Hub Bulletin July 2020


Welcome to our July edition of the York Music Hub Bulletin.

Farewell for now...

We hope that this bulletin finds you well. Due to management changes over the summer months, there will not be an August edition of the Hub Bulletin. With that in mind, we would all like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a very happy summer! Also, a big thank you for all of your support over the last academic year and throughout the recent challenging times.


New Hub Manager Appointed

We are delighted to announce that Adam Cooke has been appointed as the new manager of York Music Hub. Adam’s passion for music education has been a particular focus throughout his career, most notably as a senior leader with Lewisham Music, head of winds and brass at Kingston Music Service, and lead tutor at Newham Council’s pioneering ‘Every Child a Musician’ project. He has also held positions as visiting tutor at St. Paul’s Girls’ School (one of London’s most prestigious school music departments, which counts Holst amongst its former Directors of Music), and as a visiting tutor at City University and Salford University. Adam has also conducted a range of leading youth ensembles, including the South African National Youth Wind Orchestra, Ulster Youth Orchestra, and National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and has worked on a wide portfolio of projects with partners throughout the U.K. including the National Youth Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick Scott, Chair of the Board, said ''I am delighted that Adam is joining the Hub. He has a wealth of experience of delivering the National Plan for Music Education, as well as being a highly accomplished musician and conductor in his own right’.

Adam has recently returned to the U.K. having spent several years living in Norway where he worked as a conductor with a variety of ensembles. He has been engaged across a wide range of genres, conducting regularly throughout Europe and beyond, particularly specialising in wind and brass music. He is currently Music Director of the famous Fairey Brass Band and has conducted many of the world’s foremost brass ensembles including Brighouse and Rastrick and Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Adam is equally at home as an orchestral conductor and has recorded and performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin as well as ensembles throughout the U.K. and Scandinavia. For more information, visit www.adamcooke.net

‘I am thrilled to have been given the responsibility of leading York Music Hub and excited to meet the young musicians we’ll be working for across the city. The hub and its partners already make a significant contribution to York’s musical life. I’m looking forward to developing these existing activities further with our partners, whilst also exploring new avenues and projects to ensure we have the greatest impact locally. It’s undoubtedly a challenging time, but we will be working to support music-making at every level for our young people and those who work with them, ensuring that everyone has access to music and its wide range of benefits.’


York Music Hub Online Sharing Area

Our online sharing space continues to be a huge success. We have featured many amazing performances from young people in and around York. The idea is to have an ongoing forum where we can celebrate music making and creativity. The area is for anyone who had a concert cancelled, a festival pulled, an exam postponed or just for anyone who's using this time to work on being musical. It's for things that are or were happening in school, it's for families at home, it's a way for us all to connect, share and enjoy each others music at this really difficult time.

Please do keep on adding more to the site by visiting share.yorkmusichub.org.uk or clicking here. All details of how to upload items are on the site, just follow the "submissions" link

CPD and Training Opportunities

We're delighted to have added an 'Events' area to our website where you can find lots of details about upcoming events and opportunities. As we look ahead towards the new school year, we will continue to add more details and if you have an event you would like to publicise on the website please contact info@yorkmusichub.org.uk.

Online Music Events & Opportunities

The National Centre for Early Music Digital Opportunities

The NCEM have a number of digital opportunities for young people to get involved in.

Music4u Remarkable Rock online: All young people are welcome to get involved in this Music4U project. There are loads of tutorial videos and resources for them to download and listen to, as well as opportunities to submit video/audio of themselves playing, to be included in a virtual collaboration video that will be shared at the end of the project. Link to this here: www.ncem.co.uk/m4uonline

Concerts: You can catch concerts on the NCEM Facebook page and Youtube, including a Bach Bites concert hosted every Wednesday from 6pm. Find all of these at @yorkearlymusic

I can Download & Play: The NCEM has just launched the first two videos in its I Can Download and Play! series for D/deaf children and young people. This is part of their Music4U project funded by Youth Music. The NCEM would love to get this resource to as many families, schools and organisations who might be able to reach D/deaf children, who would love some musical input during this difficult time.

