Welcome to my blog in which I aim to write about music and in particular about matters that may be of interest to any members of the Society for Wessex Young Musicians (SWYM, of which I was Chairman from Nov 2012 until 4 Feb 2017), and to anyone interested in the Centre for Wessex Young Musicians (CWYM) which is part of the Bournemouth and Poole College ("The College"). The most well known part of the CWYM is the Wessex Youth Orchestra. Parents of CWYM pupils are automatically members of SWYM.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
BPCollege Freedom of Information response 14 Mar 2017 to request made 20 Dec 2016
Below is the response I eventually received from the College to a request I made on 20 December 2016 - I was informed that the delay in their reply was due to my request (and several follow up ones requesting an acknowledgement of receipt) having gone into their spam folder. The attachment to 1. is shown as the second schedule (not the first, although that was also - incorrectly- headed as Autumn schedule) in this previous post.
Note that paragraph 3 says that schools are told of events (i.e. concerts) for which permission letters, rather than about those extra rehearsals which take place on weekdays.
Note also the unusual request by the College not to publish the Freedom of Information response. (I did reply to Mr Roberts giving my reasons and challenging the claim that publication might infringe copyright, quoting the Information Commissioner's Office's own documentation which makes clear that providing copyright is acknowledged, and no commercial use of made without permission, copyright is no bar to publication of FoIA responses).
The attachment referred to in 5. below is here (note that this appears to be the original advert issued for the post of WYO/CWYM Director from 2008 and the job description does not seem to have been changed since then). I did consider redacting the salary information, but a) this was a public advert from 2008, b) it is 9 years old, and c) there is no bar under FoIA to publishing it, and d) my comment is that (as I have mentioned previously to the College in comments about sustainability/best practice is to avoid the need for large sudden increases in course fees by making small regular increments to keep pace with inflation/market rates), like other rates paid to CWYM staff, it seems low compared to the quality of the work done. (I reiterate what I have said many times before, i have no criticisms of the quality of the output from the Centre, my concerns are to do with its current management style and the degree of cooperation/communication with schools and other musical ensembles in the area).
Sent: 14 March 2017 12:43 To: (Patrick Lee email address) Subject: Freedom of Information Request Ref No. F0082
Dear Mr Lee
We have now provided the
information you asked for in your first Freedom of Information request
reference No. F0082 (please find attached/below in red).
copy of the rehearsal schedules of the Wessex Youth Orchestra (WYO) during the
past term (i.e. covering rehearsals during the period September 2016 to
December 2016 inclusive, and including both the schedule as first issued, together
with any revisions to the schedule).
each version of the schedule, on what date(s) was it issued to players or their
It was issued at the beginning of the term.
each version of the schedule, which schools were informed about the schedule,
and which roles at those schools (e.g. Head of Music) were informed and on what
It is sent to parents of the students. With reference
to schools; for events taking place on a school day, e.g. The Royal Albert
Hall in November 2017 which was a Wednesday, the Wessex Youth Orchestra write
direct to the school and the students are also provided with a letter
to give to the school giving them the information and requesting permission for
the student to participate.
each version of the schedule, please provide a copy as far as possible that is
substantially identical to that provided to players or their parents, including
details of instructions, including which rehearsals were marked “red”
Copy attached as per 1. above
copy of the current Job Description for the Director of the Centre for Wessex
Young Musicians. Also, when was this last changed, and what were the
With reference to these documents, I wonder if you would give me
some indication as to the purpose behind your request, as they are not
generally openly published unless for very specific purposes at particular
times. Within this context, as these are College documents, I would ask you not
to copy or publish them in any public domain without reference back to me
of information in response to a freedom of information request does not confer
an automatic right to re-use the information. Under UK copyright law you
can use any information supplied for the purposes of private study and
non-commercial research without requiring permission.
Should you have any concerns about any of the College's operations
or the management thereof, including any complaints about any College
employees, we do have a published complaints procedure (attached) which is
specifically designed to allow any such issues or concerns to be addressed to
the college so that they can be properly investigated and responded to. This
would also allow us to answer any specific questions and concerns you may have
Please contact me directly if I can advise you further about this
If you are dissatisfied with the handling
of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal
review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of
the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: