The East Riding Music Hub

The East Riding Music Education Hub is a partnership of local and regional music organisations, working together to create joined up, high quality music education for young people, in and out of school. As lead organisation for the East Riding Music Education Hub, the Schools’ Music Service works with partners from throughout the local region to provide musical opportunities to young people and the wider community.

More information can be found on East Riding Music Hub.

What is the East Riding Music Hub?

The East Riding Music Education Hub is a partnership of local and regional music organisations, working together to create joined up, high quality music education for young people, in and out of school. As lead organisation for the East Riding Music Education Hub, the Schools’ Music Service works with partners from throughout the local region to provide musical opportunities to young people and the wider community.

The National Plan for Music Education sets out to "enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence."

It is envisaged that "Music education hubs will consist of partnerships of organisations working together in a local area to create joined up, high quality music education provision for children and young people, in and out of school."

The East Riding Music Education Hub co-ordinates music provision with children, young people, schools and groups across the East Riding to deliver the following core and extension roles as defined by the National Plan for Music Education:

Core roles

  • Ensure that every child aged 5 – 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument
  • Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

Extension roles

  • Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum
  • Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes
  • Provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students.

    National Plan for Music Education (external website)

The Arts Council

The Arts Council fund the East Riding Music Hub. Please visit the Arts Council website to find out more about their work:

The Arts Council (external website)

What is the vision for the East Riding Music Education Hub?

The East Riding Music Education Hub enriches the lives of children and the community by delivering education through music. Building on our reputation for excellence, we will harness local and national partnerships to provide every child with sustainable and inclusive pathways to access great music.

What are the guiding principles of the Music Education Hub?

  • At the heart of partnership is inclusion and equality
  • All partners agree to one main focus: that of putting the needs, welfare and happiness of the child at the centre
  • All partners recognise the need for sustainable provision
  • All partners understand the need for clarity and transparency
  • All partners share a commitment to child safety and achieving better musical outcomes for all young people
  • All partners are aware of the need to assure the quality of the work they do and to collect and report appropriate data.

Who are the partner organisations of the East Riding Music Education Hub?

Accessible Arts and Media

Accessible Arts and Media is an award-winning charity connecting communities, people with disabilities and young people across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding. The charity runs a diverse range of creative music and arts projects where everyone’s achievements and aspirations are celebrated regardless of their circumstances. They engage with young people through a range of inclusive projects (where disabled and non-disabled young people work together as equals), through their specialist creative sensory programme and through delivering workshops in singing and signing and accessible music making in schools, youth clubs and other community settings.

Their work with young people currently includes IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects), an inclusive, accessible music group for disabled and non-disabled young people that takes place in York and Pocklington every Monday during term time. IMPs offer young people the chance to learn to sing and sign, write songs, compose music, create interactive sound installations, socialise and have fun, and take part in public performances.

They also offer specialist sensory music activities for children and young people with PMLD, both from their base in York and through outreach work with special schools and disability organisations. They are also able to offer workshops in singing and signing and accessible music making (using instruments and accessible music technology). As part of their inclusive way of working, our workshops are co-led by one or more of their learning disabled apprentices, working alongside professional music leaders. The workshops therefore promote inclusion and a positive model of disability, as well as fun, engaging opportunities to take part in high quality music making activities.

Contact: Kirsty Halliday
Tel: (01904) 626965
Address: Burton Stone Community Centre, Evelyn Crescent, York, YO30 6DR.
Website: Accessible Arts and Media (external website)

Arts Development Team (East Riding of Yorkshire Council)

The Arts Development Team develops the community arts programme for the East Riding of Yorkshire council. We support community groups and organisations by providing grants to deliver activities that are not currently delivered by other providers. We work closely with the Early Music Festival to deliver the education package that accompanies the festival. We deliver a series of classical concerts in the East Riding, part funded by Orchestras Live, which enables community access to quality music.

We are the budget holder for the Youth Music Action Zone for this region giving opportunities to young people who wouldn’t normally have the chance to access this type of musical activity. An example is the singing workshops that have taken place at "The Hut" in Withernsea, delivering the music in an environment that the young people have ownership of and are comfortable with. We are establishing a series of educational workshops to accompany the orchestral concert series that we currently deliver in partnership with Orchestras Live and the East Riding Music Education Hub.

