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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.

OMG Live winner

Congratulations to Raye Harvey who won OMG Herefordshire on Sunday! With her unique voice and sympathetic guitar accompaniment, Raye wowed a panel of Judges (including myself) on the main stage at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford.
25 on-line entries were submitted for the competition, with five being selected to go through to the Final on Sunday. The other four finalists played extremely well, resulting in a difficult job for the judges. Congratulations therefore must also go to;
The Cultrees, Defadus and the Mad Hatter, Jonathan Evans & Harriet Williams.
As the winner, Raye now goes on to perform at OMG Live on 24th April 2014. This will be held at the 10,000+ LG Arena in Birmingham. Raye will be representing Herefordshire and will perform alongside one other act from each West Midlands County on the ‘Music Hubs Stage.’ The 9 hour teenage music festival will also feature performances by Lawson, Union J, the Boxettes and others. For more info on the event, please visit
Cliff Woollard

OMG Live!

I am delighted to announce that after 9 months of planning, OMG Live has today been launched!
All 14 West Midlands Heads of Music Services have been working with EMO Ltd to provide a rock/pop concert which is safe and specifically designed for young people. One where they can attend safely, without their parents (!) and which is free from alcohol etc. 10,000+ young people are expected to attend the 9 hour music festival on Thursday 24th April (during the Easter Holidays) at the LG Arena.
As you will see from the email below, there will be three performance stages. Not only will there be chart topping acts such as Lawson, Union J and others, but there will also be a stage specifically for up and coming young musicians from across the region.
In Herefordshire (in partnership with The Music Pool), we have been running a competition for the chance to be able to perform at the event – an amazing opportunity. The final few acts will be performing at the Courtyard Theatre on Sunday 2nd February in front of a panel who decide which act goes through to OMG Live. You are welcome to come along to this (6:30pm).
EMO will be posting out information to all High Schools and I hope that you will want to help promote this opportunity to our young people. The professional line up, along with the opportunity to support our local chosen Band/Singer makes this a fantastic opportunity.
If you would like any further information on OMG Herefordshire competition including the event on 2nd Feb at the Courtyard, then please contact The Music Pool:
If you would like any further information on OMG Live, then you are welcome to contact Encore/Herefordshire Music Service
Cliff Woollard

Managing Director Encore Enterprises
Head of Herefordshire Music Service
Hello from OMG Live,
The 1st ever ‘exclusively for Under 18′s’ 1 day music festival – OMG Live 2014.
In partnership with University of Wolverhampton and the West Midlands Region Music Hubs, endorsed by Cliff Woollard and supported by the Arts Council England – OMG Live is set to become the most talked about music event for teenagers ever held in the UK.  
Happening on Thursday 24th April at the LG Arena, Birmingham, with over 30 acts and 9 hours of non-stop music entertainment across 3 stages – this really is an amazing event for both your pupils musical enjoyment and personal development.
Our aim is for OMG Live not only to be a successful under 18’s annual event but also to bring unique added value through professionally led Master classes to your students – direct from the world of contemporary popular music.
So, now it’s your opportunity to support OMG Live. Please take a look at the eFlyer attached for more exciting details – we would love you to post this on your website & start spreading the word!  Look out for the Posters & Flyers landing with you shortly.
Please be secure in the knowledge that OMG Live 2014 is endorsed by Arts Council England, your local/regional Music Hub Development Centres and has been created with the guardianship and safety of your pupils in mind.
Kind Regards
All at OMG Live
Click on the picture below to go to the OMG website. If the picture isn’t displaying on your computer, please click on the cross in the small box below!
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