Hub Bulletin February 2020


Welcome to our February edition of the York Music Hub Bulletin. Please do email us at news@yorkmusichub.org.uk with any music event you would like us to publicise, promote or feature in our up coming March edition.

We hope that this bulletin finds you well. As always, there have been many music making activities happening in and around York this month. York Music Hub is incredibly proud to be involved with so many different events and we're excited about the many more exciting upcoming events planned for the rest of 2020.


Best of the Bands

On Thursday 13th February, York Music Hub hosted the annual Best of the Bands competition at The Crescent Community Venue. Seven bands took part and the judges and audience were amazed at the high quality of the performances. The bands were judged by a team of adjudicators including Gordon Train of The Y Street Band, Jonny Hooker of Young Thugs Recording Studio as well as Natalie Eaglen from Jorvik Radio, who were also our media partner covering this event. Many thanks to Young Thugs, Jorvik Radio and Cineworld who all generously donated prizes.

Bands involved in the competition were : "The Revolutions" and "Cassiopeia" from Huntington School, "Unanimous" and "Ha-Ha" from Archbishop Holgate's School, "L9A" from Tadcaster Grammar, "Less Than Three" from both All Saints and York College and finally "Cambridge Street" from various schools in and around York.

Masterclass with Jamie Walton

Following a hugely successful Guildhall Orchestra concert, renowned cellist Jamie Walton delivered a masterclass at York St John University on Sunday 16th February. Children from across the city took part and it was a great experience for all involved. Huge thanks to the Guildhall Orchestra conductor Simon Wright for accompanying some of the students and for facilitating the masterclasses.

The next masterclass will be on Sunday 10th May 2020, with one of the most influential and successful pianists of our time, Martin Roscoe.

Please contact info@yorkmusichub.org.uk for further information.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities...

Choral Festival 2020

The annual York Music Hub Choral Festival is due to take place over two days at the University of York on 26th & 27th March. Last year the festival involved almost 500 children from 13 schools. The Choral Festival has been running since 2011 at the University of York and has involved over 30 schools, with many schools coming back every year.

Each festival day is comprised of inspirational workshops, crafts, games and of course singing! Each school brings a song they have been working on and then during the day they learn a joint piece which closes the festival. We have had a huge amount of interest from schools wishing to attend this year's Choral Festival and have now finalised which schools are attending each day. If your school has already applied to take part, you should now have received further details about the arrangements for the 2 days.

Hub Festival 2020

Plans are well underway for this year's Hubfest. We are planning to hold a Gala Concert on the evening of Friday 19th June as well as the City Sounds event across the city on Saturday 20th June where youth music groups are invited to perform on various stages.

As in 2019, the City Sounds event will be spread around York City Centre offering diverse performance spaces. The aim of the event is for members of the public to be immersed in music which showcases schools, community groups, music centres, as well as every other youth music outlet within the city. To register your interest in performing as part of our City Sounds event please click here to download the application form. Performance times can be anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the nature of the group(s) you will be providing. Stages will vary from open spaces to enclosed areas. In order for us to best place your act, please specify as much detail as possible in the application form.

To register your interest in performing as part of our Friday evening Gala Concert please click here to complete your details. Similar to 2019, this part of the festival will be a showcase of York's finest Youth Music talent. At this stage we are gathering initial proposals for this event, and we will begin programming in due course.

York Youth Orchestra Concert - Sunday 22nd March

York Youth Orchestra's next Concert will be a ‘Family Matinee’, featuring BBC Ten Pieces past and present. It will be held on Sunday 22nd March at 3.00pm within Bootham School. It's free entry with an optional donation at the event. Please book tickets here.

JazzGod Academy

Easter Holiday Yorchestra

The Easter Yorchestra course will take place 15–17th April 2020 at Heslington Church. There will be various groups at the Easter course, which will include YoYo Strings (very small beginners), Y4 (beginners) and Y3 (Grades 2-4). For further information and to access the application forms for the course, please click here. Bursaries are available where applicable. For further information, please click here.

North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra

There is an exciting opportunity for young musicians at the County Youth Orchestra residential course 2020.

