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Autumn 2019

Free Learning Resources P4 Forthcoming events P8 Musician in Residence

Welcome to Norfolk Music Hub’s Autumn newsletter! In our latest issue of Hub News we feature the many ways schools and young people are getting involved in musicmaking across the county. One such way is with our bespoke project grants programme, which was awarded to seven primary schools in the West Norfolk Academies Trust. The money awarded was topped up from the individual schools’ budgets and the Trust, which aimed to tackle the problem of a lack of young instrumentalists in the King’s Lynn area. During the summer term, instrumental teachers visited the schools to teach the recorder to whole class groups, using the exercise as a talent-spotting opportunity in co-ordination with the class teacher. The selection is now complete in all schools but one, where the recorder tuition is continuing. 67 pupils in six schools are receiving tuition: 26 strings, 12 woodwind and 29 brass. The instruments have been provided free of charge to the pupils with funding from Springwood High School and Norfolk Music Hub; parents are asked for a small contribution each term towards the cost of tuition. In order to embed their learning the pupils will have the opportunity to join regular ensembles and perform in a concert with the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra in December, with the Trust financing the travel to Springwood High School.

Bringing music to life


In this issue 2 Ensembles in Norfolk

Music for Youth Proms

3 Around the Regions

News in brief

4 Learning Resources 5 Schools Printed Music Licence

Hub Website

Saturday ‘Skool’

6 Partner News 8 Musician in Residence

Forthcoming events

10 Norfolk Young Musician

Our Partners


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About the Hub Norfolk Music Hub is a partnership of every organisation and school who engages with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality of music education. It is funded by the Department of Education which is administered by Arts Council England to create more opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music throughout the county.

Ensembles in Norfolk Norfolk Music Service offers a musical pathway for every stage of learning, and has recently moved the Norwich-based ensembles to rehearse at CNS School on Monday evenings, providing greater flexibility for young players to join more groups and build further on the community feeling that already exists. These activities are also included in the Norfolk Children’s University Learning Destinations and students can collect learning credits by taking part!

To register for ensembles led by Norfolk Music Service, go to

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Norwich Young Voices




Holt Training Strings Strings

Norwich String Ensemble Norfolk Students’ Cello Academy Norfolk County Strings Norfolk Schools’ Training Wind Band

Brass, Woodwind & Percussion

Norfolk Schools’ Training Jazz Band Norfolk Schools’ Wind Band Norfolk Students’ Jazz Orchestra Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band

If these ensembles aren’t suitable for you, why not check out other groups led in association with Norfolk Music Hub, such as Firespinners in Gorleston, Harleston Cluster Ensemble, Springing Strings at Springwood High School. West Norfolk Music Centre or Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians in Norwich!

Massed Ensemble at the Music for Youth Proms The big day is almost upon us! We are working towards the Music for Youth Prom with 16 Norfolk schools who will be singing in the Massed Ensemble, accompanied by an orchestra made up of talented young musicians from Norfolk Music Service ensembles, including the Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band, who celebrated success at the Music for Youth Prom in 2017. The Music for Youth Proms showcase the extraordinary talent from thousands of the UK’s young musicians, creating an unforgettable experience for the groups performing and the audience at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London. Hosting this year’s event will be YolanDa Brown, the UK’s premier female saxophonist! The performance builds on our existing partnership with Norwich Theatre Royal which produced the 2019 Norfolk Schools Opera Project titled ‘A Kind of Magic Flute’ – a new children’s opera which fuses Mozart’s classic opera with Latin-American rhythms. Together with 600 children from Norfolk schools we are presenting a reprised version of the opera at the MFY Prom. Keep an eye on our social media for live updates on 13 November!



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Around the regions News in brief • One Day One Choir Schools have kicked off the beginning of the school year with singing or peace in a global initiative to tie in with International Peace Day. We provided learning resources and a playlist of song suggestions on Charanga.

• HarFest

West & Coastal Five schools in the King’s Lynn area are now receiving teaching, supported by bespoke grants from Norfolk Music Hub. 66 pupils in groups of between 5-7 pupils are enjoying learning a new instrument including euphoniums, french horns, violins, cellos, horns, flutes and clarinets. Holt Training Strings enjoyed an open rehearsals at the end of September and welcomed new members to the ensemble. Springwood High School, Churchill Park Academy and Dersingham Primary School are all busy preparing for their trip to the Royal Albert Hall to perform in the Music For Youth Proms (see page 2).

