Join Art Asia for an evening of Indian Classical and fusion music
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On Friday 2 March 2018, ss part of the Indian Classical Music Club, Art Asia and Southampton Music Hub present an evening of Indian classical and fusion music. Taking place from 7-9pm at St Anne's Catholic School, the evening will include presentations that provide a deeper understanding of the history, instruments and structures of Indian classical and fusion music, whilst inspiring performances from world renowned musicians will excite audiences with a contemporary view of the ragas (scales) and talas (rhythms) that make up these vibrant musical styles.

This month, presentations and performances will come from Sanju Sahai (Tabla), Giuliano Modarelli (Guitar) and Pooja Angra (Vocal) — three world-class performers across Indian classical and fusion music styles.

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager for Southampton Music Hub, says:
"From its origins in South Asia, Indian classical music has a rich and deep history that stretches back hundreds of years and reaches across the world. Through the annual Mela festival, and countless community events, Art Asia have vast experience of making Indian Classical Music accessible and enjoyable to anybody, whatever their background."

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for under 16's. To book, please contact Art Asia on 023 8022 6212 or 07484097641

Catch up on last weekend's Family Orchestra workshop

On Saturday 10 February 2018, Southampton Music hub and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra were joined by over 35 player, or all ages and abilities, for a Family Orchestra workshop at St Deny's Church Hall. 

Made up of brand new players — including one young boy picking up his brand new trumpet for the first time — and experience players — including returning members from last year's workshops — the orchestra created a brand new piece of music together, inspired by the songs "We Are Family" and "Viva La Vida".

Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a free Family Orchestra workshop this weekend

Following on from last week's Family Singing workshop, where more than 25 singers of all ages and abilities enjoyed singing together, this week, the Family Orchestra returns with a free music making workshop at St Deny's Church Hall.

Join members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a free Family Orchestra that is open to any one — any standard, any age, any instrument welcome. 

Musicians can bring their own instrument if they have one, or can use one of the free percussion instruments provided.

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Celebrate pancake day with a new, free song in the Everybody Sing Song Bank
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This month's free song in the Everybody Sing Song Bank celebrates pancake day with a "Flip It!" rap. A new podcast episode also gives tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the song, and includes a warm up of the week and a simple, silly starter to help get the best out of young voices. The song also includes getting vocalists doing beatboxing, with the podcast giving an easy to follow guide on how to get started with this exciting vocal technique.

Free Family Singing Workshop This Weekend

After an exciting start at the Music Fayre last weekend, Family Singing (formerly Choral Clans) returns this Saturday with a free singing workshop at St Deny's Church.

Join Fiona Funnell as she helps families of all shapes and sizes to feel happier and healthier through singing and making music together. 

Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome.

There's no experience needed — just come along and join in!

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Musical Theatre Workshops with Perform For Life

Southampton Music Hub is now offering Musical Theatre singing workshops in partnership with Perform For Life, a performing arts education organisation based in the South / South West. In group workshops participants will sing popular Musical Theatre songs, learning singing technique, harmony singing and other elements of Musical Theatre, including movement and acting through song.

Katrina Simon, founder of Perform for Life, says:
"Perform For Life creates opportunities for children and young people in the city to take part in Musical Theatre tuition in a group setting, making it an affordable way for participants to learn new songs, pick up new skills and meet like-minded friends. Musical Theatre is a hugely popular genre and Perform For Life uses the storytelling nature of the genre to give children and young people performance skills they can use both on and off the stage." 

Workshops will be at Regents Park Community College, every other Tuesday after school. 

Hundreds join in free workshops and performances at the Music Fayre

On Saturday 27 January 2018, over 400 children, young people and adults, from all across the city, came together at Central Hall to take part in free workshops and performances as part of Southampton Music Hub's Music Fayre.

The day opened with Acorn and Elgar string groups performing together for a growing audience of families, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Southampton, who then officially opened the Music Fayre. After the official opening, the Mayor and Mayoress joined Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and over 150 players of all ages and abilities, picking up a "Bamboo Tamboo", to be part of the biggest open-access, Family Orchestra the city has ever heard. 

Throughout the day free music workshops and performances included choirs — Delicious Sounds, Family Singing, Sing Out and Sing Force — as well as community music groups and ensembles — Pulse8, Ukulele Groups, Folk Active and Family Rock Jam — and families were also greeted by performances from some of the city's most talented "Award Holder" musicians. Southampton Music Hub, Hayes Music, CoMA South and Friends of Southampton Youth Orchestra also hosted stalls on the day.

