Playground Proms – Opportunity for Infant, Primary and Complex Needs Settings Across Norfolk

We are delighted to be able to offer educational settings in Norfolk the opportunity to book a visit from Playground Proms in March 2024!

This is an opportunity for Infant, Primary and Complex Needs settings across Norfolk to register their interest.

What are Playground Proms?

Playground Proms are arena-style classical music workshops delivered directly to primary schools by specially trained professional Graffiti Classics musicians. The comedy string quartet will perform classical music in a fun way to create an inspirational educational experience.

  • Performances last one hour.
  • Suitable for primary schools – KS1 and KS2.
  • Tailored Proms for Complex Needs Settings.
  • Dalcroze sessions in advance of main performances with a specialist practitioner.
  • The whole school can attend as it is performed in the school playground (or hall if the weather is poor).
  • Schools learn an anthem, specially written for Playground Proms, and are invited to add their own lyrics and perform it during the workshop with the musicians. All the resources are provided.
  • Resource packs for teachers and students are provided.
  • CPD session for school teachers to take place on Tuesday 13th February 2024, 3.45pm-5.30pm.

This project offers:

  • A pre-performance workshop from a Dalcroze specialist. This will be an allocated time between Monday 11th March and Friday 15th March, when a specialist is in your area.
  • A Playground Proms performance on your playground or school hall if the weather is inclement. This performance will be allocated to you on a date and time between Monday 18th March and Friday 22th March. The time and day allocated will depend on when the performers are in your area.

Register Your Interest

If you would like to be considered to be part of this project, please complete the registration form below.

Please note that educational settings will be advised if they have been successful in obtaining a place on this project by Wednesday 13th December.

On receipt of registering your interest in this project, we will allocate workshops based on locality coverage and travel considerations.

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Virtual Big Sing co-led by Jenny Trattles and Charles MacDougall!

Norfolk Music Hub have partnered with Friday Afternoons and Britten Pears Arts to offer you access to a Virtual Big Sing co-led by Jenny Trattles and Charles MacDougall!

We are inviting schools from across Norfolk and Suffolk to join us for a fantastic interactive vocal experience using resources from the Friday Afternoons series (Friday Afternoons | Britten Pears Arts). Once registered for the event, you will be sent a link to register free with Friday Afternoons to access the resources.

  • Date: Friday 17th November
  • Time: 1.45pm-2.45pm
  • Platform: YouTube Private link


Will the lyrics be displayed on the bottom of the screen?

  • There will be an option to switch on YouTube captioning to display the lyrics

Who is this opportunity suitable for?

  • The varied programme has been put together for complex needs settings, primary settings and secondary settings

Will this performance be signed?

  • Songs will be Makaton signed

When will I receive the resources?

  • On registering you will be sent an email with instructions on how to register with Friday Afternoons and information on the appropriate songs for your educational setting


Please register here

Charles MacDougall, Choral Director

Dr Charles MacDougall is an award-winning tenor, choral director, vocal coach, and music education specialist, known equally for his singing and his transformative work with choirs and singers. As The Voices Foundation’s Choral Director, he is responsible for leading the team of choral practitioners, supporting them through mentoring and training, and for the training of new practitioners.

Outside of The Voices Foundation, Charles is an accomplished singer, choral conductor and vocal coach. Formerly a member of internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8 (2005-12), he now sings for a number of other ensembles, such as Gabrieli Consort, London Voices and London Early Opera, as well as undertaking solo engagements internationally. He is Vocal Ensembles Coach and Tutor in Vocal Studies at Junior Trinity (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), is a Chorus Director for Gabrieli ROAR and directs two community choirs in London.

Charles is extremely active as a workshop leader, presenting sessions for the BBC Singers, UK Choir Festival, Association of British Choral Directors, LSO, Philharmonia and Stay at Home Choir. He is also the vocal coach for Pontinova Experience (Zürich), one of a team of coaches offering self-leadership coaching to corporate partners internationally. He is an Ambassador for Britten-Pears Arts, a Trustee of IntoOpera, and a Director and Trustee of the Choral Foundation, Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. He holds both a BA(Hons) and MA (with Distinction) from Durham University and a PhD from the University of London.

