Molly Newton to step down as Manager of the York Music Hub.
The York Music Hub has been an independent charity for the last three years, with York Arts Education (YAE) as its main delivery partner for the National Plan for Music Education. Arts Council England (ACE), which is the main funding body for the Hub, is currently undertaking a review of this unique arrangement. Most Hubs in the country are either part of the Local Authority or independent providers.
Two years ago, Molly Newton was appointed as Hub Manager. Molly has multiple professional responsibilities, of which the management of the Music Hub is only one. From September, Molly will be Arts and Culture lead at Archbishop Holgate's School and so wishes to step down as Hub Manager. Molly said ‘I have enjoyed the challenging nature of my role of Strategic Manager for the Music Hub and appreciate the support afforded to me by stakeholders across the city. It’s been a very exciting two years and I have enjoyed the job immensely. I feel passionately committed to music education, and so now feels like the right time for me to step aside and focus on my new role at AHS’.
Patrick Scott, Chair of the Board, said ‘Molly has been in post during a critical time in the life of the Hub and pioneered a number of important initiatives. The profile of the Hub has also been hugely enhanced by all of the work that she has done to publicise and celebrate youth music in the city and I am most grateful to her and her colleague, Craig Brown. I am delighted that she intends to be fully involved in the continuing work of the Hub as we move forward.’
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 opportunities.
As we look towards the new school year we will add more, and if you have an event you would like to publicise on the hub website please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020
Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2 have joined forces to find The BBC Young Chorister Of The Year. Former choristers Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins will coach the 5 boys and 5 girls aged 10-16 who are selected to go through to the radio and television competition, where they will sing in front of an expert panel of judges.
The competition launched on 21st June and singers have until midnight on Monday 20th July to submit their entries. The recording will be at The Monastery in Manchester in mid-September.
Singers apply online by submitting two short films of themselves singing a Christmas carol or song and a sacred song such as a hymn, classical solo, spiritual, inspirational, gospel or worship song.
The winning chorister will receive a trophy, appear on future BBC Radio programmes and on Songs of Praise and have a recording session with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Click here for further information and to enter.
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.