On Saturday 17th March we’re having an a cappella celebration bringing together a youth choir, a women’s vocal ensemble and a men’s chorus, singing a mix of pop, folk, jazz, musicals, doo wop, classical, and barbershop – and supporting BEAT and Youth Music.
BEAT’s own One Voice Choir provides young singers from Y6 to Y13 with challenging repertoire in 3 and 4 part harmony, opportunities to sing solo and regular concerts and joint performances with other youth ensembles.
Bella Cora recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and is an established female vocal ensemble, performing a broad repertoire at concerts, charity and community events in and around north London.
Meantime Chorus is a male a cappella chorus dedicated to musical excellence across a variety of musical styles and to promoting both new choral music and the barbershop style.
Activities (including partnership work)
Arts Council England have asked us to show in our next business plan how we are going to work with young people who do not currently access our services. We have a number of strategies already in place and there is work in progress on some new ways of working.
By September 2018 BEAT will be working with the most disabled of our young people. This programme will be called Access All Areas and will lead to the development of an orchestra/ensemble for this group of young people. BEAT will work with Open Up Orchestras to devise an appropriate IT platform to support this work. Staff from BEAT and Mapledown School have been to visit the work of a similar orchestra in Weston-super-Mare and will visit another group in Birmingham later in the academic year.
The London Youth Choir will be working in four schools where there is currently low provision and/or take up of choir places. We hope to expand choir numbers and improve practice in these settings through this specialist work.
Our own One Voice Choirs will be delivering choral workshops in another four schools to expand further the work of the London Youth Choir.
BEAT has been offered a grant to offer jazz harp workshops to young people at Canada Villa Youth Centre. BEAT will continue to offer programmes to the young people attending the youth centre, free of charge.
There will be a string workshop later in the academic year – open to all beginner strings, to encourage participation in groups and orchestras.
A level Music and Music Technology results this year have been very positive. Both sets of results were higher than the national average and there were A* grades achieved in both subjects. A number of students are going on to study music at university – to include conservatoires such as the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Leeds College of Music.
There will be a song writing competition for ages 7-12 for next year’s music festival. Sharon Broughall is in correspondence with a local and well known professional musician to try to enlist him as a judge. The prize will consist of the song being performed at the festival.
Tim Hallas and Nicholas Bentley have joined us to teach Music Technology A level. Kerry Reid has started as Head of East Barnet Music Centre. Fred Syed has started as conductor of Barnet Youth Wind Orchestra, and Ben James has taken over as conductor of Barnet Youth Orchestra.
Fundraising and grants
Our fundraiser has submitted a bid from the National Lottery to provide IT equipment to enable us to reach more students. We are awaiting the result of this bid. We are also supporting a bid for Rhythmic to extend their remit and we hope the Arts Council will agree to us submitting a bid to Grants for the Arts – we await their response.
Our fundraising strategy at the moment is “Give 5 pounds and we’ll make a sound” – five pounds would enable a child eligible for pupil premium to have a lesson in a group of 4.
We shall be starting to look at funding for our work with Mapledown School for next year. We will also start to look for funding for the next Royal Albert Hall concert (2020 – awaiting date from RAH)
We are very grateful for all of the work that trustees have undertaken this year in supporting the update of our policies. The Safeguarding Policy is now on the website with the Procedures in the staff area. All staff have confirmed they have seen and read the Policy and Procedures.
The reserves policy is also complete and all other policies completed will be discussed at the trustees meeting.
Discussions are ongoing with potential trustees to take on the role of treasurer – the Chair will discuss this with other trustees in September.
Work with Music 8 London
Music 8 London Heads have agreed to run a shared programme of CPD to all 8 hubs. BEAT has hosted a safeguarding course which was also attended by staff from other hubs. BEAT staff will be offered a range of CPD days to attend in other hubs.
The voice of young people
The CEO has met with Mark Blundell from OnSide, the organisation working on the new youth zone in Barnet. We will continue to discuss requests from young people they are working with to create an offer for the new youth facility in Colindale.