Jennifer Trattles, Musicianship Director

Jennifer’s role as Musicianship Director allows her to expand the organisation’s transformational impact on children by building upon existing practice and principles. She worked as a Voices Foundation Practitioner since 2015, after first encountering them when she was a Music Lead in a Lincolnshire primary school.

As a freelance music education specialist and choral instructor, Jennifer has an established reputation for enthusing adults and children to sing and cultivate their musical skills, working with Music Hubs, S.C.I.T.T. schemes, choirs and several successful community projects. She is a conductor and workshop leader for Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, focussing on outreach to local schools and professional development for teachers. She also currently works as a Music Subject Lead at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, keeping abreast of current education initiatives.

Jennifer began her higher education by reading Music at City University with Voice lessons at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She went on to gain her PGCE at Hull University to become a qualified teacher specialising in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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Echoes of the East – Showcase Vocal Group

Norfolk Music Hub are thrilled to welcome back Mark De-Lisser to work with young people aged 13-19 in full time education in Norfolk who show an aptitude for singing.

Find out more about Mark De-Lisser here.

We are giving young people from across Norfolk (who are keen singers), the opportunity to form our showcase vocal group entitled Echoes of the East.

We have extremely limited availability for 10 secondary/further education settings to apply for 15 spaces per setting (one minibus per setting), to join our newly formed county wide showcase vocal group.

Young people will work with Mark on two occasions to produce four songs, especially arranged by Mark. Music leads will be supported with full resources to work on these tracks in their own educational settings and the newly formed choir will culminate in a Music for Youth regional performance in early March (date and venue TBC).

If successful in the first round of Music for Youth auditions, we hope to take the young people from across Norfolk to Birmingham Symphony Hall in July, with the ultimate goal being the opportunity to perfume at the Music for Youth final at Roya Albert Hall in November 2024.

We are also looking for a young person residing in Norfolk, up to the age of 21 who would like to be mentored by Mark to conduct the newly formed vocal group in their March performance.


When are the dates of the rehearsals?

  • Wednesday 8th November from 1pm-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7th February from 1pm -4pm


  • TBC – this will be a central county location, confirmed by the end of September. If you would be able to host a rehearsal for up to 150 students on this date and could accommodate 10 minibuses, please contact

Do my singers need to read music?

  • No, but we expect that every student participating in this project has prior experience of singing either solo or in a group and wants to progress their vocal knowledge. We are looking to create a ‘show group’ there fore we will require performers to be animated and portray the music they are singing visually through performance.

Will I need to practice with my students?

  • Yes, prior to the first rehearsal we ask that you look at two of the songs, which will be available from mid-October, Mark will introduce the remaining two songs at the first rehearsal. Full resources will be available to support you. All students will be expected to sing the four songs by the second rehearsal without lyrics.

Do I have to attend all rehearsals and the performance in March?

  • Yes! Please do not register for this opportunity unless you can commit to the two-afternoon rehearsal in school time and the final performance in the MFY regional heat, which will be on either a Saturday or Sunday in early March . The date and time will be shared with you once published.

What do I do if I have a young conductor who would like to apply to be mentored by Mark-De Lisser and conduct the performance?

  • We ask that all expressions of interests for this role are submitted via the Music lead in the educational setting. Please provide the following information:
    • First name and initial of last name
    • Educational setting
    • Music lead contact email address
    • Details on any previous musical experience the young person has
    • Why they would benefit from this opportunity
    • Who their conducting idol is
  • The expressions of interest application should be written by the student in their own words (no less than 100 words and no more than 500).
  • Please submit all expressions of interest to by September 30th.

Will the vocal group be supported with tracks or a live band?

  • The vocal group will be supported by a live, small, band made up of young people from across Norfolk. One of the songs will also be accompanied by a young beatboxer from the region.

What are the expected outcomes and legacy of this project?

  • To bring like minded people together who would not normally get the opportunity to sing together.
  • To work with a nationally renowned choral director who will be able to nurture the vocal group and provide professional support to Music Leads supporting the vocalists.
  • To enable the young people to sing in a world-renowned venue.
  • Provide a possible opportunity of progression to the next round of Music for Youth in Birmingham Festival Hall with the final performance at the Royal Albert Hall
  • This is a pilot project for year one, if successful we would see this continues as a secondary legacy project and look to recruit larger numbers, with returning students from year 1 and new students working together.
  • Educational settings would then have access to the resources to utilise in their own settings and replicate the pieces learnt.


