Music Education Hub

Information for schools, parents, students and supporters on the music hub in Northumberland.

"Music Partnership North is committed to enriching the lives of children and young people in Northumberland & Newcastle through engagement and participation in quality music activities"

Music Partnership North is a partnership between:
  • Northumberland County Council music service
  • Newcastle City Council music service
  • Sage Gateshead
Our aims are:
  • to support and enhance music education in line with The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education (NPME)
  • to provide musical activities for all children and young people
  • to work with local communities and educational establishments 
  • to provide professional development & training to both school based and MPN staff
  • to be committed to the support of musical activities in early years
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Lead Officer - Jacky Craig  01670 624040
Manages School Partnerships: Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington
Email: Jacqueline.Craig@northumberland.gov.uk   

Deputy Lead Officer - David Francis  01670 620525
Manages School Partnerships: Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Seaton Valley
Email: David.Francis@northumberland.gov.uk   

Music Co-ordinator - Richard Johnstone  01670 624047
Manages School Partnerships: Alnwick, Amble, Berwick, Morpeth
Email: Richard.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk   
 
Senior Administrator - Lesley Scott  01670 624045
Email: Lesley.Scott@northumberland.gov.uk   
 
Business Development Officer - Fiona Johnstone  01670 624039
Email: Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk   
 
Admin/Instruments - Rachel Robbins & Charlotte Dyson  01670 624046
Email: Rachel.Robbins@northumberland.gov.uk  
Email: Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk
 

Address: 
Music Partnership North, UNIT 7, Wansbeck Network Centre, Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8QW


Instrumental Tutors
Steven Ballantyne Steven.Ballantyne@northumberland.gov.uk
James Boyle James.Boyle@northumberland.gov.uk  
John Bradford John.Bradford@northumberland.gov.uk
Stephanie Brown Stephanie.Brown@northumberland.gov.uk
John Buckton John.Buckton@northumberland.gov.uk   
Richard Burns Richard.Burns@northumberland.gov.uk   
Rachael Chesney Rachael.Chesney@northumberland.gov.uk
Alison Coates Alison.Coates@northumberland.gov.uk  
Andrea Devere Andrea.Devere@northumberland.gov.uk
Stephen Doyle Stephen.Doyle@northumberland.gov.uk 
Heather Ferrier Heather.Ferrier@northumberland.gov.uk  
Ann-Britt Hedley Inger.Hedley@northumberland.gov.uk
Stephanie Naisbett Stephanie.Naisbett@northumberland.gov.uk  
Annelise Nicklen Annelise.Nicklen@northumberland.gov.uk
Frances Orde Amelia.Orde@northumberland.gov.uk 
Flora Smith Flora.Smith@northumberland.gov.uk 
Justin Radford Justin.Radford@northumberland.gov.uk 
Christopher Reay Christopher.Reay@northumberland.gov.uk 
John Reed John.Reed@northumberland.gov.uk  
Christopher Robertson Christopher.Robertson@northumberland.gov.uk  
Alison Rudd Alison.Rudd@northumberland.gov.uk 
Julie Shevlin Julie.Shevlin@northumberland.gov.uk
Julie Silversides Julie.Silversides@northumberland.gov.uk  
Emily Stephenson Emily.Stephenson@northumberland.gov.uk  
Robert Vallance Robert.Vallance@northumberland.gov.uk  
Daniel Ward Daniel.Ward@northumberland.gov.uk  
Heather Willshire Heather.Willshire@northumberland.gov.uk
Jonathon Winter Jonathon.Winter@northumberland.gov.uk

Information on current and upcoming events




 

Adult Woodwind Classes

This 12 week course will teach you the clarinet and/or saxophone basics, including general musicianship, how to read music and playing as part of an ensemble. No previous experience of playing an instrument is required. Beginner and Intermediate groups available. Classes will be held on Mondays between 9 - 1pm at the New Life Christian Church, Morpeth. The cost will be £144 for the course or £154 to include hire of an instrument. To register please visit https://live.paritor.com/p/2302  or email Lesley.Scott@northumberland.gov.uk  




Youth Advisory Board

If you are between 13 - 18 and want to help shape the future of music education in Northumberland, we’d love to hear from you! We are looking for a group of young people to form our first ever Youth Advisory Board. 
 
