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Welcome back! Time to look forward and plan ahead for the new academic year and what a musical year it is set to be! The big news is that Portsmouth Music Hub is now live on line, connecting musical organisations across the city for the benefit of the whole learning community in Portsmouth - more about this on page 2. With the office move, we have no printing facilities and all communication is now electronic, so please forward this newsletter to everyone who might be interested. Do contact us with your ideas, suggestions and feedback as we work together to provide a wealth of musical opportunities throughout the city.

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As you may know, we have now moved! Our new address is:

Welcome Portsmouth Music Hub Music Education Grant Update Ofsted Update Events Music Learning Live 2012 Musicroom Ensembles Portsmouth Sings! The Next Brit Thing

Portsmouth Music Service Paulsgrove Learning and Leisure Centre Marsden Road Paulsgrove PO6 4JB   Click here for a map to our new office. Telephone:" " 023 9237 5655" "

Fax: 023 9237 0263

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Portsmouth Music Hub For everyone who cares about music in Portsmouth

We are very proud to introduce Portsmouth Music Hub, a new and exciting dynamic network committed to building a secure foundation for music and music education in Portsmouth. Portsmouth Music Hub maximises the potential of digital technology and social networking to bring together a whole host of musical organisations in and around the city. Portsmouth Music Hub will be officially launched on Monday November 7th at the Portsmouth Guildhall. During the day, there will be FREE PERFORMANCES for schools led by special guest violinist, Greg Scott. At 6pm, there will be a special reception for Hub partners in the Lord Mayor's Banqueting Suite followed by a FREE CONCERT for the whole community at 7pm in the Guildhall with an opportunity to meet Hub Partners, Sponsors and Associates. FREE Tickets are available from the Guildhall Box Office from Saturday 1st October. The role of Portsmouth Music Hub To bring together a range of providers and stakeholders committed to the delivery and provision of high quality music for all learners. To be a powerful advocate and to champion the role of music in the development of children, young people, schools, communities and families. To harness local resources, maximising access and provision and expanding the capacity and diversity of music in Portsmouth. To provide information about musical opportunities and to celebrate music across the region. To centralise information about the co-ordination of funding and bidding processes in the local region. To monitor and evaluate the quality of provision and levels of attainment and performance achieved by all. Portsmouth Music Service Autumn Term 2011 Newsletter

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Portsmouth Music Hub continued... Portsmouth Music Hub will enhance music provision and opportunities for all learners by: Establishing robust and sustainable provision. Increasing breadth of provision and access to provision. Increasing capacity to deliver a quality service in and through music for the benefit of all learners in Portsmouth. Ensuring inclusion of all children and young people including gifted and talented, those with special educational needs and young people at risk including looked after young people. Increasing capacity to respond to local and national priorities. Ensuring effective targeting of need and provision of resources Ensuring there are progressive pathways for all learners. For more information about how to become a Partner within Portsmouth Music Hub or to sponsor the Hub, please contact Portsmouth Music Service office on 023 9237 5655 or send an e-mail to admin.musicservice@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Greg Scott performing live at the big Music Hub launch on November 7th in the Guildhall

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Music Education Grant Update An update from Dick Hallam, the National Music Education Grant Director: The Government intends to publish the National Music Plan in the Autumn. ! The current planning assumption is that Music Education Hubs will formally start in September 2012 and that funding will be made available to the current providers for the Summer term as a proportion of the funding settlement secured for 2012-13. As you will note from the previous article, Portsmouth Music Hub is already established and growing so Portsmouth is very well positioned for the future. ! Funding allocations are expected to be announced at the same time as the National Plan is published. ! The National Music Plan will be largely based on the Henley Review recommendations: ‣ First access and then progression for every child on his or her musical journey is at the centre of what is to be offered; ‣ Music Education Hubs will be based on formal partnerships of organisations working strategically to ensure the best possible offer for children in their area; ‣ The Hubs’ provision will support, complement and enhance the experiences the child gains from their music curriculum in school; ‣ The Hubs will fulfill those functions that the school cannot fulfil alone; ‣ By working in partnership with the schools, the Hubs will enable the child to experience a coherent music education in and out of school; ‣ The Hubs will ensure that inequalities in provision across the country are addressed and that every child has the opportunity to learn and instrument and to sing; ! The Hubs will ensure that quality music education does not become the preserve of those children whose families can afford to pay for tuition and ensemble opportunities.

