Information for schools, parents, students and supporters on the music hub in Northumberland.
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Lead Officer - Jacky Craig 01670 624040
Manages School Partnerships: Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington
Deputy Lead Officer - David Francis 01670 620525
Manages School Partnerships: Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Seaton Valley
Music Co-ordinator - Richard Johnstone 01670 624047
Manages School Partnerships: Alnwick, Amble, Berwick, Morpeth
Senior Administrator - Lesley Scott 01670 624045
Business Development Officer - Fiona Johnstone 01670 624039
Admin/Instruments - Rachel Robbins & Charlotte Dyson 01670 624046
Music Partnership North, UNIT 7, Wansbeck Network Centre, Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8QW
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
Adult Woodwind Classes
Saxophone and Clarinet - no previous knowledge is required to join our beginner group. We will also offer an intermediate group for those with past experience and who wish to play together with others in a social group. You will be able to hire an instrument from us for the class. 12 x 1 hour sessions on Monday morning's at the Chantry Museum in Morpeth. £144 or £154 with an instrument hire. Please visit https://live.paritor.com/p/2302 to register or email the tutor Rachael.Chesney@northumberland.gov.uk for information.
Click here to see the ensembles your child can join!
Academic year planner 2019-20
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.
(The Duchess's High, King Edward VI High, Morpeth Middle Schools, Dr Thomlinson Middle, Abbeyfields First, Burnside Primary) For further information call 01670 624045
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.
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our regular donors:
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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!
Rehearsals & Concerts 2019-20
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
May 5th, 12th, 19th
June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
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!
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.
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.
Saxophone and Clarinet - no previous knowledge is required to join our beginner group. We will also offer an intermediate group for those with past experience and who wish to play together with others in a social group. You will be able to hire an instrument from us for the class.
12 x 1 hour sessions on Monday morning's at the Chantry Museum in Morpeth. £144 or £154 with an instrument hire. Please visit https://live.paritor.com/p/2302 to register or email the tutor Rachael.Chesney@northumberland.gov.uk for information.
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:
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.
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
For more information please contact Richard.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk
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.
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