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The Northumbrian Ranters & Friends In Concert
Saturday 1st December at All Saints Church, Rothbury 7.30pm
Please come and support the next generation of young musicians as they perform music from both Northumberland and further afield. They will be joined by our young Northumbrian pipe ensemble and a group of young musicians from the Coquet Valley.
Tickets are available on the door £5 adults, under 16’s free. Refreshments available.
For more information please contact Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk
All proceeds to be split between All Saints Church Roof Appeal and Music Partnership North.
(The Duchess's High, King Edward VI School, Morpeth Middle Schools, Dr Thomlinson Middle School, Abbeyfields First School, Burnside Primary School) register your child for lessons online at https://live.paritor.com/p/2302
For further information please call 01670 624045.
Lead Officer - Jacky Craig
Manages School Partnerships: Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington
Tel: 01670 624040
Deputy Lead Officer - David Francis
Manages School Partnerships: Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Seaton Valley
Tel: 01670 620525
Music Co-ordinator - Richard Johnstone
Manages School Partnerships: Alnwick, Amble, Berwick, Morpeth
Tel: 01670 624047
Senior Administrator - Lesley Scott
Tel: 01670 624045
Business Development Officer - Fiona Johnstone
Tel: 01670 624039
Administration/Instruments - Rachel Robbins & Charlotte Dyson
Tel: 01670 624046
Music Partnership North
MPN Instrumental Tutors
Steven Ballantyne Steven.Ballantyne@northumberland.gov.uk
Carly Blain Carly.Blain@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
To view the 2018-2019 SLA document and link to the online application form click here
If you would like to see our supporting SLA documentation then please click here for the Appendix.
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.
Music Partnership North will offer 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 higher level course. It is expected that students will have attended a minimum of seven out of ten 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
HMRC will allow parents to purchase an instrument free of VAT if a student is having music lessons in school. All instruments must be portable and be taken to music lessons on a regular basis. Northumberland will organise these purchases on behalf of a student if they are having lessons with a Music Partnership North tutor within a Northumberland school. Please click here for an application form and instructions on how to apply.
If you would like further advice please email:
Charanga can transform your curriculum delivery by giving you online access to hundreds of resources designed to enhance your music lessons. By purchasing the system through Music Partnership North, we can offer you a discount on membership.
Please click here for further information and to apply for a licence
This ensemble is a community based project and membership is made up of both adults and students.
Please click here to find out more about joining Bedlington Community Brass Band!
Rehearsal Dates Remaining 2018-19
October 2nd / 9th / 16th / 23rd
November 6th / 13th / 20th / 27th
January 8th / 15th / 22nd / 29th
February 5th / 26th
March 5th / 12th / 19th / 26th
April 23rd / 30th
May 7th / 14th / 21st
June 4th / 11th / 18th / 25th
September 27th Concert at East Bedlington Community Centre
December 13th Christmas Concert at Morpeth Methodist Church
May 17th Gala Concert venue TBC
This ensemble is sponsored by Bristol Street Motors, Morpeth.
Bedlington to Ashington Building Brass
“Brass is Back”
Following the success of the Youth Music funded 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 first access brass tuition which is funded through Arts Council England.
This new round of funding will see the project expand into Bedlington, Ashington and St Benet Bishop Academies and expand our current project in Meadowdale Academy.
Students will have the opportunity progress in their ability and will have the opportunity to experience different instruments such as baritone, trombone and tenor horns. Students will take more of a lead in attending and providing peer to peer support in high scale quality performances such as 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.
The students will also 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. Our Brass is Back project supports young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing.
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:
Music Partnership North were once again invited to bring students to perform at the opening ceremony for the Northumberland School Games at Cramlington Learning Village.
Students from St Wilfred's Primary School Blyth opened the event playing a selection of music on their trumpets followed by singing students from Newsham Primary School.
The school games was then officially opened with students from Barndale House, Alnwick on Samba.
Though the day was very warm the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves performing to the participants throughout the day. We are all looking forward to next year!
Tyne Valley Tunes comes to Corbridge
On Saturday 10th March 2018, MPN came to Corbridge to present Tyne Valley Tunes - a workshop designed to give young instrumentalists their first experience of playing in an ensemble. 25 children from 14 different schools took part.
The group learned and performed material along to backing tracks, supported by MPN tutors and led by tutor and composer Justin Radford. The children said that taking part had helped them improve sight-reading, learn how to stay in time and to play as part of a group. When asked what they had enjoyed most many said “Playing in a big group with different instruments” while one child enthusiastically replied “Everything!”
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.
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.
Awarded by Arts Council England, the Artsmark Award will help schools and education settings deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way to demonstrate this. Artsmark settings gain access to exceptional resources and the country’s most treasured cultural organisations through the Artsmark Partnership Programme.
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 about Artsmark at Artsmark
To find out how we can support your Artsmark journey, contact Jacky Craig 01670 624040
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