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager for Southampton Music Hub says:
"It was an incredible pleasure to host the Music Fayre again this year: proudly sharing Southampton's diverse musical communities; and inspiring families to take part in making music together. With free Family Music workshops now travelling around the city throughout the Spring, families of all shapes and sizes can find out how making music helps make lives better!"

Join a jam packed programme of music at the Music Fayre this weekend

On Saturday 27 January 2018, Central Hall plays host to a jam-packed programme of music workshops, performances and stalls at Southampton Music Hub's Music Fayre. Joined by hub partners as well as local music and arts organisations, families of all shapes and sizes can come and join in with music activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Free rock guitar workshops this weekend with the brand new Family Rock Jam

Brand new for 2018, Family Rock Jam launches at this weekend's Music Fayre, with free, fun open-access rock guitar workshops that will see players of all ages and abilities joined by the city's leading youth rock ensemble, Groove Merchant. Anyone is welcome to use one of the acoustic guitars available on the day, but experienced players are welcome to bring their own guitar along if they like.

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager at Southampton Music Hub says:
"It doesn't matter if you've never picked up a guitar before, if you're a well seasoned player, or if you're just a little rusty — anyone can join the Family Rock Jam and enjoy playing some classic rock jams together. With support from the house band, Groove Merchant, players of all ages and abilities can take part and play along with some of the city's most talented young rock musicians."

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Feel happier and healthier with free Family Singing this weekend

This weekend, a free Family Singing workshop with Fiona Funnell (formerly 'Choral Clans') will join an exciting programme of workshops and performances at Southampton Music Hub's Music Fayre. Taking place on Saturday 27 January 2018, and running from 11am-3pm at Central Hall, the Music Fayre is jam packed with a wide variety of music making activities for families of all shapes and sizes. 

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager for Southampton Music Hub says:
"Singing is a great way for families and communities to come together, connect with others, and share the incredible health and wellbeing benefits that come from making music together. The Music Fayre this weekend will be a great opportunity to try the free Family Music opportunities that are taking place across the city in the coming months, leading to the city's first Family Proms in July."

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Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as the Family Orchestra starts again this weekend

Following last years huge success, the Family Orchestra, run in partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, returns this weekend — bigger and better than ever! 

As part of Southampton Music Hub's Music Fayre on Saturday 27 January 2018, a huge, open-access, Family Orchestra workshop will be take place in the main hall of Central Hall meaning that players of all ages and abilities can be part of, what will likely be, the biggest open orchestra the city has ever heard!

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager for Southampton Music Hub says:
"This is the perfect chance for brand new players, and rusty ones alike, to grab an instrument — or use one of the free instruments provided — and have a go at making music together. From those learning a musical instrument in school, to those who've never played before, it really doesn't matter, as long as you're willing to give it a go — any instrument, any age, any ability — everyone is welcome!"

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Be part of free music workshops and performances at the Music Fayre this weekend

This weekend, families of all shapes and sizes can be part of the free music workshops and performances at Southampton Music Hub's Music Fayre. From 11am-3pm on Saturday 27 January 2018, Southampton Music Hub will joined at Centrall Hall by hub partners and local music and arts organisations to proudly share Southampton's diverse musical communities.

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager at Southampton Music Hub says:
“This year is the biggest year ever for families to make music together in Southampton. Launching at the Music Fayre, free Family Orchestra, Family Singing and Family Rock Jam workshops will mean that players and singers of all ages and abilities, can share the life-changing power of making music together. With the help of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Fiona Funnell, and Groove Merchant, families of all shapes and sizes can find out how making music can help make lives better!”

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Join Mayflower Theatre for this year's summer youth projects
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This summer Mayflower Theatre is giving young people lots of different opportunities to get involved in their summer youth projects. 

Les Misérables School Edition and Revolution will be performed together at Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford from 28 July-12 August 2018. 

Les Misérables School Edition is the epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Revolution will offer local young dancers the opportunity to work and devise with choreographer Rebecca Leonard on a new short piece, inspired by the themes of Les Misérables and presented as a double bill with Les Misérables School Edition. Members of the Revolution company will also appear in some elements of Les Miserables Schools Edition.  

