UMCM is a Coventry based concert making charity with a rolling programme of performance opportunities for people who are learning to develop as musicians. Our concerts include all sorts of performers, from pianists and singers to instrumentalists and dancers, sometimes including theatrical content. Our concerts range from a whole day festival or a family friendly concert with many music groups performing, to intimate cabaret and tea or supper parties.
Learning to develop skills as a musician often focuses around exam targets and we all agree that it is important to achieve those landmarks. UMCM also believes that through performing to an audience and then learning to receive and give constructive and positive feedback within a musical community is a great way to increase confidence and to blossom as a performer. Being part of a community of performers and supporting one another to cope with the stresses of concert making is a really important part of being a musician.
UMCM concerts include a wide range of musical genres. Each event has a clear focus and a theme. Most recently a lot of our concerts have been based around songs from the shows. Some of us also have our own music groups and some also perform in larger choirs or orchestras. We also have a number of soloists and groups who join us in concert from time to time. Many musicians from professionals to beginners have performed with UMCM and that is the way we like it.
UMCM has been engaged with a lot of fundraising for good causes, especially for churches. This year our events have raised funds for Christian Aid, a church roof and our largest ever project, supporting St John the Baptist church to restore its 1878 Bechstein grand piano. We are always keen to develop new links and we welcome music teachers and musical learners to contact us.