Merry Christmas!

2017 has been another huge year me and for The Strings Club. We are delighted to have been able to share some wonderful musical moments with some exceptionally talented and exciting young musicians at our events this year.

We’ve inspired more children than ever in 2017 and we are all looking forward to going even further in 2018.

On behalf of head office, our teachers and childcare specialists, we’d like to thank you and your children for continuing to inspire us every day. We all wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Amy X

Christmas 2017 Opening Hours

Happy Holidays!

Our office will be closed from 12pm on Thursday 21st December 2017 and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

During our Christmas office closure period, there will be no telephone service, if you wish to contact us, please email us at info@thestringsclub.org.

We have a range of beginner Term Time Courses and Holiday Camps taking place throughout 2018. Don’t forget you can also book your child’s upcoming birthday party with us! To find your nearest Strings Club click here.

From all of us at The Strings Club, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Get in the Christmas spirit with our Recommended listening – Christmas editions!

 

Special New Partnership in Greenwich

We are delighted to announce a special new partnership with James Wolfe Primary School in SE10 – somewhere we are very excited to call a home for our award -winning programmes in Greenwich.

James Wolfe School and The Strings Club share a lot of common values. We inspire children to  learn new skills, promote confidence and help children fulfill their potential. We’re sure our new partnership will be fruitful and we are very excited about our new home in a new area of South East London

We are delighted to be offering all of our programmes to aspiring young musicians aged 4-11 in the Greenwich area, with Term Time Courses, Holiday Camps and Discovery Days to look forward to in the New Year 2018.

Here is what is happening at a glance in January and February:

Term Time Courses – 10 weekly music lessons, starting Saturday 13th January

Enhance your child’s development with our weekly music classes, set within a fun, supportive and rewarding environment and led by the UK’s top string teachers. Each Term Time Course is lovingly developed by our team of experienced string specialists, taking into consideration every aspect of your child’s development. Beginning Saturday 13th of January, children aged 4-5 in Reception can learn violin and those in Year 1 and above can learn Guitar.

Holiday Camps – Running every school holiday, coming up next in Feb Half Term and Easter Ofsted/EYFS registered, flexible, full time childcare every school holidays

Packed with fun-filled, unmissable musical experiences, our Ofsted registered Holiday Camps for children aged 4 – 11 bring together the very best of childcare and music education to engage and inspire your child and because of our Ofsted status you can even pay by childcare vouchers. It is our passion and dedication in promoting the learning and development of all children in our care that stands our Camps apart. Book from a half day, with standard hours 9.30am to 4pm, and a wrap around option from/to 8am/5.45pm.

Discovery Days – perfect for those taking their first steps on their musical journey

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music. We understand that choosing an instrument for your child to learn can be a difficult and expensive process. That’s why at a Discovery Day with us, your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free! Our next Discovery Day takes place on Saturday 6th of January from 10.30am to 12pm.

Find out more about what is going on in Greenwich or give our friendly office team a call on 0121 296 9204

 

Special New Partnership in Islington

We are delighted to announce a special new partnership with St Andrew’s CE Primary School in N1, somewhere we are very excited to call our new home in Islington, bringing all of our programmes together.

St Andrew’s CE Primary School and The Strings Club share a lot of common values – we want children to be confident, have high aspirations and through high quality and engaging teaching be well equipped to become independent young people. We’re sure our new partnership will be fruitful and we are very excited about our new home in North London.

We are excited to be offering all of our programmes to aspiring young musicians aged 4-11 in the Islington area, with Term Time Courses, Holiday Camps and Discovery Days to look forward to in the New Year.

Here is what is happening at a glance in January and February:

Term Time Courses – 10 weekly music lessons, starting Saturday 13th January

Enhance your child’s development with our weekly music classes, set within a fun, supportive and rewarding environment and led by the UK’s top string teachers. Each Term Time Course is lovingly developed by our team of experienced string specialists, taking into consideration every aspect of your child’s development. Beginning Saturday 13th of January, children aged 4-5 in Reception can learn violin and those in Year 1 and above can learn Guitar.

