Hub Bulletin December 2019


Welcome to our December Music Hub Bulletin, the final one of the decade! Please do email us at  news@yorkmusichub.org.uk with any music event you'd like us to publicise, promote or feature in our January edition.

Festive wishes and a Happy New Year from all of us at York Music Hub. There have been many fabulous festive music making activities happening in and around York this month. York Music Hub has been incredibly proud to be involved with so many different events throughout 2019 and we're very excited about the upcoming events we are already planning for 2020.


York Music Hub Supporters

We have recently launched a supporters scheme which has already attracted a number of generous donations, for which we are very grateful. The more money we raise, the more we are able to provide further opportunities for young people across the city, including bursaries for instrumental tuition, access to group music making and support for projects within schools. All additional funds raised through our supporters network directly benefit young people in the city, ensuring that York continues to have a vibrant musical community. If you would like further information or are interested in supporting our work, please click here.

Primary School Songwriting Project

Performing Arts etc were delighted to deliver a songwriting project for York Music Hub bringing together Key Stage 2 children from several schools to create and perform their own compositions. Sam Dunkley, Director of Performing Arts etc, ran the workshops and said ‘It was a joy to work with such a creative and engaged group of children. We deliver projects like this all across the country and it was fantastic to work with these groups in York and write songs about their place, their home and their future. The Hive at Manor CE Academy was a great place to come together and share our work, and we look forward to continuing our work with York Music Hub in 2020 and beyond.

Participants in the project said they’d enjoyed performing with children from other schools, hearing their songs performed and singing with a live band, ‘…it was so fun seeing the band and rehearsing our songs!’ Teachers from participant schools said the project had several impacts, ‘the realisation that they are able to compose and perform their own songs’, as well as improvements in confidence, behaviour and musical engagement.

Christmas RockGod Academy

RockGod Academy held Christmas workshops for young musicians and singers at Archbishop Holgates School on 29th & 30th December. The workshop ended with a gig held at The Crescent Community Venue, where friends and family were able to watch their young people perform. Once again we at York Music Hub were delighted to support this project with bursary places funded through the Music4U programme in collaboration with the National Centre for Early Music.

If your child would be interested in weekly RockGod sessions please contact rockgodacademy@gmail.com or click here for more details!

Upcoming Events...

YOUTH BRASS DAY - Sunday 26th January 2020

Join us for a day of free workshops ranging from first starting out, to taking on large scale set works! The Shepherd Group Brass Organisation boasts 6 bands and earlier in 2019 was awarded Brass Bands England 'Social Impact Award'. We provide musical opportunities for all players, of any age or standard, within a fun and family-feel environment. We are local to York, rehearsing close to Monks Cross and are proud to be supported by a local York business.

This day of workshops aims to offer opportunities for those who may not have every played an instrument, players who play but want to test the water in ensemble playing, or existing players who just want a day of new and exciting repertoire. For more info and to sign up please click here.

York Guildhall Orchestra Concert Tickets

For the past few years, York Music Hub and York Guildhall Orchestra have worked hard to increase young people's engagement with high quality orchestral music. Over the past year we have helped over 500 young people attend concerts free of charge! We have made some alterations to how schools and parents can request tickets for the Guildhall Orchestra concerts. We have made these changes following feedback from teachers, parents and pupils and we hope that this will help more young people access this initiative.

  • Complimentary Tickets - we will continue to offer free tickets to young people from York schools.
  • Teacher Tickets - teachers who are accompanying groups of children can purchase a ticket for £5. In most cases this will be paid for by the school directly, and we will support as much as we can in working with schools and their finance teams. Teacher tickets must be used in conjunction with children's tickets
  • Parent Tickets - we are now able to offer discounted tickets to parents who are bringing their children. This will allow parents and children to sit together, and enjoy the performance together. It also means that if a teacher cannot attend, the pupils will still have access to the free ticket. Parent tickets are £10.

Programme: Maurice Ravel – Suite from Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose); Sir Edward Elgar – ‘Cello Concerto (soloist: Jamie Walton, ‘cello); Johannes Brahms – Symphony No.2 in D

So, almost 40 years to the day from when the orchestra was first founded by John Hastie and playing concerts in the Guildhall in York; who could have foretold the amazing journey, reputation and popularity of the group that has developed in the intervening years. The anniversary concert begins with the first piece the orchestra played in 1980 – Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite – a wonderful showpiece for orchestra. We follow this with a welcome return of the superb and internationally renowned Jamie Walton, playing Elgar’s evergreen ‘Cello Concerto. At their first concert, they played Brahms’ first symphony – this time round,they will play his second; glorious writing for full symphony orchestra.

Request Tickets Here


Jamie Walton

York St. John University Chapel Sunday 16th February 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Following his performance with the orchestra, Jamie will present a masterclass where he will work with six talented cellists. Tickets are available on the door @ £5, with free entry to children and teachers.

Masterclass Application Form

Best of the Bands!

It's that time of year again, we are looking for bands to perform at this event next year which is taking place on Thursday 13th February at the The Crescent Community Venue. Participants need to be aged between 11-18 to enter.

There will be a number of categories in which bands will be judged. Prizes will be announced in the New Year.

Click here to register your interest...

Yorkshire Sound Women Network - FREE Music Tech Workshops

Yorkshire Sound Women Network is delivering the WIRED music technology education programme across Yorkshire, enabling girls and young women to develop creative music technology skills and gain confidence by learning alongside expert women music leaders. They are offering FREE WIRED presentations/workshops: inspiring girls to get hands-on with music technology

These free half day (2-3 hr) sessions are open to schools and community organisations and include a presentation and practical workshop, delivered by an experienced music educator and YSWN Associate. We are particularly keen to reach young women who would not normally access such an opportunity. Each session will combine a hands-on practical workshop with information on sound technology careers and opportunities, plus a brief history of women in electronic music, exploring pioneers such as Daphne Oram and Imogen Heap and their achievements.

Each workshop can cater for approximately 20 participants – these can be mixed groups, but please bear in mind that our focus is girls and young women. Workshops will be offered on a first come, first served basis. To request a workshop contact Jenny Goodman at singing.jennyg@googlemail.com. You can find out more about the WIRED project here.

Courses & Professional Development opportunities...

MUSIC 4U Reflective Practice Session

Vocal Teacher Techniques CPD Event

On the 24th March, there will be an opportunity for Singing Teachers to attend a CPD Event focusing on the basics of teaching singing. The event will be delivered by Lynne Dawson, Head of School of Vocal Studies and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music, and will give participants the opportunity to discuss vocal development and the training of professional voice users. This event is free to attend and will run from 5-7pm at the National Centre for Early Music. This event will be bookable via the NCEM website in due course.

FREE Drake Music Webinars

Each month from January to April 2020 will see the DM Think22 team host a free webinar on hot topics in music education, as well as sharing provocations, how-to-guides and other resources to support teachers and music leaders. The free Step Up! programme will support the music education sector with interactive webinars on: 27th Jan – 'Inclusion – the big ideas, unpacked', 25th Feb – 'Career development for music leaders', 1st Apr – 'Getting the best out of iPads for music'

The webinars will be accompanied by a free online resource released in advance on the Drake Music website. Keep your eyes peeled for these in the new year. Everyone working in music education is invited to join in and be part of the conversation. Book via Eventbrite to reserve your place and find out how to join in on the day.

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