Hub Bulletin October 2019


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

We hope this bulletin finds you well. It's been a busy month at York Music Hub, we have been busy compiling data for the Arts Council for their annual Music Education Hub Survey. Thanks to all the providers, schools and tutors who helped us with this mammoth task! As a thank you, everyone who returned data to us was entered into a draw to win £150 worth of Banks Music Room vouchers. Yesterday the the winner was randomly selected and we are delighted to announce that Piano Tutor Amy Lacy was the winner. Congratulations Amy!

As always there have been lots of music making activities happening for young people in and around York. York Music Hub has been proud to be involved with so many different events throughout 2019 and we are beginning to look ahead to the many festive events planned across the city.


New Patron for York Music Hub

We are delighted to announce that, York born, world class Trombone player Ian Bousfield has agreed to be our Patron.

One of the most influential brass players of our time, now a soloist, conductor and pedagogue, Ian Bousfield has been at the top of his profession for over 35 years, having formerly been principal trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony in an orchestral career that spanned thirty years. As a soloist he has appeared with, amongst others, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Marriner and Kent Nagano with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic. He has recorded for EMI, Chandos and Camerata. Future plans include appearing with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, recording with the Airies Quartet, conducting the season-opening brass concert of the New World Symphony in Miami for the third time and directing the Aalborg Symphony in a series of concerts for brass and voice.

In recent times his conducting career has taken off, seeing Ian regarded as one of the world’s foremost brass conductors. He has conducted the Oslo Philharmonic, Liceu Opera, Danish Radio Symphony, Copenhagen Opera, Sonderborg Symphony, Bern Symphony, Norlands Opera and the New World Symphony. Ian is professor of trombone at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His former students sit in some of the world’s premier orchestras and have won the most prestigious competitions including the ARD and Royal Overseas League. His book and videos, 'Unlocking the Trombone Code'  have met with great critical acclaim. He is a brass coach for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a regular coach of the New WorldSymphony, two things that lie very close to his heart.

He was awarded the ITA award in 2012, a lifetime honour from the International Trombone Association. In June 2019 Ian will be Chair of the first ever Tchaikovsky Competition for Brass at the invitation of Valery Gergiev. Despite living outside of the UK for 20 years, Ian remains obsessed with cricket. His main hobby is the wines of Burgundy, and in 2017 he was honoured by the region, being made a ‘Chevalier de Tastevin’.

Violin Masterclass with Nicholas Wright

Following a hugely successful Guildhall Orchestra concert, renowned violinist Nicholas Wright delivered a masterclass at York Barbican on Sunday 13th October. 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 16th February 2020, with one of the most influential and successful Cellists of our time, Jamie Walton.

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

Noise Academy - FREE introductory DJ sessions for Schools

Noise Academy offers a unique style of music education that focuses on developing skills such as Djing, music production and beatboxing. Their mission is to increase the number of school students engaging in music technology through their innovative workshops & programmes. If you would be interested in a free session for your school please register using the form here.

What the Dickens!

This year the York Museums Trust are creating a 'Victorian Christmas' at Kirkgate in the Castle Museum, complete with Santa, a magician (who might just pick a pocket or two) and a Punch and Judy show. Celebrities putting in an appearance include Scrooge, the Artful Dodger, and Mrs Mann from Oliver Twist, the heartless superintendent of the workhouse.

But there is one thing missing… Music!

Christmas events will be happening on Kirkgate every weekend from the 16th November until 21st December. The performance space is big enough for individuals or ensembles (bands or choirs) up to about 12 or 15. York Museums Trust are looking for youth ensembles to provide traditional Christmas music, of all kinds including choirs, brass, early music and strings.

If you really want to enter the spirit of the event and dress up, they would welcome that too. The museum can provide appropriate, hats, shawls, bonnets and coats. The performances would be for no more than an hour, perhaps repeating a 15 – 20 minute set with a gap in between. Anything and everything can be programmed in, and it could be a great occasion with a very sympathetic audience and full publicity for your school or organisation. If you are interested in this performance opportunity, get in touch with Kirstie.Blything@ymt.org.uk for more details

Upcoming Events...

Free Music Fun Days

York Arts Education are running a number of free music fun days in November. Please click here to download full details of dates and events.

Making Tracks - Urban Music Production

York Music Forum have recently launched their new Urban Music Production program on Saturdays at Vale of York Academy where the participants have already begun the process of creating their own music using iPads and music technology. They still have limited places available on the program, please contact York Music Forum if you know someone who may be interested in joining.

York College Programme of Events 2019-20

YORCHESTRA York's Holiday Youth Orchestra have five orchestras for young people from age 6-21 of all abilities to attend. These holiday courses run at Christmas, Easter and Summer and will be held in the Music Department of University of York and Heslington Church. For course dates and to apply, please visit www.yorchestra.org or see Facebook /yorchestra or Twitter @yorchestra.

The Sound of Bronze - Youth Gamelan Ensemble

The University of York is home to a beautiful set of musical instruments from Indonesia – a collection of bronze gongs and chimes, called a Gamelan. These instruments were handmade especially for the University and the city of York in 1981 and have been used for many community and school projects over the years. There is more information about the instruments, including a short film about the music and the experience of playing it, click here to watch.

During the past year, the University has been running the Sound Of Bronze youth gamelan project, which has invited young people from across the city to be involved in taster gamelan sessions, which have been very positively received. Because of the enthusiastic response to these taster sessions, the University has now set up a weekly, term-time Youth Gamelan Ensemble, aimed at young people aged 7-14. These sessions cover traditional Indonesian music, as well as creative and new uses of the instruments. There will be opportunities for children who enjoy performing to work towards public concerts alongside university students and professional musicians.

The Youth Gamelan is running during school term times on Thursday evenings, 5.00pm-6.15pm, at the University of York Music Department click here for more details or contact Gamelan Director, Emily Crossland to find out more. Places are limited, so please encourage interested parties to book as soon as possible.

Competition time...

Courses & Professional Development opportunities...

York Music Hub have partnered with NCEM to produce some upcoming CPD sessions they will be:- Reflective Practice Sessions and Music and Wellbeing sessions focusing on Building Resilience we will post further details once everything is finalised.

There are also a number of upcoming Music Mark sessions - please click this link for details of several afternoons of practical CPD for Music Teachers.

Teach Together takes place Thursday afternoon at the Cutlers’ Hall and is part of Music Mark’s Annual Conference running from 21st to 22nd of November in Sheffield.

If you would like to also take part in other elements of the Annual Conference, such as the Thursday Drinks Reception and Dinner, the Friday conference dedicated to Strategy and Discussions, as well as overnight accommodation, please book here via the main Music Mark conference booking page.

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