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Reflections on the youth music project from a young artist

Band In A Week Returns - 7th August 2017 - 11 August 2017

OmniExperiences help to connect young people with music industry professionals in professional settings.

After three years of construction, The Carpenter’s Road Lock in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is opening and the Canal and River Trust will be celebrating with the East London Waterways Festival on Monday 28 August (Bank Holiday).   Newham Music is looking to recruit 200 young singers aged 7-18 to work with local Choral Director, Luke Speirsm to rehearse and perform three songs throughout the day-long festival, while also enjoying this celebration of East London culture and heritage. This is an excellent chance for young people to develop their singing skills, to experience a unique performance opportunity at a large-scale event and to make new friends within their local community.   There is no cost to participate and no experience necessary, just the willingness to learn and love for singing! For more information and to register, email by July 31st or go to the Newham Music website.   Have a look at the attached e-flyer for more information.

This piece is written by Sound Connections Programme Manager Julia Roderick

This speech was given by Sound Connections Director Philip Flood at the Westminster Education Forum on Monday 3 July 2017

Widening accessibility – How well are the existing pathways through music education serving the needs of today’s student’s?

In February, Schools Minister Nick Gibb gave a welcome call to action about SEN/D music provision. He states that ‘It is important that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in the arts. That funding should support all pupils, whatever their background, whatever their family’s income, and whatever particular special needs or disabilities they may have. No child should be excluded from music because they have physical disabilities or other special needs.’ In this speech he also talks about the excellent work the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust is doing to remove the barriers to music faced by physically disabled people.

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s round of Early Years Apprentices. We had a huge number of applications this year, a testament to the need for more spaces catering to supporting those working in the early years music sector.

We’re delighted to be welcoming five exceptional apprentices, all of whom bring with them a wealth of skills, knowledge and understanding about early years music practice. We look forward to working with them over the next year.

Music Treehouse has come to the end of its first year at the HMDT Music Saturday Programme (SP). Supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Music Treehouse is a much needed SEN/D extension of our Saturday Programme which offers students a range of conditions the opportunity to participate in the programme, enabling us to broaden our inclusion to students who are often isolated and overlooked outside of the school environment. A sense of community and working together to create music is integral to the SP, which is hugely sociable for both parents and students and Music Treehouse (MT) students have now joined the community.

“Music Treehouse has been an amazing experience for my son. The musicians are wonderful and very patient which helps every time. Thank you for everything. (parent of Music Treehouse participant)

From meeting at a conference, to creating a Music-Technology company, ready to approach national-level delivery.

We are really pleased with out path, so far, and we would like to share our recipe with others, including successes, failures and motivation tricks to always get back on your feet.

GUYO celebrates Baishakhi Mela with guest Bengali artists on Sunday 2nd of July at Richmix

Reprezent going global!