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Encore Enterprises

Newsletter to Schools and Colleges

January 2024

Welcome to Encore’s Spring newsletter - we hope you are settling back into the new term and your musical activities are up and running. Even though this is a short term, we have so much to pack in, so please make sure you are aware of all the exciting opportunities available!

*NEW* Herefordshire Youth Choir

We are excited to announce the re-launch of Herefordshire Youth Choir in February 2024.


Since September, Encore have engaged with over 500 students in schools through singing projects and workshops and the demand is there to take this to the next level.

Children Singing in a Choir

The choir will be conducted by Jo Lowry and will launch on Saturday 10th February 2024 from 2pm-3.30pm for all pupils aged 9-18. The first term is free so please do advertise this to your pupils and encourage your choir members to come along. 

For more information please contact:

Other Singing News

  • Voces8 Education Academy Project: 298 pupils from Years 3 and 4 have signed up to take part in this project over a 6-week period. This includes a CPD session for teachers, workshops for pupils and an opportunity to take part in a mass singing event. 

  • Wicked Wellbeing Workshop: This workshop is for secondary school students and is led by the official Westend Wicked workshop team. Students will look at themes within the story of Wicked and the songs used to illustrate these topics.

  • Wellbeing choir at RNC: A choir for both students and staff at the Royal College For The Blind will launch in January 2024, with a focus on wellbeing.

  • Choir Player: Choir Player is a web-based app which Encore has partnered with to offer schools a fail-safe way to deliver singing within their classrooms and for very little cost. Jo Lowry will be joining the Primary Network Meeting on Tuesday 27th February 4.30pm-5.30pm to explain more and give details about how to take advantage of this great offer. You can sign up for this session here:


Our School’s page has been updated on the website and now has the Spring term’s CPD offers on there. CPD this term includes training from Charanga for those schools who subscribe or who are interested in subscribing to Charanga, the next EYFS training for Reception teachers, a zoom session on Music Deep Dives, and our termly Network Meetings for music leads in both primary and secondary schools.


Please do take a look here for more information:

EYFS training – Continuous Provision

Wendy Wilson Goddard is starting the next EYFS training on 30th January for Reception teachers. The focus will be on Continuous Provision for music, and Wendy will be providing teachers with resource ideas, a resource pack and a follow up session in your school, to support these musical activities.

Please do pass this information on to your reception teachers, and if they would like to book onto this course, please click here:



We have a new partnership with Sparkyard where schools can receive 30% discount on their subscription. This resource contains all Out of the Ark songbooks, plus their new music curriculum for Reception through to Year 6.

Please do get in touch if you are interested in purchasing this resource to support music in your school. Sparkyard also hold regular free training events to support your teaching, so take a look here for the next session:

Young Composers Award 2024

Do you have any budding composers at your school, who would like the opportunity to compose a new work for a capella (unaccompanied) vocal group?  This award will be presented by The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 and is split into two age groups: 19-25 and under 18.  The winning entry will be sung by world-renowned vocal group The Tallis Scholars and will be broadcast on Radio 3.


See here for more details:

Orchestra of the Swan

Orchestra of the Swan are Herefordshire’s resident orchestra who perform a variety of concerts at the Courtyard. They often have open rehearsals where schools can go along free of charge, the first one this year being on Friday 9th February 2pm-5pm. For more information, please contact Megan:

Dates For Your Diary

Encore Youth Music Concerts


Encore Youth Music Bands Concert

Monday 29th April 7:00pm

The Courtyard, Hereford


Encore Youth Music Strings and Herefordshire Youth Orchestra Concert

Tuesday 30th April 7:00pm

The Courtyard, Hereford


School Network Meetings (Online)


Next Primary Music Network meeting – Tuesday 27th February 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Next Secondary Music Network meeting – Thursday 29th February 4:30pm – 5:30pm

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