Holiday Camps – Coming up next in Feb Halft Term and Easter, Ofsted/EYFS registered, flexible, full time childcare every school holidays

Packed with fun-filled, unmissable musical experiences, our Ofsted registered Holiday Camps for children aged 4 – 11 bring together the very best of childcare and music education to engage and inspire your child and because of our Ofsted status you can even pay by childcare vouchers. It is our passion and dedication in promoting the learning and development of all children in our care that stands our Camps apart. Book from a half day, with standard hours 9.30am to 4pm, and a wrap around option from/to 8am/5.45pm.

Discovery Days – perfect for those taking their first steps on their musical journey

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music. We understand that choosing an instrument for your child to learn can be a difficult and expensive process. That’s why at a Discovery Day with us, your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free! Our Discovery Days take place regularly on a Saturday, from 10.30am-12pm. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to find out more.

Find out more about what is going on in Islington or give our friendly team a call on 0121 296 9204.

Special New Partnership in Sutton Coldfield

We are delighted to announce a special new partnership with Mere Green Primary School in B75, somewhere we are very excited to call our new home in Sutton Coldfield, bringing all of our programmes together.

Mere Green Primary School and The Strings Club share a lot of common values – we are driven to ‘make a difference’ to children, through support, nurture and trust. We’re sure our new partnership will be fruitful and we are very excited about our new home in Sutton.

We are delighted to be offering all of our programmes to aspiring young musicians aged 4-11 in the Sutton area, with Term Time Courses, Holiday Camps and Discovery Days to look forward to in the New Year.

Here is what is happening at a glance in January and February:

Term Time Courses – 10 weekly music lessons, starting Saturday 13th January

Enhance your child’s development with our weekly music classes, set within a fun, supportive and rewarding environment and led by the UK’s top string teachers. Each Term Time Course is lovingly developed by our team of experienced string specialists, taking into consideration every aspect of your child’s development. Beginning Saturday 13th of January, children aged 4-5 in Reception can learn violin and those in Year 1 and above can learn guitar.

Holiday Camps – Coming up next in Feb Half Term and Easter, Ofsted/EYFS registered, flexible, full time childcare every school holidays

Packed with fun-filled, unmissable musical experiences, our Ofsted registered Holiday Camps for children aged 4 – 11 bring together the very best of childcare and music education to engage and inspire your child and because of our Ofsted status you can even pay by childcare vouchers. It is our passion and dedication in promoting the learning and development of all children in our care that stands our Camps apart. Book from a half day, with standard hours 9.30am to 4pm, and a wrap around option from/to 8am/5.45pm.

Discovery Days – perfect for those taking their first steps on their musical journey

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music. We understand that choosing an instrument for your child to learn can be a difficult and expensive process. That’s why at a Discovery Day with us, your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free! Our next Discovery Day takes place on Saturday 6th of January from 10.30am to 12pm.

Find out more about what is going on in Sutton Coldfield or give our friendly office team a call on 0121 296 9204.

Recommended listening – Christmas edition!

Welcome back to our Monthly “Recommended Listening”!

Every month, we are here to help you inspire your child with some season-appropriate musical pieces. Listening to music is not only enjoyable but is also beneficial in development many skills including coordination and self-confidence that will continue to be useful for your child throughout their lives.

This month, The Strings Club Head Office team has gathered for you the a selection of the best festive pieces of music alongside some fun facts and links to YouTube and Spotify to get us all in the mood for the mood for Christmas!

The Nutcracker

Did you know that despite it’s huge fame now, the original ballet was a commercial flop?! But Tchaikovsky’s 20 minute ‘suite’ extracted from The Nutcracker was, and always has been, hugely popular, and it has become one of his most famous compositions. Have a listen to the Waltz of the Flowers on Spotify or on YouTube.

