MPN Newsletter Autumn 2017

8th November 2017

 

Welcome to Music Partnership North Newsletter

Autumn 2017

 Welcome to the Autumn edition of the Music Partnership North (MPN) e-newsletter.

Please take time to look through the news and articles to see what is relevant to you

with details

of upcoming events and activities, current information regarding music education and

some research

and case studies both locally and nationally. The newsletter is divided into sections for

ease of use.

We hope you find it both interesting and informative and we welcome any feedback or

information for future newsletters from you.

 

About Us

 

Music Partnership North (MPN) is the Music Education Hub for Newcastle

and Northumberland.  

In this newsletter we would like to introduce Wendy Scott who is

Northumberland’s Cultural Development Manager providing expert advice,

support and strategic direction in the areas of the arts,

(all artforms) heritage development, creative industries and cultural education.

The role strives to support a resilient and sustainable cultural sector and

creative economy through high level brokerage, advocacy and building

strong partnerships in Northumberland and beyond.

 It includes management of core grant provision to the key theatres and

cultural organisations across the county and develop and implement strategies,

plans, projects and initiatives that ensure the Council’s Corporate Plan

objectives are met. The role is lead for regional strategic working with

local authorities, the region’s universities, and national sector organisations such

as the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust and English Heritage.    

 

“I am passionate about the arts and the benefits they bring particularly

to our children. I have worked closely with Music Partnership North for many

years as a member of their Strategic Board and see their role as crucial

in delivering the North East Culture Partnership pledge for children &

young people. They are a small team that delivers a huge amount to

communities across Northumberland and Newcastle and it is a privilege

to advocate and support their work.”  

 

Wendy Scott

Cultural Development Manager

 

Strategic Board Members

The strategic board is a governance group that work with MPN to develop and monitor

music provision and discuss how the funding from Arts Council England will be used. 

The representatives come from schools, the local authority and from our strategic cultural

partner organisation.  Our members are:

 

Jeanne Hale - Independant Consultant

Miles Wallis-Clarke -  Headteacher Hotspur Primary School

Joanne Watson - Head of Music, Cramlington Learning Village

Wendy Scott - Cultural Development Manager,  Northumberland County Council

Ed Milner - Head of Learning, Sage Gateshead

Jacky Craig - Lead Officer, Music Partnership North Northumberland, Hub Lead Officer

Georgina Biddle - Lead Officer, Music Partnership North Newcastle

For more information on MPN in your area, visit our website:

 

Northumberland – http://music.northumberland.gov.uk

 

Newcastle -  www.musicpartnershipnorthnewcastle.co.uk

 

Contacts for the three strategic partners within MPN are as follows:

Music Partnership North (Northumberland) – Jacky Craig jacqueline.craig@northumberland.gov.uk

Music Partnership North (Newcastle) – Georgina Biddle georgina.biddle@newcastle.gov.uk

Sage Gateshead – Ed Milner edward.milner@sagegateshead.com

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News

Artsmark Schools Increase Across the Region

We would like to congratulate the nine schools across the Hub who have received

their Artsmark award.  In Northumberland Platinum was awarded to Stobhillgate First School,

Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools.  The Duchess's High School, Hexham First School

and Cragside C of E Primary School were all awarded Gold and New Delaval Primary received

Silver. Within Newcastle Beech Hill Primary School received Gold and English Martyr’s RC Primary

School Silver.  Please follow the Link for more information on the North of England’s results.

In making the awards to  Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools in Morpeth the Artsmark

panel praised the breadth of arts offered and commitment to them. They pointed to the

commitment to arts and cultural education at both school and governing body level together

with clear management, including collaboration and sharing with other schools. Recognition by

the schools of the contribution that the arts could make to the wellbeing, confidence and soft skills of

pupils was also acknowledged.

Liz Kinninment, Newminster Head Teacher, said on behalf of both schools:

A huge thank you to all the staff who have worked so hard in our schools to provide the

opportunities for our students leading to these awards. The engagement, enthusiasm

and commitment of the students are what allows all of the Creative Arts events to be such

a success and we continue to go from strength to strength.”