Contact: June Mitchell
Telephone: (01482) 392651
Address: County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA.
Website: East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Arts Development

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival

Annual festival of early music including professional concerts, workshops and educational programmes. The festival runs from Wed 22 - Sun 26 May in 2013 and includes a week long residency with instrumentalists from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment working with pupils from Beverley Grammar School, Beverley High School and students from the University of York, plus singing workshops for all ages and opportunities for performance for the University of Hull Early Music Ensemble.

Contact: Dr Delma Tomlin MBE
Telephone: (01904) 632220
Address: National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL.
Website: Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival (external website)

Beverley Chamber Music Festival

Beverley Chamber Music Festival is an annual festival of music held in late September each year, and which brings world class chamber musicians to the East Riding. We deliver masterclasses, workshops and coaching sessions in chamber music, for young players. These can be individual/ solo classes (for example a piano masterclass) or can be ensembles coaching (quartets to string orchestra). We select artists to deliver them in partnership with the music service

Contact: Gail Dudson
Telephone: (07980) 435210
Address: c/o Springfield Colton Cumbria LA12 8HE.
Website: Beverley Chamber Music Festival (external website)

Beverley Folk Festival

Beverley Folk Festival is an internationally acclaimed folk, roots and acoustic festival. We have a very active youth programme - finalists in National Festival awards for 'Best family friendly festival' 2011, 2012. There are also ongoing events throughout the year.

The Den - under 12s marquee offering workshops throughout the weekend in music - singing, drumming, junk modelling, busking slots.

The Westwood Sessions - opportunity for 11-18 to perform, record etc. Run by students for students.

Contact: Denise Delehay
Telephone: 07964 059912 / (01482) 679935
Address: 12 Eastgate, Beverley, HU17 0DT.
Website: Beverley Folk Festival (external website)

Beverley Musical Theatre

Beverley Musical Theatre are an amateur musical society which performs musicals and pantomimes at Hull New Theatre and Beverley Memorial Hall. The society encourages children from the age of 5 to get involved in their productions.
We have an orchestra of 12 in the pit at Hull New Theatre; therefore young people who have the experience and expertise are able to play alongside professional musicians.

Contact: Alison White
Telephone: 07792263522
Address: 12, Hargreave Close Beverley HU17 7BG.
Website: Beverley Musical Theatre (external website)

British Trombone Society

We promote the trombone and run an annual playing day for trombone enthusiasts in Beverley - open to all ages of players.

Contact: Geoff Nolmark
Telephone: (01377) 202209
Address: 3 Church Street, Hutton, YO25 9PR.
Website: British Trombone Society (external website)

Buckrose Band

Buckrose Band is a community wind band with players of all ages (from ten to late seventies) and all abilities. A core of very talented musicians is supported by a number of mature members who took up their instrument late in life with others returning after a long break and several family groups. We play at concerts, fêtes, weddings, charity events; indoors in Churches, Church Halls, Barns, an Orangery, schools and outdoors in a gazebo or the open air. We talk to people about what we play and the instruments within the band and encourage new members.

We show a wide variety of music and different ranges of experience and ages of musicians. Any budding musician can join us and hopefully groups would enjoy the different music we play.

Contact: Fiona Trewartha
Telephone: 07788 725696
Address: Penhallow, 4 Bridlington Road, Nafferton, Driffield, YO25 4LG.
Website: Buckrose Band (external website)

Castaway Goole Music Theatre

Believing in the power of music to transform lives, Castaway Goole provides music theatre opportunities for adults and young people with learning and multiple/complex disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions in Goole and the surrounding rural areas of the East Riding of Yorkshire. We run weekly performing and workshop groups for c 100 adults and young people in music, drama, dance, media and sound and light technology. We run Shipmates Youth Music Theatre Company for 10 - 18-year-olds and Castaway Courtyard Young Musicians for 10 - 25-year-olds. We registered with ERVAS as a provider of youth activities.
We provide weekly group music making opportunities and group music skills tuition for 10 - 18 (25-year-olds with disabilities); developing initial provision into a regular Saturday Music Centre in Goole, primarily but not exclusively for young people with learning disabilities across the East Riding west of Hull. We provide an additional opportunity for non-disabled young musicians in Goole and surrounding areas to take part in group music making as volunteers in support of the project.