Carol of the Bells

This Christmas classic might ring a lot of bells for all you listeners. Is that because you are a Home Alone fan or a Metallica fan?! Composed by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych with lyrics from Peter J. Wilhousky, this song was originally a Ukranian folk chant but enjoys huge popularity appearing on films, TV shows and of course at major metal gigs across the world! Have a listen on Spotify and on YouTube.

Winter Wonderland

As if you weren’t feeling Christmassy enough already, here comes a giant of a Christmas tune. Written in 1934 Bernard (music) and. Smith (lyricist), it has been recorded by over 200 different artists. But we’re quite partial to the King of Cool, Dean Martin’s own rendition (with it being so cold out there it is probably more fitting too!). Have a listen on Spotify and on YouTube.

What next?

If you like the sound of these Christmas tunes then why not get your child an extra treat for the New Year – book them on a Term Time Course starting Saturday 13th January or at our Holiday Camps every school holiday, right now you can save 15% (that’s a lesson and a half free, or nearly a day of childcare!).

Christmas is coming – is there a special musical gift under your child’s tree?

Christmas is coming and musical instruments remain popular choices for special gifts under the tree. But where do parents start when considering what to buy and how do you make sure your child gets the most from their wonderful new gift?

As a mum, being supportive and encouraging has always been something that I’ve been concerned about and is a big part of why I set up The Strings Club all those years ago in 2012 to inspire children through music.

Here is some advice that The Strings Club team and I can offer from years of experience, this is for anyone looking for an inspirational musical gift this festive season:

  1. Choose an instrument to suit your child’s age. For children aged 4 or 5 we know from experience ukulele and violin are perfect because they are small and light.
  2. Make sure it is the right size and good quality! Be careful when buying an instrument online. We’d recommend visiting your friendly local music shop to try out some instruments.
  3. Don’t forget to accessorise! You will need things like a tuner, violin rosin, cases for ukulele/guitar.
  4. Support your child. Learn how to tune the instrument – this is a hard thing for children to master and will boost your listening pleasure!
  5. Practice makes perfect! Weekly music lessons will help turn their new gift into an amazing skill for life.

Our Spring Term Time Classes start Saturday 13th January, from 9.30am, and priced from only £15 per lesson. And right now you can get 15% off all new beginners courses. Take a look at what courses are happening near you.

Have any questions about instruments and courses or want to book? Give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Term Time Courses in more detail.

Director Amy wins Great British Entrepreneur Award

Director of The Strings Club, Amy Cunningham Adds Another String To Her Bow with The Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Business leaders, mentors and entrepreneurs gathered at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham last night (November 16th), where The Strings Club director, Amy Cunningham, won the coveted NatWest Great British Small Business Entrepreneur Award.

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognise the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs. Judges include Peter Roberts, founder of PureGym, and Toni Mascolo OBE, co-founder of Toni & Guy.

Founder of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “The winning entrepreneurs have made a huge impact on entrepreneurship in their region and the wider UK economy and we hope that winning an award will help give them the recognition they thoroughly deserve.”

Having worked as a violinist and teacher for over 10 years, Amy Cunningham set up The Strings Club in 2012 to offer a range of high-quality musical experiences for children aged four to 11. The music education company has grown from strength to strength and now operates within seven locations offering thousands of opportunities for children to enjoy high quality musical experiences every year.

Director Amy Cunningham, states “I am really honoured to have won this amazing award. Myself, my head office team plus everyone who works for The Strings Club have worked incredibly hard over the past 5 years – and to be recognised for this is wonderful. With a £1000 loan from The Princes Trust, I started this business 5 years ago because I believe every child should get the opportunity to be inspired by music. Winning this amazing award for what we have achieved in those 5 years makes me very proud and spurs me on to achieve even more in the next 5!”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship for NatWest, said: “We are incredibly proud to support these important awards. It has been so inspiring to see the number and calibre of entries this year, which proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Birmingham.

