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Latest News - Forthcoming Concerts - Events

This page contains all the latest GAM news and details of upcoming concerts and events - please check back here regularly.

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GAM Students Programme of Events

A full schedule of all the performance opportunities available to GAM students over the 2018/2019 season can be found here.



Entries are now open for the prestigious 2019 Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year competition and the current winner - saxophonist Lydia Kenny - is encouraging every young musician to apply.

It's been an inspirational year for her and the competition has given her fantastic opportunities to improve her playing and performing in public.

"I'd encourage everyone to apply," she said. "I entered three times and gained huge amounts of confidence and experience each time."

The contest is open to piano, string, woodwind, orchestral percussion and brass musicians, aged 22 or under on or before March 1st 2019, of at least Grade 8 standard who live in or go to school in the county, or receive musical tuition in a recognised musical organisation in Gloucestershire.

Visit for more details and to apply

It's back! #thebigstring 2019

Join over 100 young string players from grade 1 to grade 8+ and perform in Gloucester Cathedral

Open to young people from across the county, whether already involved in an ensemble or not.

Repertoire for 2019 features Holst's vibrant St. Paul's Suite and the beautiful Christmas Concerto by Corelli.

Once again GAMís inspirational Musical Director, Glyn Oxley, will lead a team of experienced tutors from Gloucestershire Academy of Music, Cotswold Music Tutors & Gloucestershire Music.

This event is suitable for all string players from pre-grade 1 level (you need to be able to play a D major scale) to advanced level. Parts will be available appropriate for each standard and we hope you can all join us.

Monday 18th February:

9.30am to 4.00pm, rehearsal at Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham, GL51 0HG

Tuesday 19th February:

9.30am to 3.00pm, rehearsal at Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, GL1 2LX

3.00pm Concert for all family and friends at Gloucester Cathedral

Students will need to bring a packed lunch, snack and drink with them each day.

To reserve your place on The Big String 2019 please Click here

You will receive the music for the event by email in December to enable you to practise ahead of the event.

The generous support of Make Music Gloucestershire allows places to be offered for a fee of just £30 per student.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2019 . Please note we reserve the right to close applications early.

For further details please email



After a successful debut year, GYCO Inspire is inviting applications to audition for the 2018/2019 season. This project, supported by Make Music Gloucestershire, gives talented students the opportunity to perform at the highest level, working with international artists from Cheltenham Music Festival under the baton of our Artistic Director, Glyn Oxley.

Students meet once a month for intensive rehearsals, and have access to a range of performance opportunities in significant venues across Gloucestershire. There are opportunities to work with contemporary music and student compositions as well as standard orchestral repertoire.

Musicians must be of at least Grade 8 standard as well as having excellent sight-reading skills. Auditions are being held early September 2018 so for further information and to apply for an audition, please contact

NEW for September 2018: Starter Recorders

We are really pleased to be offering a Starter Recorder session on Saturday mornings from September. Starter Recorders will introduce keen young musicians to the wind family and runs alongside and complements the Infant Singing & Rhythm class. Everyone is welcome to try out the first session for FREE on Saturday 15 September at 9.45-10.30am. No instrument needed!!

For further information and to sign up, please contact

Tuffley & Calton pupils wowed by professional Chineke! Orchestra musicians & talented young composers from Gloucestershire

Chineke! Orchestra professional musicians + GAMís top quality teachers gave inspiring performances, talks and opportunities to try an instrument at two Gloucester primary schools in July.

Plus, on 4 July at 2pm, a Diverse Futures concert was held at Kings Theatre, Gloucester, featuring a professional string quartet from BAME orchestra Chineke! It also included new music composed and performed by some of Gloucestershire'sí best young music talent.

Bursary Applications - Increased Limits Now Available

The ĎGloucestershire Academy of Musicí Bursary fund is available to all students up to the age of 18 years at the beginning of the academic year being applied for.

Students can now apply for up to a maximum of £550.00 - conditions apply.

Although financial circumstances are taken into consideration, all applications are considered on an individual basis also taking into account the students aptitude for music making.

New and existing students can apply at any time of the year for assistance with term-time fees, and/or those to attend a holiday music courses with Gloucester Academy of Music. The application forms can be requested from our office or downloaded by clicking here. All applications should be returned in a sealed envelope marked 'Confidential' and addresssed to 'The Bursary Committee.