SENDfest 2023 at Easton College

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SENDfest will bring together children, young people and their families offering a full day ‘festival’ style event.

SENDfest is an event for young people under the age of 25 and their families which will feature multisport activities, musical workshops, vocational opportunities PFAL workshops and keynote speakers for families, children and young people with SEND.

A trade area, live demonstrations and even a fully functioning railway will mean the day will be one not to forget!

  • Date: 17th June 2023
  • Venue: Easton College Bawburgh Rd, Easton, Norwich NR9 5DU [view on map]

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SENDfest walkthrough video:

About the event:

Our ‘Proms in the Park’ event over lunchtime will feature a live orchestra and a surprise guest on the Main Stage within the Garden area of Easton College, which will provide a centre point for the day.

Food will be available to purchase from stalls on-site or feel free to bring your own picnic. Sing along with the stars during this inclusive performance celebration!

With designated quiet spaces available this really is a day not to be missed.

Workshops (anticipated group sizes 8-10) will be available throughout the day, delivered by specialised partners including: Community Sports FoundationMusic Worldwide, Vision28, Football Fun FactoryLive Music Now, Lab Media Education, Low Riders Wheel Chair Basketball Club, Orchestras Live, Norfolk Emergency Services, Fun With TrainsTennis Able and Easton Tennis Centre, along with tutors at Easton College.

A link will be sent to you to sign up to the workshops of your choice prior to the event so you can plan your day.

Timetable of the day

  • 9:30am: Car Park and ticketing area open
  • 10:00am: Event open and arrival
  • 10:15am: Workshop Choice 1
  • 11:15am: Workshop Choice 2
  • 12:00pm: Exploration
  • 12:30pm: Proms in the Park
  • 2.00pm: Workshop Choice 3
  • 3.00pm: Event ends

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How accessible is SENDfest going to be? We have undertaken an accessibility audit for the event at Easton College and will be putting all accessibility recommendations in place to ensure that all young people are able to attend
  2. What age range is SENDfest suitable for? SENDfest is for all young people and their families under the age of 25 with complex needs
  3. When will we be able to book our workshops? Emails will be sent out from on the 11th May 2023 so that you can specify which workshops you would like to attend
  4. Do we have to sign up to attend workshops? You do not have to sign-up to attend workshops as there will be other activities available on the day. However, if you don’t sign up to attend workshops in advance there will be no ‘on the day’ availability
  5. Will there be accessible toilets and changing facilities available? Through our accessibility audit we have identified appropriate toilets/changing facilities with hoist availability and will also be bringing in additional mobiloo facilities to increase capacity
  6. Will the picnic in the park be signed? The performances will be signed both in British Sign Language and Makaton
  7. Will there be a walk-through video of the venue made available in advance? The walk-through video will be uploaded to the website on 11th May 2023
  8. Will there be a map of activities available? There will be a map available on the day to ensure families are able to find their way around the event
  9. Will there be any designated quiet spaces allocated on the day? There will be 4 spaces allocated as ‘chill-out’ zones/quiet spaces which will be identified on the walk-through video and map
  10. Will food be provided at the picnic in the park? Families are free to bring their own picnics but there will also be food available to purchase on the day itself
  11. Will there be medical storage facilities available? At the control centre we will have room temperature and refrigerated storage available for medication should this be required
  12. What if I have a query that is specific to my family? Please feel free to email us on at any time.This inbox will be monitored Monday – Friday


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King’s Lynn residency with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Norfolk Music Hub, and Orchestras Live!

Papageno and the Bird that Would Be Free

King’s Lynn residency with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), the Norfolk Music Hub (NMH) and Orchestras Live (OL)

The OAE are delighted to be returning to King’s Lynn for a residency in the Summer of 2023 to work on a project inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute called Papageno and the Bird that Would Be Free.

