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National Festival Digital Events 2021

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Frequencies Playlist - Discover


Performance Stage: Listening Party with Chiika

Previous Events

Ark with London Rhymes

Ark commissioned London Rhymes to write three songs to bring their communities together in song during the pandemic and school closures: Send a Smile, The Tidy Race and My Bubble.

Click here to watch The Tidy Race and My Bubble.

How to Get Confident Exploring Your Voice with Adey Grummet

Adey is a Music Mentor for Music For Youth. Find out more about our Music Mentors here.

Frequencies Playlist - REMIX

National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain

NCO have been hosting an online weekly webinar series, broadcast live via zoom for their members and available to the public on YouTube afterwards. These exciting online events have featured inspirational guest artists from professional musicians, actors, athletes, and composers. You can watch them all on NCO's YouTube Channel, we'd like to share one of the most recent webinars with you today - "Making it up as we go along - the world of improvisation” Olivier award winning actor Stephen Mangan, star of Episodes, Green Wing and Postman Pat the movie no less, is a very experienced comic improvisor. He was joined on the NCO couch by Xhosa Cole, saxophonist and 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year and ex NCO violinist Katie Foster who is classically trained and also plays jazz and traditional Scottish music.

YouTube Premiere: That's All Folk

That's All Folk, from Rochdale Music Service


Heidi's Dream Colin Farrell
Waterbound Dirk Powell
Pleasant Beggar Russ Barenberg

Orchestras Live

Book your free ticket to the Grand Finale of Share Sound - TONIGHT, Wednesday 7th July, 7-8pm

Keeping young people engaged in ensemble music making during the Covid-19 crisis has presented a major challenge for many Music Hubs. That’s why Orchestras Live has been developing Share Sound, a major digital project enabling professional orchestras to work with Music Hubs and explore the digital creative space for ensemble music making. 

The Grand Finale is the culmination of the young musicians' work with professional orchestras, and provides an opportunity for the six Share Sound hubs to come together and celebrate and showcase their talents. 

Improvisation Top Tips with Nikki Yeoh

Nikki Yeoh shares her top improvisation tips. Nikki is Music Mentor, find out more about our Music Mentors here.

Frequencies Playlist Reveal - Innovate

Sound and Music

Listen Imagine Compose Teacher CPD sessions are aimed at secondary music teachers

Performance Stage: Year 4 Choir from Drake Primary School

True Colours Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly

Roar Katy Perry and Bonnie McKee

Inspiring Music - Orchestras in Context

After a challenging year for music students, Inspiring Music, the lead partner for the Music Education Hub in Central Bedfordshire commissioned Bath Philharmonia to record A Level Set Works made accessible to all GCSE and A Level courses at The Grove Theatre in Dunstable. This high-quality learning resource allows students to explore and develop their skills whilst supporting teachers in their teaching of orchestral techniques in context and also helping to support assessment of their students’ musical knowledge and understanding both formally and informally. This project has also been a great opportunity to support the performance industry by engaging with a professional orchestra and also a public performance venue. This past twelve months have been challenging in so many different ways, and it has been wonderful to be able to work together to create something to support students, teachers, musicians and also a venue. This video has been made available for public viewing for MFY's National Festival until Monday 12th July.

What Does a Conductor Do? Exercises to Help Groups Understand and Respond Workshop - Patrick Bailey

Patrick Bailey is a Music Mentor for Music for Youth. Find out more about Music Mentors. 

Frequencies Playlist - Reconfigured

Sector Spotlight: Contact

Level Up online was a reimagined way of engaging with emerging musicians from Manchester. As an in-person project Level Up aims to provide opportunities to emerging musicians to produce, promote and perform their own music on a professional level. However, when lockdown was announced, Contact wanted to make sure that the young people they had recruited to audition for the project still had an opportunity to be creative, create new music and keep learning. They ran weekly Zoom workshops, sent weekly newsletters and set weekly provocations for their music making. The link is to a YouTube playlist of videos created with specialist facilitators teaching new skills and giving advice.

Performance Stage: Milton Keynes Youth String Orchestra

Intermezzo from St Paul's Suite in C Major, Op. 29, No. 2 - Gustav Holst

Creative Composition Tips for Ensemble Leaders - Sarah Freestone

Frequencies Playlist - ReCreate

Leicestershire Music Education Hub Music Technology

Leicestershire Music Education Hub has created Music Technology resources enabling non-specialist primary school teachers to deliver better high quality music technology lessons in school. The 3 videos uploaded feature schools that have delivered the Sampling Unit, the Garageband on iPads unit and also the Turntablism unit. The schools were down away by the engagement of the children and the way in which they could deliver it using videos and teaching resources that were supplied along with the equipment (including especially adapted Turntables and records) There are 3 videos (Sampling, Turntablism and iPad Garageband) they are all part of the Music Hubs music technology offer to primary schools offering activity that teachers can deliver themselves without a visiting music expert and also using online resources that could be continued in the home during lockdown. These units of work - and especially Turntablism - has been adopted by other music hubs.

Performance Stage: Awards for Young Musicians' Furthering Talent Programme

Grow Wild The track has been composed by Yshani Perinpanayagam and Tom Lawrence via a series of online workshops with 6 different music education hubs. The piece is made up of programmed music from our composers mixed with recordings of the students playing at the workshops.

Positive Youth Foundation

When the UK was placed into lockdown, many young people suddenly lost access to spaces, equipment and the support they needed to be able to make music. In response to this, Positive Youth Foundation created a new podcasting project hosted by young people, so they could pick up new skills and learn about different aspects of the creative industries. They wrote the questions and hosted this episode where they interviewed the CEO of GRM Daily.

Writing and Arranging for a Beginner Ensemble - Sarah Watts

Frequencies Playlist - Discover

Wiltshire Music Connect - Don't Drop Music

This film was created during the first lockdown to try and encourage schools and families not to drop music. The workforce in Wiltshire is freelance and so generating a general advocacy film like this was the most effective way to provide support and protect the music education ecology. The film was supported by a range of #DontDropMusic resources that provide guidance and advice on safe music delivery and encourage new models of delivery.

Performance Stage: Rowan Scourfield

Performance Stage: PHE

Performance Stage: St Aidens School

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