Student Composition: An opportunity to have your composition played by the County Youth Orchestra. This is a great place to try out GCSE and A Level compositions and you will work with Simon Wright (conductor) whose immense experience and advice will give you invaluable guidance and ideas. The orchestra will choose one composition to perform in the final concert. If you would like to submit a composition or find out more please contact Anne Heaton. Deadline for submitting compositions is May 31st 2020.

For details of County Youth Orchestra residential course 2020 please click here or contact Jane Atkinson

Opera North Orchestral Education Programmes

Opera North have a number of exciting education programmes planned for this year, all of which have the opportunity to work alongside the professional musicians of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Orchestra Camp: 24 – 28th August / Non-auditioned / 10 - 16 years old / All skill levels. Throughout a week at the Leeds College of Music, participants will work each day with the Opera North education team, and are led in tutti rehearsals and composition workshops by members of the Orchestra of Opera North. Participants rehearse and perform side by side with the full Orchestra of Opera North in a final concert at the end of the week. Enrolment is open now – there is no audition, all levels of playing are welcome.

Orchestra Academy: 25 – 29th August / Auditioned / 14 -19 years old / Grade 7+. An intensive residential orchestral program for instrumentalists across the UK. Participants work together on challenging repertoire (including opera), inspired by the 20/21 season of Opera North. The Orchestra Academy is led by conductor Lee Reynolds, and sectional rehearsals are taken by members of the Orchestra of Opera North working towards a final concert at the end of the 6 days. Applications to audition close March 30th – for grade 7+.

Opera North Youth Orchestra: October 2020 – March 2021 / Auditioned / 16- 21 years old / Grade 8+. The Opera North Youth Orchestra is a new ensemble which serves to transition talented instrumentalists from further or higher education into the professional world of music. Drawing inspiration from the orchestral and opera work of Opera North, the Youth Orchestra will prepare and perform two programs of challenging repertoire, rehearsing in the Orchestra of Opera North’s regular rehearsal space. The Youth Orchestra will provide opportunities to learn the musical and non-musical intricacies of working within a high level orchestra whilst furthering knowledge of orchestral and operatic repertoire. Members will benefit from mentorship from the musicians of Opera North, in addition to being led by a variety of professional orchestral and opera conductors. The Opera North Youth Orchestra is designed to complement existing study schedules by rehearsing on selected weekends, allowing musicians from across the North of England to participate. Applications to audition close Monday 15th May – for grade 8+.

For further information please click here.

NYJC Summer School Auditions

We’re delighted to announce that applications for National Youth Jazz Collective’s 2020 Summer School Audition Tour are now open, they’ll be taking place across the country from 21st March -17th April. The Summer School will return to the East Midlands in 2020, to Repton School in South Derbyshire near the River Trent. In 2020, the summer school will take place from August 16th - 22nd. The short course will overlap with it slightly, starting on 20th August and finishing on the 23rd August

Summer Schools are open to students aged 14 - 18. They must come to a short audition at one of 11 cities around the country to qualify. Please click here to download the full flyer.

Courses & Professional Development opportunities...

CPD Session with Ian Bousfield

We are delighted to announce that York Music Hub's patron, world renowned Trombone player, Ian Bousfield will be hosting a CPD session for us on Friday 20th March. This collaborative session will include discussions around key aspects of pedagogy, including routine, inspiration, listening and discipline. The session will be held at Pathfinder Conference Suite, from 5-7pm. To book please click here.

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 is bookable here.

NYMAZ Early Years Conference 2020

Don't miss out on tickets for this years NYMAZ Early Years Conference. The event will be full to the brim with exciting interactive workshops and you will leave inspired, enthused and bursting with ideas to take back to your settings straight away. Tuesday 10 March, 10am - 4pm at The Forum, Northallerton, Bullamoor Rd, DL61LP

Join us for a day of exciting CPD workshops led by leading early years practitioners Len Tyler, Zoe Greenhalgh, Rebecca Denniff, Made with Music, and our CME cohort. For further information click here or to here to book tickets.

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