We are looking for six schools to join the project with KS1 pupils and three schools to join us with KS2 pupils. After a teacher training session, each school will receive a ½ day workshop in school led by two OAE players and then on July 4 there will be two separate concerts at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Papageno and the Bird That Would Be Free

In this concert, Kirsty is a bird. Tim is a bird catcher. Every day he must catch a new bird to take to the Queen for her collection. In return, she gives him food and drink. This is a good arrangement.

One day Tim catches Kirsty – and is going to take her to the Queen – but Kirsty does not want to be caught or to live in a palace. She wants to be free. Tim is frightened of the Queen, but is moved by Kirsty’s plight. He tries to let her free, but is caught by The Queen. She won’t let them off, but agrees to give them a chance to free themselves. First she challenges them to be silent, but Tim can’t manage it.

The Queen says that the challenges are over, but Kirsty begs for another chance. The Queen agrees, and gives them the trials of Fire and Water. She offers them weapons – a flute and some bells, everyone knows that they are doomed to fail. As they attempt the trials, at first they get nowhere, but then they decide to use their flute and bells – and the fire and water are calmed.

Their music has saved the day! Tim and Kirsty are set free, and Tim goes with Kirsty to live life as a bird, flying around the world.


What will pupils be doing?

  • Learning a newly composed song by James Redwood
  • Learning extracts from Mozart’s Magic Flute to sing with professional singers and the OAE
  • Creating body percussion for the fire and the water in the trials
  • Taking part in a workshop in school with 2 OAE players
  • Joining the OAE for an interactive concert


  • Tuesday 9 May 2023 4pm-5.30pm: Teacher Training session in King’s Lynn (full resources to be shared with teachers after the training session)
  • June 2023: ½ day workshop in each school (dates to be arranged at the training session)
  • Tuesday 4 July: CONCERT DAY!
    • 1pm- 2.30pm rehearsal and concert at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange for KS1 pupils
    • 4.30pm rehearsal and 6pm public concert at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange for KS2 pupils

What’s the cost?

We will be asking each school to contribute £200 to take part in this project and the remaining costs will be met by OL , the NMH and the OAE.


Please note the key stage 2 performance is fully booked. If you are a key stage 2 school who is interested in being involved please email to be added to the reserve list.

Registration closed. This event is now at full capacity.

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Norfolk Students’ Jazz Orchestra to perform at Music for Youth Proms 2022!

The Music for Youth Proms are back for a two-day musical extravaganza, and we are delighted that Norfolk Students’ Jazz Orchestra will be performing on Tuesday 15th November!

Join Music For Youth as they launch their new campaign – Young People Make Great Music: Support the Next Generation.

Two special evening concerts will bring young musicians from across the country back together for a spectacular concert like no other: full-scale symphony orchestras are showcased alongside some of the best young jazz bands, chamber groups, bands and singer-songwriters from across the UK; and a unique specially produced Massed Ensemble of over 400 musicians.

The Proms will feature a collaborative creative project for up to 2,000 young people led by Music for Youth Music Mentor, Adey Grummet and composed by celebrated musical director and composer Michael Henry, with performances to support and encourage young musicians and music educators. There will be surprise guests and presenters and young people taking part in technical and backstage roles. This is a not-to-be-missed musical celebration for anyone that loves music.

Full programme schedule is available here.

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Benedetti Foundation Music Service Sessions with Norfolk Music Hub

The Benedetti Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with Norfolk Music Service and Inspiration Trust to bring ‘Music Service Sessions’ to Norfolk on Thursday 26th May, 2022!

Young string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass), from year 3 – year 8, and working from approximately pre grade 1 to Grade 3 level, are invited to join us for a day of making music together. Please note no exams need to have been taken and these grades are given as a guideline.

This day has been designed for students. We want them to absorb as much as possible, leave any nerves or worries at the door and be relaxed, yet focused. Intense, yet calm. Our sole intention is to inspire young string players. In order for us all to gain the most from the workshop, we will require a level of commitment from teachers and students as we work towards the sessions. Regardless of your level, we want to help students to remember that to be good at something, and therefore experience more enjoyment, it takes consistent and intelligent work. It doesn’t happen on its own.