All leaders working for Castaway must be practising professionals in their art form as well as developing group leading and teaching techniques for working with a wide range of additional needs; they contribute to workforce development in the area by mentoring/hosting training and placement opportunities.

Contact: Jo Glover, co-director
Telephone: 07787 827243
Castaway Office: (01405) 761423
Address: Castaway-Goole, The Courtyard, Boothferry Road, Goole, DN14 6AE
Website: Castaway Goole Music Theatre (external website)
Reg Charity No: 1129614

Driffield Silver Band

Driffield Silver Band is from the Market Town of Great Driffield in East Yorkshire. We are a versatile group of musicians of all ages who have a progressive style towards music. Our aim is to provide a professional, friendly and welcoming approach to music and encourage audience participation throughout our performances.

As one of the oldest Brass Bands in the country we pride ourselves on our longevity. However we realise that we cannot take this for granted. So, if you are an existing brass player of any age or ability looking for a band, or someone who would like to just come and have a blow, you are more than welcome.

Driffield Silver Band promises to provide a professional, friendly and welcoming approach to music. We will offer younger members of our organisation the opportunities to learn and develop new skills in a safe, structured environment. This includes an emphasis on core social skills such as team work, discipline, tolerance and understanding. We actively promote musical development, within our genre & we work closely with the East Riding Youth Brass Band.

Contact: Andy Grace
Telephone: 07976 113102
Website: Driffield Silver Band (external website)

East Riding County Choir

We provide the opportunity for members (mainly adults) to rehearse for and perform two major choral concerts each year. We are pleased to welcome young people aged 16 and over or less if accompanied by a parent.

Contact: Peter Hunt
Telephone: (01482) 634427
Address: 14 The Spinney, Swanland, HU14 3RD.

East Riding of Yorkshire Sport, Play and Arts Service

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Sport, Play and Arts Service. The Arts Team has received funding from Music4U for a number of years to support local organisations provide access to music provision.

Giving young people living in challenging circumstances and isolated areas of the East Riding the opportunity to access quality music provision through Music4U funding working in partnership with local arts organisations, musicians and the Music Education Hub.

Contact: June Mitchell
Telephone: (01482) 392651
Address: County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA.
Website: East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Arts Development

East Yorkshire Motor Services Band

On formation of the band in 1989 the three main principles on which the band was founded were as follows:

  1. To promote the profile of the brass band movement
  2. To encourage and assist youth participation in brass banding
  3. To be ambassadors for Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire

From this it can be seen that as an organisation we look to the future for the continuance of what is a significant musical movement within both the country and area. We actively encourage youth participation in Brass playing by supporting local schools, being an active member of Hull Music Hub and giving concerts aimed at inspiring youth participation. Having considered the question on several occasions we believe that forming partnerships, supporting and working with other local musical organisations is more beneficial long term than forming our own youth band. We currently have two members of the band who play in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

We seek to inspire and encourage participation by providing concerts, workshops and open rehearsals during which young players can 'sit in' with the band to widen experiences and opportunities. We would love to do 'joint' concerts / workshops with the East Riding Youth Brass Band to strengthen our links with that organisation.

Contact: Tony Newiss
Telephone: 07971 009830
Address: PO Box 938, Kingston upon Hull, HU7 4WX.
Website: East Yorkshire Motor Services Band (external website)

European String Teachers Association

ESTA is a European Association for violin, viola, cello and double-bass players and teachers who are concerned with improving the quality of music education. There are flourishing branches in most European countries, of which ESTA British Branch is the largest.

ESTA's Aims and Objectives

  • To promote the highest artistic and pedagogic standards among string teachers and students

  • To promote lifelong high quality learning of stringed instruments open to all

  • To provide a professional association for string teachers and players

  • To sponsor the study of all phases of string playing and teaching

  • To provide local and national forums for the exchange of ideas

  • To provide information, support and guidance for all string teachers, both experienced and less experienced

  • To promote conferences, workshops, lectures, discussion and collaborations with other organisations.