Please register here


Live Music Now Concert Series: Musical Mondays

Join Live Music Now and Suffolk and Norfolk Music Hubs for Musical Mondays, a monthly series, beginning in October 2023 of live online concerts for schools, streamed directly into the comfort of your school hall or classroom!

The events are engaging, lively and educational, featuring various world-class professional musicians from a wide range of backgrounds and genres, and with experience working with pupils with additional learning needs.

Say hello, engage with the musicians using the webinar chat function, and ask them questions during the Q&A.


Is there a cost?

  • This is offered free of charge to all Norfolk Hub subscribing schools

On what platform are the concerts being held?

  • Concerts are held as Zoom Webinars

Will my schools be seen on camera?

  • Only the musicians & Live Music Now host are visible on screen

What are the dates of the series of concerts?

Can I interact with the musicians?

  • Yes, you can, say hello and engage with the musicians using the chat function, and ask them questions during the Q&A.

Can I watch this at home?

  • Yes home schooled students and families can watch the recording of the performance which will be available for one month after the live stream. Schools can share the link with their families and home schooled families can register via the online form
  • To get the most out of the experience, we recommend children at home watch the concert with a parent or carer if possible.

How long is the recording of the performance available for me to share after the live stream?

  • This will be available for one month and the link will be shared with all who have registered

Register to attend

Please complete the form below if you would like to register for access to the Live Music Now concert series, either as a Live Stream or access to the recordings.

Registration Form

Music Technology Project for Primary Settings Using Yustudio

We are delighted to be working with Max Wheeler (creator of YuStudio from Charanga) to launch an initiative to assist primary schools in Norfolk to engage more with Music Technology!

Offering a CPD for staff to get to know the YuStudio Daw (Digital Audio Workstation), coupled with a live session with Max to introduce YuStudio to young people and launch a competition for upper key stage 2 students to either engage with in school, or at home free of charge.

YuStudio has all the features you would expect from a DAW. It’s easy to make it available to ALL of your students through our Yumu online learning space or Google Classroom – enabling you to set assignments for your students and access their work. It is compatible with most devices, including mobile.


Does everyone have access to YuStudio?

  • All Norfolk Music Hub Subscribers have access to Charanga, which includes YuStudio. Teachers can then set up individual logins simply so young people can access YuStudio at home.

Who is this project suitable for?

  • This project is aimed at upper key stage 2 ( years 5 and 6).

What is the date of the CPD for teachers?

  • Tuesday 10th October, 4pm-5pm

When will the introductory assembly for students take place?

  • Thursday 12th October 2pm-2.40pm, via Teams

Do I have to attend the CPD if I sign my school up to take part in the competition?

  • No, If you have previous experience working with YuStudio, you can just register for your young people to attend the live online launch of the competition on Thursday 12th October, where Max will give an introductory session on using YuStudio.

Will I have any support with using YuStudio?

  • Yes, Max will be available to contact via email after the introductory session if you have any troubleshooting issues.

Do I have to work on this in lessons with my students?

  • Ideally yes, but you can also set this as a homework objective for autumn 2.

How will I submit my best composition to be judged?

  • Schools will be asked to submit two of their favourite pieces for judging by Friday 15th December. Instruction on how to submit these pieces will be sent via email in early December.

When will the winners be announced?

  • An online assembly will take place from 2.30pm-2.50pm on Thursday 11th January.
  • Four overall winners will be announced from across Norfolk.
  • These young people will receive certificates in the post and their first name and school will be announced on the online assembly along with their piece being played for all the other schools to hear, with live feedback from Max.
  • Subject to approval from the schools, the winning pieces will also be shared via our social media accounts.

What platform will the assemblies take place on?

  • The CPD, introductory assembly and celebration assembly will all take place via Teams.


  • With the launch of this competition we hope to give young people across Norfolk access to developing their own music production using YuStuidio as well as supporting Norfolk teachers to embed Music Technology into the curriculum in primary music.

Led by Max Wheeler

Max is a recording artist as one half of duo Anushka with over ten million plays worldwide. The group has received Radio 1 plaudits from Annie Mac, Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs and others, and has toured the world from Texas to Siberia via Vietnam!

