top of page
Top Page Design copy.jpg

Encore Enterprises

Newsletter to Schools and Colleges

November 2022

Welcome back to all schools and colleges across Herefordshire.  I’m really excited to be taking on the role of Music Education Manager at Encore. I’m looking forward to coming into schools, meeting you all and offering any support and encouragement that you need with music teaching. I have been a primary music specialist and music support teacher for 27 years and have spent the last 8 years as a class teacher at Bosbury CE Primary School. I will be contacting schools directly to arrange visits and meetings with the music co-ordinator, but please do get in touch before that if you need help with any aspect of your music education delivery:


Schools music conference 2016 184.JPG

There will be a variety of CPD opportunities coming in the new year. Please keep an eye out for news and you will be emailed when these offers are finalised.


If you would like to have a look through some free resources for schools, please click here.

Wider Opportunities

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition

We have a fantastic team of Wider Opportunities tutors who are experienced and brilliant at delivering this programme. Hopefully the year will have got off to a good start, and you will have started to hear music echoing through the hallways with children becoming excited about their new instrument! Please could I give a few reminders about Wider Opportunities if you have an Encore tutor delivering this:

  • A school member of staff should be in the room with the Encore tutor, actively participating in the lesson.

  • This programme is intended to provide high quality CPD to the school staff.

  • This member of staff should be recording a few sessions as evidence of progression throughout the year and saving it onto your school system (Ofsted will expect to see this). Please do tweet the learning that is happening in these sessions and tag us at #EncoreHereford

  • This member of staff should be assisting the Encore tutor with assessment.

  • The Wider Opportunities scheme is not meant to replace the National Curriculum for music, although much of the curriculum will be covered such as singing and listening.

(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Primary School)

For those of you who are interested in this programme but do not currently have this provision in your school, please contact me for more information:



(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Primary School)

Just before the summer holidays, The Department for Education and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport released the long-awaited new National Plan for Music Education, The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education - GOV.UK.

The non-statutory guidance emphasises that the role that schools play is at the centre of music education, supported by music hubs.

The DfE would like to see offered in every school:


  • Timetabled curriculum of at least one hour each week of the school year for key stages 1-3.

  • Access to lessons across a range of instruments, and voice.

  • A school choir and/or vocal ensemble.

  • A school ensemble/band/group.

  • Space for rehearsals and individual practice.

  • A termly school performance.

  • Opportunity to enjoy live performance at least once a year.


Please contact me on for support with any aspect of this plan.


Did you know that we can provide governors with support with music in your school? Please click here for relevant documents to guide and help your school governors with understanding their role in supporting the music lead.

Message from Jo Lowry, our new Singing for Wellbeing Leader

Hi all, I would like to introduce myself as the new Singing for Wellbeing Leader for Herefordshire. I will be working with both adults and children in the community and already have some exciting projects up and running. Wellbeing is at a ten year all time low and music is a great tool for improving our state of mind.

Please do get in touch if you think I can help out with something specifically related to your school and look put for future projects.

STARS Military Youth Choir has now launched for all Service Pupil Premium children, it takes place on Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Please do get in touch for further details.

HPA Fest 2023

The Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival (HPA Fest) will be taking place in March 2023.


Do you have a choir or vocal group who would like to perform at this festival? There are competitive and non-competitive opportunities for choral groups. Perhaps you have an ensemble who would like the opportunity to work towards an event?

More information, as well as the syllabus, can be found here:

Closing date for entries is the 31st January 2023. If you have any queries please contact Lisa Lyness:

Encore Youth Music

Do you have pupils in your school who play an instrument from about Grade 1 standard onwards? If so, please encourage them to come to any of the relevant youth music ensembles. Click here for more details or contact

Dates For Your Diary

Encore Youth Music Concerts

Encore Youth Music Autumn Concert

Saturday 26th November 2:00pm - 6:00pm

​Kindle Centre, Hereford


Livewire Gig

Wednesday 30th November Doors open at 7:00pm

​The Loft Cinema, Hereford


Herefordshire Youth Orchestra and Herefordshire Youth Concert Band Concert

Saturday 3rd December 7:30pm - 9:30pm

​Holy Trinity Church, Hereford


Army Benevolent Concert featuring Herefordshire Youth Concert Band

Wednesday 14th December 7:00pm - 9:30pm

​Hereford Cathedral


School Network Meetings

Next Secondary Network meeting – Tuesday 28th February 2023

Next Primary Music Network meeting – Thursday 2nd March 2023

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
bottom of page