Hub Bulletin April 2019


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

There is still time to sign up and get involved with York Music Hub Festival "HubFest"

It promises to be the biggest youth music festival the city has ever seen, taking place over the weekend 22nd & 23rd June 2019. We want to flood the city with music and are encouraging as many schools and musical groups to get involved. Click here to register your interest or email our event manager colin@creativelearningpartnerships.org to find out more!

Audience tickets are now available for the Gala Concert and Sunday Showcase. To order tickets for either or both of these events click here

Putting on a festival of this scale comes with significant costs and we will shortly be announcing our corporate sponsors. Additionally we have also created a JustGiving page! page, as we are hoping to attract support from individuals who want to support youth music in York!

JustGiving will send your donation straight to York Music Hub so that it can be put to effective use. Thank you for your support!

Recent Events...

Jazz God Academy

The NCEM was filled with the sound of Jazz over the Easter Holidays! On the 18th April it played host for the final performances of of the Jazz God Academy Easter workshops.

The Jazz God Academy workshops are designed to bring together students aged between 7 and 80 years of age, who love jazz and love performing. The Easter workshops helped them develop ensemble skills, improvisation skills, confidence and general musicianship. Students worked in a band covering Jazz standards by their favourite composers or artists.

On each day there was an opportunity to perform in a big band with all the members of the workshop. Every afternoon there was a workshop on improvisation to help further develop skills.

This course runs annually and is open to any instrument including: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Violin, Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone.

Email: Jazzgodacademy@gmail.com for more information about getting involved next year.


Music Mark launches consultation and online forum on Model Music Curriculum

Music Mark has launched its consultation on the Model Music Curriculum, inviting Music Mark Members, School members and Corporate Partners to discuss the DfE’s Model Music Curriculum draft and contribute to the overall Music Mark consultation. The consultation will run from April 25th to May 14th. The consultation will be threefold:

  • Two meetings for Music Mark Members, School members and Corporate Partners: Thursday 25th April at NMPAT in Northampton; and April 30th at the Sage Gateshead.
  • Online forum for Members only*, topic on Model Curriculum live from April 25th to May 1st.
  • A survey of our 5000 Music Mark School members, targeted at classroom teachers.

Music Mark’s CEO, Bridget Whyte, was invited in January to join the Expert Panel convened by the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss the development of a Model Music Curriculum. This Model Music Curriculum will sit alongside the existing National Curriculum for Music at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 as additional non-statutory guidance for teachers. It is the fourth model curriculum to be prepared by the DfE, following the first three created for Maths, English and Science. As part of the process of developing this non-statutory guidance – which is it hoped will be published in late 2019 – the DfE are keen to ensure wider consultation. Music Mark has been given permission to carry out some consultation for its membership – whom Bridget Whyte represents at the Panel. As part of that consultation, York Music Hub manager Molly Newton has been invited to be part of a small working group, who will help to support Bridget in her role on the Expert Panel.

*The online forum is for Members only. If you are a member but have yet to create your login, register here and join the debate!

The #SingUpDay digichoir deadline is tomorrow, 1 May.

If you recorded your singers performing "One moment, one people" on 13th March and you want them to be included in the Sing Up Global digichoir, send your clip to magazine@singup.org

Upcoming events...

York Youth Orchestra


The Youth Orchestra feature on the video below about York Music Centre:

Guildhall Orchestra Masterclass

The next masterclass will be on Sunday 19th May, with one of the most influential and successful trombonists of our time, Ian Bousfield. Although all places for the masterclass have been filled, we warmly welcome audience members for this event. Admission to watch the masterclass is FREE for under 16s and music teachers, and otherwise £5 (payable on the door).

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

York Opera forthcoming production

York Opera is the city’s leading amateur opera company. Each year they produce a number of operas, operettas and concerts, with singers from all over Yorkshire and far beyond! Their performances have been critically acclaimed year after year, and their 50th anniversary production of Turandot was a finalist in the Best Production category at the York Culture Awards 2017.

They have a rich history dating back to their first performance as City Opera Group York in 1967. Since then they’ve flourished, and now enjoy performing their main shows on the stage of York Theatre Royal, as well as working with smaller venues for their spring productions, including the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, the National Centre for Early Music and York Guildhall. They're delighted to have the magnificent Sir Thomas Allen as their patron.

York Opera's next production is Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May at 7.30pm and Saturday 11 May at 4pm. This promises to be a most entertaining production.

Further details are available on York Opera's own website yorkopera.co.uk as well as on that of the theatre josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk.

“York Opera productions are always the highlight of the York concert scene”

Family Friendly concerts at the NCEM

Sunday 19 May 11.30am and 1.30pm - The Queen and the Jester

Ursula Holden Gill storyteller & Keith Donnelly musician/comedian

The Queen is troubled and searching for a solution in story, so she calls upon the Royal Court Jester to cheer her with some songs. However, the Royal Court Jester is a law unto himself and knows better than to pander to the Queen’s fickle fancies. Join him in his attempt to pacify her Highness, whilst amusing the Royal Subjects, pleasing himself and ultimately striving to keep his head intact! Expect rousing choruses, skew-whiff stories and a shedload of laughter.

“This Show will see you laugh so much, your stomach hurts.” Charles Tryer

“Keith could make sheep laugh.” Jasper Carrot

Rotary Club “Young Musician Competition”

We are delighted to announce that York Rotary Club will be holding the “Young Musician Competition” again later this year. It will be held on Sunday 17th November 2019, 1- 5.30pm at the National Centre for Early Music, Percy's Lane, Walmgate, York.

Last year’s competition was a great success with participants entered by schools and peripatetic teachers all over North Yorkshire. We are delighted to say the York winner Will Clarke has got through to the National Final of the “Rotary Young Musician Competition” being held in early May 2019. The Rotary Club are now seeking entrants who will be aged 11 to 17 on 31.8.19, for next year’s competition.

Contestants will need to select and play, or sing, a piece of music, of 4 to 6 minutes with an accompanist if required. Winners from the York heat will go forward to the District heat which is usually held early in the new year. If you have any students that are interested then please get in touch via the York Rotary Club website, for full details and an online application. If you are interested click here for more details.

Courses & Professional Development opportunities...

The Second Annual Ebor Music Conference

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