We are keen to hear your ideas, thoughts and feedback to improve what we already do and to help us develop exciting new opportunities. This role should help you to build confidence, improve communication skills, work with a team and develop a greater understanding of problem solving. We hope that this will also make a strong addition to college/university applications or CV.
For more details, please contact david.francis@northumberland.gov.uk 

 


 

Register here for instrumental/vocal lessons if your child attends one of the following schools:

The Duchess's, King Edward VI, Queen Elizabeth, Berwick Academy, James Calvert Spence 

Morpeth Middle Schools, Dr Thomlinson, Hexham Middle, Berwick Middle, Tweedmouth Middle, Glendale Middle

Abbeyfields, Burnside Primary, Morpeth Stobhillgate, Hugh Joicey, Berwick Holy Trinity, Lowick 1st
For further information call 01670 624045

 

Share your views here

If your child is currently having instrumental/vocal lessons with us, we would appreciate it if you could complete this short questionnaire. This will help us to improve our services and ensure that we offer the best musical opportunities.

Please click below to find out how you can help us to support music in Northumberland - become a supporter today!










 


Click here to download and complete a supporters direct debit form

The arts have the power to change and shape young lives. They provide knowledge, skills and attributes that can play a significant role in young people’s development, creating opportunities for them to express their ideas and form their values, and equipping them to navigate a rapidly changing world.

The arts are not an add-on, or a nice-to-have, but are part of the fabric of our society. All young people have a right to experience the best, and to be given the opportunity to contribute to the arts and culture of the future.

Funding from central government and Arts Council England is reducing every year and families are finding it harder to find the money to pay for music lessons and workshops.  

Your support can enable us to reach more children, from any background, and support their lifelong learning through music.

  • £15 per month can sponsor a child’s place in a county ensemble
  • £18 per month would provide free instrumental or vocal tuition for a child
  • £6 per month would provide free instrument hire for a child
  • A one off donation of £15 would buy a child’s place on a workshop day


Click here to download and complete a supporters direct debit form


We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our regular donors:

James Rippon
Terry and Susan Davey
Stuart Archer
David Francis
Richard Johnstone
Fiona Johnstone

Click here to download and complete an alumni direct debit form

If you have clicked on this page then you already know the benefits that music can bring to young people's lives. You have seen first hand the added benefits in your life and you have the power to make that same impact on another young person in Northumberland.  

You can provide a bursary for students who would otherwise not be able to pay for their ensemble membership or for them to attend a workshop.

How different would your life be if you had not been involved in music?  Don’t let Northumberland students miss that same opportunity.  Even the smallest amount can make a huge difference!
Music Partnership North have partnered up with GoRaise. It’s now easier than ever before for our members and supporters to join us in fundraising.

It’s simple, it’s safe, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

Once you've registered with GoRaise, every time you shop online at thousands of brilliant online retailers - including M&S, John Lewis, Argos, Ebay, Sports Direct, & Expedia - those retailers will donate a portion of what you spend to our cause, for free. So, how do you get started?

Just go to our page at Music Partnership North - GoRaise and register for free today.

Once you've done this, just make sure that you visit the GoRaise website and click your chosen retailer from the list of over 3,000, each time you want to shop online.

Whether you're an individual or a company, please do sign up today, it will make a huge difference to us and we could raise £1000’s of extra funding every year just from donations generated by ordinary, everyday online shopping.
We promise to make the best use of each donation to help reach as many students in Northumberland as possible.

In 2008, 8% of students who were taking GCSE maths also sat GCSE music and in 2017 this reduced to 5.5% with fewer pupils also taking A level music.  Through your donations we will continue to reach more and more students and provide extra curricular activities to help maintain a balanced curriculum.

We will keep you updated with our work (unless requested otherwise) and show the progress your donation is helping to achieve.  We will treat your personal information in full accordance with your preferences and UK law.