He is also the author and Programme Director of the VIP Studio Sessions online learning platform for Charanga, winner of the Music Teacher Award for Best Digital Resource in 2018 and currently in use by 50,000 secondary school students in the UK and around the world.


Please register here


Music Worldwide Workshop for Key Stage 2 Students

Norfolk Music Hub are delighted to once again partner with Music Worldwide to offer an amazing face-to-face workshop in educational settings across Norfolk for key stage 2 students!

Music Worldwide work with artists from around the world, introducing young learners to different musical cultures and instrument forms. In collaboration with Norfolk Music Hub, they will be bringing internationally acclaimed teacher and artist Pedro Espi-Sanchez to Norfolk school children between 30th October and 3rd November.

There are limited workshops available for Pedro to visit your school.

More about PedroPedro Espi-Sanchis, a pale skinned man with brown and grey hair, stands next to a dark skinned woman holding. Pedro wears a grey check shirt and the woman is dressed in a bright blue jacket and head wrap. Both smile widely.

Pedro Espi-Sanchis is a music educator based in Cape Town, South Africa and Spain and has been a leading figure in music education for 35 years, specialising in the field of instrumental African music and the use of African instruments in schools.

Pedro is a renowned storyteller and musician; he uses stories to introduce African instruments – many of which are ensemble instruments needing audience participation – showing how they are made and played. Pedro specialises in performances for primary and pre-primary school audiences and over the years has visited hundreds of schools in southern Africa and Europe. His shows are accompanied by a full set of educational materials including traditional African instruments and CDs of music and stories that are presented to the schools.

Norfolk Music Hub School Workshop Programme FAQs

When is this taking place?

  • 30th October – 3rd November

How long does a workshop last for?

  • 1 hour

What age are these workshops suitable for?

  • Key stage 2

How many students can take part at one time?

  • We are able to offer one workshop per school, with 60 participating students

What time are the performances?

  • Performances will take place on every day of the week between 30th October and 3rd November, your school will be allocated a workshop time based on Pedro’s schedule for the week. We are unable to take requests for specific times. If you are unable to accept the time offered, we are unable to offer an alternative

Is there a cost?

  • No

Do the students get to keep their Kelp flute?

  • Pipe sets for the whole student body will be supplied by Pedro and will remain the property of Norfolk Music Hub, to be used in the educational setting where the workshop has taken place

Do the teachers get any accompanying resources?

  • Each teacher will be given a set of pipes with companion booklet and CD to use and duplicate and instructions on making Mafahlawhanas (ankle rattles) to provide the beat for the pipes.
  • Pedro will introduce the teachers to the rhythm notation used for the OPON and how it facilitates the learning of Staff notation.

What will the students learn?

  • Pedro will firstly introduce the instruments made from Kelp. Then as a group, improvise on the pipes following simple principles. This will be followed with learning to play a song the OPON pipes.
  • The 60 learners at each class are spread out in ‘three colour groups’.
  • The final song the pupils will learn is the classic South African song, Mbube, known internationally as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.

Where do the workshops take place?

  • We will need to use your school hall to deliver this workshop.

An example of a performance on Kelp flutes:


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Big Norfolk Holiday Fun: Summer Holiday Opportunities

Norfolk Music Hub in partnership with Norfolk County Council’s Holiday Activity Fund are delighted to bring two different Summer Holiday opportunities to young people in Norfolk!

We have two offerings available to book now – music technology in Norwich for those aged 12-16 and a week of music fitness in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston for those aged 7-11. Read on to find out more!

Big Norfolk Holiday Fun: Create Your Own Beat – Music Technology offers three days of Music Technology for young people aged between 12 and 16 in Norwich. It will be held at Access Creative College [view on map] between Wednesday 26th July – Friday 28th July 2023,

The aim of the 3 days is to bring teenagers from across Norfolk with an interest in Music Technology together to learn to use a professional Digital Audio Workstation, Logic Pro X, to create an electronic music track. We will look at arrangement, sequencing, editing, mixing and production, and students will be able to take home their finished tracks as an mp3 file.

Create Your Own Beat – Music Technology: Find out more here (fully booked)

Big Norfolk Holiday Fun – Music Makers and Body Shakers sees a fun week of musical fitness activities coming to Gorleston and Great Yarmouth, bringing young people from across Norfolk together to engage in musical opportunities including singing, movement and dancing.