Contact: Ian Anstee
Telephone: (07860) 119299Address: 6 Thirlmere Drive, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9PE.
Website: European String Teachers Association (external website)

Friends of the East Riding Youth Orchestras

The Friends of the East Riding Youth Orchestras is a registered charity set up over 48 years ago to raise money to benefit all members of the various orchestras and ensembles of the East Riding Schools' Music Service. Run by a committee of volunteer parents who have children in an ensemble or orchestra, we raise funds by subscriptions, sponsorship, and events such as Jazz Concerts, coffee mornings, cake stalls, supermarket bag-packing, raffles, tombola's, busking, and market stalls.

We sponsor music festivals, support ‘Master Class' workshops, subsidise coach travel and foreign tours. We donate instruments, pay for repairs to damaged ones, and provide music and various accessories. We provide all members of the orchestras with a music bag and support specific requests from tutor's 'wish lists' to help promote and further music making opportunities for children and young people around the East Riding. We provide tuck shops at rehearsals. We assist the School's Music Service by providing refreshments at all day rehearsals and some concerts, and by promoting concerts and selling programmes.

Contact: David Constantine
Telephone: (01964) 631354
Address: 11 Kiln Land, Patrington, HU12 0RH
Website: Friends of the East Riding Youth Orchestras (external website)

Gary Hammond

Gary Hammond is a freelance percussionist with over 700 instruments working with young people in creating sound scapes linked to stories or creative writing and also working with African and Brazilian rhythms.

I want all children to find joy in music. It should be fun but also instil a confidence and an understanding of music making. If a young person leaves a session full of excitement and can't wait to come back or has been stimulated so much that they begin to inquire about music and all its accoutrements, I feel I've succeeded!

Contact: Gary Hammond
Telephone: 07721 502659
Address: 16 Beresford Avenue, Hull, HU6 7LR.
Website: Gary Hammond (external website)

Gatto Marte

Gatto Marte is an eclectic Anglo-Italian chamber ensemble born in 1991. Its members are variously from classical and popular music backgrounds with active involvement in assorted genres; giving its music an attitude close to jazz, through often heavy improvisation, but with a twist of prog, folk, contemporary classical, rock and sometimes even metal. It’s music has always been linked to the theatre, cinema and visual arts in general, and is particularly adept at musical storytelling through atmospheric soundscapes.

Recently, the ensemble has collaborated on an Opera Buffa with the intent to introduce the world of opera to young children in a light and funny way, demonstrating how it is possible to tell any story through song.

Presenting a mini-opera/workshop tailored to satisfy a variety of facets of the KS1 and KS2 national curricula. We focus mainly on music and drama, but there are many smaller cross-curricular references to history, geography, languages and mathematics. The play demonstrates a variety of different musical instruments in an exciting and accessible way; the workshop starting with a brief presentation (ca 15 min.) of each instrument. The three multi-instrumentalists variously play the piano, violin, double bass, guitar, accordion, voice, soprano/bass clarinet, ukelele and percussion. Children are regularly expected to participate in the action of the show, taking part in the singing, acting, playing rhythm games and other group activities. They will be asked to volunteer to act short scenes together with the musicians, and will improvise and follow simple instructions.

Contact: Pietro Lusvardi
Telephone: 07840 704517
Address: 4 Hallgarth, Great Broughton, TS9 7EN.
Website: Gatto Marte (external website)

The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band

The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band is a regular army band based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. All members of the band started their musical journey through Youth Music and as an organisation we are keen to raise awareness of the career as an army musician and to support music education.
We are able to support East Riding through rehearsals, workshops, demonstration concerts and joint concerts. In addition, young musicians are able to visit the band and potentially take part in our public concerts.

Contact: Justin Gooch
Telephone: (01748) 872278
Address: Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, Piave Lines, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3JS.
Website: Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band (external website)

Hornsea Music Festival

Hornsea Music Festival hold an annual music festival lasting 3 or 4 days – mainly for children, giving them a chance to perform as soloists or groups. We encourage them to strive for a very high standard in their music-making and to have confidence when playing to an audience and also to experience the expertise of others.

Contact: Mrs Judy Robinson (Chairman)
Telephone: (01964) 534456Address: Sunnymead, Atwick Road, Hornsea, HU18 1EA.
Website: Hornsea Music Festival (external website)

Hull Music Festival

Hull Music hold an annual festival in Hull during the Spring term each year. There is one day for primary aged string players, one day for primary aged woodwind players and one day of classes for secondary aged pupils.