After a survey of students they were unanimous they did not wish to change the current concert dress.
Visits by the CEO
The CEO is visiting schools who require a free one hour consultation.
The CEO will be working as a mentor for the Arts Council – this will be to mentor another hub that needs help in an area the CEO might have expertise in. Training will begin later this month.
She has been asked to speak at a conference for the top 200 inspirational women in business in December.
In July, we said a fond farewell to Rita Porzi, who retired as Head of East Barnet Music Centre after 18 years. Rita had also conducted bands at the centre for a number of years before assuming the headship and we are grateful for her many years of loyal service.
At the end of year concert, Rita was surprised with the opportunity to conduct the Senior Concert Band, who were joined by a number of staff and parents. Speeches and presentations were followed by a reception for Rita, invited guests and family, given by the staff at EBMC. Musical performances were given by staff and pupils.
We have had a number of staff changes at EBMC. I have been privileged to take over as Head of Centre, after ten years of teaching brass and three years as Deputy. I am grateful for the support of my newly appointed Deputy, Sophie Boden. Sophie has been teaching woodwind, and conducted the Beginner Woodwind Ensemble at EBMC since 2016. She is delighted to be involved in the continued growth and development of East Barnet Music Centre, which she strongly believe is a wonderful asset to our community.
Our Young Music Maker’s teacher, Claire Andrews left us in September, to take up a position teaching her first love, dance. We are grateful for Louise Hayes for stepping in to provide cover, while we seek out and appoint a replacement. We have also welcomed a number of new staff; Lizzi Tocknell (Brass teacher), Chris Jones (Rock and Pop/Guitar and Ukulele teacher), Andrew Harrod (Piano teacher) and Alice Quayle (Bassoon teacher).
The Autumn term has seen a continuation of the wonderful music making of last year. We have enrolled a number of new students for individual instrumental lessons and been fortunate to welcome many new students into our bands, choirs and Young Music Maker groups. we were visited by a Japanese film crew in our first week, who had flown over to film one of our very talented guitar teachers, Hidè Takemoto, who is the subject of a documentary being made about him.
We are looking forward to our end of term concert on Sat 25th November. This year, we are delighted that the Senior Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will be joined by the Barnet Youth String Orchestra in performances at the Barnet Christmas Fayre, held on Sunday, December 3rd, from 1pm in St. John the Baptist’s Church, Barnet.
Currently based at St Marys and St Johns, Sunningfields Road, Hendon, NW4, HMC musicians continue to raise standards. Last year saw the Senior Concert Band perform to great acclaim in 4 concerts whilst on tour in Belgium to audiences in Hasselt, La Boverie, Liege and Eglise St Remacle. They also performed in their annual concert on the Bandstand in Golders Hill Park in June.
We are always looking for new members. More information can be found here.
Spring 2017 saw the latest installment in BYBB‘s Spring Jazz series at a packed Mill Hill East Church, together with Abdul William’s Steel Pan Orchestra. The band played everything from Harlem-inspired roots jazz, through to big band arrangements and foot-stomping Latin number The Peanut Vendor, and even some Fatboy Slim! In the summer, we joined with the other flagship ensembles to play a night of film music at the Regent Hall in Oxford Circus, with Music from E.T. and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries particular highlights.
Our winter concert sees us returning to the atmospheric St. John the Evangelist’s Church, Friern Barnet with One Voice Choir, with an ambitious programme featuring Gustav Holst’s classic brass band composition A Moorside Suite, music from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, and numbers by Stevie Wonder and Björk!
We are always on the lookout for talented young musicians, so do get in touch if you play to a grade 4 standard. We are particularly on the lookout for tubas and horns, but we can take musicians on any brass instrument.
Gala Concert at Regent Hall, Oxford Street
Due to the success of our concert at Regent Hall this year, there will be another Gala Concert next year on Saturday 7th July, presented by some of our Flagship groups: Barnet Youth Orchestra, Barnet Youth Wind Orchestra, and Barnet Youth Brass Band.
The concert will take place at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ. Further details will be available closer to the event.
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