By signing students up to this workshop, you are also signing up for preparation. It doesn’t have to take long, but consistency is key. We have put together a tutorial video and a play along track to help you all with your practice, which will be available from mid-April. We are looking to create a balanced string orchestra and some instruments may fill up sooner than others. We will be in touch with the number of places your school has been allocated by May 3rd. Please register your interest in the opportunity by Friday 29th April.

On the day, we will be working with an amazing team of tutors: Rachel Cooper and Alice Kent. Click on their names to read more about them.

This day is free of charge and has been generously supported by The Ranworth Trust, The Chivers Trust, The Timothy Colman Charitable Trust and The Educational Foundation of Alderman John Norman. It also includes a Twilight CPD.

Find out more and register

Secondary Vocal Celebration 2021

Norfolk Music Hub are delighted to invite you to join in with a Secondary Vocal Celebration (formerly known as High School Choir’s Festival)!

We are inviting all key stage 3 and 4 students across the county of Norfolk to register to join us for our Covid recovery, well-being celebration at St Andrew’s Hall. The programme has been put together to support teenagers with songs that they will recognise, encourage positivity and celebrate what an impact music can have in our lives.

The concert will also showcase a new piece written by Emily Barden and students from across Norfolk about the county we live in, and a live performance of Phoenix Rising (a lockdown project with Orchestras Live, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and James Redwood).

Norfolk Music Hub are delighted to be partnering with Emily BardenLee Gibling,Orchestras LiveRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, James RedwoodThe Come and Sing Company and Viking Sound and Lighting to deliver this exciting opportunity.

Find out more and register

Rehearse and Play with the British Army Band Colchester

Norfolk Music Hub are offering a fantastic opportunity for young people across Norfolk to rehearse and play with the British Army Band Colchester on the 3rd of October, 2021.

We are delighted to welcome the British Army Band Colchester to Norwich and offer any student in Norfolk working at grade 5 standard and above on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument the opportunity to join us for a play day.

Date: Sunday 3rd October

Venue: Gresham’s School, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Cost: Free of charge to young people residing in Norfolk

Timings and schedule:

  • 10.30am arrive
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Initial rehearsals- Full band
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Sectional Rehearsals
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Final rehearsal – Full Band
  • 15:45 – 16:30 Careers Brief and 15 -20 minute performance to parents (if no restrictions on numbers are in place)
  • 16:30 – Pick up


Find out more and register here

Jack and the Beanstalk – Livestream Pantomime Coming December 2021

After the success of Rapunzel the Lockdown Pantomime in 2020, we are delighted to invite you to join us for Jack and the Beanstalk! Here comes the Fee, Fi, Fo, FUN!

Pupils from across the UK are invited to take part in our end of autumn term lockdown pantomime!

In partnership with Charanga, St George’s TheatreSheringham Little Theatre and NYMAZ, Norfolk Music Hub are excited to announce Jack and the Beanstalk– a school friendly end of term celebration written especially by Nick Earnshaw.

Targeted at Primary students either in school or learning from home, this exciting new project will feature songs to sing along to, with accompanying resources which will be available on Charanga from October 1st.

On Thursday 16th December 2021, students across the UK will be able to tune in to our livestream and sing along with a live band. The performance will be signed and captioned to ensure it is accessible to all.

We encourage schools and pupils learning from home to dress up as your favourite pantomime character for the day. We’d love to see your rehearsal and performance videos or photos! Please tag us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and share using the hashtag #AreYouPantoReady?

If you’ve got any questions about Jack and the Beanstalk please email

Get ready to climb a beanstalk full of adventure, laughs, songs and family entertainment!

Join lazy Jack as he gets used to life beyond lockdown, his trendy but embarrassing Mum (Dame TikTok), his love interest from the local council (Jill Weaver) and his pet Cow who has learned how to talk (Colin). Will they be able to get to the top of the Beanstalk and defeat the evil Giant?

From the team who brought you Rapunzel: The Lockdown Pantomime, which last year performed not only in theatres but streamed to over 200,000 school pupils around the UK.