Hull Music Festival encourage applications from pupils to give them a performance opportunity in a friendly environment, assessed by an external adjudicator. Although it is a competitive festival we put the emphasis on participation and learning from others.

Contact: Mrs Gillian Barker (General Secretary)
Email: (01482) 665375Address: The Cherries, Temple Close, Welton, HU15 1NX.

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hull Philharmonic is a voluntary community orchestra now in its 132nd year. It performs three orchestral concerts, usually in the November, February and May of each year, although on occasion there may be one or two additional events, either locally or further afield. Approximately 10% of the 80-strong membership are young players drawn from the Youth Orchestras of both Hull and the East Riding. This provides them with the opportunity to play western symphonic music with professional conductors and soloists before large audiences in public venue(s).

In addition to those playing in the orchestra, we administer a free tickets scheme for each of our three concerts, for about 100 children at Secondary Schools in Hull and the East Riding. From time to time there may be opportunity for children of all ages to attend, or be involved in, some of the events or projects that the orchestra undertake.

Contact: Yvonne Lyster Barwick (Administrator)
Telephone: (07773) 020654
Website: Hull Philharmonic Orchestra (external website)

The Junction, Goole

Junction in Goole, East Yorkshire is an award-winning arts venue with a good record of delivering high quality arts experiences in an area of low cultural provision and low per capita arts investment. It is Arts Council England’s only National Portfolio Organisation in the whole of the East Riding. Junction has an extremely flexible 165 seat auditorium with a relatively large, sprung performance area, a workshop space, community room and café bar. The adaptability of the theatre space means Junction can host a very wide range of artists, using either end-on seating or retracting the rake to create clear space for table and chair or in-the-round layouts or host large scale installation works.

A programme of approximately 60 professional live events will run year round. Live events covers Theatre, work for family audiences, music, dance, comedy and literature, schools shows and visual arts. Work is from a wide variety of genres, music for example included blues, folk, jazz, world and crossover for example John Etheridge & Kit Holmes and the astonishing Canadian ukulele player James Hill.

Junction also programmes cinema and uses its cinema facilities to offer NTLive and ENO live and recorded broadcasts of popular shows. Recent popular screenings of these have included War Horse and Billy Elliot. Junction runs a regular programme of workshops for children aged 5 through into adulthood. These workshops include musician led Band sessions where local young musicians can come on their own or with their band for musical support and practice. Their musical style covers most styles of music from rock, pop and classical. There is a focus on empowering the young people with lyric writing and composition skills. One member has recently had success with a debut single on iTunes.

There is also a ukulele group for all ages with the youngest member being 12 and the oldest 78. The groups have several performance opportunities each term and Junction has secured members performances outside of the town at various festivals including Beverley Folk Festival and the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. Junction can deliver Arts Awards at all levels to children and young people attending these sessions.

Each half term Junction hosts a Youth Acoustic evening for children and young people to come along to. It is informal in format and is an open mic session usually hosted by one of Junctions’ resident young bands. The event runs one evening in the half term holidays and is a fantastic supportive environment for new young musicians and for existing musicians to try out their new work.

Junction works closely with schools in its local area, fostering and brokering close working relationships through its annual Schools TakeOver Festival.

Contact: Nicola Dixon
Telephone: (01405) 763652
Website: The Junction (external website)


Music4U is a music partnership, covering York, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, and led by the National Centre for Early Music. Music4U is working to provide opportunities for children and young people in challenging circumstances to access and progress through high quality music-making.

Target Groups

  • Music4U will focus on offering high quality music-making opportunities for children and young people up to the age of 18, living in challenging circumstances
  • Music4U will encourage talent and progression, endeavouring to ensure that all children with musical talent and potential, regardless of their background or chosen genre, will have opportunities to learn and develop in a creative, supportive environment, led by a skilled work force of musicians
  • Music4U will work with partners to offer Continuing Professional Development and progression routes to both young people and the professional musicians with whom it works, through all its musical activities.


  • To increase the number of sustained, high quality music-making opportunities for children and young people, in particular those in challenging circumstances, across our geographical region.
  • To extend the expertise, knowledge and skills of people and organisations, in order to strengthen and develop music provision for children and young people in challenging circumstances.
  • To support the development of progression environments that encourage children in challenging circumstances to realise their full musical talent and potential.
  • To increase awareness of the value that high-quality music-making opportunities can have on improving the life chances of children and young people in challenging circumstances.
  • To embed learning and effective practice regarding Youth Music's outcomes approach across all Music4U partners and to share good practice beyond these organisations.

