North Tyneside Music Education Hub

Music Centre Newsletter May 2016

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who opened and read our first newsletter back in February. We had over 600 views with some from different parts of the world! We are hoping for even more hits this time as we spread the word about the fantastic work that goes on in North Tyneside and welcome more young people and families into the Music Centre.


Julie Dorr

School Improvement Advisor, Music

North Tyneside Music Education Hub Lead.

Spring term news.

The Music Centre got straight back into the swing of things after the Christmas break with lots of new starters joining our ensembles. The Beginner Band had a noticeable increase in numbers which is fantastic to see, as did the beginner string group who are fast growing out of their space! It is really important that we engage out newest learners as they are our bands and orchestras of the future. Mrs Clark, Miss Buzzard and Mrs Graham are doing an amazing job with these groups.

Youth Chamber Orchestra

We were delighted to welcome the Youth Chamber Orchestra back to the Langdale Centre at the beginning of term. Many of the young people from Youth Training Orchestra moved up to join the orchestra and we have now been able to add woodwind and brass to create a full Symphony Orchestra rehearsed by Mr Richardson and Miss Buzzard. This enables the young people to perform challenging orchestral music and continue to achieve outstanding results.

Parent Governor

The Hub are looking for a parent to represent Youth Music on the North Tyneside Music Education Hub Board. They will support the Hub Lead in moving forward into the future. The Governors meet once a term. If you are interested in applying for this role please email julie.dorr@northtyneside.gov.uk

Saying Goodbye

Many of you will already know that Bob Harrison, who has been an integral part of North Tyneside Music Hub for 40 years is retiring at the end of term.

He began as a brass peripatetic and was head of brass until the peripatetic service was disbanded.

Following this Bob continued to teach brass in schools in North Tyneside and worked alongside a group of parents to secure the funding to continue to run the Music Centre ensembles . This undoubtedly enabled North Tyneside to keep its outstanding provision for high quality music ensembles which would otherwise have been lost.

Bob conducted the concert band right from the start of his career and has inspired hundreds of young people to follow their musical journey. Many past members still play in the band today such is his popularity. During his time as conductor Bob has raised thousands of pounds for charity working particularly closely with Rotary for whom he has conducted 30 years of charity concerts. He has also supported many community events and conducted the band when they played for Princess Anne at Tynemouth station.

Bob has arranged many exchanges with the first one taking place in the 80's to Monchengladbach. Many of us have very fond memories of times spent playing in various and often unusual performance venues! Ex pupils from across the decades have continued to meet to reminisce about these times and to get together to play in the reunion concerts Bob has arranged.

Bob has done an immeasurable amount for youth music in North Tyneside over the years. A talented musician and conductor and a fantastic person who has always been able to relate to young people with his fun personality and sense of humour. He is well loved and respected by all who know him both socially and professionally. He will be an enormous miss to the Music Hub, his retirement marks the end of an era, for music in North Tyneside.

If you would like to contribute to Bob's leaving present, please send contributions in an envelope to the Langdale centre FAO Julie Dorr

Friends of Youth Music in North Tyneside

The Hub would like to say a huge thank you and goodbye to the Friends of Youth Music who have worked tirelessly to support the Hub over the years.

When the peripatetic service was cut in the 1980's a group of willing and able parents stepped into the breach to create a Charity to enable Music Centre ensembles to continue. This undoubtedly enabled North Tyneside to keep its outstanding provision for high quality music ensembles for which we will always be indebted.

We hope to continue to see them at our concerts and events in the future.

Help!! Our Tuck Shop needs you!

As many of you know the tuck shop is an integral part of the social aspect of the music centre. As the Friends are no longer able to run this we would welcome volunteers who can either take on the running and rota of the Tuck shop or who can offer an hour a term to help.

Also we need support with refreshments at concerts so if you are able to give some time please contact julie.dorr@northtyneside.gov.uk

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Music Centre Merchandise

The merchandise sales continue to do well and it's lovely to see so many of the young people sporting their hoodies in the Centre and out in the Community. Get your summer T shirts from the Centre or contact the Hub to order

Easter concerts

The Music Centre staff and young pupils put on 3 outstanding nights of entertainment at the end of term playing to packed audiences at the Linskill Centre and the Langdale. It was great to see such diverse programmes across the 3 concerts and see how the young people have progressed, even since Christmas. We are very lucky in North Tyneside to have such talented and dedicated Music Centre staff who work tirelessly to support and challenge the young people, so an enormous thanks you goes to them. Also to the young people who show the same dedication in attending each Saturday and working hard to develop their musical skills. We look forward to the final concert of the year taking place at Rockcliffe Rugby Club on June 25th.

Celebration of Youth Music in North Tyneside

Saturday, June 25th, 10am-3:15pm

Rockcliff Rugby Club, Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

This is our annual fundraising day.

Last year was an amazing success. Following feedback We have chosen a larger venue extended the time.


Tickets will be on sale from the music centre priced

____ tickets at £8(adult barbecue and concert)


____tickets at £5(child barbecue and concert)


____tickets at £3 (concert only)



____tickets at £4 for ensemble members(barbecue only)


If you can offer any support on the day please contact

julie.dorr@northtyneside.gov.uk

Kaye.rudd@ntlp.org.uk


Raffle contributions can be sent to the Centre and cakes for the cake stall brought on the day.

Last year we made a fantastic £1300 which has gone towards Music Centre resources. This enables us to continue to keep this valuable resource free in the future.

Annual Rotary Spring Concert

Sunday, May 15th, 2-4:30pm

Preston Road

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For more information on how to get involved, click the title link.

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