In response to your generous donations, we promise:
  • Your donation will be processed efficiently and used to fund front line musical activities
  • Your donation will be promptly acknowledged and we will always be incredibly grateful for your support
  • We will keep our administration costs to a minimum and provide clear and transparent systems
  • If you would like to allocate your donation to a particular area of our work we will respect your wishes, and where this is not possible, we will advise you of this and proceed as you request.
We endeavour to provide exceptional supporter care and so when you contact us we promise to:
  • Handle your enquiry in an honest and professional manner
  • Provide a response to your queries as quickly as possible, and if we are delayed, let you know when you can expect a response
  • Treat all complaints seriously, investigate them fully and report back to you with a solution
  • Welcome and encourage feedback from you to improve our work.
Thank you for your ongoing support - together we can change and shape a young person’s life through music.
Information on how we work with schools, students and parents to provide a quality musical experience.

We provide an extensive range of instrumental, vocal and class music tuition to schools in Northumberland.  Please check with your school to see what tuition is available and the cost.

We have a wide range of instruments for hire with a termly rental charge of £23 per instrument - please email charlotte.dyson@northumberland.gov.uk for instrument enquiries.

It can be hard to choose which instrument to play. Here are some tips which may help you decide:
  • Find out what is available at your school. Sometimes schools will organise a demonstration to help students decide.
  • Listen to music in different styles and genres. Look on YouTube or go to a concert or event.
  • Ask if you can visit a local community band to listen to the instruments and talk to the members.

Terms & Conditions
  • Click here to view the terms & conditions associated with instrumental/vocal tuition.
  • Click here to view and print an Agreement Form for the hire of instruments.
  • For more details on instrument insurance values, please tel 01670 624046.
  • Click here to read our updated Privacy Policy.

Documents

Whole Class Teaching

Whole class ensemble tuition (WCET) takes place in a first or primary school on a weekly basis. A Music Partnership North tutor, alongside a member of school staff, will deliver music to a whole class to give every child the opportunity to play an instrument. Our WCET projects are designed to include performances, either within school, or as part of a wider performance with other schools in the area. Click here to watch our young musicians showcase at The Alnwick Gardens 2017.
 

Music Service Level Agreement 2019-20

To see the full brochure and what is available, please click here. Contact the designated link officer for your school to discuss further.

 

Charanga

Charanga can transform your music curriculum by giving you online access to hundreds of resources designed to enhance your music lessons.  By purchasing charanga through us, we can offer you a discount on membership. click here to apply for a licence.
 

Curriculum Support

We can provide specialist teachers to deliver music curriculum in school, or to work alongside the classroom teacher to develop their skills.  For more information email jacqueline.craig@northumberland.gov.uk

Many schools will offer financial assistance to students in receipt of pupil premium, which can be used towards the cost of instrumental lessons. Parents should enquire with their school about this.

Music Partnership North offers free instrument hire to students who are eligible for free school meals or is a looked after child.


A discount of £30 per term is available to students having music lessons with a Music Partnership North tutor as part of a GCSE or A-level course. (It is expected that students will have attended a minimum of 7 out of 10 lessons to qualify for the discount.)

Some organisations may offer grants for instruments or tuition. Please see the links below.

Awards for Young Musicians
Future Talent

EMI Music Equipment Purchase Funding
Music For All
Take it away scheme
EMI Music Sound Foundation


Instrumental purchase scheme
HMRC will allow parents to purchase an instrument free of VAT if a student is having music tuition in school. Please click here for an application form and instructions on how to apply.

We encourage all students to take part in music groups and ensembles, whatever their ability. Playing a musical instrument and performing with others is rewarding, enjoyable and a valuable skill.


Click here to find out more about our ensembles!
Do you play the fiddle, flute, Northumbrian pipes, cello, harp, accordion, percussion, concertina, guitar or keyboard?

The Northumbrian Ranters are made up of talented young musicians from Northumberland. Their aim is to promote and raise the profile of traditional music both in the county and further afield.

