The aim of the Great Yarmouth Schools’ Music Association (GYSMA), a registered charity, is to enable all local schools to join together, and for pupils to share in the enjoyment and experience of live music-making. The GYSMA is in, at least, its 72nd year and is still committed to providing opportunities for the pupils of Great Yarmouth to experience playing, singing and performing live music together.

Our biggest event of each year is our Festival of Carols which takes place at the Minster in Great Yarmouth. The event spans 2 evening performances and usually involves over 300 voices from Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Academies and Colleges. The Great Yarmouth Junior Brass Band traditionally plays as well as other invited pupil musicians.

The GYSMA Business Committee deeply regret to announce that we are having to cancel the GYSMA Festival of Carols this year. Due to the current climate, our venue, The Gt Yarmouth Minster, is putting a cap on the amount of audience members allowed in the church to watch performances. The GYSMA committee have discussed this issue at length, but no solution can be found at this time. We cannot find a venue big enough, at this stage, to accommodate our performer and audience members. It is not viable to run this event in the present circumstance. The 70th Festival of Carols will now take place in 2022.

The Infant schools ‘Sounds4Christmas’ Concert is unfortunately cancelled for 2021.

In the summer, we hold our Infant ‘Sounds4Summer’ concert as well as our ‘Summer Serenade’ concert which features pupils from Key Stage 2 and upwards. All of our concerts are enjoyed by full audiences and are usually all held at the Minster in Great Yarmouth.

GYSMO (Great Yarmouth Schools Music Orchestra) and GYSMOKeys (Keyboard Orchestra) now have their own annual concert. There is also a ‘Spring Celebration’ which gives opportunity for soloists and small groups to perform, both vocal and instrumental.
Opportunities for music days, provided by a visiting musician, have been provided for primary schools to attend.

GYSMO (Great Yarmouth Schools Music Orchestra), GYSMOKeys (Keyboard Orchestra) and Class in Action are all provided by GYSMA – please see individual headings for details.

In the past, as part of its varied role, GYSMA has worked with the Salvation Army and performed Harvest Concerts at the Citadel in Great Yarmouth and some of our schools have sung in the Great Yarmouth Market Place at Christmas and in association with the Salvation Army’s ‘Toys & Tins’ Appeal.

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The GYSMA current officers are:

CHAIR: Valerie Miller
VICE-CHAIR: Carol Clayton
SECRETARY: Rachel Salton
TREASURER: Andrea Carter