmas Concert will be at 7pm on Monday 16th December 2013 at Mycenae House. Before you ask, yes, there will be mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas jumpers too. And possibly a reindeer or two if Santa lets me borrow them again.

Summer Concert 2013

24 courageous souls performed at our first Summer Concert in June 2013. It was held at Mycenae House, Greenwich and was a fun, entertaining evening; no doubt highlighted as such in the kids minds because we had ice-cream and all the toppings you could wish for at the end! Here’s our first group picture. Aren’t they an awesome bunch.

Group 4 - Becky

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