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, Wansbeck Workspace, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8QZ
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
Does your child play the trumpet/cornet, saxophone, flute, clarinet or violin?
Would they like to have fun, develop their musical skills and make new friends?
Would you welcome the chance to enjoy a few hours of child-free shopping in Corbridge?!
If so, we hope your young musician(s) will join us for an afternoon of group music-making on Saturday 30th March 1-4pm at Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen’s Street, Corbridge, NE45 5BE.
This session should help children to use the skills they have learned in individual or small group lessons, to play in a bigger band with a wide range of other instruments, along to some fun and funky backing tracks!
Music Partnership North’s expert tutors will be on hand to make them feel welcome and give some top tips to make sure they sound their best. This day is suitable for the following instruments and ability levels:
Flute - One octave from F to F
Sax - One octave from D to D
Clarinet - All of the lower register, with G above the stave as an added bonus
Violins - From low G to D on the fourth line of the stave
Trumpet - From low G to D on fourth line of the stave
The fee for the afternoon is £15, click here to book your child's place!
Why not join in with this global singing event and help us spread even more singing?
Click here for free access to the Sing Up Day song and supporting resources. For an idea of how Sing Up Day worked in 2018, have a look at this video
If you’d like one of MPN’s singing tutors to come into your school and help you prepare for Sing Up day, please get in touch.
If your child is currently having instrumental/vocal lessons with us, we would appreciate it if you could complete this short questionare. This will help us to improve our services and ensure that we offer the best musical opportnities.
(The Duchess's High, King Edward VI High, Morpeth Middle Schools, Dr Thomlinson Middle, Abbeyfields First, Burnside Primary) For further information please 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.
The music education grant is used to subsidise whole class ensemble tuition; schools can apply through the Service Level Agreement at a greatly reduced cost. Please contact the designated link officer for your school to discuss further.
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
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:
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!
Rehearsal & Concert Dates Remaining 2018-19
February 5th / 26th
March 5th / 12th / 19th / 26th
April 23rd / 30th
May 7th / 14th / 17th (Gala Concert)
June 4th / 11th / 18th / 25th
The aim of this group is to encourage young piper's 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!
There are many community ensembles in Northumberland and Newcastle, which give students an opportunity to play and mix with a wider range of individuals. Please contact us for more information: Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk
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.
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
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!
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