Hub Bulletin July 2019


Welcome to our July Music Hub Bulletin. Please email us news@yorkmusichub.org.uk with anything you'd like us to publicise or feature in our August edition.

A note from our Chair Patrick Scott...

Music4U is a regional project run by the National Centre for Early Music on behalf of the National Foundation for Youth Music. In York, the project has four distinct workstreams:

  • Music therapy sessions for young people attending Applefields special school,
  • Out of school activities for children with special needs,
  • Additional opportunities for music making at Danesgate community pupil referral unit,
  • Bursary awards for disadvantaged young people to access out of school music activities.

Music 4U is jointly funded by Youth Music and the Hub, but the Hub can’t use any of our Arts Council grant for its share of the funding. The money has to come from other sources, which is why it was so helpful for the Hub to be one of the Lord Mayor’s Charities. But the money raised in that way was not, by itself, enough. The Hub is extremely grateful to the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust for filling the gap, and making it possible for this vitally important work to continue. The Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust was set up in memory of Edward De Nunzio, a young man of 18 who died in a tragic accident in February 2011. The Trust is inspired by his interests and passions, and has supported a huge number of organisations to help young people reach their full potential.

Additionally, the Hub is delighted to have been awarded a Step Change Grant by the Two Ridings Community Foundation. The Step Change fund provides organisations based in York with the opportunity to bid for funds to make the ‘step change’ needed ‘to increase their capacity’. We called our bid ‘Making a Difference’ because we are planning to use the money to create the time and space for Molly Newton and Craig Brown, as the Hub leadership team, to be innovative. At the moment, they have to spend almost all of their time keeping the show on the road. We want them to be in a position to make sure that the Arts Council money is being spent in the best possible way by introducing new ideas and driving change.

The first step is to employ a part time admin assistant. It’s only going to be for a day a week, we are collecting expressions of interest, please email info@yorkmusichub.org.uk , for further details of this post

The next step will be to establish a ‘Supporters Club’ involving all those people in the city who want to invest in the next generation of musicians. We have been taking advice about fund raising from the Arts Council and are planning a launch sometime in the Autumn, so keep an eye open for that. Exciting times ahead.

Into the Underworld

Friday 5th July 2019 1.30pm NCEM

This exciting project, culminated in a performance produced in response to Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. The children worked with NCEM's Education Consultant Cathryn Dew, who directed the project alongside other Early Music specialists and Puppeteer Anna Ingleby from Indigo Moon Theatre. The children worked across the arts disciplines to produce the final performace, creating their own compositions, performing songs, narrating the story and making and operating the shadow puppets.

Photographs courtesy of Jim Poyner

The final performance was incredible. This exciting project was made possible thanks to the generous support of The Patricia and Donald Shepherd Charitable Trust and The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.

Huntington Arts Festival


The Spirit of Huntington Arts Festival

Each year more than 200 Huntington students come together in this week long creative experience open to the public this year on Thursday 18th July. This event provides students who are passionate about the Arts a unique opportunity to experiment and create innovative and inspiring works of art, theatre, dance and music. This year's festival was entitled "One Giant Leap - a creative exploration of innovation and adventure".

The Arts festival exposes students to the challenges of making their ideas a reality, and pushes them to be resilient in the face of critical appraisal.

For the performers, there is the adrenaline rush that comes with the live performance - the joy of success, and the camaraderie of working together. For the artists it is the chance to 'think and make' collectively, working towards a brief on a large scale. For the film makers, photographers, front of house team, sound teams, back stage, props and lighting team, the event provides opportunities to both develop skills and take responsibility for the smooth running of a large scale event.

It’s important to stress that the Arts festival is not just for students who want to go into the creative industries in the future; it is real world learning, learning that is relevant to everyone’s future working life. More importantly still, it’s the stuff that makes us human.

Huntington Arts staff offer varied extra-curricular opportunities throughout the year. The Arts Festival is just one of them. For academic study we are a body of experienced, teachers delivering great results in GCSE Art, Drama, Media and Music and A level Art, Drama, Media, Music, Music Technology and Photography.

Please come and talk to us at open evenings and parents evenings and learn about the relevance and value of what we do.

