What a fun weekend we have to look forward to! Jemima’s Gift is delighted to be sponsoring the Shepherd Group Youth Band on their very first tour and will be welcoming them to Wiltshire for a long weekend. They arrive on Thursday to stay at Braeside in Devizes and will have a packed schedule for three days, including a joint concert with Strings Incognito, a busking session in Devizes Market Place on Friday morning, a trip to Stonehenge, a brass workshop on Saturday and a ceilidh to finish off with on Saturday evening. All of this has been made possible by your generosity, together with the support of Strings Incognito, for which are extremely grateful.
We are thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity for the young brass players from Yorkshire, many of whom would be unable to experience a tour like this without financial support. If you are able to join in at all over the weekend, there are two opportunities for you to do so;
Friday 16th February
A free concert combining Strings Incognito and Shepherd Group Youth Brass Band at Yatton Keynell Village Hall at 7.30pm. This will be fun, relaxed and friendly with a wide range of popular and classical music and plenty of cake!
Saturday 17th February
All local brass players are invited to join the Shepherd Group Brass Youth Band, and their tutors, for a fun workshop from 11am until 4pm. The Band are a championship section Band with a highly acclaimed Youth section and this is a rare opportunity to experience tuition and music making with such a high quality group – don’t miss out!
The workshop takes place at Braeside in Devizes and welcomes players of all ages and standards. Please bring a packed lunch and your instrument for a really enjoyable day.
This weekend was the fifth anniversary of Jemima’s death. It was a very special time, made so poignant by the the lovely messages of support from all our wonderful friends and family. Particularly moving are the tributes made by Jemima’s friends, we are grateful for the love and care you show to us and to her.
It seems very fitting , at this time, to share a poem written for us by Beau. It really needs no explanation, but everyone at Jemima’s Gift feels that it sums up the ethos of Jemima’s legacy perfectly. I hope it moves you as much as it has moved us.
Thank you Beau x
It’s always lovely to receive news from the young people we have supported in their chosen activities, especially when they have done really well. This email from Sarah’s Mum is so encouraging;
“Since receiving her fencing kit, less than a year ago, Sarah has come on in leaps and bounds in this discipline. Having never competed in a full tetrathlon (swim, fence, run/shoot) before she was selected to join a small GB team travelling to Germany in December and came a fabulous 6th.
She has now just topped the last two rankings competitions held in Bath, improving on her fencing score both times. These competitions are against the best girls in the country and put her in good stead for being selected for future GB competitions. She could not have done this without your support and we continue to be truly grateful.”
This is fabulous news, well done Sarah!
Many thanks for your kind donations to Jemima’s Gift on behalf of Jemima this year. It is so special for us to know that she is not forgotten and lovely to have her included on your Christmas lists, thank you x
Because of your generosity, and the festive fundraising efforts of our avid supporters, we are now back in funds and happily in a position to support a very special event coming up in February. We are delighted to be marking the fifth anniversary of Jemima’s Gift with a half-term visit from the training section of The Shepherd Group Brass Band! The young brass players will be coming to Wiltshire on tour for three days of fun to include workshops open to local brass players. There will also be a concert, jointly with Strings Incognito, on Friday 16th February so put the date in your diaries to come along and support them whilst enjoying a fabulous evening of brass and string playing. All monies raised by the concert will be donated to Jemima’s Gift.
Thank you so much to The Harmonics who spent Sunday singing in Bath Abbey Green for the Christmas Market, and are going to do the same this coming Sunday too! If you are planning to visit the market, this Sunday is your last opportunity, so do go along and say hello to this group. They sing so beautifully and have been very supportive of Jemima’s Gift on many occasions. We are very grateful 🎄🎶🎄
Nathaniel’s clarinet teacher, Claire, wrote to us to ask whether we could fund a mouthpiece for him as he was a hard-working and gifted student who desperately needed one to progress with his studies. This is the lovely email that he sent today;
Dear Jemima’s Gift,
I am extremely grateful for the mouthpiece and cannot thank you enough as I needed one for my clarinet and was using one of Claire’s mouthpieces.
I recently had my West of England Youth Orchestra audition, the mouthpiece is amazing and really allows me to play emotively and dynamically, helping my playing.
Now that I have my own mouthpiece I am going to pursue my clarinet diploma and hopefully join more orchestras, giving me more experience of being a proper musician as that is what I aspire to be – though I don’t know what path I am going to go down as I enjoy playing and composing.
Thank you once again,
The really great news is that Nathaniel passed his audition and will be joining the West of England Youth Orchestra very soon. Congratulations Nathaniel!
Thank you so much Nicola, Cathy and everyone involved in this evening’s very special concert. The music was lovely, the venue sparkled, the atmosphere was so welcoming and friendly, the cheese and wine supper was a real treat and the audience seemed to have a lovely time. A roaring success all round!
We really appreciate all the hard work that went into putting on this fabulous event, and the £175 raised, a fantastic boost to our funds.
Grateful thanks to Strings Incognito, with love from everyone at Jemima’s Gift.