New Year Bulletin 2015

We would like to wish a very happy new year to all of our customers, students, tutors and parents from the staff here at Booth’s Music.


2014 has been a very musical year indeed, and we have some quite exciting news topics to share with you. Please read on, and of course any feedback is always greatly appreciated. Tony, Jean, James & Colin.




Many of our students, friends and family members descended on Bolton Parish Church on the evening of Saturday 13th December to enjoy festive entertainment. The carol concert was lots of fun indeed, and a resounding success. We would like to thank each and every person who took part in the performances, and of course everybody who came along to support the event.


All the hard work of students and tutors  in preparation for the carol concert certainly paid off, with well received renditions of Christmas songs echoing throughout the building. A number of pieces such as “Carol of the Bells” showcased the talents of the Booth’s Music choir, while many other popular carols including “Here we come Wassailing” and “Silent Night” offered a fine display of instrumental playing across the board.


Although the concert was hosted with free admission, donations have raised £146.30 towards the Churchgate stage fund – thank you very much to all who contributed… and “well done” everybody!




November was an exciting time at Booth’s Music , with drummers from across the local area and a large number of students who have lessons at Booth’s, taking part in the Stagg Rhythm Challenge. Attracting over eighty ‘competitors,’ the goal of the event is to record the fastest drum roll over sixty seconds using the ‘beat counter’ function of the Rhythm Trainer device.


New year bulletin - padThe actual fastest score recorded was 1174BPM, by Booth’s Music drum and guitar tutor Tommy Govan, although as Tommy is a tutor at the shop it was decided to give the price to the fastest drummer on the ‘student leader board’. Max Ainsworth (sixteen years old) managed to get 1029BPM, with Joe (also sixteen) getting second place with 963BPM, and another Joe Birch in third with 962BPM.


Other than Tommy winning #1 on the ‘adult’ leader board, the next scores  for the Stagg Rhythm Challenge were achieved by Booth’s Music web designer James Aspinall with 1163BPM, tutor Matt Harrison with 1104, and well-known local drummer Karl Riley of the band Carcer City scored 1099BPM.
We would like to thank everybody who came along to Booth’s Music to take part in the Stagg Rhythm Challenge, which raised a total of £142.08 for the Churchgate Stage Fund.




There have been more ROCKSCHOOL exams taking place at our centre than ever before in 2014 and there are more on the way in the New Year. It is apparent that results are reaching higher gradings then previous years, with more merits and distinctions awarded to students who take lessons here at Booth’s Music throughout the summer and autumn periods. -WELL DONE to everybody who has achieved success in 2014 and best of luck to candidates in the New Year!




As always, it is an ongoing excitement to see the team of tutors here at Booth’s Music growing and offering greater expertise and instrumental diversity with each new addition. We have been lucky enough in 2014 to welcome three excellent new tutors to the ranks.
MATT RYAN is offering tuition for all brass instruments, along side piano tuition and of course his fantastic Tuba playing. GEORGINA ROSANNA-MURRAY has come on board with a wealth of experience giving double bass, piano and singing lessons. MATT HARRISON joined us during the summer and now giving drum lessons in our Bolton centre.




Many readers will be aware of recent efforts to raise funds to purchase an outdoor stage for Churchgate. We have of course, over the years, hosted many music events outside the shop and we hope that possessing a stage of our own will allow for more frequent events and provide a performance space for tutors and students who attend lessons at Booth’s Music.


Throughout 2014, we have witnessed a number of music events such as the hugely succesful Summer Concert, which raised a total of £527.00 for the stage through your generous donations, and other more recent projects such as the Busk-athon in August and the Carol Concert have now brought the total to £1,066.00.
It is now the case that we are in a position to commission the stage project to go ahead for completion in spring of this new year, and of course we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all who have contributed to the fund raising in any capacity. This is something that will benefit both the students of Booth’s Music and of course musicians on Bolton in general.




Be sure to check out our recently developed online store at WWW.BOOTHSMUSIC.COM – order online and collect your music from our “pick-up point” outside our shop premises. The New Year holds more exciting changes to our ever-growing online store.




Conducted in our live room at our Bolton premises, the choir is led by experienced vocal tutor Anikó Tóth on Tuesday evenings from 19:30 until 20:00. Our aim is to improve and enhance everyone’s individual singing ability and building on their confidence as a group.
If you would like to join us in the New Year, please speak to Jean.



If you would like to interact with other singers and musicians in a live Rock band situation, Live Zone takes place on Saturday mornings, with 60-minute sessions.


Multi-instrumentalist Mike Barnes, who creates a lively and fun teaching environment where you can really build on your musicianship skills. He is currently recruiting students for a new band.


Live Zone is aimed at musicians between the ages of 11 and 16. If you would like more information, please just ask a member of staff.

This popular “jam night” is operated by Colin every first and third Wednesday of the month over at Ye Olde Man & Scythe pub. Players of all styles and abilities are welcome to attend, it is always a fun night out with a friendly crowd, but expect varied banter and eccentric characters.
If you think you would like to attend, “jamming” usually starts from around 7PM, but you can always speak to Colin for more of an idea of what to expect!

New Year - Jam nights


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