Charlotte Jones, Head of Creative Arts across the two middle schools,

who has coordinated progress in the Artsmark journey, and who spoke about the whole

Artsmark process at MPN’s Primary Network Day, said: “I am so delighted for all our students

and for the big team that has helped them to get us to Artsmark Platinum.

This massive achievement would not have been possible without the support of staff,

parents and carers, governors and the Trust. The partnerships that we have been able to build

with the local community together with a range of local, regional and national organisations including

Music Partnership North have also been essential in our journey. We have already started

sharing our Artsmark experience with other schools and hope to be able to do so with many more.”

Secondary Music Support for schools  

In 2017 MPN Newcastle commissioned secondary music specialist Jenny Williams

to conduct a survey of Newcastle schools to gather data about the current picture as

regards music provision in Newcastle secondary schools, and to carry out a needs analysis

amongst heads of department to look in detail at what staff currently need in terms of CPD

and additional support from the hub. Secondary schools clearly face specific challenges in the

current climate, not least in respect of curriculum changes and new performance

measures for schools.  

 

The survey has given an invaluable snapshot of the current picture in Newcastle schools,

and MPN now plans to use this information to work closely and strengthen partnership with

other hubs to maximise support for secondary teaching staff, looking at ways of

providing relevant CPD, training, support and collective performance opportunities.

Partnership working with NTMEH (North Tyneside Music Education Hub) to support

secondary schools has been identified as a particular priority for 2017-18 and beyond. 

As such MPN and NTMEH will be offering a joint programme of activities for secondary

schools in the academic year 2017-18.  

 If you would like more information about the proposed activities

please email georgina.biddle@newcstle.gov.uk

 

Bristol Street Motors Ford Morpeth Sponsor Brass Ensemble

MPN Northumberland are delighted that Bristol Street Motors Ford Morpeth

have once again agreed to sponsor Bedlington Community and Youth Brass Band. 

Their support ensures that the band can continue to be accessible to all and

provide a clear progression route for all children involved in the Youth Music

funded programme taking place in all schools within Bedlington and Ashington

school partnerships.  For more information on the Bedlington to Ashington

Building Brass project please follow the link

 

Northumbrian Pipers Society Sponsorship

YPG 4 TIPS! (Northumberland’s youth Northumbrian pipe ensemble)

have once again received the support of the Northumbrian Pipers Society and the

Chantry Bagpipe Museum to hold workshops each half term at the Bagpipe

Museum in Morpeth.  The aim of this group is encourage players, no matter

what level of playing, to share enthusiasm and skills with other young players. 

If you know of any young pipers who may be interested in joining this group

then please email Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk for more information.

 

BBC Ten Pieces lll

Ten Pieces have just released resources for another three pieces from the Ten Pieces lll

repertoire which you can find by clicking the link

The pieces are: Copland - Rodeo - Hoe Down, Oriff - O Fortuna, Sibelius - Finlandia

 

For each piece you will find video instructions, full performance and lesson plans for use

 

in the classroom.  

 

Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs)

 

Have you heard about LCEPs?

Do you know what an LCEP is?

 

LCEPs have been formed in areas following the The ‘Cultural Education Challenge’ which

was launched by Arts Council England in November 2015. LCEPs are a key element in

how we meet the challenge.

 

There is an LCEP group in both Newcastle and Northumberland, set up through Culture Bridge

North East, made up of representatives from cultural organisations and schools who work together

to create a plan to join-up and improve cultural education with children and young people specific

to the needs of their area. The music hub has representatives on both area LCEPs and members

of the strategic board are also involved in these groups.

 

If you would like more information on the work on either group please contact

Jacky Craig in Northumberland  jacqueline.craig@northumberland.gov.uk or

Georgina Biddle in Newcastle georgina.biddle@newcastle.gov.uk

 

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What’s On

MPN Northumberland

Brass in Concert 18th / 19th November

The 41st Brass in Concert Festival will take place at Sage Gateshead.  Following a successful

appearance of 12 elementary players in the workshops from the Whitley Memorial Church

of England First School, Bedlington in 2016, a partnership has been established between

Music Partnership North (Northumberland) and Brass in Concert to open up tuition and

performance opportunities.