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Ofsted Update Ofsted plans to start inspecting music services from September 2011 The Ofsted Music team, lead by Mark Phillips HMI, National Adviser for Music, will be carrying out 60 music subject specific inspections in schools across the country this academic year. Schools judged to be 'Outstanding' will also be visited as part of these inspections. The Henley Review of Music Education in England recommended that ‘Ofsted’s remit should be expanded to include the reviewing of standards in Music Education provided in schools by Local Authority Music Services, Arts Council England client organisations or other recognised music delivery organisations.’ Ofsted will be asking headteachers to inform heads of Music Services that the inspections are taking place and heads of Music Services will be invited to meet with inspectors. Music Services have been asked to reschedule whole class tuition (Ready 4 Music) for the period of the inspection along with any other music teaching so the inspectors can see the full range of provision in the school. These lessons will be judged against Ofsted’s subject-specific teaching criteria for specialist music inspections which can be found on the Ofsted website. Schools will also be asked to provide some data - Portsmouth Music Service may be able to help you with this as we hold data about gender, participation, standards, ensemble membership, drop out rates and instrumental range. If you have any queries, please contact Sue Beckett at the Music Service for further information. School Music Data Required The Music Service has been asked to gather data to return to the DfE about musical learning and participation in schools in the city. We are able to provide data about participation and standards of all pupils taught by Portsmouth Music Service staff. The data we require from schools is the number of musical groups in schools run by the music service or an organisation other than the school, and the number of ensembles and participants in musical ensembles run by the school. A form will be sent to all schools and we need all forms returned, including nil responses to the Music Service by Friday 7th October. We do appreciate your co-operation in this matter. If you have queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Beckett at the Music Service for further information.

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Events Join in the action! Ensemble DVD The Music Service has produced a 5 minute DVD for schools and parents to encourage more pupils to attend after school music ensembles. DVDs are being sent to all schools and the film can also be found on the Music Hub YouTube Channel (Click here). We do hope you will play the DVD in assemblies and on the screens in your school entrance halls. The aim of the DVD is show the range of ensembles available and to show how much ensemble members enjoy taking part. All ensembles are FREE of charge. You may well recognise some of your pupils in the DVD!

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Events continued... Music Village The focus of this term’s Music Village is Simple songs and activities for the classroom. Please email the office to confirm your attendance by 10th October 2011. The Music Village is open to all teachers, assistants and Music Co-ordinators in primary and special schools. Tuesday 18th October

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Performance Evening The Autumn Term Performance Evening is taking place on Tuesday 22nd November 2011 at Paulsgrove Baptist Church, 1 Woofferton Rd, Portsmouth PO6 4DW. This event is open to instrumentalists and vocalists from across the city in all key stages who are taught by Portsmouth Music Service teachers. Please liaise with Portsmouth Music Service staff in your school if you have pupils who would like to perform. The Music Service staff will give pupils an application form that needs to be submitted to us by Monday 14th November 2011. Tuesday 22nd November

18.30 - 19.30

Paulsgrove Baptist Church

Do encourage your pupils to come along and watch the Performance Evening, even if they are not taking part.

Children In Need Children In Need is fast approaching, do remember you can perform Portsmouth Music Service’s Children In Need Song, which is on the Portsmouth Music Service website for you to download. Please note there is an event to raise money for Children in Need taking place at the Kings Theatre on Tuesday 15th November. The Kings Theatre are part of Portsmouth Music Hub. Tuesday 15th November

The Kings Theatre

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Events continued... Special Christmas Celebration This year’s Special Christmas Celebration is taking place at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral on the morning of Thursday 1st December, with the rehearsal on the morning of Tuesday 29th November. This is always a very popular and memorable event with a focus on enabling children with special needs to take to the stage and celebrate Christmas through music, song, dance and readings. There are limited places at this event. If you would particularly like your school to take part, please contact Sue Beckett at the Music Service by Thursday 22nd September. There is a planning meeting to prepare for this event, which is taking place on Thursday 27th September between 4 - 5pm at the Music Service Office. It is essential that all schools participating in this event send a representative along to the meeting. If you would like further information, please contact Sue Beckett at the Music Service. Action required by: Thursday 22nd September 2011 Thursday 27th September

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Email the office to confirm your attendance (click here).

