Winter Concert 2016

143553 Winter Concert FlyerThis year’s concert is being held in Unity Hall on Friday the 27th November at 7pm. The evening will feature four of Wakefield’s finest ensembles; Wakefield Youth Orchestra, Outwood Music Centre Dixie Band, Wakefield Youth Choir, Wakefield Youth Training Orchestra and special guests ManyVoices Adult Community Choir. We feel very proud that these groups feature and successfully bring together talented young musicians from many different schools and backgrounds across the district.

Wakefield Youth Choir will be singing a diverse selection of material from popular to the more festive and the Outwood Area Music Centre Dixie Band will play some very well known melodies such as ‘Bill Bailey, Won’t you please come home?’ and Kenny Ball’s famous piece ’Midnight in Moscow’. In the second half, the Youth Orchestra’s programme takes up the theme of ‘A Night at the Opera’ with works by Bizet, Ponchielli, Wagner and Offenbach. The evening will again feature the Training Orchestra performing works by Beethoven, Ling and Perry. With such a varied programme we know that this special evening will truly entertain with music that promises to suit all tastes!

Tickets are priced at £8 and £5 for concessions and are available from the Music Office or online at Unity Works

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Marsden On My Mind

Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra entertained the crowds at this years Marsden Jazz Festival. Audiences were amazed by the young musical talent that Wakefield had to offer – all under the fantastic musical direction of Amanda Spalding and Stuart Wilkinson!

Check out this little snippet and blast from the past, ‘Georgia On My Mind’ featuring Isaac Cooper, putting down his trumpet and taking up vocal duties.

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Outwood Music Centre Re-Opens

Hubalaboo! Wakefield Youth Jazz OrchestraOutwood Saturday Morning Music Centre will re-open again on Saturday the 19th September in the stunning new ‘Sir Michael Wilkins’ Arts Centre at Outwood Grange Academy.

The Music Centre is one of five thriving Saturday Morning Music Centres that are situated across the Wakefield district. They offer a range of exciting groups and ensembles from beginner through to advanced that include wind bands, guitar groups, string ensembles, jazz and rock bands to mention just a few!

For further details about these fantastic Music Centres, how to join and other musical opportunities please click here

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A Musical Hubalaboo!

Audiences were treated to an exciting eclectic mix of entertainment from rock, pop and folk through to jazz and classical music at this years Hubalaboo! event on the 20th May at the Theatre Royal. The concert showcased the many inclusive musical opportunities that Wakefield Music Services and partner organisations within Wakefield Music Education Hub provide for young people of all ages, abilities and from different communities across the district. The concert featured contributions from partners such as Jazz North, Jo Jingles, West Yorkshire Police and Music and the Deaf with performances from schools including Highfields, The Rookeries, St Thomas a Becket, Horbury Bridge and English Martyrs.

Phil Needham (Principal of Wakefield Music Education Hub) said “The music hub is now entering into its fourth year and continues to go from strength to strength! Tonight’s show featured the talents of over 200 young people and was a musical celebration of the achievements that partnership working can bring!”

Check out the gallery below. A big thanks to John Jowett from the Wakefield Music Collective for the photos and top shots!


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West Yorkshire Music Hubs Join Forces

Over 100 instrumental teachers came together for a packed day of training on Tuesday 10th February at Manygates Music Centre in Wakefield. The event, which included teachers from Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale Music Services, aimed to share the excellent practice that goes on across West Yorkshire.

The day included workshops on Composing In The Classroom, BBC 10 Pieces, Body Percussion, Singing & Signing, Whole Class Ukulele and The Changing Musical Needs of The Young Person. Sessions were run by staff from the hubs and also by guest presenters Gail Dudson (Yorkshire Youth & Music) and Sam Dunkley (SD Music). The event concluded with a terrific massed performance of Zadok The Priest by Handel, directed by Thom Meredith (Principal of Kirklees Music School) and put together in under 20 minutes.

Phil Needham (Principal of WMEH) added that “Training days like these are always vital for colleagues to keep updated with the latest musical developments, to share ideas, reflect and formulate innovative practice for the future.  We have an annual cycle of continuing professional development that ensures that our instrumental teachers are some of the best trained in the country. Recent developments to work alongside our neighbouring music hubs can only be a good thing and is leading to some exciting initiatives over the next few years!”

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Keep Connected In 2015

UnknownKeep connected with Wakefield Music Services and WMEH in 2015. Don’t forget to keep checking the website for the lastest news, info, events, training and musical opportunities across the Wakefield district. We will also keep you updated regarding closure of Music Centres and groups in the unfortunate event of adverse weather conditions.


