A year of hard work from hundreds of young people has come to a climax in one week this July as young people from across the city perform at a number of events hosted by Nottingham Music Hub, including:

  • A celebration of original music created by city schools as part of the BBC Ten Pieces project
  • The Big Sing, with city school choirs performed with professional singing group Apollo 5
  • The massed Area Band and Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO) Intermediate’s end of year concert
  • RHYO Intermediate’s annual tour of Nottingham City schools.

Throughout each academic year Nottingham Music Hub holds many events celebrating the achievements of schools from across the city and ensembles from Nottingham Music School.

Tuesday July 7th formed part of the national creative celebrations for the BBC Ten Pieces project. In the morning classes from city primary schools presented performances of music they had created themselves in response to the 10 pieces of classical music, whilst in the evening over 300 children from Nottingham Music Service’s seven Area Bands joined Nottingham Music School’s RHYO Intermediate Orchestra in a concert to perform Grieg’s ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ and their own version of John Adams’ ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’

Wednesday July 8th brought together choirs from 25 city primary and secondary schools to perform at the ‘Big Sing’ at the Albert Hall and participate in a workshop with professional a cappella group Apollo 5 before singing joint pieces as a massed choir.

Finally the week was wrapped up with RHYO Intermediate’s annual tour of Nottingham City primary schools, travelling to six schools over two days to inspire city pupils to get involved in Nottingham’s musical ensembles.

Ian Burton, CEO of Nottingham Music Hub said: “Music is important in Nottingham, and we are thrilled with the large number of city schools who work in partnership with us and have helped to put Nottingham significantly above the national average for music, with a recent 385% increase in young people gaining a music grade or award.  Over the year Nottingham Music Hub has worked closely with the national BBC 10 pieces project and professional singers Apollo 5, and this week of events shows how creative our schools and young people can be in response!”

Nottingham Music Service is the lead partner for the Nottingham Music Hub, a partnership of key local & regional music organisations, working together to create joined up, high quality music education for children and young people, in and out of school.

The Hub’s vision is that all children and young people in Nottingham have a rewarding and inspiring experience of making music with others, and our mission is to facilitate joyous, life-enhancing and confidence-building experiences that equip children and young people with perseverance, self belief and a life-long love of music.

Nottingham Music Service became in independent charity in April 2014 and receives funding from Arts Council England and the Department for Education.

For more information about that Nottingham Music Hub, please visit: www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk

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Check out some of the photos from the BBC here – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02x2dfp/p02x46cz