Ensemble Concerts at Langstone Junior School Both concerts involve performers from all Portsmouth Music Service ensembles; it is an opportunity for them to show their family and friends what they have been learning throughout the term and also get into the Christmas celebrations with a few carols for everyone. We hope these dates will not conflict with your own school Christmas celebrations as Portsmouth Music Service will be involved in the ensemble concerts and will not be able to support your school concerts on these dates. Friday 9th December 2011 Monday 12th December 2011

Instrumental Christmas Concert Vocal Christmas Concert

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Events continued... Portsmouth Secondary Schools’ Prom On March 29th 2012 Springfield School will host the first Portsmouth Secondary Schools’ Prom. This will be a high profile event showcasing the musical talent that exists in our Portsmouth’s secondary schools. Each school will be given a ten minute slot to fill with musical items which can include solos, small and large ensembles and whole class performances. It is hoped to establish this as an annual event in order to give schools a regular platform to celebrate the excellent work that is taking place. The response has been excellent with the majority of schools having agreed to take part, however, if your school is not one of those who have responded and you would like to be part of this exciting event then please contact: Lynne Garrick : gac@springfield-sec.portsmouth.sch.uk (formerly Lynne Rowland, Senior Leader for Portsmouth Music Service). Thursday 29th March Springfield School

Ready 4 Music Summer Festivals This year there are three Ready 4 Music Festivals in the Summer Term. These festivals are for all pupils engaged in the Ready 4 Music programme (Years 4, 5, 6 and 7) and involve pupils coming together to play and sing as a large ensemble. No preparation is needed before the events as all music is learnt on the day. Details of how to sign up for these festivals will be included in the Spring Term newsletter. The dates for the festivals are as follows (venues are currently unconfirmed): Tuesday 22nd May Tuesday 29th May Friday 1st June

10:00 - 11:30 (arrive 09:30 - 09.45) 10.00 - 11.30 (arrive 09:30 - 09.45) 13:30 - 15:00 (arrive 13.00 - 13:15)

Vocal / Percussion Strings / woodwind Brass / woodwind

Staff Choir Staff Choir will be taking place at Goldsmith Infant School on the 4th November at 16:00 - 17:00. Email the office to confirm your attendance (click here). Friday 4th November

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Music Learning Live 2012 Educating educators!

As part of Portsmouth Music Hub, schools are entitled to special discounts for this event! The national musiclearninglive!2012 conference takes place in London on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March at the Institute of Education. The event has a huge range of sessions ranging from hands-on workshops, demonstrations, live performances, keynote presentations and lively debates. There is also a delegate reception and plenty of other opportunity for networking, as well as an extensive trade exhibition. The organisers, Music Education UK, are partners in the new Portsmouth Music Hub are offering places at a specially discounted rates (more than 50% reduction to the standard rates!) to delegates from Portsmouth schools: Primary/nursery schools: £100 + VAT for the full conference (same person, both days) £70 + VAT for single day attendance Secondary schools: £150 + VAT for the full conference (same person, both days) £90 + VAT for single day attendance

To register, visit the website at www.mll2012.com/portsmouth

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Musicroom Everything for the Musician 10% discount at Musicroom We are very pleased to announce that Musicroom is part of Portsmouth Music Hub. As an incentive for schools in Portsmouth and to encourage people to explore the wide range of publications, instruments and services that they have available, Musicroom has kindly offered special loyalty cards. The loyalty cards come loaded with ÂŁ5 worth of credit which can be redeemed against future purchase in the store. Teachers are also entitled to a 10% discount on every purchase excluding instruments.

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Alison Hedger meet and greet! Join renowned children’s author and composer Alison Hedger in the Musicroom store on Saturday 24th September from 10:00 to 12:30 pm. Alison will be discussing her books, giving demonstrations and talking about introducing music to children. With an emphasis on education and classroom musicals, this is a excellent opportunity for everyone to meet one of the Golden Apple team. Musicroom 93 -95 Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 1BQ

