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County Youth Orchestra back making music!

After two long years the members of North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra finally came together to make live music.

During the pandemic the County Orchestra, Choir and Big Band produced videos where the members had recorded themselves individually which were then put together. The videos were very successful and had thousands of views. This is certainly not the same as being together, in the same room, with your friends making music.

The orchestra was not able to do its usual residential course but met on Saturday July 17th & Sunday July 18th at the lovely (and very warm) setting of Harrogate Ladies College.

Under the direction of Head of Music Service, Ian Bangay and assisted by staff from the County Music Service the orchestra tackled a varied programme of music from the library of the Light Music Society (which is based here in North Yorkshire!).

Welcoming members of the County Big Band (saxophone players) into the orchestra really opened up the choice of repertoire we could play and introduced the members to composers previously unknown to them.

The orchestra rehearsed The Falcons by film composer Charles Williams, two pieces by Ronald Binge, The Red Sombrero and a fabulous bolero, Madrugado. A selection from the musical Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser rounded off the programme.

Unable to have the audience in the concert hall we opened all the doors and they enjoyed the performance outside!

Here’s hoping 2022 will see the County Ensembles come together to rehearse, do concerts and go on tour.

For information about joining North Yorkshire County Ensembles contact Jane Atkinson:





















New Model Music Curriculum Announced

Just before Easter the Government released its new Model Music Curriculum outlining what all KS1,2 and 3 children should receive as part of their statutory Music Education. In the introductory comments Nick Gibb stated the need for schools and Music Hubs to work closely together to ensure every child has the opportunity to access music.

“Having the opportunity to study and explore music is not a privilege; it is a vital part of a broad and ambitious curriculum. I therefore encourage all schools to use this curriculum, working with their Music Education Hubs to provide a quality music education for their pupils, to ensure every child develops a life-long love of music and musical performance.”

 Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP Minister of State for School Standards


Four crucial points have been highlighted in the beginning of the document as follows:

• At Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils should receive a minimum of one hour of teaching a week; this may take the form of short sessions spread across the week.

 • In Years 3 or 4, it is recommended that each class should start a whole-class instrumental programme lasting a minimum of one term. The mandatory term will be supported by teachers from the local Music Education Hub. Opportunities for development should continue beyond the mandatory term.

 • There should be access to both rhythmic and melodic instruments in Key Stages 1 and 2; this may be as part of the whole-class instrumental programme and/or in other classroom teaching.

 • Music should have a minimum of one weekly period the whole way through Key Stage 3. Carousels are not a substitute that fits with the values of comprehensive education.


Whilst none of these points should be a surprise to anyone, they do pose a challenge particularly to small, rural primary schools where access to music can be difficult or no school based staff have the confidence of subject knowledge to deliver such a detailed curriculum. This is where the Music Hub can support schools.

Whole class instrumental programmes not only fulfil bullet point two but the very nature of the delivery means a substantial part of the model curriculum is covered. Performing, listening, singing, notation and the acquisition of instrumental skills are clearly part of the whole class instrumental programmes that the Music Hub can provide. The programmes are subsidised so that each school effectively gets a whole term free and therefore the mandatory term is covered.

North Yorkshire Music Hub also provides an extensive range of other resources and workshops for schools. Currently linked to the whole class programme is the free “Five A Day” singing resource for Early Years and Key Stage 1. Those schools receiving whole class packages next academic year will be able to access this excellent resource too.

The Hub also buys Active Music, a free singing and musical activity resource available for all primary schools. For more information on this, please contact



Tuition is now back to face to face. We will offer online tuition in some circumstances and provided our teachers are able to commit to online lessons after school.

For further details please contact


Music Centres

We are very pleased to announce that Music Centres are back up and running. We will continue to follow guidance fron the DfE and Public Health England.


County Ensembles

Details of the options for 2021/22 will appear here shortly.










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