South & Central To start the academic year, the Norfolk Students’ Jazz Orchestra were invited to play at the Norfolk County Council Battle of Britain event. They entertained VIPs with 40s jazz tunes. Wymondham High Academy continues to buck the national trend with numbers of students at GCSE & A Level rising again this year. The school has also built new, state-ofthe-art performing arts facilities. We are grateful to Thetford organisation Leaping Hare and Breckland Councillor Stuart Terry who have been fundraising for local

school children to achieve a dream of performing at the Music for Youth Proms this November (see page 2). We are celebrating Norfolk Black History Month with free music workshops in half term, kindly supported by Norwich Opportunity Area (see page 9).

East Norfolk Schools in the Great Yarmouth borough are working to lift the profile of music in the area. 15 schools and academies in the area are making the most of a term of Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) for Year 4 students, offered free of charge by Norfolk Music Service. The Firespinners boys’ choir are already rehearsing for the festive season. Any boys with an interest in singing are welcome to join in on Tuesdays after school, at Lynn Grove Academy. We are delighted to support East Norfolk Sixth Form as they continue to offer Stepping Stone to A Level music theory classes for students working towards their Grade 5 theory exam. Ludham Primary School were privileged to attend an open rehearsal by Sinfonia Viva in their local village church, ahead of the evening’s concert on 11 October. Pupils listened to a piece they have been studying from BBC Ten Pieces being performed live by the orchestra.

We programmed a performance stage at this year’s HarFest at the beginning of October. The event is run by the organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show and celebrates Norfolk’s harvest. We enjoyed beautiful performances by duo and solo acts at Norwich Cathedral. Keep an eye out for our next call-out for performances at the Norfolk Christmas Fayre at Norwich Cathedral in December! We’ll be inviting performance applications from local acoustic musicians as well as school choirs.

• High Schools’ Choir Festival We are inviting secondary schools to take part in the next High Schools’ Choir Festival on 22 January, which is themed on Burn’s Night and conducted by our very on proud Scot, Alison Corfield! See page 9.

• Staff changes Brenda Seymour has been appointed as General Manager at Norfolk & Norwich Festival! She will be leaving her post as Strategic Hub Development Manager at Norfolk Music Service in November and will be missed! We are sure she will make a superb addition to the NNF team and look forward to working in partnership with her in her new role.


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Free Learning Resources We have collated free learning resources for all ages. Here’s our top 5!

1. BBC Ten Pieces & Trailblazers BBC Ten Pieces helps classroom teachers and ensemble leaders open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year olds. Explore films, lesson plans, instrumental arrangements & live events to support you in your teaching.

2. London Philharmonic Orchestra Let’s Sing is an encyclopedia of every singing warm up, fun song and exercise you could ever need!

3. Music Archaeology From Stone Age to Roman Times, this KS2 Education Pack is a brilliant way for children to explore the sounds and music of pre-historical and early Roman sites.

4. The Lost Words: Spell Songs The Lost Words is a free interdisciplinary school Explorers Pack for KS2-KS3, weaving together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, experimental and classical music, inspiring a new body of work.

5. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra CBSO creates teachers packs and learning resources to accompany their projects, providing teachers with creative ideas, practical music making activities, cross-curricular learning opportunities and further listening suggestions.

Bring the Noise BBC Teach has launched an educational campaign set to help primary school teachers and parents inspire children to become musicians and see the joys of music-making. Fun, easy-to-follow educational films are set to help start children aged 4-7 on their first steps towards a life of musical enjoyment as well as highlight the positive impact that music education has. There is a wide range of free, high-quality digital educational resources and learning materials available, with more to come during the academic year. Explore the full collection of resources and teacher guides at: bringthenoise

Take a look at our latest resource for secondary schools; Why Choose Music at GCSE or A Level.

Click on Resources! 4


Hub website

Schools Printed Music Licence

Now you can make copies of a huge range of printed sheet music, covering all types of artists and genres of music from rock to classical and jazz to hip hop! For years, teachers of music in schools have got used to the idea that they shouldn’t make copies of printed sheet music because they would be breaking copyright law. This is no longer the case. Most education authorities have already bought a Schools Printed Music Licence, so you can make copies and arrangements of pop, classical, choral or any type of music you like. You can also make use of printed music owned by your local music hub or service.