In addition to performance opportunities, Mayflower Theatre is offering backstage opportunities as well as offering young musicians with Grade 8 in Violin, Horn in F or Oboe/Cor Anglais the chance to perform alongside industry professionals in their company orchestra. These projects will take place at Thornden Hall. 

This summer, Mayflower Theatre is also working alongside ZooNation to present their Summer Youth Dance Project, Groove on Down the Road. Set in a fantastical urban world, ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road tells the story of Dorothy and her adventures with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their journey to Oz.

The audience join Dorothy — complete with ruby sneakers and friends — in this hip-hop dance production, as they follow the yellow brick road, in a quest to find happiness and family. This unique project will see ZooNation creatives working with local young people aged 10-18 to recreate and re-imagine this well-loved story and will take place at Solent University from 16 August - 1 September.

Get creative with a free new song from the Everybody Sing Song Bank
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This month's new song in the Everybody Sing Song Bank, written by Jo Downs, celebrates creativity in music, art, science and more. With a fun and catchy tune for everybody to enjoy, singing this song is a great way to help young singers focus on pronouncing some tricky words clearly. This weeks podcast includes a bonus episode to help you get creative with some percussion ideas.

2017 in review
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A message from Matt, Nia and Zoe, Southampton Music Hub Managers:

The start of the new school year in 2017 has seen some incredible musical moments in Southampton:

  • 1,500 new pupils took their first music steps in First Access
  • 5,000 children learning music every week
  • over 6,600 children taking part in an inspiring musical experience

As we share some of our highlights from the start of this year, we also look forward to 2018, working with schools, partners and families to bring life-changing music to every child in our city.

Celebrating Christmas choral excellence

This Christmas, Southampton Music Hub has worked closely with two choirs — University of Southampton Voices and Southampton Choral Society — to put together two concerts celebrating choral excellence in Southampton.


The Bells of Paradise:

The first concert, The Bells of Paradise, took place at Swaythling Methodist Church on Friday 15th December. 

University of Southampton Voices — a 50 strong community choir based at the University of Southampton — were lead by their charismatic director, Harvey Brough, who also composed and arranged the music performed. Choirs from Swaythling Primary School and Cantell School worked with vocal workshop leaders from Southampton Music Hub in the run up to the event.

Harvey Brough, University of Southampton Voices Director, says:
“The young singers sang really well, I felt they really learned something about performing throughout the process and in the concert itself. I could feel the collective will to make it as good as possible and that’s such a valuable thing to tap into.”

Gemma Dyne, Head of Music at Cantell School, says:
“We had a really good time and it was very beneficial for all of the students taking part.”

Singers from St Annes rehearsing for their performance at Central Hall

Singers from St Annes rehearsing for their performance at Central Hall

Singers from Springhil school rehearsing for their performance at Central Hall

Singers from Springhil school rehearsing for their performance at Central Hall

Ceremony of Carols

The second concert, at Central Hall on Saturday 16th December, featured Southampton Choral Society, alongside choirs from Springhill and St Anne’s Catholic Schools, in a magical performance of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.

Workshop leaders from Southampton Music Hub worked with the schools to learn and rehearse the material which was brought together with harp accompaniment on the day, by conductor Graham Kidd. The demanding but beautiful music of Britten made a dramatic entrance processing in and out of the auditorium for the opening and closing plain chant. 

Diana Barnes, General Secretary of Southampton Choral Society, says:
“It was lovely to hear their young voices singing with enthusiasm and commitment, and we thoroughly enjoyed having them sing with us. We hope that we can have the opportunity again some time!”

Jenni McWilliams, Music Teacher at Springhill, says:
“This was an amazing opportunity for our pupils, we would definitely welcome working together again... they absolutely loved the whole experience.”

Gemma Nicholls, St Anne’s
“This was a wonderful event and a brilliant chance for the students to sing alongside singers from Springhill and Southampton Choral Society. The students all really enjoyed it.”

Nia Collins, Interim Hub Manager at Southampton Music Hub, says:
“Both of these choral concerts were extremely ambitious in their repertoire and as always the children and young people of Southampton schools were able to rise to the challenge admirably with some astonishing results! We have enjoyed working closely with schools, the university and community choirs who have all been extremely supportive in helping to bring these exciting celebration events together.”