Our students said:

Honestly in awe of everybody’s hard work that made #artsfest this week, especially the staff of @HuntSchoolMusic. These fantastic people have given me so many opportunities to make fab music and friends and I can’t imagine this year any other way.
I’ve not felt this happy for a long long time (ayee) & it’s all thanks to an incredibly talented group of people who all share the same passion for music. Thank you once again for another fabulous Arts Festival & here’s to the ones to come @HuntSchoolMusic
I have no words, just tears of joy. @HuntSchoolMusic has taught me to love myself for who I am and what I am able to do, but yet still work hard for improvement. This week I felt comfortable to show my skin for the first time in over year and I am so grateful for that.
A massive thank you to @HuntSchoolMusic for another fabulous arts fest. I would like to pretend I still have a scrap of dignity despite sobbing through our goodbyes. I cannot thank you enough for who you have helped me meet, and what you helped me become. ❤️
Never done it before and in all honesty never thought I would but it’s hard to resist the charms of @HuntSchoolMusic. Arts Fest was honestly top notch.

Our parents said:

Thank you to the amazing staff and tutors at Huntington music dept got another fabulous performance. It’s such a joy to hear them all singing and playing together. We love it!!!!! Music makes the world go round!

Further details on upcoming events can be found on our Twitter feed: @HuntSchoolMusic

Well done all involved in this spectacular event.

Recent News...

Accessible Arts & Media shortlisted for UK's largest inclusion awards

Accessible Arts & Media, an inclusive arts charity based in Chapelfields, York, has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation category at the National Diversity Awards 2019.

Over 28,000 people were nominated for the National Diversity Awards (NDA) this year and the results are finally in, with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide. Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breath-taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 20th September to witness the 2019 winners being crowned the best of British diversity. Amongst those being honoured are a reformed gangster, a Junior Bake Off Star and a host of campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Accessible Arts & Media (AAM) have been running inclusive arts and media learning programmes in and around York since 1982. They currently run projects for learning disabled young people and adults, older people living with dementia and memory loss and people with mental ill health. Over the years, they’ve supported over 10,000 people to develop new skills, grow in confidence and play an active role in their local community.

Creative Director Rose Kent said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award and to have our work recognised nationally. Huge thanks to everyone who nominated us – it was really humbling to read what people wrote about our work and the difference we’ve made to people’s lives. We’re really proud to be flying the flag for inclusive arts at the NDAs. We know, from 37 years’ experience, that the arts can change lives and help create a more inclusive society where everyone has a say, and everyone gets the chance to shine.”

Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDAs continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton. Actress and comedian Sally Phillips will take centre stage on 20th September as the official host of this year’s ceremony.

Reflecting on the forthcoming celebrations, Sally said; “I am delighted to be hosting the 2019 National Diversity Awards. Acknowledging and celebrating the hard work and stand out achievements of role models and community groups throughout the UK is a genuine honour for me. Having attended the Awards back in 2016, I experienced this fabulous ceremony first hand and I cannot wait to be back this year celebrating the dedication and commitment of some of the UK’s most luminous and exceptional people.”

Previous winners include actor Warwick Davis, footballs equality and inclusion organisation 'Kick It Out' and freedom fighter Abbey Kiwanuka.

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added “A record number of nominations and votes were received this year, the most we have ever received. I know our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task of whittling down the nominees to create an outstanding shortlist. So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause.”

To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist

Soundwaves at York Music Centre

Sound Waves is a FREE inclusive music provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Sessions are held at York Music Centre (Millthorpe School) on Saturday mornings during term time.

SOUND WAVES EXPLORE - Saturdays 10.00 - 11.00 These sessions are specifically aimed at children and young people with more profound needs. Explore the world of music and communication through sensory play

SOUND WAVES BAND - Saturdays 11.30 - 12.30 These sessions explore creative music-maing using instruments, voice and technology. Participants will develop their social and musical skills through improvisation, musical games, learning favourite tunes and creating new music. No previous experience needed. All instruments provided.


Upcoming Events...

Courses & Professional Development opportunities...

RNCM Conducting course for Music Educators

The Royal Northern College of Music are offering a conducting course for Music Educators. It is a carefully structured course comprising 3 practical workshops between October and March, working mainly with secondary school age musicians, and an e-learning element throughout. Further information and booking details can be found here

The Second Annual Ebor Music Conference

Three days of workshops, seminars and practical activity sessions looking at how music plays a key role in a full and balanced curriculum.

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