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Devon Music Education Hub Newsletter
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APRIL 2015
 
BBC Unsung Heroes
The BBC is launching BBC Music Day's Unsung Heroes, a UK wide search for individuals who have made or are continuing to make a big contribution to music in their community.
 
Is there someone in your community you want to nominate as a local music champion – someone who has had a significant impact on music in the area, and who stands out through their dedication to music, for example by supporting young musicians or setting up a community choir? Nominate them before Friday 24th of April Winners will be announced during Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 between Monday 1 to Friday 5 June 2015.
Celebrating Singing Excellence 2015

Young singers from schools choirs across the county came together for a day of workshops and a glorious evening concert as part of the DMEH Celebrating Singing Excellence event in March.

Seven choirs worked with Stephen Tanner and the Cathedral Choristers, Sarah Owen and Paul Wilson of Wren Music and accalimed folk singer Hazel Askew in for a day of workshops on the theme of 'Folk Song of the  British Isles'.

The evening concert saw the choirs share some of their own repetoire alongside performances from the Choristers, Roots A Cappella and Hazel Askew. One participant said "It was a great experience to be singing in such a big group... We learnt great new songs and some new singing techniques as well which I'm sure will help us in the future."

A sincere thank you to colleagues from Exeter Cathedral and Wren Music as well as the staff and pupils from Gatehouse, Cockwood, Hatherleigh & Kingsacre Primary Schools, Exmouth Community College and Braunton Academy for all their hard work in making the event such a success.
Devon Youth Jazz Orchestras Celebrate 40 years!
 
More from last weekend's star studded concert - featuring many former players and conductors, as well as the current young talent - in the next edition!
Devon County Show - 21st - 23rd May 2015
 
Free Music Industry Advice Sessions from Sound Gallery
Sound Gallery CIC are very pleased to announce that, through their unique Simpti work experience programme, they are one of the 21 local delivery partners across the UK who have been chosen to deliver the Employability Support Programme which is supported by The National Youth Agency and Barclays Bank Community Investment team. The aim of this programme is to support existing projects that improve the employability of some of our most disadvantaged and hard to reach young people and essentially improving young people's options, opportunities and aspirations for employment through building their employability skills. The project is hugely aspirational, aiming to benefit 100,000 young people aged 14-25 years between January to December 2015 and we are very proud to be part of it. Eligibility: Young people who have an interest in music, are aged 14-25 years and live in the Southwest, are entitled to FREE music industry advice sessions at Sound Gallery Studios in Exeter. Priority will be given to those who are NEET or are at risk of being NEET through their challenging circumstances. For more information contact Maria Peters
Sound Mirrors - an opportuntity for SEN schools
In partnership with Drake Music, Artist Rob Olins (www.robolins.com) is planning to make an exciting new multi- sensory experience using Sound Mirrors to tour special schools in the South West during 2015-2016.
Sound Mirrors are large forms that reflect sound. The mirrors focus the soundwaves so that at some points one hears what appears to be an "all round" audio experience and then by moving a small distance, sometimes only with a slight movement of the head, the volume and quality disappears. Consequently as one moves about the space what you hear radically changes.
As part of the project pupils will have the opportunity to work with Drake Music (www.drakemusic.org) to create and record music and sounds for their own 5 track sound collage which will form the sound environment for the installation. Please click for more information on how to get involved.
Look out for the next edition! If you have anything that you would like to be added to the newsletter, then please contact Jason Parker.
IN OTHER NEWS
MIX FESTIVAL 2015
 
Tuesday 30th June 2015 at Westpoint - there will be more information very soon! There will be workshops, performances and activities - including the BBC Ten Pieces the chance to achieve an Arts Award! Follow this link for event flyer
 
 
SOUTH WEST MUSIC SCHOOL AUDITIONS OPEN
 
Applications for the Core Programme and Feeder Scheme for all instrumentalists and vocalists are now open. Auditions will take place in Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and Dorset in June. Applications for the Composer Programme are also open. Follow this link for more information
 
GUITAR TEACHER NEEDED 
 
Heathcoat Primary School in Tiverton asked for help in finding a guitar teacher for pupils at their school. If you can help, you can contact them via this link.
 
SOUNDCHECK SESSIONS
 
This is for groups of singers, songwriters and instrumentalists (13yrs – 21yrs) to fine tune their music, get tailor-made music training and experience a variety of performing and ensemble playing  opportunities. Follow this link for more information.
 
 
 
DYWO ON TOUR
 
Devon Youth Wind Orchestra's 2015 tour to Italy was a huge success! Everyone who attended the tour agreed emphatically that it had been a great achievement and thoroughly enjoyable. Band members left having made life-long memories and forging many new and stronger friendships. Performing three excellent concerts during this time was extremely rewarding to all involved. Read the full report.
 
 
 
UNCOVERING THE TRUTH ABOUT MUSICAL PROGRESSION
 
Devon Music Education Hub hosted a roundtable on musical progression, led by national experts Ben Sandbrook and Hester Cockcroft. The afternoon saw us discuss participants' own musical journeys, inspiration and motivation, understanding and measuring musical achievement, overcoming barriers and discussion on next steps within participants' own practise. Hester and Ben also shared very useful resources that can be viewed on the DMEH website and would be useful for any music leaders working with young people. You can view them here
 
 

EARWORMS CONCERT
 
The next event will take place om 10th May 2015
 
 
 
THE LIGHT BULB SESSION AT EXETER PHOENIX
 
Lofts Music Shed in collaboration with Exeter Phoenix would like to invite school pupils and students to the second Light Bulb Session – fresh ideas for songwriting for 16-19yr olds.
 
This workshop takes place on Saturday 27th June as part of the Family Saturdays at Exeter Phoenix. It is aimed at 16-19yr old songwriters and musicians who are keen to develop their lyrical and conceptual songwriting, using imaginative storytelling skills to generate new ideas.
 
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ORCHESTRAL MUSICIANS
 
Two Moors Festival are inviting young musicians ages 19 and under with a minimum Grade 7 Distinction to take part in a performance of  Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1919 Version) alongside the Orchestra of the Swan. Click here for more information and application form.
   
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