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Shirehall Usage

We have been in discussion with Herefordshire Council in respect of our continued usage of the Shirehall following the move by Councillors to the Shirehall building in September. Following a meeting yesterday I am delighted to announce that we will be able to continue to use the Shirehall for our rehearsals and concerts.

Jo Davidson, Director for Children’s Wellbeing, Herefordshire Council has released the following statement to Councillors, which Encore both welcomes and fully supports.

Following recent communications regarding the Music Service’s use of Shire Hall, I am writing to confirm the arrangements.

The Music Service is a long-standing user of Shire Hall for rehearsal space, storage and concerts. Children and young people are a priority for the Council and there is a desire to ensure the Music Service can continue to use the facilities there.

Discussions had been opened with the service in terms of their needs and options, as we don’t know what the new Council may wish to do in relation to days and times of council meetings.

Following a meeting today (20/11/14), we have considered the options and I’m pleased to confirm the following:
• The orchestras and bands will continue to rehearse on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Shire Hall.
• The council will keep disruption to a minimum but in the event where a council meeting has to take place in the same room at the same time, then two weeks minimum notice will be given to enable the rehearsal to be moved.
• Some concerts will continue to be booked into Shire Hall, as one of several venues used, to give the orchestras, bands and ensembles experience of playing in different settings.
• Storage will continue as present.

These arrangements will be in place until July 2016, with a review in July 2015 to plan for arrangements from Sept 2016 onwards.

We are all pleased to continue this partnership, based on mutual trust and flexibility, enabling our children and young people to develop their musical talents.


OMG Herefordshire – Open to Entry

OMG Herefordshire once again open to entry for young musicians

Following the stellar success of Raye Harvey’s performance at the LG Arena last year, Herefordshire Music Service is happy to announce we are commissioning The Music Pool to deliver the second annual OMG Herefordshire competition.

Now open to everyone between the ages of 12 and 18, OMG Herefordshire aims to find the best young artist from the area, who will go to represent the county at OMG Live at the LG Arena in Birmingham. The competition closes on Friday 9th January 2015, at which point a shortlist of performers will be derived from entrants via consultation with some of the most active members of Herefordshire’s youth music scene, both young and old!

From there, the shortlist of acts will perform before a panel of judges at a final showdown at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts on February 8th. The winner of this showdown will not only get the chance to perform at one of the nation’s most prominent venues, but also have the chance to participate in a number of professional master-classes both before and after the event.

To enter OMG Herefordshire and be in with a chance of winning these amazing opportunities, simply upload a video to Youtube and email the link with a completed application form to

To get an application form, check terms and conditions or for any further queries, please get in touch with The Music Pool on 01432 278118 or visit their website at

Increased funding for Music Education Hubs for 2015-16!

Herefordshire Music Service is delighted to have read today that Nick Gibb MP (Education Minister) has announced increased funding for Music Education Hubs for 2015-16! J
Music Education Hubs in England have seen a decline in funding over the three years since their inception and this increase will bring us back to the level of a couple of years ago. In Herefordshire we were facing reduced services and increased charges from April 2015 due to the previous cuts in funding, therefore we are clearly extremely pleased to hear that funding will be increased rather than further reduced. We now eagerly await to hear how much Herefordshire’s increase will be!
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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2015 Applications Now Open

Are you between 13-18 and at grade 8 distinction standard or above? Are you adventurous, passionate about orchestral music and excited about working with other amazing musicians and composers?

Playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain can be a life-changing experience. As a member, you make incredible music with a huge team of like-minded people to transform into a world-class orchestra, trying out new ideas, and working with accomplished tutors and conductors, culminating in exceptional performances in the concert hall. Plus you’ll make some of the best friends you’ll ever meet along the way.

Apply for NYOGB 2015 today and take your music making to the next level. Auditions are FREE and held across the UK. Visit the new website to find out about bursaries, how to make the most of your audition and to see films about the NYOGB experience. Closing date: 1 June 2014.

HYM trip to OMG Live

We are organising a trip to OMG Live at the LG Arena on Thursday 24th April, for HYM members in school year groups Y8 to Y13. Please look under Ensembles/Concerts and events for more details and an application form. HYM members will receive the form with the HYM newsletters going out next week, from Saturday 1 March.

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