New song book to help young children explore the world around them

This Spring, Southampton Music Hub presents a brand new set of songs that will help the youngest children in school to explore the world around them through singing. The fun and simple songs explore themes from brushing you teeth and washing your hands, through to family and holidays. 

The free song book will be sent to every Reception class in the city, and will be supported with free singing workshops from Southampton Music Hub's experienced early years singing tutors. 

Nia Collins, Southampton Music Hub Manager and Vocal Strategy Leader, says:
"We are delighted to be able to offer a set of songs written for the EYFS framework that help children in Reception classes use music to explore their relationship to the home environment. These free songs will be accompanied by free workshops in schools which will help children enjoy singing from the very beginning of their schools lives. The songs are simple and catchy, and we hope that children will take these songs home so that parents can singalong too."

Hear Christmas songs from around the world at The Bells of Paradise

On Friday 15 December 2017, University of Southampton Voices and Southampton Music Hub will present The Bells of Paradise: a delightful collection of carols and Christmas songs from around the world, and through the ages, arranged by Harvey Brough, Turner Sims Professor of Music.

Southampton University Voices — a 60 strong choir made up from staff members and students from the University of Southampton — will come together with children’s choirs from Swaythling Primary and Cantell School, international vocalist Clara Sanabras and James Murray on piano.

The performance takes place at Swaything Methodist Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

Southampton Music Hub Manager and Vocal Strategy Lead, Nia Collins, says:
"This has been a great opportunity to showcase some of Harvey's fantastically festive arrangements and for the children involved to sing some really interesting and different repertoire. It has also been a great way for the hub to deliver some transition work between primary and secondary schools and the university, helping to strengthen those links in our community via music"

Good news for the future of Southampton Music Hub

In Southampton Music Hub's annual feedback letter this week, Arts Council England (ACE) has identified many key strengths for both Southampton and IOW Music Hubs. Both hub's have been recognised for a diverse music offer, from a strong network of partners, resulting in an inclusive approach to music for children across the region.

In recognition of ACE's confidence in the hubs’ leadership, both hubs have been assigned the lowest risk rating. This is the first time the IOW has achieved this rating since Southampton became accountable for the hub in 2016, and represents an incredible achievement for Kath, Zoe, Nia and the IOW team which they have led.

Based on this annual letter, and the business plans moving forward, Arts Council England will offer the hubs a two year funding agreement, securing the future of Southampton and IOW Music Hubs in to 2020.

Matt Brombley, Interim Hub Manager for Southampton Music Hub says:
"As a team, we always knew that building strong partnerships would be key to delivering life-changing music for children across Southampton and the IOW. It’s great to see our approach to partnership work recognised for helping to achieve the high ambitions we have set together. A huge thank you for all that our schools, teachers and partners do in supporting the work of Southampton and IOW Music Hubs — we cannot wait to see what we can achieve over the coming years, working together to delivering life-changing music for every child in our region."

Young musicians, performing with the Chineke! orchestra at Central Hall in November 2017, as part of a partnership project with Turner Sims, Southampton.

Young musicians, performing with the Chineke! orchestra at Central Hall in November 2017, as part of a partnership project with Turner Sims, Southampton.

300 school pupils join the Chineke! Orchestra for the music experience of a lifetime

On Thursday 23 November, 300 young musicians from Bevois Town, Shirley Warren and St Johns Primary schools joined members of the Chineke Orchestra, performing together in an inspiring music workshop and concert.

Chineke! — Europe's first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra, founded by the double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE — worked alongside Southampton Music Hub and Turner Sims to give school pupils in Southampton an extraordinary musical experience which was supported by Orchestras Live and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Pupils from Bevois Town and Shirley Warren, most of whom had been learning their instrument for less than ten weeks, learnt a newly newly commissioned arrangement of Symphony No 2, L’Amant Anonyme by Joseph Boulogne (Le Chevalier de Saint Georges) which they performed alongside the Chineke! musicians to an audience of over 100 proud friends and family. Percussion pupils from St Johns Primary school performed a new piece of music they had composed, inspired by the extraordinary life of Joseph Boulogne.

This inspiring day will now be followed by discounted music lessons which will encourage BME pupils to continue learning music, whilst the resources developed for the project, including a video of the Chineke! performers, will be used in schools across the city to inspire a new generation of players with the music of world-class BME musicians and composers.

Pupils taking part on the day said:
"It's epic!"
"Music lightens your heart!"
"It's great because one day we can become experts"


Matt Brombley