Last Night of the Proms @ Weobley High School – Saturday 23rd April 2016

This Saturday, Herefordshire Youth Concert Band along with the Marches Military Wives Choir and Weobley High School Choir will be performing a ‘Last Night of the Proms Concert’ at Weobley High School for St Georges Day. This will be in aid of Weobley Church. The concert starts at 7:30pm, for more information and to book tickets please contact Eva Prestage (

NYCBG – Treble Auditions open for applications

Applications are now open for the National Youth Boys’ Choir auditions for boy trebles (boys with unchanged voices) on the following dates:

Saturday 21st May – London
Sunday 22nd May – Manchester

For more information and to apply, please click here.


Hereford Police Male Choir – Young Musician’s Bursary


If the answer is yes Hereford Police Male Choir want to hear from you as you are on their Wanted List as a candidate for the choir’s prestigious Young Musician’s Bursary worth £1000 with each non winning finalist receiving £50.

picYou could be in the photograph of the candidates chosen to take part in this year’s bursary awards emulating those pictured above at the 2015 event when the winner was classical guitarist Eirian Lewis, now studying at the Royal College of Music in London. The finalists, pictured above were Sam Saunders, Hope Pugh, Sian Haines, Will Hewitt, Hannah Roper, Raye Harvey and Eirian Lewis.

To be a candidate you must be aged 14 to 22, living in Herefordshire or Worcestershire. Your application should be sent to Alison Houlbrooke, musical director of the choir: Include the following details: name, age, address, e mail, telephone no, musical experience, qualifications and the name and e mail address of your music tutor. Also indicate how you would use the bursary to help achieve your musical or singing ambitions. Closing date : March 20. A shortlist will be selected by an independent panel and invited to take part in adjudications, including individual performances and interviews at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford on Friday, April 8 at 2pm

The bursary, established to mark the Police Choir’s 50th anniversary in 2007 is sponsored by the Becket Bulmer Fund (managed by Herefordshire Community Foundation).

Guidelines for Applicants for the Hereford Police Male Choir Young Musicians Bursary, 2016

You must be aged 14 to 22 and reside in the counties of Herefordshire or Worcestershire. You will already be a young established musician/singer and aspire to further develop your skills. Your written application should include the following information:
Personal details – home address, telephone numbers, including mobile and e-mail address. Instruments played, examination results todate, school/colleges attended, music groups with whom you perform and name and telephone number of your music tutor.
Applicants must include the name, address and telephone number and mobile no of a suitable referee in addition to their instrumental teacher. Briefly explain why you want the Bursary and how you would spend the £1,000 to benefit your musical career.
Give details of your future plans/aspirations as a young musician. The Bursary can only be given to further the successful applicant’s musical career and Hereford Police Male Choir reserve the right to decide how the money is paid. All short listed applicants must be prepared to perform at an informal recital, to include personal interviews with the adjudicators, at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford, from 2pm on Friday, April 8. The Bursary winner will also be expected to submit a progress report at the end of 12 months. A panel of experienced adjudicators, chaired by Alison Houlbrooke, Musical Director of the Police Choir, will be responsible for preparing the short list and selecting the eventual winner. Their decision is final.

Hereford Police Male Choir…..Committed to promoting
the joy of music amongst young people

PRESS RELEASE – Federation between Herefordshire Music Service and Worcestershire Youth Music (23-2-16)

A NEW federation has been created between music services in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Herefordshire Music Service, an independent county music service run by Encore Enterprises CIC, and Worcestershire Youth Music, currently run by Worcestershire County Council and expected to become a social enterprise this autumn, were ‘federated’ in January 2016.

Together, the two services teach more than 13,000 pupils every week through whole class instrumental lessons, individual music lessons and area/county bands and orchestras.

Both music services are the lead organisations for their county music education hubs and worked together previously until 1998 when Herefordshire and Worcestershire became separate authorities.

The ‘Federation’ is not a merger but will enable the two services to collaborate more closely, share resources when appropriate and enhance musical opportunities for pupils, schools and staff in the two counties.

Cliff Woollard, head of Herefordshire Music Service, said: “I am delighted with today’s announcement.

“Our new ‘Federation’ allows each service to retain its independence whilst working more closely together for the benefit of the young people and our communities.”

Trevor Jones, strategic music education manager for Worcestershire Youth Music added that the ‘Federation’ will especially enable the development of additional workshops and performing opportunities for young people.

The two organisations have several projects planned for 2016, including a second joint county school music conference, supporting Best of Young Jazz project, singing symposium at Symphony Hall and joint performances.

PRESS RELEASE – English Symphony Orchestra Performance (Feb 7th 2016)

The performance by the English Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Kenneth Woods20160207_154620 at the Shirehall in Hereford on Sunday 7 February was an exciting event for a number of reasons.

For four of Herefordshire youngsters, this gave them the opportunity to sit and play alongside professional musicians during the performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony.  The launch of the ESO’s “orchestral scholars” programme gave musicians such as Orlando Timmerman the chance to do exactly this.  “It was brilliant to see and to be a part of the routine followed by a professional orchestra,” said Orlando – and so it was.

Orlando is a member of Herefordshire Youth Orchestra, and was joined in this project by Tara Dudhill (violin) and William Thomson (clarinet), fellow members of HYO, and also by a member of the Academia Musica Orchestra at Hereford Sixth Form College.

Orlando continued, “Each of us had a desk partner who was a member of the orchestra, to answer any questions and to help and advise on technique. They were very friendly – everyone in the orchestra, including the conductor, was very welcoming to us and encouraging, and made us feel part of it all. I would love to do it again if given the opportunity.”

The concert began with the UK premiere of green/blue by Canadian composer Emily Doolittle, and this was following by a stunning performance of the famous violin concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn.  Following the interval, the four youngsters took to the stage for the Beethoven in the second half.  Orlando summed up the experience perfectly: “I had never heard this before I started learning it for the concert but it has now become one of my favourite orchestral pieces. It was wonderful being part of an orchestra with such accomplished and full sections, and I have learned a great deal over the past two days.”

Jon Weller, Acting Manager of HYM, attended the concert and was pleased with the impact the performance had on both the young musicians and the regular ESO players: “At the reception afterwards, it was apparent that the partnership had been as rewarding for the professionals at it had been for those aspiring, perhaps, to become professionals.  There was a great feeling of warmth in the concert hall and it is a delight to see and hear the ESO right on our doorstep.”


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