Find out what can be copied, shared or re-used under your licence at

We have added new features to our website, including member areas for schools signed up to a Hub Subscription package, parents or players in Music Service ensembles, and Music Service teachers. In these areas you will find the most relevant information and resources for you, including our policy updates and important safeguarding documents. Schools on a Hub Subscription package can also book CPD sessions free of charge. We have many varied events on offer in all parts of the county.

Find out more: norfolkmusichub.

Saturday ‘Skool’ Our Saturday ‘Skool’ music sessions are returning for the academic year 2019/20, in association with Access Creative College. These sessions are free of charge and will provide the opportunity to jam together, get tuition from our professionals, learn how to use digital recording equipment and develop your own songwriting skills in a fun and relaxed environment. No experience required. If you have your own instrument bring it along but don’t worry if you don’t as plenty will be provided. We are in the process of confirming dates, however you can add your details on our registration form to be notified when further details become available. Unfortunately we are no longer running Jam Sessions for under 18s at The Brickmakers in Norwich, but we would recommend that anyone interested in this type of music making signs up to attend Saturday ‘Skool’ instead.

Register at 5

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The Big Samba Drumming Group Returns

Partnernews As ever, partners across the County are delivering a wide range of music education events and activities. Here are details of just a few. Further information is available on our website.

The Garage Referral Network The Garage, Norwich, are now excepting referrals for the Thetford Music Foundations course, which starts on Tuesday 29 October at 5pm, at the Charles Burrell Centre. The Garage referral network group meets each term to discuss forthcoming opportunities available for young people and their families and to network with other referral agencies to signpost services and activities across the county. The aim of the Thetford Network is to bring different


organisations who work with young people with challenging circumstances together to share information and best practice with a focus on arts provision. The Thetford Music Foundations course is a 90 minute music session, which runs once a week for 6 weeks. The course is designed to engage young people aged 10 -16 with a view of gaining keys social skills, building confidence and increasing their engagement onto other music providers. Find out more at education/referral-network

OAE: The Moon Hares The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) are returning to King’s Lynn to work in partnership with Orchestras Live and Norfolk Music Hub for their first community opera – The Moon Hares. Extending the reach of previous residency work, the orchestra will be working with primary, secondary and special needs students as well as with community choirs from the area. The opera will combine music from Purcell’s Dioclesian with new music by James Redwood and a libretto by Hazel Gould. Using four professional singers to tell the story, participants and audience will take on the role of a chorus interacting with the characters and

NORCA & Sistema in Norwich is continuing the Big Samba Drumming Group (bloco), with funding from Norwich City Council to work towards the Lord Mayor’s Procession in July. The group will continue to be led by experienced samba leader Jon Cann, supported by Jake Hishon. The group will meet roughly on a monthly basis on Saturday mornings. The time and location will be reviewed as the group goes on. The first rehearsals are being held at West Earlham Junior School on 9 & 30 November, and costs just £2 per session, per child. To confirm attendance please email uk stating your child/children’s name(s).

Sinfonia Viva On Friday 11 October, we welcomed Sinfonia Viva back to Norfolk, to perform in Ludham. The 20-piece chamber orchestra performed a beautiful and inspiring programme. They were also joined by local musicians, ‘The Occasional Ceilidh Band’, in a oneoff collaboration, performing with the orchestra for the opening of Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances. This concert was brought about through a partnership between Norfolk Music Hub, Orchestras Live and North Norfolk District Council, creating opportunities for young people and communities to engage in musical experiences. 60 children from Ludham Primary School attended the orchestra’s stage rehearsal in the afternoon, which followed a music appreciation workshop about the composer Saint-Georges and his music. Through this and other similar projects we aim to engender a passion for orchestral music, creating audiences and players for the future.

HUBNEWS providing key narrative elements. The public performance of this work will be at King’s Lynn Alive Corn Exchange on 7 July, 6.30pm. Tickets can be booked directly from the venue.