Videos and information about getting involved is available at www.ncem.co.uk/icanplay and on the YouTube channel. They will be adding more videos over the coming weeks.

National Children's Choir of Great Britain

The National Children's Choir will be holding this year's auditions online for children aged between 9-19.

Details of audition dates are available on the website here . For further information regarding the auditions or the choir, please contact by emailing info@nccgb.com or ring 07894 021279.

Jazz North Recruitment Opportunities

Jazz North are recruiting for the following positions;

Programme Manager (full-time) salary £22-23.5k. Create and deliver artist support activities. Apply by 21/8.

Freelance Evaluator £2.5k fixed fee. Subject: Jazz North Education Conference. Apply by 21/8.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Welsh National Opera Children's Digital Shows

The Welsh National Opera have launched a series of digital shows called 'Play Opera' which are geared towards young children. The interactive show is designed to keep children entertained during lockdown, while engaging their minds about many of the different elements of an opera performance, with educational aspects around singing, classical music, and even back stage elements such as costume and design. The shows include musical performances by members of WNO, fun and historical facts, teach-and-sing songs, weekly challenges, and more. The audience also gets to meet members from behind the scenes, so that they really get to understand an opera company from the inside out.

A new episode of Play Opera comes out every Saturday morning at 10am, and can be viewed at www.wno.org.uk/playopera or on YouTube by searching “WNO Play Opera.” Upcoming shows include: Backstage at the Wales Millennium Centre; Humperdinck’s famous opera, Hansel and Gretel, and Orchestra in Film.

International Masterclass Series

During the lockdown, members of the Shepherd Group Brass Bands have enjoyed an inspirational set of masterclasses led by educators and performers at the tops of their games. The masterclasses had taken place via zoom, with hundreds of members logging in to hear from a range of instrumentalists, including principal players from the world's number 1 band- Cory Band, Tenor Horn virtuoso Owen Farr, and most recently world renown tuba player, conductor and teacher James Gourlay. These sessions have been provided free of charge for all members in an attempt to encourage home practise, as well as provide an opportunity for everyone to join together every two weeks.

Isabel Thompson, Flugelhorn player in both Shepherd Youth and Senior Band says "The masterclasses have been a great way of keeping up my playing. It's been great to get tips and advice from such inspirational musicians, each providing something different but always really educational". Isabel will be leaving York in September to take a place at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The bands are now moving to virtual rehearsals which have been hugely successful as well as their annual, now online, solo contest, as well as small bubbles of players joining for garden rehearsals, duets, and plenty of online quizzes!

With young and old the world over affected so hugely by the current pandemic - with so many lives lost and endangered by the virus and its impact on working life, schooling, education, socialisation, relationships and cultural life. The Grand Union Orchestra holds dear the belief that young people, with their skills, imaginations and aspirations, are pivotal to the development of a fresh new cultural life that will emerge from these challenging times.

The Grand Union Orchestra are delighted to be launching their new Grand Union Education YouTube Channel a resource for young musicians during lockdown to find out more about world music techniques, through specially created content from GUO’s professional migrant musicians and a showcase of large and small scale music education projects in GUO’s repertoire on offer to schools, festivals and venues.

Thanks to TiME who have detailed the following fantastic resources that we’d like to highlight..

1. Spitfire Audio - BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover VST - Free (normally £49). Enhance your music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra recorded at Maida Vale. There are 33 instruments inside this free, easy-to-use plugin - compatible with any major music creation software. To obtain the free VST programme follow the link and click ‘free’ – You have to fill in a questionnaire (about 37 questions) and you will get your free download in 14 days.

2. Team Tutti - Free interactive music experience for KS2 children. Team Tutti uses animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content including creative challenges and quizzes to promote a deeper dive into making music using technology.

3. KS3 Music Technology Resources. Developed by Bradley Smith through his work at Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, these fantastic free resources for KS3 students come with lesson plans and slideshows. There are also links to free browser based music software. Click here for further information.

Calling all Wind and Percussion Players!