Contact: Dr Delma Tomlin MBE
Telephone: (01904) 632220
Address: National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL.
Website: Music4U (external website)

Music and the Deaf

Music and the Deaf provides music opportunities for deaf children and young people through workshops, ensembles and signed song. We also visit hearing schools, working with young people to show them signed song and raise awareness of deaf music-making. We do partnerships with various arts organisations and have resources available, along with training programmes. We have several Deaf Youth Ensembles, in which deaf young people can come together to create, rehearse and perform their own pieces and existing repertoire.

Providing high-quality music experiences for deaf young people, by deaf musicians, covering basic music skills, playing instruments, signed song. Raising awareness of deafness, and therefore encouraging inclusion. Giving young deaf people excellent role models, resulting in the 'If they can do it, I can too,' approach.

Contact: Paul Whittaker OBE
Telephone: (01484) 483115
Address: Music and the Deaf, The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL.
Website: Music and the Deaf (external website)

National Centre for Early Music

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is an educational music based charity based in St Margaret's, a medieval converted church in the heart of York. The NCEM runs an ambitious national programme of early music including the prestigious York Early Music Festival, the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival and the York Early Music Christmas Festival and is increasingly renowned for early music with links across the world. Education is at the heart of the organisation and since its inception, it has offered learning opportunities to a wide range of young people from a variety of different backgrounds.

The NCEM boast two major competitions designed to encourage talented young composers and gifted early music specialists - the NCEM Composers award and the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. The NCEM runs a weekly instrumental ensemble - The Minster Minstrels - in partnership with York Arts Academy and a variety of individual projects. The NCEM is a member of the East Riding, Hull and City of York Music Hubs and a National Portfolio client of the Arts Council.

Contact: Dr Delma Tomlin MBE
Telephone: (01904) 632220
Address: National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL.
Website: The National Centre for Early Music (external website)

Performing Arts etc

Performing Arts etc provide music, dance, drama and music theatre workshops to people across the country. Established by community musician Sam Dunkley we have developed a reputation for high quality, good value projects, which balance product and process – putting young people at the heart of our practice.

Performing Arts etc provide Community Music support to Woldgate College delivering songwriting projects in primary schools, African theme days, large scale singing events with secondary school students, music coordinators meetings. With Accessible Arts and Media, we deliver the IMPs East Riding project – an accessible music provision in Pocklington.

We provide CPD in singing for non-specialists, music for non-specialists and ways in to songwriting as well as assisting Primary colleagues with curriculum design. We deliver early years singing programmes, which can also be tailored to act as CPD for setting staff.

We have, for the past 3 years, delivered holiday provision in Pocklington. We have developed successful Summer School etc projects for 8 – 16-year-olds where we put on a show in a week, Skill Find workshops for 5 to 9-year-olds to provide an introduction to singing and dancing, and our Build a Band workshops where for 11 – 18-year-olds.

Contact: Sam Dunkley
Telephone: 07977 982986
Address: Performing Arts etc, York Hub, Popeshead Court Offices, Peter Lane, York, YO1 8SU.
Website: Performing Arts etc (external website)

Pocklington School

Pocklington School educates young people from 4 to 18. We create opportunities for pupils to develop their musical abilities through ensembles aimed at all ages and abilities, including events embracing the wider community.

  • Formal instrumental/singing lessons on a one-to-one basis
  • Bands and choirs running at lunchtime and after school to develop ensemble skills
  • Hosting Associated Board, Trinity College and London College music exams
  • Organising trips to concerts/musicals/operas.

Contact: Mr Martin Kettlewell
Telephone: (01759) 321000
Address: Pocklington School, West Green, Pocklington, YO42 2NJ.
Website: Pocklington School (external website)

Wyke Sixth Form College

We are a sixth form college, providing a wide range of academic and vocational courses to young people (and indeed mature students) wishing to attain AS, A2 and BTEC qualifications. We take students from across Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire. As a music department we engage with young people in their academic studies and extra-curricular activities.