In 2018 The Strings Club will continue to offer their range of award-winning music programmes. These include Ofsted-registered Holiday Camps, weekly Term Time Courses that work with the Royal Schools of Music, Ukulele parties plus a popular School Music Support Service. By booking before Friday 15th of December, customers will receive 15% off their total booking giving children something really worthwhile to look forward to for the New Year.

For further information on The Strings Club and their award-winning music programmes, see www.thestringsclub.org

 

We’re making some changes to the way we re-enrol your child

We’re making some changes to the way we re-enrol your child. We want to make it a much easier and less time consuming process for you and for us.

By enrolling for the new Spring Term Time Course you will be automatically re-enrolled for Summer Term and each subsequent term after that. If you’d like to cancel you can just let us know.

Here is a summary of the key points. Please make sure you read and understand before booking:

  • If you enrol for the new Spring Term Time Course you will be agreeing to automatically re-enrolling your child for each future term.
  • By booking now you agree to us taking payment for future terms. We will advise the date in advance, and it will fall during week 10 of the current term.
  • In future, if you do not wish for your child to continue their course, you can simply let us know by week 8 of your child’s current term and we will cancel the booking for you. No quibble. No charge.
  • You only need to pay for each new term as it arrives – you can pay in full or use a payment plan to pay in 2 or 3 instalments.
  • Any payment plans agreed will be carried forward for future terms until you would like to change or you cancel.

Your child’s venue manager will be speaking to you about re-enrolment during your next couple of lessons. Please let them know your decision by Saturday 25th November.

All course dates will be confirmed in advance of a new term and we will highlight the payment dates involved.

We will be updating our Terms and Conditions to reflect this change and a copy can be found here. If you have any questions please just give us a call on 0121 296 9204.

Founder Amy is nominated for an Every Woman Award

Founder of The Strings Club Amy makes national awards shortlist.

Celebrating 15 years of female entrepreneurship redefining British business Amy Cunningham of The Strings Club from Birmingham makes national awards shortlist. Twenty-one extraordinary women are revealed today as this year’s finalists in the 15th annual NatWest everywoman Awards, the UK’s most prestigious initiative recognising the achievements of female entrepreneurs.

The announcement comes as research by NatWest Business shows female
entrepreneurs have contributed 77,000 new jobs and over £3.5 billion to the UK
economy, via 100,000 new businesses over a 12 month period.

Amy Cunningham has been chosen as a finalist in the Demeter Award category, sponsored by Nutriment Limited – this Award will go to the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading from 3 to 5 years. Amy believes this to be the most humbling side of her work, as she witnesses the impact of music on young children such as an improvement in focus, teamwork skills, confidence and overall wellbeing.

Amy states “I’m delighted to have been nominated for the Demeter Award category at the Everywoman awards and am looking forward to the ceremony in December. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the success of women who work incredibly hard and are able to juggle having a family and running a business”. 

Selected by a judging panel of 18 of the country’s most successful businesswomen including Chrissie Rucker MBE, Cath Kidston MBE, Rosaleen Blair CBE and Poonam Gupta OBE, this year’s finalists were chosen for the drive, ambition and tenacity they demonstrate in the face of adversity.

Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise at NatWest, said: “We are very proud to recognise these women, who are not just successful in their own businesses, but are also great role models. The importance of women in business cannot be underestimated, so we hope these role models will inspire other women to take their first steps in business.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 6 December 2017 at The Dorchester, London, attended by Government, media and hundreds of leading business figures. In recognition of the awards’ anniversary year, 15 ambassadors will share their inspirational stories of the impact that the awards have had on their business success. These include Julie Deane OBE, founder, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Pip Murray, founder, Pip & Nut, and Ayesha Vardag, President, VARDAGS London.

Fingers-crossed for Amy for the 6 December