We are delighted to report that our project to replace our music stands has continued to be well supported with a £200 contribution from Hawes Silver Band Charity Christmas Concert 2013, £100 from the Upper Wensleydale Newsletter and £700 from Wensleydale Community Partnership (Dales Festival of Food and Drink). Along with the £500 from the Skipton Building Society Big 160 award we are now able to go ahead and purchase 10 new folding Hercules music stands, 2 extending conductor styles stands which will be handy for piano and drums stations too and 4 microphone stands all with individual carry bags. We are grateful for the support shown by our funders and know that these stands are going to make a huge difference to the groups that will benefit from using them.
The current phase of our delivery launched in 2009 and came about by a group of young people seeking support to set up a rock band. Even though those founder members have moved onto to higher education their request hasn't and we continue to enthuse and support young people in their music making ambitions. 2013 saw our first cohorts become graduates and start their working careers in the creative industries sector - we wish them every success. A further 16 young people were supported during the year with new participants continueing to be identified and registered for 2014 sessions which is fantastic news. Once again we have young people preparing for GCSE, AS and A Level and applying to university to pursue qualifications in music and the performing arts. We continue to provide information and advice on techniques and arrange live performance opportunities at local community events – Richmond Jazz Festival, Leyburn 1940s weekend, Hawes Pantomime and Christmas Festival concert being the notable performances last year.
Some participants have also successfully taken music exams passing with distinction. One individual has performed as part of the National Youth production of Whistle Down the Wind during the Summer and gone on to be selected out of 900 applicants to perform as part of Shakespeare’s Globe Young Players.
We have links with various Secondary and Primary schools such as, Richmond, SFX, Kirkby Stephen and Wensleydale schools and we watch with interest to see how these partnerships will unfold. We have strengthened our network partnerships and are now part of the North Yorkshire Music Hub led by North Yorkshire Music Services. In addition to North Yorkshire Youth and Making Music we were accepted to join NYMAZ (North Yorkshire Music Action Zone) and have leaders applying for support to develop their own skills through mentoring and coaching.