Stoke CMS Alumni

Luke Twyford

The City Music Service has had a significant impact on my life and has been present throughout my music education.

Starting in infant school, our class had singing lessons together in the school hall.  At the start of junior school, I received drum lessons in year 3 which sparked a passion for music which continues to this day. I received drum tuition from the City Music Service staff until I left college, having achieved 94% in my Grade 8 exam.

As well as my weekly drum lessons, I attended the City Music Service ensembles including: Impact Percussion Group, City Youth Brass Band, City Youth Wind Orchestra and Rootz. This gave me my first performance opportunity at the Victoria Hall and led onto many Bridge Centre concerts. This experience opened my eyes to different musical genres, notably djembe and samba. This also led to other exciting opportunities, including playing my first European tour with the City Youth Brass Band and partaking in a full day workshop with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

City Music Service has given me an incredible amount of confidence and self-belief. I’m now proud to be working as a peripatetic music teacher for the City Music Service which covers a whole range of different teaching aspects including: leading two school rock bands, whole class samba, group keyboard lessons and one to one drum and ukulele teaching. This has given me the opportunity to inspire the next generation of musicians and shape their lives in the same way that the City Music service has shaped mine.