Herefordshire Academy of Rock and Pop


"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 Herefordshire Youth Music Tutors. 







For 2019/20, 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 ending with a performance for family and friends. 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 to the right. Projects take place at Hereford College of Arts, the cost is £45.00 per pupil per project.

Rock and Pop for younger musicians


This year we are piloting a workshop for younger pupils in the May half terms, Tuesday 26th May. We will accept pupils in years 5 & 6, and the cost  will be £22.50.

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 is a video clip of the workshop in February 2018 half term on our Facebook page entitled ‘HARP Feb 18’ to give you an idea of what goes on, click here to go to our facebook page. 

If you have any questions, then please contact Eva Prestage:

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If you are interested in registering for any of the 2019/20 projects, click here to go to our online registration form

2019/20 Projects

Project 1 = 7 Saturday mornings (21/09/19, 05/10/19, 30/11/19, 07/12/19, 18/01/20, 08/02/20, 07/03/20).

Project 2 = 2 days in February half term (Wednesday 19th February 2020 & Thursday 20th February 2020)

Project 3 = 2 days in May half term (Wednesday 27th May 2020 and Thursday 28th May)

Saturday sessions start at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm.

Half term sessions start at 9:30am and finish at 3:30/4pm.

If you are considering applying for more than 1 project, you do not have to apply for these at the same time. However, please note that all projects are on a first-come first-served basis.

Encore Enterprises CIC / Herefordshire Music  Service

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