Watch the trailer:

Event details

DATE: Thursday 16th December 2021
TIME: 1.30pm – warm up | 1.45pm – 2.40pm – one act pantomime
LOCATION: Your school, front room or anywhere where you can sing along and join in!

How to register

  • You will receive an email to confirm your registration and further details.
  • Any students registering at home must have permission from a parent/carer and must be registered by a parent/carer.
  • You will need access to Charanga to access the resources in advance. All Norfolk schools have access to this as part of your Hub Subscriptions. Norfolk schools can contact to discuss this further. If you do not live in Norfolk further instructions will be emailed to you on the 1st October on how to obtain a free trial of Charanga with access to the resources in the lead up to panto.

Register here

Fit For Fun! Part of the Big Norfolk Holiday Fun scheme

Norfolk Music Hub in partnership with Norfolk County Council’s Holiday Activity Fund are delighted to bring to Great Yarmouth a fun week of musical fitness activities based around musical performance!

The aim of the 4 days is to bring young people from across Norfolk together to engage in a mini performance including singing, movement, dancing, chair drumming and samba.

The Big Norfolk Holiday Fun scheme is being run by Norfolk County Council, in partnership with Active Norfolk and is free to all families with children aged 5-16, who are eligible for means tested free school meals.

Find out more and register hereFit For Fun!

SING TO DIPPY this October!

We are inviting pupils from your school to come to Norwich Cathedral and SING TO DIPPY this October!

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, will be taking up residence in Norwich Cathedral’s Nave from July until Saturday 30 October 2021. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop for the ‘Dippy on Tour’ exhibition that aims to inspire people of all ages to engage more with nature and explore the natural world on their doorsteps.

In partnership with the Norfolk Music Hub, Norwich Cathedral have commissioned a new piece of music – ‘Creation Song’ – to celebrate Dippy’s visit to Norwich. Composed by leading British choral composer Bob Chilcott, the piece has been written for a choir of Primary School children to perform alongside Norwich Cathedral Choir, accompanied by the mighty Cathedral organ.

We are inviting all children in Key Stage 2 to participate in these concerts, which will include other fun children’s songs based on the themes associated with the visit of Dippy the Dinosaur – Creation, the environment, sustainability and care for our planet. The finale of each concert will be the première performances of ‘Creation Song’. All of this will take place, of course, with the children sat around Dippy, the huge Diplodocus skeleton, that will fill the Nave of Norwich Cathedral!

Dates & Times

Friday 9 July
Resources available on Norfolk Music Hub website (lyrics, vocal scores and backing tracks)

Wednesday 14 July 4.15 – 5.15pm
CPD for Music Teachers on Zoom to introduce the project and the songs, led by Ashley Grote (Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral) and special guest Bob Chilcott.

Wednesdays 15, 22, 29 September and 6 October 2.00 –
Sing to Dippy! Online sessions for children, in which they will learn the songs with Ashley Grote (Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral) with a guest appearance from Bob Chilcott at one of the sessions

Sing to Dippy! Performance days

Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14, and Friday 15 October – Norwich Cathedral

  • 3.00pm Massed rehearsal around Dippy in the nave of Norwich Cathedral
  • 4.15pm Break – please bring your own drinks and snacks for the children to have in the Cathedral Cloister
  • 5.00pm PERFORMANCE
  • 6.00pm END

We regret that parents and supporters will not be able to attend, but will be live-streaming each performance


Current availability:

All sessions are now fully booked.


Make Music Day 2021 – Bucket Beats

On the 21st June 2021 we see the return of Make Music Day. We would like you to join us in celebrating this occasion with a performance of a newly commissioned piece, written by Tim Brain from Louder than Life. This piece of music is called Bucket Beats.

This year we are teaming up with Louder than Life and NYMAZ to offer a performance like no other. Whether you stream us from the classroom, school hall, school field or your home you will be able to join us for a cacophony of Bucket Beats! This opportunity can be streamed into any location across the county.

Find out more and register here

Please note this opportunity is for Norfolk schools and students only.