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.
From September 2018 BEAT will work with Open Up Orchestras to create an inclusive ensemble at Mapledown School. The orchestra will be called Access All Areas and in partnership with award winning Open Up Orchestras will use a range of music technology tools and traditional instruments to enable all students to participate in the music making that other students in Barnet currently enjoy. BEAT has been selected as one of a small number of hubs to work with Open Up Orchestras after a bidding process to demonstrate capacity to deliver this work.
Chair Martin Baker said, “I am delighted that BEAT has been given this opportunity to participate in this national scheme. It represents BEAT’s commitment to the development of inclusive music making in Barnet.” Steve Carroll, Headteacher of Mapledown School said, “We are so excited to be working with the the Open Up Orchestras and Barnet BEAT partnership. This programme will give our students practical real-time support to create music and performance that is both authentic and genuinely inclusive. I am sure we will surprise and delight a lot of people. Thank you.”
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.
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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Barnet Schools’ Music Festival 2017 takes place in June on 12th – 15th and 19th – 22nd. The festival, now in its 17th year, will run for eight days at the Artsdepot in North Finchley and feature children from primary and secondary schools from across the borough. At the heart of the festival, children join forces to perform as a massed choir singing a wide range of songs, including performing a 20 minute version of Orpheus and Eurydice with the English Pocket Opera Company!
In addition, all schools performed their own item of music, reflecting the diversity, variety and excellence of music in Barnet schools.