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Upcoming Events

    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.

    Half Term office open times

    Please note that as some of our staff work term-time only, the office will not be open every day over the half term holiday. The office should be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but if you are planning to come in, it would be worth ringing ahead to be sure that someone in is! 01432 853219

    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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    HYM trip to Ice Quest, Malvern, Saturday 15 March

    The Student Council has requested that the Music Service organise a trip to Ice Quest for Youth Music members. Please download the file below for more information and an application form. It’s first come first served, so please get applications back to us as soon as possible, and no later than Saturday 8th February.
    HYM trip to Ice Quest – info and form

    Youth Music Concerts

    Last week saw all our Youth Music ensembles performing on stage. The Youth Orchestra played at St Peter’s Church in Hereford. The packed audience enjoyed a mixture of classical and contemporary music and were treated to Augusta Lazenby’s beautiful rendition of the 1st movement of Elgar’s cello concerto in E minor. The concert, in aid of the Mayor’s Charity, raised £253, for which the Mayor has sent his thanks. The Mayor and Mayoress commented “we had a fantastic evening of wonderful music produced by such talented young people”.

    It was standing room only at The Shirehall on Wednesday night when the concert bands and brass band raised the roof. Thursday nights strings and beginner ensembles concert was a little quieter, but just as much of a success, showing what some of our younger players can do and giving them the chance to watch the older string players perform.

    Our next series of concerts are in April 2014 (5th, 9th and 10th) details under the ensembles tab.

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