Winter Concert 2018

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Winter Concert at Wakefield Cathedral on the 23rd November (7pm) that brings together talented young musicians from all over Wakefield!

Featuring an entertaining mix of pieces and styles, including some festive classics, from Wakefield Youth Choir, Training Orchestra, ManyVoices Adult Choir and special guests Outwood Music Centre Senior Wind Band & Dixie Band. Wakefield Youth Orchestra will conclude the concert with a dance theme and all performed within the beautiful setting of the Cathedral.


Tickets are available Wakefield Cathedral and the Music Office at Manygates. Please note that the Music Office will be closed over October half term.

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Latest News! Administrative Music Support Assistant Needed.

Wakefield Music Services are looking for an organised and self-motivated individual to provide effective and high quality business and administration support to managers and instrumental teachers within Wakefield Music Services. Working in partnership with Wakefield Music Education Hub to ensure that the best possible musical outcomes are achieved for all Wakefield pupils and that customer needs are met.

To find out more and apply please visit and search for Wakefield Music Services on the Wakefield Council Jobs page. If you would like to discuss further details about the post or need further information and guidance please contact or call 01924 303306. The closing date is Friday 19th October 2018.

Wakefield Music Services is the Lead Organisation for Wakefield Music Education Hub and is proud to have received the highest rating from Arts Council England for the last 5 years! It provides instrumental tuition to over 7,000 young people and runs over 60 groups and ensembles. It is nationally recognised for its National Curriculum support and resources.



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Closed – Music Centre, Groups & Central Lessons

Due to the continuing adverse weather, further school site closures and uncertainty, we will unfortunately have to cancel all music centres, groups and central lessons this evening and on Saturday. Apologies for any inconvenience caused but the safety of all our young musicians and staff is paramount. We look forward to seeing everyone next week

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Adverse Weather Conditions

Due to the continuing adverse weather conditions the Music Service office will be closed today (Thursday, March 1st) and all lessons and groups that take place at Manygates are cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Winter Concert 2017

This well loved annual concert is being held once again in the beautiful Wakefield Cathedral on Friday the 1st December at 7pm. It will feature four of Wakefield’s finest ensembles; Wakefield Youth Orchestra, Wakefield Youth Brass Band, Wakefield Youth Choir and Wakefield Youth Training Orchestra. We feel very proud that these groups feature and successfully bring together talented young musicians from many different schools and backgrounds across the district.

The evening will begin with the Training Orchestra performing works by Nyman, Mancini and Herold before moving on to the Brass Band playing some original compositions by Stephen Wood and Ronson & Mars. Wakefield Youth Choir will conclude the first half with a diverse selection of material from the popular to the more festive! In the second half, the Youth Orchestra’s programme takes up a theme of ‘Stage and Screen’ with works by Verdi, Gray, Greig, Kander & Ebb and Williams. With such a varied programme we know that this special evening will truly entertain with music that promises to suit all tastes!

Tickets are available priced $10/5 (concessions) from the Cathedral Shop or from our office at Manygates Music Centre.


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WYJO at Marsden Jazz Festival!

Spot Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra in this video having a great time at Marsden Jazz Festival last weekend! It was a great concert with lots of new members who played brilliantly! Well done to everyone involved including their great Directors, Stuart Wilkinson and Amanda Spalding.

Thank you to Shanita at ‘Music In City Life’ for letting us share……


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New Music Hub Parent Group

20th October 2017 (6pm) – Manygates Music Centre

We hope that everyone has had a good start to the Autumn term and thank you once again for your support to Music Education and to our Music Centres and Ensembles.

We were overwhelmed by the support and wealth of ideas contributed in the meetings that were held in our 5 Music Centres last term. Thank you to everyone that attended. One of the suggestions was to look at forming a wider Wakefield Music Education Hub Parent Group to help look at future sustainability and ideas for ensuring that these valuable musical opportunities continue to broaden and thrive.

We are confirming that an initial meeting will take place at Manygates Music Centre at 6pm on the 20th October for about an hour for anybody that may be interested in being part of such a group and discussing what its purpose and aims may be. Please note that this date has changed from the one proposed last term. If you would like to attend can you please confirm your attendance by either calling the music office on 01924 303306 or emailing

Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra performing at the annual Hubalaboo! Concert

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Battle of the Bands 2017

This years Battle of the Bands is nearly upon us so please come down and support Wakefield’s young talent as the following 5 final high school bands make their debut and battle it out at Unity Works on Wednesday 1st February at 6.30pm. FREE ENTRY

‘789s’ (Airedale Academy)
‘The Waves’ (Kettlethorpe High School)
‘Clockwork Souls’ (Crofton Academy)
‘Not Exactly London’ (St Thomas a Becket Secondary)
‘The Minority’ (The Kings School)

The event will also feature special guest performances from Loz Campbell, Wakefield Youth Session Orchestra and last years winners…. Brass Boots!


Our esteemed judges this year are:

Cllr Peter Box (Leader of the council)
‘Icecream’ Andy Taylor (Lead singer of Twice Nightly and previous X Factor finalist)
Paul Hepworth (Superintendent from West Yorkshire Police)
Loz Campbell (Talented young singer songwriter and previous winner)
Rosie & Liz (Talented ‘fairly young’ performing arts teachers from Castleford Academy!)

We are also pleased to work in partnership with ‘Music for Youth’ this year who will be providing additional tips and feedback from their mentors.

A massive thanks in advance to the West Yorkshire Police, Wakefield Music Services, Wakefield College, Unity Works and of course our judges and all the high school students and staff.

Good luck!


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Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to all our great young musicians, schools, academies, partners and brilliant teachers! All groups, ensembles and Music Centres start back this week with exception to Manygates Music Centre (Saturday morning) and Wakefield Youth Orchestra and Training Orchestra that will commence next week.

Best wishes for a good start to 2017!


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London Here We Come!

Wakefield Youth Percussion Ensemble have been invited to play at The Royal Albert Hall in the Music For Youth Proms on Monday 14th November!

The group, directed by WMS percussion teacher Rhodri Younger, recently wowed the audience at the festival in Birmingham with their dynamic medley of percussive delights ranging from body percussion to a drum line and massed tuned percussion finale!


The group were one of six Wakefield groups invited down to the second round of the Music For Youth at Birmingham in July along with ‘Wired’ from Highfield School, The Glee Choir from West Bretton Primary, Manygates Session Orchestra, St Peters & Clifton Primary School Choir and ‘Folkus’ from St Thomas a Becket Catholic High School.

Phil Needham (Principal of Wakefield Music Education Hub) added “It was brilliant to see so many groups invited to represent Wakefield and a recognition of the many talented young musicians and teachers that we have across the district! This is the icing on the cake and so well deserved for Mr Younger and the percussion ensemble. They have worked so hard over the last few months and their performance not only sounds stunning but is also visually captivating! London here we come!”

Wakefield Youth Percussion Ensemble is one of 70 progressive music ensembles that run every week at Manygates and 4 other Music Centres across the district.  To find out more please click here.


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