As a sixth form college, we provide both academic and practical music education to post-16 students. Our A-level course is very traditional and offers tuition in harmony and composition, music theory and analysis, and music performance. Assessment of the performance recital constitutes over a third of the marks available for both AS and A2 Music and it is vital that we ensure quality teaching is available to students on the A-level course. We run performance seminars and individual tutorials each week to support our students with this part of the course.

We also aim to support all students, not just those doing A-level music, who wish to take instrumental/singing lessons, and are committed to finding and employing the best specialist instrumental teachers available, to supplement our in-house provision.

Furthermore, we are committed to providing enjoyable and stimulating performance experiences for all our students (together with staff who wish to take part), through membership of a variety of ensembles, working towards concerts and other performance opportunities both within college and in venues in Hull and the East Riding.

Taking our provision in a new direction, we are also keen to work on projects from other schools and with adult musicians and music teachers from across the region, giving even more support, promoting music (particularly, but not exclusively, classical music) in the community, and facilitating broader musical experiences for our students and other people.

Contact: Dr Rachel Poyser
Telephone: (01482) 346347
Address: Wyke Sixth Form College, Bricknell Avenue, Hull, HU5 4NT.
Website: Wyke Sixth Form College (external website)


YAMSEN (Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Education Needs) lead staff training, full day music events, workshops, choirs and conferences. Our events are tailored to the needs of children with special needs, including children with learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, those on the autistic spectrum, and children with physical difficulties – especially using accessible music technology.

YAMSEN can support staff or organisations in their work with music and pupils with special needs or lead workshops with the pupils themselves.

Contact: Diane Paterson
Telephone: 07891270459
Address: c/o Artforms, 6th Floor, West Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8DT.
Website: YAMSEN (external website)

Yorkshire Young Musicians

Yorkshire Young Musicians is a Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) under the DfE's Music and Dance Scheme, which enables specialist young musicians in the region to benefit from the highest quality tuition in their locality, rather than having to travel long distances or go away to school.

Specialist tuition at a high level, classes to develop musical skills and opportunities for playing and communicating with like-minded friends who are likely to be considering making music their career choice (ages 8 to 18).

Contact: Helen Murray
Telephone: (01845) 597627
Address: 56 Market Place, Thirsk, YO7 1LW
Website: Yorkshire Young Musicians (external website)

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia is an exciting project showcasing some of the best young classical musicians in Yorkshire and providing them with excellent musical education and orchestral training. We aim to stimulate classical music in Yorkshire, nurture life skills and inspire a new generation. The Sinfonia aims to be the flagship of Yorkshire's culture of youth classical music; performing at the highest level and representing the region on a national level.
Yorkshire Young Sinfonia provides young musicians aged between 13 and 18 from Yorkshire with a residential orchestra course, helping them to develop both musically and socially. This is delivered by some of the most exciting tutors from around Europe who not only play at the highest standard, but are innovators in musical education.

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia offers the following:

  • Exciting repertoire - chosen to help stimulate students as well as provide challenges for a youth orchestra
  • A safe and supportive learning environment - the Sinfonia provides designated pastoral staff who are responsible for social events and the welfare of all the students
  • Incredible value for money - at under £60 a day and with bursaries available, YYS provides quality music education at an affordable price
  • A springboard to higher education - thanks to our partnership with the University of Leeds, our students receive workshops on the application process of UCAS as well as an insight into what university life is like, regardless as to whether they wish to pursue music.
  • A modern approach to music making - our students will receive coaching on performance psychology and nerves, helping students develop the skills to perform to the best of their ability
  • Prestigious concerts - the Sinfonia performs concerts at culturally significant venues in Yorkshire.

Contact: David Taylor
Address: 213 Filey Road, Scarborough, YO11 3AE
Website: Yorkshire Young Sinfonia website (external website)

Yorkshire Youth and Music

Yorkshire Youth and Music is community music education company working across the whole of Yorkshire. We are Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion grant-holders for West and South Yorkshire. We work mainly with children in challenging circumstances on projects to develop new ways of working and spread best practice.

We offer professional development for adults working with children in challenging circumstances and also deliver music projects to meet the needs of specific groups of children.

Contact: Gail Dudson
Telephone: (01422) 383130
Address: Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX.
Website: Yorkshire Youth and Music (external website)

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