You can also connect with us on twitter by following @WakefieldMusHub

Thank you for all of your support.

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Wakefield’s Winter Concert Wows A Packed Cathedral!

Wow! What a fantastic Winter Concert! Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra ‘kicked off and funked out’ a jam packed Cathedral with a selection of five newly commissioned pieces directed by Jo McCallum from Jazz North and WYJOs very own Stuart Wilkinson and Amanda Spalding. The set also featured a guest performance from international jazz guitarist Mike Walker. This was a brilliant contrast to Wakefield Youth Training Orchestra who beautifully entertained the audience as they entered the venue on what proved to be a spectacular showcase of some of Wakefield’s most talented young musicians.

The first half of the concert also gave a glorious sneak preview of the newly formed ManyVoices Adult Community Choir before concluding with a stunning performance from Wakefield Youth Choir directed by Geraldine Gaunt and Phil Needham.

The second half of the concert continued to wow the audience with a varied programme from Wakefield Youth Orchestra and their inspirational director Nick Meredith. Their pieces took up a cold wintery theme that included a medley from the disney film ‘Frozen’ and concluded with a spectacular version of the Samba from the movie ‘Happy Feet’. Check out the video below – From Rehearsal to Finale!

Val Jennings, Vice Principal of WMEH and coordinator of the concert said “I don’t think we have seen the cathedral as full for many years and as usual our young musicians rose to the occasion and truly entertained the masses!”

A big thanks to all of our talented young musicians, directors, instrumental teachers, parents, partners and supporters. You are the best!

Wakefield Music Education Hub – From Strength to Strength!  Merry Christmas!

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Winter Concert at the Cathedral – Last Few Tickets!

Winter Concert PosterLast chance to get hold of the few tickets remaining for this year’s concert on Friday the 28th November.

The evening will showcase four of Wakefield’s finest ensembles, Wakefield Youth Orchestra, Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra, 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.

Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra will be giving us a taste of their Big Band Project in partnership with Jo McCallum and Jazz North. The set will feature newly commissioned pieces written by contemporary jazz composers and a special guest performance from the internationally respected jazz guitarist Mike Walker. This will then be followed by a diverse selection of material from popular to the more festive performed by Wakefield Youth Choir. In the second half, the Youth Orchestra’s programme takes up the theme of ‘Music in a Cold Climate’ with works by Beethoven, Handel, Lopez and Powell. The evening will also feature pre-concert entertainment from the recently established Training Orchestra. With such a varied programme we know that this special evening will truly entertain with music that promises to suit all tastes. Some tickets are still available and are are priced at £8 and £5 for concessions. Contact the Music Office for further details.

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Secondary Network – May The Rhythm Grids Be With You!

A massive thanks to all that attended the recent network session for secondary colleagues! It was especially nice to see Opera Norths very own Jo Bedford who updated us on the latest educational initiatives from one of our nearest and dearest Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations. Thanks also to Darren and Rosie who gave some valuable feedback from the recent AQA GCSE meetings.

The session also included updates on our School Music Engagement Plan, Assessing Without Levels, Transition Projects and of course the usual sharing of good practice, practical resources and ideas to take back into the classroom. May the Rhythm Grids Be With You!!

The next session is on Thursday the 5th March.

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Young Musicians Inspired!

Young musicians from Wakefield Music Services were totally inspired on the 8th October when they visited the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to see the RNCM Session Orchestra.

The orchestra played an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary popular music showcasing the versatility and quality of the performers and the craft and skill of the team of arrangers. Each song was arranged for the ensemble by students from the School of Composition and Popular Music Programme and the audience were entertained with a set that included M People, Michael Jackson, George Michael and Aretha Franklin.

Ben Whiteley who plays in various WMS groups, including the Youth Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Manygates Rock Band said ”

The RNCM Session Orchestra is the only major ensemble at the college to bring students from across every school of study and every year group from new 1st year students to postgraduates! The RNCM Session Orchestra have previously appeared at Media City UK, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Manchester Academy and at charity and corporate events across the UK. You can find out more at: RNCM Session Orchestra

The opportunity to see such excellent role models and professionals who have taken the next steps on their musical journey is an important part of what the Music Hub tries to offer young musicians. Trips like these are entertaining but they offer so much more!

Manygates Music Centre and Wakefield Music Services hope to run a similar trip next year giving many of our students the chance to enjoy another one of RNCM Session Orchestra’s fantastic concerts!

Next up is for many of these young people is a performance at the Winter Concert next week.

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