 

On Tuesday, the 7th November, the young players from five schools will assemble

at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Bedlington for their first workshop.  Students from Whitley Memorial

and West End First School will be attending in the morning and Ellington Primary School,

Mowbray Primary School and Stead Lane Primary School students will attend in the afternoon. 

The workshops will be led by Laura Jackson, a baritone player who regularly teaches at

workshops and master classes in North East England and Scotland augmented by players

from Reg Vardy and NASUWT Riverside Bands, together with Music Partnership North

Northumberland Staff.

 

On Saturday, the 18th November students from the same schools will travel to

Sage Gateshead to take part in workshops and perform on the concourse at 2.30 pm.

Please come and support the students.  

 

Northumberland Youth Ensemble Residential Course, Broomley Grange

Students from the Northumberland Youth Ensemble will be trying out a new

venue this year for their residential course on the 25th & 26th November.  

 

This event gives students the opportunity to rehearse new music, improve their technique

and make new friends within the ensemble. The weekend will be led by David Francis

and under the musical direction of Justin Radford, supported by Ann-Britt Hedley and Steph Brown. 

On the afternoon of the 26th the students will give a short performance for family and friends.

 

Christmas Concert, 7th December 6.30pm

Students from both the Northumberland Youth Ensemble and Bedlington Community and

Youth Brass Band will be performing at Bedlington Community Centre on the 7th December.

This is a FREE concert but we do ask for donations on the door.  Please come along and join us.

 

Sage Gateshead

Saturday 4th November 3.30pm, Ushaw College chapel, Durham

YMP! Presents Young Sinfonia in concert

Conducted by Mark Edwards.  Tickets £5, admission for under 16's is free.

Friday 1st December 7pm, Ushaw College theatre, Durham

Jambone perform as a warm up to Alan Barnes Jazz: A Christmas Carol.  Tickets £12

 

Saturday 2nd December 3pm, Sage Gateshead

YMP! presents Jambone in concert on the concourse.

 

Sunday 3rd December  3pm and 7.30pm, Sage Gateshead

Quay Voices featuring in Home Alone in Concert with Royal Northern Sinfonia

 

Saturday 16th and 17th December YMP Present! Winter Festival, Sage Gateshead

With performances from Centre for Advanced Training and Foundation Strings and Step Up.

 

Saturday 16th December  6pm, Sage Gateshead

Young Sinfonia perform as part of a pre-Royal Northern Sinfonia concert (Christmas Oratorio 7pm)

 

Sunday 17th December 7pm, Sage Gateshead

Young Musicians Live! Winter Festival – Dove, Passing of the Year

Quay Voices and St Thomas More Chamber Choir performance of Jonathan Dove’s

song cycle ‘Passing of the Year’

 

For more information on the above please click here

Monday 11th December

Hawthorn Primary Symphony Orchestra and Hawthorn Primary Wind Orchestra present the

Hawthorn Primary Christmas Soiree, complete with mulled wine, mince pies and amazing music.

The concert will start at 6pm in the school hall.

 

Thursday 14th December

2pm: Students from Corelli Strings, Paganini Strings, the Beginner Wind and Brass,

Hawthorn Primary Wind Orchestra and Hawthorn Primary Symphony Orchestra will be giving

their school concert in the school hall. Just turn up!

6pm: West Newcastle Symphony Orchestra will be performing at St. Matthew’s Church,

Summerhill, for a charity fundraising event on behalf of In Harmony.

Tickets will be available on the door.

We’re still recruiting singers to join Quay Voices this season

If you are aged between 13-19 and are an enthusiastic singer who wants to develop their

singing we’d love to hear from you. Please email edward.milner@sagegateshead.com

for more information

 

Exciting projects this season include performances with St Thomas More Chamber Choir,

Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia. 

