Hub Bulletin June 2020


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

We hope that this bulletin finds you well. During these uncertain times, we are keen to highlight that we are working in line with advice from both the Arts Council and the Government. As you will be well aware, all events and gatherings are cancelled for the moment, so we are looking at new ways of making music together. If you have any virtual performances or events happening , please do let us know at news@yorkmusichub.org.uk and we will do our best to spread the word.


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 info@yorkmusichub.org.uk .

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.

‘Moving Online - Virtual Instrumental Tuition’ with Ian Bousfield

Friday 10th July

During lockdown, Ian has been doing much of his teaching on line and is offering to share his experiences. Join him for an informal chat regarding his discoveries and thoughts on how we as teachers can move forward from here. Feel free to share your own learning. Pull up a chair, make a cup of tea or pour a glass of something relaxing. This is a free, online CPD session for all peripatetic teachers in York, offered by the York Music Hub. This session is private and exclusive to teachers from York. Click here to sign up.

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!

Sound and Music Digital Opportunities

As lockdown endures, and with it the challenges of making music remotely, Sound and Music are doing everything they can to support young people and their educators. From national campaigns to free online CPD, here's what we're doing to help this month.

Sound and Music Summer School goes digital. Summer School is a week-long course that gives young composers aged 14-18 the chance to explore and develop their musical creativity. Given the present lockdown, we've decided to run this year as a digital learning experience, so we can still support young creators remotely. Click here for further information.

Listen Imagine Compose: Online CPD Sessions. This year, given the current COVID-19 situation, we have re-imagined the Listen Imagine Compose Away Day as a series of 6 online sessions centred on supporting young composers in and beyond the classroom. The sessions are running weekly on Thursdays, 2 - 4pm until 9th July and can be booked via Eventbrite. The final session on July 9th will be an open discussion on the strategic aims of our Alliance for Composing in Music Education. Further information here.

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 teaches all brass instruments as well as beginners rhythm guitar with optional vocals and 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.