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News and information from Babcock LDP Music Service, the lead organisation for the Devon Music Education Hub
DMEH Newsletter - Autumn Term 2016
As another busy term draws to a close, we look back on some great activities, and look ahead to some exciting developments in 2017, including the South West Peninsula Music Education Conference on Friday 3rd February
COMING UP IN 2017..... London Community Gospel Choir & Bournemouth Symphony
DMEH is facilitating a GCSE Syllabus Concert with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 19th January 2017, hosted by St Peter's CE Aided School in Exeter.   FREE to attend for Devon LA area schools and DMEH will make a 50% contribution to travel costs to enable you to attend. See flyer for details.
We're also very excited to be working on an 'orchestral extravaganza' with players from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 2nd March 2017.  The event will include a playing day for young musicians of all standards and an evening concert featuring some of Devon's youth ensembles.  
We will be welcoming the London Community Gospel Choir back to Devon for a day of workshops and an evening concert on Thursday 9th March 2017. We plan on filling the Exeter University Great Hall with joyful singing as the memorable and inspirational LCGC work with our young people and teachers. Some of the choir and musicians will be leading a CPD twilight event for teachers on Wednesday 8th March at the Kenn Centre.
Royal Opera House Outreach in North Devon
On Friday 4th November, working in partnership with the Royal Opera House and North Devon Theatres, the Devon Music Education Hub supported schools from across Northern Devon to engage in a transformational opportunity, experiencing opera alongside specialist practitioners from the Royal Opera House. 
Early Years Music Training Events
DMEH was delighted to facilitate three days of music-making training sessions for early years practitioners in east, north and south of the county.
Nearly 50 sets of early years musical resources were distributed to colleagues from schools with early years provision on site so that the expertise could be shared. Particpants were given guidance and ideas to help them blend music-making in with their everyday work with children to aid their development, and to enjoy themselves! 
SW Peninsula Music Education Conference
The annual conference wil take place on Friday 3rd February 2017 at St Cuthbert's Confernence Centre in Buckfast. 

Featuring a key note speech from  Katherine Zeserson of Inspire Music, the day will feature a wide range of practical and inspiring workshops for all key stages to include:
•  Music for Wellbeing
• Vocal Workshops
• Music Teaching Methodologies
• Rockschool
• Music for Early Years
• Creative Approaches to Teaching Music
• Musicals for Key Stage 1
• Accessible Music Making .
Colleagues from Devon LA area schools will be able to request a 50% contribution towards cover costs. Please talk to your Music Lead if funding for music CPD is an obstacle to you taking part.
DMEH wins National Music Council Jazz Education Awards
DMEH was delighted to be honoured with a Diploma of Special Merit at Will Michael Jazz Education Awards.
DMEH Lead Ken Parr and Brian Moore from the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra Association accepted the award on behlaf of Devon -  Follow this link for the full story. A huge thanks to DYJO, Torrington Jazz and all other practitioners who have contributed to the jazz education agenda in Devon.
Brian will be leading ' An Introduction to Jazz for Music Leaders' session on Monday 23rd January at the Mint Methodist Church in Exeter. Aimed at all music leaders across primary and secondary, the session will help increase your confidence in approaching jazz music with children and young people and give you some useful ideas. See this flyer for details and booking information.
St Peter's Music-a-thon!
Children from across key stage 2 at St Peter's School in Budleigh Salterton participated in a sponsored music-a-thon in October and they successful raised enough money to transport the children to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras School concert on December 1st at the Exeter University Great Hall. Follow this link for more.
DMEH Funded Partners Application 2017-18
DMEH welcomes applications from existing DMEH partners to renew their funding for the upcoming financial year, as well as applications from prospective partners looking to kick start new music-making projects for children and young people.
Double Reed Day with Alfie Pugh & BSO Musicians
DMEH were delighted to faciliate a day of specialist workshops and activities for double reed players from across the county. Tammy Thorne and Edward Kay from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra worked with the students alongside the workshop leader, local composer and teacher, Alfie Pugh. Howarth's of London were on hand with specialist instrument advice and it was a very successful day, and the seeds have been sown for the start of a Double Reeds ensemble for Devon!  Look out for more specialist days in 2017.
Cultural Education Partnership Development
The Cultural Education Challenge is ACE's call for the art, culture and education sectors to work together in offering a consistent and high quality art and cultural education for all children and young people. 

The Cultural Education Challenge asks art and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up art and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education.
Devon Music Education Hub is working alongside key partners DAISI, Theatre Alibi, Exeter Northcott, Beaford Arts, Libraries Unlimited, North Devon Theatres as well as colleagues from schools, colleges and other arts, culture and heritage organisations to move this initiative forward.
If you're interested in contributing to the ongoing conversation in the New Year please get in touch. DMEH is hosting the next conversation on Thursday 24th January from 3pm – 5pm at our office in Willand. The next discussion will focus on cultural champions, participation events and a digital platform – but suggestions for additional topics of conversation are requested and welcomed!
Email if you'd like to be part of the conversation.
Roots Music School - County Folk Ensemble
The County Folk ensemble comprises the two centres of excellence: Roots A Capella (RAC) and Roots Acoustic (RA), plus some feeder groups around the county and is led by Wren Music.
So far this year RAC has appeared at The Devon Schools Mix, Sidmouth Folk week and Lyme Folk Festival, RA has appeared at Chagstock. They have both featured in Wren community concerts with community choirs and orchestras.
This year they have already achieved one Silver Arts Award, and another one is being worked towards. School exam work sometimes interrupts progress towards achieving Arts Awards, and so we have at least three young people 'resting' their Arts Awards.
Both RAC and RA contributed to the Wren Youth Gather in July, where as well as sharing workshops and performances we said goodbye to our graduates Kathryn (RAC) and Lauren (RA) who are starting their journey into work and university. Nikita from RAC raised enough money through activities within her Silver Arts Award to pay for lunch for everyone attending the Youth Gather.  Follow this link for an article written by Roots Acoustic for EDS magazine, the journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Our graduate Lauren is going to university in London and has secured an internship at EFDSS.
Merry Christmas from the Devon Music Education Hub!
(and the Devon Teachers Rock Choir, who perfomed their Christmas concert in  Exeter last week)
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