Our House at St George’s Theatre St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth is busy rehearsing a full production of the musical Our House, supported by Norfolk Music Hub and Arts Council England. The production is based on the music of the British band Madness, one of the most prominent bands of the late-1970s and early-1980s. As a community production, this show involves singers and musicians of all ages. Directed by professional musician and Head of Music at Lynn Grove Academy, Rachel Salton, with budding young choreographer Darcie Fiskey, this production offers a unique opportunity for young people to

develop their Musical Theatre skills with professional support in a professional venue. The show runs at 7.30pm from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 October, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday, and is part of the Great Yarmouth Young@Arts Festival. Tickets are £10 / £5 for under 16s and students, available from the St George’s Theatre box office: Telephone 01493 331484.

London Philhamonic Orchestra: Secondary Composition CPD London Philharmonic Orchestra have created an online space called The Studio, for teenage composers and their teachers to access resources to support composition. We are pleased to be partnering with LPO in 2019/20 to share The Studio with teachers in Norfolk and

find out how this space can be developed to be the most useful for young people in the county. The partnership includes: •

A free, hands-on, twilight CPD session led by an experienced animateur, exploring some of the resources in depth, to take place in Norwich in early 2020 The opportunity for Norfolk educators to influence future materials to be developed for The Studio An online space for Norfolk students to showcase their composition work

If you are a secondary teacher and interested in attending a twilight CPD session and learning more about this resource, please fill in our online form by 27 October:

Norfolk County Music Festival Registration is open for the next Norfolk County Music Festival, for performance dates 2-13 March 2020. The festival supports all musicians and showcases their love of music. If you sing, play strings, brass or keyboards or almost any other instrument whether solo or in a duet, group or orchestra there is a place for you in the festival! The theme is Musical Journeys, with the programme featuring new events and recitals by musicians who played in the festival in their youth! The Festival may be able to assist with the costs of transport for rural/ coastal schools. Get in touch for further details. By taking part you could also be invited to perform in the Finale Concert on Saturday 28 March 2020 (supported by the Assembly House Trust).

Find out more:



Sing Up Day 2020 will be on Wednesday 11 March. Sing Up Day is free to take part in and anyone can get involved.

Sing Up are collaborating with Trinity College London and supporting schools taking part in Sing Up Day to achieve the Arts Award Discover. Trinity College London are discounting the cost of each Arts Award by 24% for those schools taking part, making the price only £3.05 per pupil. Schools taking advantage of this offer will simply need to enter the code in the contextual information box of their Arts Award Discover submission. The Sing Up Day song will be revealed soon! Why not... • Teach the Sing Up Day song to your youth choir • Hold a Big Sing at your school and include the Sing Up Day song • Use the song as a way of including singing in Whole Class Ensemble Teaching

Find out how your school can get involved with Sing Up Day at 7

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Musician in Residence Gresham Village School Marc Goodliffe - Headteacher Gresham Village is a small primary school buried in the countryside between Cromer and Holt with 122 pupils on roll. Over the years we have built up a good reputation for outdoor learning and valuing the individuality of our pupils. About four years ago, I had a conversation with a fellow headteacher, who was fortunate enough to have a group of Czech students over on a type of exchange. He described how they were the most remarkable musicians, because their school put a huge emphasis on learning to play an instrument. I linked this to my own reading about the value of music in terms of children’s well-being and academic performance in school, so decided that we needed to do more music and to do it well; I wanted all our Key Stage 2 children to learn an instrument and play together.

“By Years 5 and 6, the children are playing really well, in fact breathtakingly well.” As this was well beyond my expertise and the expertise of my staff, I telephoned the Music Service to see what they had to offer and that was

how we were introduced to Simon Suter, who has become our Musician in Residence for the past three years. Simon works with us every Friday and teaches music to every child in Key Stages 1 and 2. Children in Year 1 sing and play percussion and in Year 2 they are introduced to the recorder. When they start Year 3, the children are introduced to the trumpet and start to make their first sounds; by Christmas they are already performing simple carols together. It is remarkable how Simon manages to teach the children not only to produce such pure sounds, but also to play together and to read music. By Years 5 and 6, the children are playing really well, in fact breathtakingly well, not just on trumpet, but also the euphonium, performing regularly from an increasing repertoire. At the end of last year they prepared ‘Miserlou’, that I remember as the theme from Pulp Fiction, and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’, for our Concert in the Woods in June which we held as part of the Make Music Day event. The benefits for the children are immense and they love their Friday lessons. It demonstrates that even though we have little musical talent on our staff, our partnership with Norfolk Music Service enables our children to have a rich and inspiring musical experience at primary school.