New members will be asked to come for a short audition as soon as applications are received.
 
  • Entry:  Fiddle, grade 3 or equivalent. Flute, grade 5 or equivalent (for all other instruments please email the contact below)
  • Rehearsals:  6 - 8.30pm at Morpeth Methodist Church 
  • Cost:  £190 per year
  • Contact:  Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk

This ensemble requires a high level of commitment as the group are involved in high profile performances throughout the year. Students are required to sing together and will have the opportunity to participate in traditional experiences such as clog dancing.

Click here to watch the Ranters & Alistair Anderson performing in Berwick Upon Tweed. 

Rehearsals & Concerts 2019-20
19th September
3rd October
12-13th October - Residential at Seahouses Youth Hostel
21st October
26-31st October - Tour to Scotland 
15th November - Ponteland evening concert, venue TBC
28th November
30th November - Christmas Concert
30th January
27th February 
29th February - Alnwick Playhouse 
14th March - Joint concert with Tyneside Fiddle Alliance
26th March
4th April - Joint concert with Alnwick Cultural Exchange Music Festival
2nd July
11th July - Rothbury Music Festival 

"My daughter has had lots of fun making new friends.  The experience has been very important to her musical development.  Lots of opportunities -concerts, residential weekends and tours to Scotland – not to mention making a CD – amazing!"

"As a parent, so many opportunities to watch and feel so very proud! Thanks to all the staff –  it would not have been possible without you!"

Do you play strings, brass, woodwind, drums or percussion?  Would you like to meet other young musicians and learn to play new and exciting music? Improve your playing in a fun and friendly environment and perform in concerts?  

  • Entry:  Grade 3 or equivalent (new members will be asked to come for a short, informal audition)
  • Rehearsals:  Morpeth Methodist Church from 6 - 8pm
  • Cost:  £160 per year
  • Contact:  Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk

Additional Information:  Students are accepted into this ensemble at any point throughout the year and are required to re-apply each year for membership.

Rehearsals & Concerts 2019-20
26th September
24th October
14th November 
23-24th November  Residential at Broomley Grange 
12th December  Christmas Concert
9th January
6th February
12th March
23rd April
14th May


Please click here to find out more about joining us!

Use this link to directly support Bedlington Brass Band each time you shop online.  Your money can make a big difference to us!





 

  • Instruments:  cornet, flugel horn, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone, bass
  • Rehearsals:  Bedlington Community Centre, Tuesdays from 6-6.45pm (trainer band) then 6.45-8.30pm full band rehearsal
  • Cost:  Free!
  • Contact:  Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk

Rehearsals & Concerts 2019-20

September 24th
October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
November 12th, 19th, 26th
December 3rd, 10th, 12th (Christmas Concert)
January 14th, 21st, 28th
February 4th, 11th
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
April 28th
May 5th, 12th, 19th
June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
July 7th

The aim of this group is to encourage young pipers to share their enthusiasm and skills with other pipers from across the county. They meet once every half term on a Saturday morning and the group is open to any student in full time education!

  • Instrument: Northumbrian small pipes
  • Rehearsals: Morpeth Chantry bagpipe museum, Saturday mornings 10.15-12
  • Cost: £30 per year
  • Contact: Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk


This initiative is possible through partnership working of MPN & the Northumbrian Pipers Society.

Rehearsals & Performances 2019-20
28th September
23rd November
30th November  Northumberland Hall Alnwick Christmas concert
1st February
29th February  Alnwick Playhouse concert
21st March
2nd May
27th June
11th July  Rothbury Music festival

Northumberland Youth Voices is an exciting new group! Our aim is to bring together singers of all abilities from across the county to sing a wide variety of music from all over the world!

Over time, this will give more advanced singers the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills and play a part in shaping the direction of the group. 