The activities are for young people aged between 7-11 years old and take place Monday 14th August – Thursday 17th August 2023. You can either sign up for two days or four days.

  • 14th and 15th August: St George’s Theatre Great Yarmouth [view on map]
  • 16th and 17th August: Pavilion Theatre Gorleston [view on map]

Music Makers and Body Shakers: Find out more and register here

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Bring Exciting Classical Musicians Direct to Your School

An invitation to head teachers & music leads to bring exciting classical musicians direct to your school, completely free of charge!

This invitation for a face-to-face performance is restricted to West Norfolk schools but do check out our zoom programme if you live outside of West Norfolk.

Since 2016, CMR has delivered over 100 visits to 60 schools achieving 25,000 child contacts. We are currently booking 72 Introductions to Classical Music (ICM) from now until April 2024.

Our ICMs are 45 minutes long and include:

  • An explanation of the instruments being played
  • Wonderful extracts of classical music by the great composers
  • Question and answer throughout

Experience has shown that our in-person visits are suitable for all children from reception class upwards. We work with groups of 100 – 150 children. A large primary school will receive a full visit of 3 sessions.

More information can be found on our website:

This event is fully booked.


Charity no. 1185672


Dedicated to bringing classical music to children in Norfolk,  reaching 25,000 children since 2016. Run by volunteers giving over 100 days of their time.  Supported by our partners, Norfolk Music Hub, private donors & charities

Patrons: Louis de Bernières, Lord Bellingham & Gabriella Dall’Olio

Free high quality music education for children aged 7 – 18 years!

Sistema Norwich offers children and young people (Yr3+, 7 to 18 years) the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. It is run in partnership between NORCA and the Norfolk Music Hub, as part of the Hub’s ensemble provision.

Our mission is to engage young people in a positive and enriching culture of music, learning and participation. We provide instruments and deliver all our activities for free, making music education accessible for any family.

All our teaching is in groups. Students get weekly sessions covering an instrumental lesson, general musicality, choir and ensemble/orchestra. Instruments covered include upper strings (violin/viola), lower strings (cello/double bass), wind, brass and percussion.

Sistema runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in term time – 4.15 to 6.15pm. Students attend two days each week, with the days depending on the orchestra level (e.g. Da Capo, beginners, are on Tues & Thurs).

It is based at Martineau Memorial Hall, 21 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN.

Getting involved

Complete beginner? The next intake will be in September 2023, so please fill out the form on our website and we will get back to you.

Already play an orchestral instrument? Then apply any time. Just give us a call or fill out the form on our website.


or call 01603 760529 (ext 1)

Or fill out the form on the Join Sistema page of our website.

Britten Sinfonia – Izzy Gizmo (KS1) Performances Across Norfolk

We are delighted to offer a brand new performance from Britten Sinfonia for Key Stage 1 students across Norfolk!

Izzy Gizmo is a 45-minute show based on a book by Pip Jones which tells the story of a young black girl who likes to invent and she uses her STEAM skills to help an injured bird fly.

The show is presented by an animateur and will be delivered by a quintet. There is live projection throughout the production and a participatory song that can be taught before the performance.

We are also able to offer an accompanying online CPD ahead of the performance for teachers on Tuesday 11th July, 4pm-5pm. This will be held online.


  • Monday 9th October 2023: The Carnegie, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP23 2EA [view map]
    • 9.30am- 10.15am
    • 11am- 11.45am
  • Monday 9th October 2023: St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Attleborough, NR17 2AH [view map]
    • 2pm-2.45pm
  • Tuesday 10th October 2023: Blake Studio, 71a, The Close Norwich School, Norwich, NR1 4DD [view map]
    • 9.45am-10.30am
  • Tuesday 10th October 2023: Auden Theatre, Gresham’s School, Cromer Road, Holt, NR25 6EA  [view map]
    • 1.30pm-2.15pm
  • Wednesday 11th October 2023: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ruin Road, North Walsham, NR28 9WH [view map]
    • 9.30am-10.15am
  • Wednesday 11th October 2023: Gorleston Pavilion, Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6PP [view map]
    • 12.45pm- 1.30pm
    • 2.15pm-3pm

Register here