We’re thrilled to share with you the very first virtual performance of the specially commissioned Indoor Music Games (IMG) Anthem – 'Unity' composed by Philip Harper. All you have to do is to record yourself playing the part of your choice (from a full brass band version to a marching version that now consists of 52 different instruments and growing) and upload it so we can prepare it for the final edit. It is that simple.

Although the Cory Band is a traditional brass band - ALL wind instruments and percussion are welcome. You will find PDF parts for all instruments on the website, and if you need any further help or guidance please get in touch.

To access the FREE to download music and mp3 click tracks and to upload your videos just visit the purpose built portal at www.imganthem.com. Full instructions and suggestions are available on the portal too so you will have at your fingertips everything you need for a successful participation.

The Current deadline for submissions is 30 September 2020 but this will be reviewed each month as COVID-19 releases its grip on the world so this date could be extended. This special project, designed to bring all musicians far and wide together, has attracted interest from many quarters, including a very special organisation who deals in granting official world records so come and be a part of something special, unique, fun and above all worthwhile as we build something wonderful through the unity of music together.

We hope you enjoy this virtual performance and we look forward to receiving your videos.

The English Touring Opera have produced a set of online singing lessons for both adults and children. Each week a different opera singer will teach a new technique and set homework so anyone can tune in and get singing! Lessons for children or young people can be found here and adults here. Additional lessons are also available on the YouTube channel.

There is also a weekly live music session for children with SEND and their families, please click here to access this.

Out of the Ark Music Resources

During the current climate, and with the challenges we are all facing in the coming weeks and months, Out of the Ark want to do everything they can to make resources available to you for use at home. Music has an extraordinary power to bring us together. It can lift us when we feel low, energise us when we feel tired, and is something we all have in common.

So, to help with the rhythms and routines of your new daily life, Out of the Ark are releasing seven songs, one for each day, all with challenges and activities related to each song. Every week for the next few weeks they will continue to add songs and resources. Click here for full details.

Nymaz Online Music Teaching Sessions

Nymaz are hosting various webinars to guide music teachers around carrying on their tutoring online. Please click here for further information and to register on the various sessions.

Guidance for Online Music Teaching & Safeguarding

Following the governmental announcement on 18th March that schools will close for most students, Music Mark has collated information on how Music Hubs and Services can adapt their provision. If you would like to tell them more about what you are doing, why not complete this survey?

Music Mark is aware that a number of services, along with schools, are looking at ways of providing continuity by making use of online systems and technology. If you are considering online tutoring and would like to access the guidance that Music Mark have pulled together, please click here .

Tutors offering Online Music Tuition

To assist in the continuation of music tuition digitally, we are currently contacting all of our approved tutors working in and around York and producing a list of tutors who we know are setting up their music provision online. Please contact us if you'd like to be included, see below for this months tutors.

Hannah Crawford teaches violin and viola and can be contacted at hjcrawfordviolin1@gmail.com

Imogen Clark teaches violin, viola, recorder and music theory online and can be contacted via ivc.clarke@gmail.com or 07927752203

Richard Wilton teaches all brass instruments and can be contacted at richard.wilton@nesyork.org or 07973442249

Jessa Liversidge is able to teach singing (all stages and styles) via Zoom and can be contacted on jessaliversidge@googlemail.com

Marcus Bousfield is able to teach violin, viola and guitar online and can be contacted at Marcus.bousfield@btinternet.com or 01757268285

Tim Farnhill teaches piano, keyboard and flute and can be contacted on 07846 911831 or tim@timfarnhill.com

Rachel Letham teaches flute, clarinet, oboe and saxophone and can be contacted on letham@talktalk.net

Les Vaughan Instrumental Teacher of 25 years, teaching all Brass, all Clefs, all Grades, with specialism in French Horn. Grade entries if required. Also teaching Beginner Rhythm Guitar, finger picking, and strumming, with optional vocals. Can be contacted on vaughanmusic1234@gmail.com

If you are offering online music tuition and would like us to feature your contact details in the next bulletin, please contact news@yorkmusichub.org.uk

Contact us with anything you'd like us to publicise or feature.