  • Rehearsals: 6-8 pm at Morpeth Methodist Church
  • Age: 7-18 all ability levels
  • ​Cost: £35 per year 
  • Contact: Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk
Are you a flute player looking to join an exciting new flute choir?  This is an opportunity to extend your instrumental skills and meet other flautists from across the county.  This ensemble will feature the full range of the flute family and develop your ensemble playing with performance opportunities. 
  • Entry: Grade 4 standard or equivalent (new members will be asked to come for a short audition)
  • Rehearsals: Morpeth Methodist Church  6-8pm
  • Cost: £70 per year
  • Contact: Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk
Would you like to play with other young musicians and perform at concerts? Coquetdale Ceilidh Band will meet every other Tuesday, starting 24th September at the Coquetdale Music Trust in Thropton. 6 -7.30pm
 
If you would like to sign up please email: Charlotte.Dyson@northumberland.gov.uk
 
This FREE ceilidh band is made possible through funding from the North East Endowment for Music Traditions Fund and will be delivered by Music Partnership North in partnership with the Coquetdale Music Trust.

We strive for the best opportunities for students to ensure they fulfil their potential. Exceptionally talented students are signposted to regional and national ensembles and events. We can also offer advice and guidance for students contemplating further education in music.

Ensemble Policies

Adult Woodwind Classes:

This 12 week course will teach you the clarinet and/or saxophone basics, including general musicianship, how to read music and playing as part of an ensemble.  No previous experience of playing an instrument is required. Beginner and Intermediate groups available.
Classes will be held on Mondays between 9 - 1pm at the New Life Christian Church, Morpeth. 
The cost will be £144 for the course or £154 to include hire of an instrument.
To register please visit https://live.paritor.com/p/2302 
 or email Lesley.Scott@northumberland.gov.uk










 
Workshops and classes that we are currently running

Click here to view our full workshops brochure and to book a workshop click here
Current projects and initiatives with cultural and community organisations

MPN have recently received funding from the National Lottery 'Awards for All' to run a series of music workshops engaging with refugee families who are living in Northumberland.
 
Djembe drumming workshops are taking place in Blyth and Cramlington where a number of families are now living. Participants from under 5s to grandparents come together to meet socially as well as to participate in the workshops where they are learning African rhythms as well as teaching the tutor about their own traditional music, singing and dancing.
 
A video is being created during the project to show new families arriving in Northumberland the creative opportunities that exist in the area and how music can be used as a tool to build relationships and develop understanding among communities.
 
The families hope that through this project they will strengthen their own community and so in turn will help create a smoother transition for future Syrian families coming to the area.  The DVD will also be used as a tool to introduce themselves to the community and help to break down barriers. The project will create a common interest and requires the families to work together to create a finished product.
 
If you would like to learn more about this project which is taking place at Headway Arts in Blyth and St Nicholas Church in Cramlington, please contact Jacky Craig, Jacqueline.Craig@northumberland.gov.uk

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“Brass is Back”


Following the success of the 'Bedlington to Ashington Building Brass' initiative we are delighted to announce that Youth Music have once again agreed to support our ongoing brass band regeneration project in south east Northumberland.  


Over the last three years we have worked closely with primary schools to create school 'mini brass bands' who meet at either lunchtime or after school. These mini brass bands have provided a progression route from their whole class project brass tuition.


This new round of funding will see the project expand into Bedlington, Ashington and St Benet Biscop Academies and expand our current project in Meadowdale Academy. Students will have the opportunity to progress and experience different instruments such as baritone, trombone and tenor horns.

Students will take more of a lead in providing peer to peer support and performing at Sage Gateshead, Woodhorn Miners Picnic and joint brass band concerts across the region. Students will also have the opportunity to complete their Bronze Arts Award and
 work closely with Bedlington Community Brass Band by supporting and leading sessions with their trainer band.

 


Music-making is life-changing. Every year, Youth Music provides more than 75,000 young people with the opportunity to make music. For more information on Youth Music and the excellent work they support please visit www.youthmusic.org.uk

Our outcomes built into the project are as follows:

  • Through the creation of school mini bands students will have the opportunity to increase their musical ability and technical skills.
  • To raise students aspirations to be involved and continue to be involved in music.
  • Improved group cohesion and mutual respect amongst the students throughout the project.


