Herefordshire Academy of Rock and Pop


Herefordshire Academy of Rock & Pop Music Alternative Provision 2020

As we move forward into post-lockdown, HARP will need to adapt in the short term. After consultation with all HARP tutors, a contingency plan for HARP Online has been agreed for the Autumn term.

The premise of the online provision is that tutors will provide online materials. Alongside this, Saturday Morning sessions will continue in the form of Zoom Masterclasses/Tutorials that will be led by Tutors on the scheduled Saturday morning dates.

HARP members will be offered the opportunity to submit videos of themselves performing the prepared materials. All of these videos will be compiled and edited, with the final result being a full performance. 

An alternative provision handbook can be found below which contains more information.

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If you are interested in registering for any of the 2020/21 projects, click here to go to our online registration form

2020/21 Projects

Project 1 - 5 Saturday Morning Sessions (2 of which will be online)

Sept 26th*, Oct 10th*, Jan 16th, Feb 6th, March 6th

Project 2 - 2 Day course over Feb 1/2 term (17th and 18th of February)

Project 3 - 2 day course over May 1/2 term (2nd and 3rd of June)

"A wonderful chance for young people to come together with their passion and create a fantastic show."

Parent of a pupil who attended H.A.R.P

Encore Enterprises, in partnership with Hereford College of Arts, have organised rock and pop workshops inviting guitarists, keyboard players, brass/woodwind players (as a horn section), drummers and singers to play together in bands under the tuition of HCA and Encore Youth Music Tutors. 

For 2020/21, there will be 3 rock and pop projects. Spaces for each instrument are limited, so early registration is recommended. Each project is a separate group of workshops. The workshops are for pupils of secondary school age and older up to age 21. Pupils can attend any number of projects, signing up one at a time or all together. 

Dates for the 3 projects as well as the link to the online registration form can be found above. Projects take place at Hereford College of Arts, though due to government guidelines they will be online throughout the autumn term. The cost for Project 1 is £40.00 per pupil and the cost for Project 2 or 3 is £45.00 per pupil per project.

Course Details

The aim of the workshops is to develop the ensemble and performance skills of young pop and rock musicians. They will cover a wide repertoire including: pop ‘classics’, contemporary styles, writing and arranging of original material. There will be regular opportunities to perform informally to each other in the ‘Live Room’ studio and the projects finish with a performance in the HCA theatre for friends and family. The workshops will include sectional rehearsals and working together in bands.


Vocalists will work with specialist singing tutors working on vocal technique, performance of a diverse range of popular music, how to communicate with an audience through song, and the importance of creating a persona as the ‘front’ of the band.


Brass & wind players will work with tutors on skills that are required as members of a ‘Horn’ section -  learning ‘riffs and licks’ of stock repertoire, developing improvisation skills and playing in differing styles from jazz through to rock.


Guitarists, bass players and drummers will work with professionals on a range of performance techniques, learning how to incorporate different styles and genres into their repertoire, how to play together in a cohesive group and how to support each other throughout a performance.


There are several video clips on our Youtube channel to give you an idea of what goes on, click here to go to our Youtube channel. 

If you have any questions, then please contact Lisa Lyness (Business Support Assistant):

Telephone Number: 01432 853219      Email: