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Music 2021/2022

Nottingham Music Service Ensembles


We are delighted to announce the new range of ensembles starting at the Nottingham Music Hub for young people!  Whether you have just started your musical journey or are looking to improve your skills even further, the Music Hub offers a range of ensembles and bands to help you on your mission to make music! 


Robin Hood Young Voices 

Nottingham Music Hub are thrilled to introduce a brand new, fun, and exciting vocal group called Robin Hood Young Voices (RHYV). RHYV is for 8 - 14-year-old Nottingham City pupils who love to sing, have fun, and make new friends! 


RHYV will rehearse every Wednesday during term-time from 4:00 PM - 4:55 PM at Nottingham Playhouse. The group will have both online and live rehearsals, and opportunities to learn from professional musicians through workshops, competitions and concerts. 



Upbe^t! is an exciting new rhythm and percussion ensemble. Upbe^t is for city pupils ages 8 and above and guess what, you don't even need to have a musical instrument! 

They will meet once a week on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 4:55 PM at Nottingham Playhouse. 

This exciting group will learn everything from Taiko drumming to stomp type drumming, body percussion from other cultures and other creative ways of using everyday objects as musical instruments! 


Bloco Notto 

If you love drums and percussion, Bloco Notto is perfect for you! Bloco Notto helps young people develop skills on percussion instruments from across the globe, with tuition from experienced percussionists. 

Beginners' Group: 9–16-year-old students who have a sense of rhythm. Young people who have not played percussion instruments before are still welcome to join! Thursday from 6 pm-7 pm. 

Advanced Group: Secondary students who have experience playing percussion instruments and would like to improve their skills further. Thursday from 7 pm-9 pm. 

Both groups will rehearse at Nottingham Cathedral NG1 5AE 


Introducing Connect Ensembles 

Aimed at 9 – 14-year-old pupils who have been playing their instruments for a while, these small group ensembles are designed for pupils who have progressed from Area Bands but need some support before they can join RHYO Interconnect. 

Our three connect ensembles provide for a range of instruments and styles and are perfect for young people to get more confident, make new friends and become better at their instruments. Please see below for more details: 


String Folk Connect 

For pupils who play the violin, viola and/or cello and can play around Grade 1+ Level. The group will meet once a week on

Monday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM at Nottingham Playhouse. 


Guitar Connect 

For pupils who play the acoustic guitar at around Grade 1+ Level. The group will meet once a week on

Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM at Nottingham Playhouse. 


Salsa Jazz Connect 

For pupils who play brass and woodwind instruments at around Grade 1+ Level. The group will meet once a week on 

Friday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM at Nottingham Playhouse. 


To find out more information about the ensembles, enrolment or how to find the rehearsal venues then please visit our website:

Music - 2020/2021

Live Area Band – After School – Spring Term 2021

Fingers crossed, Area Band for Haydn children, is restarting rehearsals every Thursday after school from 3.30pm – 5.00pm, starting Thursday 14th January. There is no charge for Area Band this academic year! If your child has already signed up for Online Area Band, they will still need to complete an enrolment form for Live Area Band. (If your child has already signed up for Online Area Band, they may attend both Live and Online Area Bands.)


To keep everybody safe, there will be two metre distancing in place between pupils and staff so this means there is a limit of seventeen places. For those children who enrolled for Live Area Band back in October do not need to enrol again. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The Live Area Band enrolment form will need to be completed online by the parents and carers of pupils who wish to attend – the link to the form is here. 


Alternatively, your child is welcome to join Online Area Band which take place on Tuesdays 4.15pm-5.15pm and Wednesdays 4.15pm-5.15pm. To book your child’s online place please click the following link:

Online Area Band for Year 5 & Year 6

Area Band is back for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils! It will start again on Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th September at 4.15pm. These sessions will be meetings for pupils and parents, followed by a short singing session. Instrumental sessions will start the following week. To enrol please click here


Links for the initial sessions on 29th and 30th September are as follows:


Tuesday 29th September 4:15pm                     


Wednesday 30th September 4:15pm  


Please click these links only at 4.15pm on the day of the meeting - if you follow the links earlier than the specified time there will be nobody to welcome you to the meeting. Please enrol as soon as possible and by Tuesday 29th September at the latest.

Music - 2019/2020

Musiquest 2020 - The search for the lost chord

Finding something fun to do during the summer holidays is always a challenge, and never more so than this year.  MusiQuest 2020 - The Search for the Lost Chord is going to be amazing, and could be the answer!  Children and young people are invited to join the BBC's well-known explorer Andy Day for a musical challenge to take them through the summer! The quest goes live on Monday 27th July at 10am and there is information on the Nottingham Music Hub website: 

Here is a trailer for Music Quest so I hope that you will get involved!


The BBC are also launching a Summer Proms season for children and families - just type in 'BBC Proms at home'. Each week there will be a specially selected proms for you and your family to enjoy and activities to complete.


Summer Celebration

If you missed the NMS Summer Celebration events earlier this week, don't worry!  They are available to view through their YouTube channel, and there is a shorter (25 minute) version and a longer (60 minute) version for you to choose from!  They are absolutely lovely, uplifting videos, bringing together all of the incredible musical events and performances that have happened during lockdown.  Look out for your schools and pupils taking part in performances such as Babethandaza, Kopanica, Tequila!, Into The Unknown, Apache, Big 12 and Music Maestros!


ChalleNGe Nottingham Summer Activities Pack

Please open the pdf file below for a fantastic pack of activities for children and young people to get involved with over the summer.  The activities are helpfully catalogued into activity types, and labelled to show you who they are most suitable for.  


Hope you have a lovely summer and stay safe. Best wishes, Mrs. Needham.


More Online Music Resources from Nottingham Music Service



We have created a range of resources to support children and young people in Nottingham City to get involved in a huge collaborative performance of the South African song, Babethandaza.  There are a range of 'no instrument' lessons  as well as lessons for all instruments at a range of levels.  Every series of lessons will teach the children how to sing the song, so hopefully we will have a huge choir of City voices raising the roof!  There are full instructions for how to get involved at the end of each of the lesson videos, and we have also attached the video guidelines and deadlines for submitting videos for Babethandaza as a PDF.

Music Maestros!


We know that many young City musicians have continued to sing and practise their instruments during lockdown, and we would like to give them an opportunity to share a piece they have been practising with us and get some feedback and a certificate of achievement from a member of our teaching team!  Full details of our Music Maestros initiative can be found in the Challenges section of our website, with a video to explain how to get involved, and a printable PDF with details of how to record and submit performance videos (including an essential parental permission statement).  This opportunity is also open to children currently studying at home and those studying at school.  We can't wait to see and hear what the children have been practising!

Pots and Pans Percussion Challenge


Perfect for Early Years and Key Stage 1; details of our Pots and Pans Percussion Challenge can also be found in the Challenges section of our website! With online resources suitable for use at home or in school, and making use of objects that can be found around the house and the classroom, this is a lovely musical project for younger children to get involved with!

Online Music Resources from Nottingham Music Service

Nottingham Music Service have provided lots of online music resources for all Primary School children. There are non-instrument lessons, singing lessons and resources, lessons for children  playing stringed instruments in key stage two and also lessons for grade resources for those taking part in grade exams.


There are also a series of short two minute videos which are useful for pupils of all ages. Please click on the following links to access the online learning. Happy music making!

Non-Instrument lessons
Singing Lessons and Resources
Lessons for children who play stringed instruments and those taking part in graded exams
Bitesize Lessons
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