On the 25th May 2018 Woodhorn Museum came alive to the sound of youth brass bands!
Over 400 children
 all came together for the first time to play at an open air performance like no other!

This video also shows the children exploring Woodhorn Museum and the heritage of the mining industry through their Explore Arts Award.

 

 
To ensure the success and continuation of the brass regeneration project, it is essential that students have the opportunity to be involved in large scale performances such as Brass in Concert at the Sage Gateshead.


We were delighted that Brass in Concert once again funded 2 days of workshops to give the students a chance to rehearse the music that they performed at the Sage on 17th November. There was over 100 students performing both on the concourse and in Sage One. 

Quotes from students involved:

"I feel as if my self belief has gained a lot throughout the project, being in the band I have met new people who had faith in me and helped me when I needed it."  

"I love playing my cornet - It makes me feel peaceful. Music really helps me because it lets me know I can be successful in something!"



If you would like to know more about the project please contact Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk
The Children’s University is a national organisation that provides 7-14 year olds access to exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the normal school day.  As well as school based activities (after school, lunchtime or school holidays) this can include, workshops, lectures, libraries, museums, sports and creative arts such as music.

This programme rewards children’s participation through the National Certificates.  For every hour they take part in an activity they receive a stamp within their passport and these go towards their National Children’s University Award Certificate. 

Students who are over 14 can also sign up to become a volunteer and there is no upper age limit so parents can get involved too.  The volunteer system runs alongside the student passport scheme with evidence and stamps being collected while gaining experience in volunteering and learning new skills.

Schools can sign up to become a member or parents can purchase their child’s passport independently at a cost of £5.  However, many areas within south east Northumberland have purchased passports for all the children within their school.

Music Partnership North have signed up to become a member of the Children’s University and so students can now receive stamps for attending our ensembles, lunchtime clubs or large scale events.  

If your child has a passport and would like to have their activity evidenced and stamped then please contact Fiona Johnstone 01670 624039.

Leading Link manage this programme in Northumberland and for more information on purchasing passports and the support they can offer please visit their website: www.leadinglink.co.uk

For more information on the Children’s University please visit their website: http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/
Would you like to receive a recognised qualification through your involvement in the Arts? We deliver Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award.

Click for more!  Delivery of these programmes can be through either your involvement in a whole class instrumental or vocal programme, your membership to one of our ensembles or through a school project.
MPN is able to support organisations and predominantly schools in their Arts Award journey and delivery. We can either deliver your Arts Award programme for you, within your setting, or we can work in partnership to deliver certain aspects/sections of the Arts Award portfolios thus reducing the workload.

Discover - start your arts adventure (around 20 hours to complete, ages 5 - 25)
  • Discover the arts and take part in different arts activities.
  • Find out about artists and their work.
  • Share your experiences with others.
MPN gives schools the opportunity to engage all students involved in a whole class project to embark on this journey of discovery and is well suited to a short whole class project.

Explore – be inspired by the arts (around 25 hours to complete, ages 7 - 25)
  • Take part in arts activities and record what inspires you.
  • Explore arts organisations and artists.
  • Make art work to demonstrate your skills and creativity.
  • Share your exploration with others and record what you do.
This entry level one moderated programme is EQF level one accredited and is a starting point for SEND pupils or students who are not yet 11 years old but want to carry on with their Arts Award journey.

Bronze – get involved in the arts & share your skills (around 40 hours to complete, ages 11- 25)
  • Take part in an arts activity to develop your skills.
  • Experience the arts as an audience member and record your response.
  • Who is your arts inspiration and why?
  • Share your arts skills with others.
This level one qualification, EQF level two is equivalent to GCSE D-G grade and starts to explore the arts in more detail and focuses on the individual’s arts inspiration and sharing a skill. This is well suited to smaller groups of students.

Silver – challenge yourself & build your creativity (around 60 hours to complete, ages 11 - 25) 
  • Set yourself an arts challenge.
  • Review a show, exhibition or event and share your views.
  • Research an artist and arts activities.
  • Get involved in arts leadership, sharing your skills with others.
This is a level two qualification, EQF level three project and is equivalent to GCSE A*-C grade. This is a step up from the previous qualification and expects students to take more responsibility for their progress.