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Ensembles A chance to shine! Portsmouth Music Service ensembles provide young people with a platform to develop and improve their skills, boost confidence in performance and gain experience playing with other musicians. The range of ensembles caters for musicians of all levels in a wide range of instruments. All ensembles are free of charge and open to everyone who is in full-time education and under the age of 19. Below is a list of ensembles and their rehearsal details. Portsmouth Junior Orchestra - Intermediate (Grades 3-5) Rehearses every Monday from 5:30 - 6:45 pm at St John’s College (TBC) Portsmouth Youth Orchestra - Advanced (Grade 5+) Rehearses Mondays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at St John’s College (TBC) Portsmouth Beginner Wind Band - Beginner (Up to Grade 2) Rehearses Tuesdays from 4:10 - 5:00 pm at Wimborne Junior School Portsmouth Young Strings - Beginner (Up to Grade 3) Rehearses Wednesdays from 4:15 - 5:15 pm at St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School Little Voices - Years 1-4 Rehearses Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm at Corpus Christi Primary School Junior Voices - Years 4-7 Rehearses Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 pm at Corpus Christi Primary School Junior Starstruck - Year 4+ Rehearses Thursdays from 4:15 - 5:00 pm at Mayfield School Senior Starstruck - Year 6+ Rehearses Thursdays from 4:45 - 5:45 pm at Mayfield School Portsmouth Junior Wind Band - Intermediate (Grades 1-4) Rehearses Saturdays from 9:30 - 10:45 am at Springfield School Portsmouth Senior Wind Band - Advanced (Grade 4+) Rehearses Saturdays from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at Springfield School For more information on joining an ensemble contact Portsmouth Music Service on 023 9237 5655 or e-mail admin.musicservice@portsmouthcc.gov.uk. Portsmouth Music Service Autumn Term 2011 Newsletter

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Portsmouth Sings! Everyone has a voice!

“Portsmouth Sings!” involves highly effective partnerships with Portsmouth Pensioners Association, The Learning Place and Portsmouth City Council as well as local choirs. All Portsmouth Sings! Choirs (except the community Gospel Choir) will start on the week of 26th September 2011. Rehearsal Schedule Wednesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays

12:00 - 12:30 16:00 - 17:00 18:30 - 19:00 12:00 - 13:00

Goldsmith Infant School, Southsea The Learning Place, North End Portsmouth Foyer, Commercial Road Meeting Room 2, Guildhall

The Community Gospel Choir is part of Portsmouth Sings! and is provided for members of Portsmouth’s local community free of charge to come along and enjoy singing together. The Gospel Choir rehearses on the following dates: 17th September 15th October 5th November

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12th December

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Next Brit Thing Do you have what it takes? Get involved! Young people from Great Britain and Northern Ireland are being encouraged to register for Next Brit Thing - a major new nationwide music competition backed by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government. Next Brit Thing is looking for young musicians in any genre to share their performances, compete in online charts and perform live. There are three awards up for grabs – General (covering Pop, Rock, Urban, Folk and Jazz), Classical and an additional award for Composition, supported by PRS for Music. Who can enter? Next Brit Thing is open to all 11-19 year olds whether in formal education or not. It offers entrants a raft of prizes and money-can’t-buy opportunities, including the chance to perform in front of thousands and exclusive support and guidance from famous musicians and songwriters. Creative development Young people entering Next Brit Thing will also have access to high-quality tutorials and resources to help them improve their skills, develop confidence and explore careers in music or other creative industries. Further information This competition is a major learning opportunity from the Government and the music industry with a wide appeal, enabling 11-19 year olds nationwide to develop their creative talents, confidence and skills. The Next Brit Thing website at www.nextbritthing.com is already open for registration, and young people are joining in via www.facebook.com/nextbritthing and on Twitter @nextbritthing. From September 2011, entrants can submit video and audio of their performances to be assessed by their peers in an Official Next Brit Thing weekly chart. The most popular entries each week will progress to regional finals in November 2011, culminating in a national final early in 2012. The winners The lucky winners, to be chosen by a team of influential artists and senior music industry executives, will be crowned Next Brit Thing and receive a unique award in the run-up to the 2012 BRIT Awards.

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Next Brit Thing continued...

Be a part of something big and submit your entry now!

“I would have loved there to have been a nationwide music competition like this when I was at school. The Next Brit Thing will give young musicians a chance to get themselves heard, to be creative and show off their talents to the whole country. I'm really looking forward to hearing some great songs. Good luck and get involved if you haven't already!” Take That star, Gary Barlow

“I'm thrilled to welcome the launch of the Next BRIT Thing which will bring together the music industry, education and young people to celebrate the very best in musical talent across all types of music from all across the UK. It is a really exciting opportunity to showcase yourself to the industry and I hope it inspires all young people to get involved with music either as competitors or supporters.” Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey MP

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