Matrix is 30! A potted history

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 10:41 -- matrixAdmin

It's difficult to believe we opened our doors 30 years ago! We have had and will have more events to celebrate this significant birthday.

Click here to order a specially designed 30th anniversary T shirt!

Come and celebrate with us at our Barn Dance on Saturday 6 July from 6pm: bring food and drink to share and a donation towards the band.


Highlights of 30 years at Matrix Arts Centre:

1984 Lindsay MacKenzie and George Taylor have a dream of an arts centre in our village!

Matrix features in Music Teacher magazine! April 2019

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 10:27 -- matrixAdmin

We are proud to report that Yamaha's Junior Music Course features in this month's Music Teacher magazine!

The article focuses on the benefits of JMC - especially the creative aspects, and tells the story of two graduates of JMC, now composing and performing musicians. One of these is our very own Sarah Jenkins with teacher Lindsay MacKenzie.

The featured photo is the performers' curtain call at last year's National Young Composers' Concert, hosted by us at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School - lots of Matrixers to spot!

Self-regulation: presentation by Alison Baker March 2019

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 09:46 -- matrixAdmin

Matrix teachers were treated to an introduction on 'Self-Regulation' by Alison Baker, practitioner and Matrix parent.
This approach is a growing phenomenon - notably with great success in Canadian schools - and dovetails perfectly with the Yamaha principles of developmentally appropriate music education. We hope that you will appreciate some subtle changes to benefit teachers, parents and students all!

Graphic: Self Reg for Parents.pdf

Improvisation Workshop Series: "The Desire to be Creative" Feb-Mar 2019

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:28 -- matrixAdmin

Matrix hosted a series of four improvisation workshops run by George Haslam.
Workshops looked at the development of musical improvisation starting from different bases and origins; including elements of music – melody, rhythm, harmony, etc. abstract interpretation and free improvisation. Each of the four sessions focused on a specific approach to improvisation, including harmonic, modal, melodic and free.

Workshop Leader:

Mariangela Vacatello plays at Matrix June 2018

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:06 -- matrixAdmin

We were incredibly proud to welcome Mariangela Vacatello to play at the final of the Music at Matrix concert series this year Her piano performance was incredible, and the programme was an interesting mixture of well-known and much lesser-known pieces. Earlier in the day, our students were able to hear her talk about her development as a concert pianist: she started as many of her audience, with Yamaha's Junior Music Course!  

National Junior Original Concert - March 2018

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:31 -- matrixAdmin

It was our turn to host Yamaha's National Junior Original Concert in Oxfordshire this year and so the event was held at Abingdon School on Sunday 4th March.

Several students from Matrix took part and their videos are being released on the Yamaha Music School facebook account one by one:

Stefan Trnjakov, AXC Book 10, 'A Graveyard at Midnight'

The video of the whole concert is available on youtube.


European Young Composers Concert 2018

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:34 -- matrixAdmin

Myfanwy Griffiths, aged 10, was chosen to represent the UK at Yamaha's European Junior Original Concert this year, with her ensemble 'Wolfpack'. She, co-performers Martin Ludden and Peter Fegyveres-Nagy; along with teachers and parents, all travelled to Hamburg at half-term for the event. Miffy is 10 years old, studying with Lindsay MacKenzie on Junior Advanced Course Book 8 - she is about to graduate to the Advanced Extension Course at Easter.

Yamaha produced two videos of the event:


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