Gold – drive your personal development in the arts (around 90 hours to complete, ages 11 - 25)
  • Extend your arts skills by gaining experience in a new field.
  • Get involved in the arts through volunteering etc.
  • Research and review high-quality arts events.
  • Make a case for an arts issue that you care about.
  • Take responsibility as an arts project leader.
This EQF level four qualification, A-level standard, also carries 35 UCAS points. Gold treats the young person as a “young creative” and expects experimentation, opinions and an arts project. This requires a large commitment from the young person and the advisor.
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Example of a student involved in completing their Bronze Arts Award:
  • This student performed at the Woodhorn miners' picnic as part of this project: “I learnt a lot about the mines at Woodhorn about how the conditions were terrible and lots of people got very ill.”
  • Describe what arts skills you improved: “I believe that my ability has vastly improved as playing at the miners' picnic meant I practised more. Pipes is all about perseverance. I have done that and it has given me a brilliant opportunity to give myself more practice at playing on stage.” - David, aged 12
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England.

We offer education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, with all aspects of their musical creativity. We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. Artsmark settings gain access to exceptional resources and the country’s most treasured cultural organisations.

All aspects of our work are designed to support schools on their Artsmark journey linking directly into the music curriculum and specific guidance can be given to individual schools on developing a musical programme that can have a positive and progressive impact across the whole of the school.   

How to bring creative learning to life

Find out more at Artsmark

Contact Jacky Craig for more information on 01670 624040

Past events that we have organised and participated in as well as current newsletters.

Click here to view our Summer Newsletter 2019
In partnership with the Royal Opera House, Music Partnership North are offering a limited number of schools the opportunity to sign up for this school based project.

Based on Englebert Humperdinck’s famous opera this project is aimed at KS1 & 2 with national curriculum links for KS3.  This programme will inspire a generation of school children to engage with opera through story, character and song.
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The programme includes:
  • CPD day for school member of staff with a director and vocal leader from the Royal Opera House
  • 2, 5 or 10  lesson schemes of work with learning outcomes and curriculum links 
  • Support package available from Music Partnership North 
  • Singing strategies and drama exercises
  • Specially created short films for guidance featuring Royal Opera House artists and Youth Opera Company
  • Online resources including backing tracks, arrangements for children's voices and additional digital classroom materials
The training day will introduce teachers to the story of Hansel and Gretel looking at key characters through a variety of creative drama and singing exercises and staff will learn 5 songs from the production.

Attendees will also receiving training in dramatic singing, theatrical staging, primary music pedagogy and basic conducting techniques.

Models available:
£30 -  Cost per person for attending the workshop only

£195 - A member of MPN will provide five 1hr sessions throughout
           the programme to support  school sessions, end of project 
           performance support and telephone and email support

Additional sessions can be booked at £38 per hr.

This project has the flexibility to be delivered across either the whole of KS1 & 2 within your school or with a particular class with no limit to the number of students who can be involved.  Support from MPN can be tailored to fit in with your requirements as and when you need additional support.

School staff will be trained up in the skills of dramatic singing through their attendance at the workshop and through the support of an MPN singing tutor, if the 5hr package purchased.

The skills learned by school staff can be transferred to all aspects of the arts such as school performances, plays and concerts.  The content of the project is aligned to the curriculum.  

"I want to sign up, what do I do now?"

Please email Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk to book your place on the training day taking place on the 1st October at St Cuthbert's Church Bedlington.

You will receive a confirmation email regarding the training day.  

The closing date for applications is Monday 23rd September 2019.
Students from across the Alnwick partnership came together on the 25th June in Alnwick Gardens.
This showcase event highlights the outstanding musical activities that have been taking place in all the schools over the last year with students performing to family and friends on a wide variety of instruments from ukuleles to clarinets, djembes to recorders.

