Hub Bulletin May 2020


Welcome to our May 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.

In an attempt to continue to have a creative outlet, and stay connected with the wider world, our Hub Manager has started a weekly YMH Blog entitled 'Noted.' Please let us know if there is anything you would like to be featured in the blog and click here to subscribe or read the latest post.


Vacancy: Assistant Hub Manager

It is with very mixed feelings that we are announcing the departure of Craig Brown as the Assistant Manager of the Hub. He has been an invaluable member of the team, and will be much missed. It may come as no surprise to anybody that he can no longer combine an enhanced teaching commitment with his part time job for the Hub and all the other things he does. Yes, believe it or not, he has only been part time with the Hub. There is no doubt that, having made this decision, he will go on to have a very successful teaching career and we wish him all the best for the future.

Craig himself says "Over the past two years I have balanced my job at the hub with teaching, performing, conducting, as well as being involved in various musical projects. The decision to step back from the hub has not come easily, especially given the brilliant work that has been going on, and the ever increasing opportunities being made available for young people. Of course, I will remain a great supporter of York Music Hub, and look forward to been able to help through my other capacities as an educator, always promoting its great work helping young people engage with Music"

We are sure that everyone will join us in wishing Craig all the best, and thank him for his fantastic work over the past two years. If you would like more information about this role please visit www.yorkmusichub.org.uk/vacancies

Brand New York Music Hub Website Live!

We are delighted to announce that our new website is now live! We are really pleased with how it looks and we believe it's much more user friendly and informative. Please take a look by clicking here and let us have any initial feedback at info@yorkmusichub.org.uk

York Music Hub Online Sharing Area

Our new 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 submissions are on the site, just follow the "submissions" link.

HuntSchoolMusic @ Oak Academy

It was announced this week that a York School has been chosen to create all the music content for the online learning site Oak National Academy. The site is being accessed by over 2 million users and is well worth exploring if you have secondary age young people in your home who are missing being at school. Huntington School Music department staff have done an amazing job and their lessons are superb, really intuitive, high quality, fun and easy to follow.

Online Music Events & Opportunities

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.

Animate Orchestra Online

This June Animate Orchestra is moving online to encourage young musicians across the country to explore their creativity and make music together.

Weekly creative musical tasks, beginning 7 Jun 2020, will be delivered on video by one of Trinity Laban’s Animate music leaders. Young people will be challenged to create and send in their own musical response to each task, which could then be showcased on Trinity Laban's website and social media channels. Suitable for young people aged 9+ who plays any instrument (including voice and music technology) at any level. Register to participate in Self-Isolate | Create | Animate here.

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 .

Bags of Creativity


I have just heard that IVE and the Arts Council are going to fund the roll out of ArtsDrop here in the City Of York. The Coronavirus lockdown is emphasising how important creativity is to all of us and with schools closed and home learning providing opportunities to access lots of wonderful online resources and creative challenges, many of our children and young people, supported by parents and carers, are continuing to learn in these vital areas. However, we know that many of York’s children and young people live in households that do not have parents or carers that are confident in these areas, do not have access to the internet, or have a limited number of devices, and have few – if any – art materials. These include some of York’s most disadvantaged children and young people, those who are deemed at risk by social services, those in foster care / children’s homes, young carers and refugee and asylum seeker children.

Working closely with City of York Children's Services, ArtsDrop will allow us to deliver creative activity packs direct to these vulnerable children and young people. The packs will consist of a tote bag containing creative activities/instructions printed onto postcards and the materials needed to do the activities. ArtsDrop activities are fun, stimulating, inspiring and imaginative and also seriously aimed at supporting children and young people’s health, wellbeing and development during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We aim:

  • to work with Artists/Creatives/Arts, Cultural and Heritage organisations, who will have the opportunity to develop their ideas and turn them into practical outcomes with access to high quality CPD and mentoring support as required.
  • to design and deliver up to 1000 ArtsDrop packs to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in York. We have agreed with the local authority that social workers and other key workers will deliver the packs direct to families during their regular visits.

If you are able to help please get in touch.

Best wishes

Chris Edwards

Chair REACH (York Cultural Education Partnership)

Chair Explore York

mobile: 07740942181

email: chrisedwards51@hotmail.com

twitter: chrisedwardsesq

blog: releasing-the-magic.blogspot.com

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.

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 lesvaughan@nasuwt.net

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.