KS1 Composition (CPD) 16.00 – 17.30 Norwich Professional Development Centre Free CPD for schools signed up to a Hub Subscription Package.

NOVEMBER Saturday 2

Be a Chorister Day 11.00 – 16.30 Norwich Cathedral

Saturday 2

SNYSB+ Concert 19.30 East Harling Church

Sunday 3

Orchestral Playday 10.00 – 15.00 Toftwood Village Hall Apply to take part by 30 October.

Sunday 3

Norfolk County Music Festival Gala Concert 15.00 The Assembly House, Norwich

Wednesday 6

Conducting and Leading a Choir (CPD) 16.00 – 17.30 Lionwood Infant School


HUBNEWS Free CPD for schools signed up to a Hub Subscription Package.

Monday 11 - Friday 15

Live Music Week In schools across Norfolk Featuring performances by specialist music tutors from Norfolk Music Service.

Wednesday 13

Music for Youth Proms 19.00 Royal Albert Hall, London See page 2

Monday 18

Create and Sing Hansel and Gretal (CPD) 9.00 – 15.30 Norwich Professional Development Centre Free CPD for schools signed up to a Hub Subscription Package.

Monday 25

KS2 Composition (CPD) 16.00 – 17.30 Toftwood Junior School Free CPD for schools signed up to a Hub Subscription Package.

Tuesday 26

GYSMA Sounds4Christmas 18.00 Great Yarmouth Minster


CASMA 2020 Meeting 16.00 – 17.00 Norwich Professional Development Centre

Tuesday 3 - Wednesday 4

GYSMA Festival of Carols

19.00 Norwich Central Baptist Church

19.00 Great Yarmouth Minster

Sunday 22

Sunday 8

Carols & Coffee 10.30 Gorleston Pavilion Theatre Featuring The Orchestrate! Project and Norwich Young Voices

Saturday 14

Sistema Voices & Orchestra

SPECIAL EVENT Black History Month We are hosting FREE music workshops during half-term. These workshops all take place at the King’s Centre on King’s Street, Norwich, (not Castle Quarter as previously advertised). Led by Tim from Louder Than Life, these workshops are suitable for all KS2 children aged 7-11. Register at

Tuesday 22 October

10:00 – 11:30 – Samba 12:00 – 13:30 – Ukulele 14:15 – 15:45 – Taiko Drumming

SNYSB+ Christmas Concert 19.00 New Buckenham Village Hall

Friday 6 & Saturday 7

Norfolk Christmas Fayre 10.00 – 17.00 (both days) 19:00 – 21:00 (Friday only) Norwich Cathedral

High Schools’ Choir Festival Wednesday 22 January St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Would your secondary school like to take part in a massed choir of 300 voices? This year, the theme is Burn’s Night and a celebration of Scottish culture. REGISTER A Apply online for T your free places HSCF2020 by 27 October.

Wednesday 23 October

10:00 – 11:30 – Taiko Drumming 12:00 – 13:30 – Steel pans 14:15 – 15:45 – Djembe Drumming Part of Norfolk Black History Month Kindly supported by Norwich Opportunity Area


Opportunity for young musicians

NORFOLK YOUNG MUSICIAN 2020 Sunday 12th January 2020 John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich

Three Cash Prizes - £200 £150 £100

supported by the Assembly House Trust, plus Badminton Prize - £150 for most promising young string player Mrs E Sturgeon Prize - £150 for most promising young pianist Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music Prize - £150 for most promising wind player Jane Roberson Prize - £150 for voice Closing date for applications Friday 6th December 2019 For details and application forms email or www.academyofstthomas/trust e Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust was established in 1998 by Michael Badminton to support talented young string players in Norfolk. Since his death in August 1999 the Trust has supported a number of young players with help with tuition costs, loans of instruments and assistance to attend courses both here and abroad. For details of the Trust, please contact Jonathan Wortley at

We are grateful to our partners and the organisations we are working with this term:

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