For more information please contact Richard.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk

Mindrum Concert 2019

On Sunday 30th June the Northumbrian Ranters and the young pipers group gave their final performance of the year in the grounds of Mindrum Hall.  Tom Fairfax and his family opened up their home to welcome the groups and were very hospitable and helpful on the day.  We said goodbye to one member of the Ranters who is leaving school this year and awarded Tom Rippon with the prize for the player who had made the most significant contribution to the band for his work in developing the accordion section.  Donations from the concert were shared between the Ranters fund for their tour to Scotland in October and the Glendale Agricultural Society Children’s Day 2020.

 

Ranters Tour to Derbyshire 2018

The Northumbrian Ranters visited the Fosbrooks, a multi talented Fiddle and Clogging group in Derbyshire.

We visited Edale Primary and Lady Manners Secondary School, at Edale we squeezed the whole band into a tiny classroom to play to the school!  Saturday was a visit to a care home in Stockport, we then met up with the Fosbrooks and held a Northumbrian tunes workshop. The whole day culminated in a joint concert!

Music Partnership North were once again invited to bring students to perform at the Northumberland School Games at Cramlington Learning Village.

The day was very warm and the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves performing to the participants throughout the day.
 

 
The Miller Theatre, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle was the venue for the MPN Gala Concert.    During the evening friends, parents, grandparents and guests were entertained by students from both Northumberland and Newcastle.  
 
The evening started with the traditional sounds of the Northumbrian Pipes before moving on to the brass band heritage of our area.  There followed a mixture of ensembles playing jazz, songs from the shows and traditional music from Scotland and beyond.
 
The evening finished with a large scale joint performance of Trepak by Prokofiev.   With over 90 students on stage playing together for the first time it was clear to see the talent and musical expertise of students from the area.
 
Thank you to all the students, parents and tutors that work so hard throughout the year to make these events possible.
On Thursday 31st January, special school students from Northumberland and Newcastle joined others from all over the region to take part in a Sign & Sing day. The event was part of the Durham Vocal Festival at The Gala Theatre, Durham.

The children and staff learned to sing a variety of songs, and sign along using BSL (British Sign Language). The sessions were led by the fantastic Paul Whittaker OBE.  In the afternoon, the children were accompanied by a live band making the day a truly unforgettable experience. We're looking forward to next year already!
Young singers from across the north east joined forces on the first weekend in February for the first ever National Youth Choir Taster Weekend. Children from Northumberland and Newcastle joined others from north east Music Education Hubs for the free event, led by NYCGB's expert tutors and volunteers.

Along with learning and performing a wide variety of choral music (from folk and classical to musical theatre and gospel) the participants also learned about audition preparation, musicianship and ear training. The quality of the final performance was outstanding. We are hoping this may lead to the formation of a hub choir... watch this space!
Northumberland Youth Ensemble & Bedlington Brass Band held their annual Christmas Concert on Thursday 13th December at Morpeth Methodist Church. They were joined by students from Darras Hall Primary School.

We will be donating £197 to 'Save the Children' Christmas jumper appeal following generous donations from parents and supporters on the night. An extra thank you to Morrisons and M&S Morpeth for donating mince pies!

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In partnership with the Royal Opera House, Music Partnership North offered a limited number of schools the opportunity to sign up to this 10 week project based on Bizet’s world famous opera Carmen.

The programme included:
  • CPD day on the 26th January 2017 at St Cuthbert's Church Bedlington with a director and vocal leader from the Royal Opera House
  • A 10 lesson scheme of work with learning outcomes and curriculum links 
  • 2 models of support from Music Partnership North
  • Singing strategies and drama exercises
  • Online support
  • Specially created short films for guidance featuring Royal Opera House artists and Youth Opera Company
  • Online resources including backing tracks, arrangements for children's voices and additional digital classroom materials
 
School staff were trained up in the skills of dramatic singing through their work with a song leader educator and a director from Royal Opera House and the support of an MPN singing tutor. The skills learned by school staff can be transferred to all aspects of the arts such as school performances, plays and concerts.

The closing date for all applications was the 1st December 2017.