Contact us at youngmusicians@sagegateshead.com

 

MPN Newcastle

Secondary Network Meeting, Tuesday 16th January, 4 - 5.30p

 Y Studios Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields NE29 9BZ  

Middle School Network Meeting Tuesday 23rd January, 4 - 5.30pm                                                        

Y Studios Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields NE29 9BZ  

 If you are head of a music or performing arts department and would like to attend either of the

meetings or would like to know about future meetings or events supporting secondary or middle

schools please contact Jenny Williams Secondary Music Specialist jenny.williams@newcastle.gov.uk

 

MPN - Newcastle  support workshop visits from Opera North

Opera North recently visited Gosforth Central Middle school and Sacred Heart High School

and delivered their 2 hour workshop based

on L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child & the Magic Spells).

The workshop helps to support  the delivery of the Modern Foreign Language,

Music and Drama curriculum and is in partnership with with Théâtre Sans Frontières.

Workshops help pupils explore the music, plot and characters in Ravel’s opera

by uncovering the French

language behind the libretto.

 

Workshops take place in advance of students coming to watch the Schools’ Matinee

performance. Cost: £400 (2hr workshop for 1 class of 30 pupils) fee includes up to 35

tickets to the Schools’ Matinee.  These can be booked directly through the Opera North

Education department – education@operanorth.co.uk / 0113 223 3520.

 

Opera North perform Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child & the Magic Spells) Schools’

Matinee performance at the Newcastle Theatre Royal on Thurs 9 Nov 2017, 12pm. This

performance is suitable for key stage two to five. Written by French composer,

Maurice Ravel, to a libretto by French novelist Colette, the story of  L’enfant et les sortilèges

centres on a naughty child, who learns compassion and empathy after being chastised

by fairy tale characters, furniture, plants and animals upon whom he has inflicted cruelty. 

 

The production is performed in French and performance is approximately 45 minutes

in duration. There is a free cross curricular resource pack, focusing on French language,

music, drama and art. Tickets are £6 per pupil/teacher and they can be booked

directly through the Opera North Education department

education@operanorth.co.uk / 0113 223 3520.

 

Combined choir supports Children in Need 17th November

Schools from Newcastle and North Tyneside are excited to be performing the Children in

Need single at the great Discovery Museum on 17th November to support Children In Need.

Schools contributing include Gosforth Junior High, Benton Park Primary, Canning Street,

Kenton School, Tyneview Primary, Benton Dene Primary, St. Stephen’s R.C Primary,

Amberley Primary and Star of the Sea R.C. Primary. Georgina Biddle from Music

Partnership North Newcastle is thrilled to be conducting the combined choir.  

 

The combined choir will be part of the live show from the BBC’s Elstree studios,

the night will feature a spectacular all-star line-up as they join together to help raise money

for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.  Details of North East projects

that Children in Need are supporting can be found on this link

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Regional Events

SEND conference - March 5th, Sage Gateshead

 

A conference is being planned by North East music hubs for anyone interested or involved in

working with pupils in SEND settings. The theme of the conference is

'What is the place of music in SEND?'

There will be keynote speakers, workshops and performances throughout the day with

presenters from  Sounds of Intent, Jessie's Fund, Open Up Orchestra, Nordoff Robbins,

and Charanga. Booking will be available shortly and details will be sent out when this is available.

Cost of the day: £50 per person to include lunch.  If you would like to discuss this further please email

Jacqueline.Craig@northumberland.gov.uk

 

Newcastle College Saturday Morning Creative Workshops

Saturday Club with Arts in Partnership is all about creative fun for 14 – 16 year olds.

All of our clubs are held at Newcastle College using their state of the art facilities and run in

four week blocks with a fifth week when we invite family and friends into see the finished piece.

Choose between art, acting and DJ clubs and come along to meet new people, build confidence

and learn new skills. To sign up or if you have any questions email Fiona.oreilly@ncl-coll.ac.uk.

 

Northumberland Celebration of Drawing: Artist Mini-Grants for Schools

We are celebrating drawing in all its many forms in schools and cultural organisations across

Northumberland this autumn. Northumberland Arts Development

(supported by Northumberland County Council) are offering 3 Northumberland schools

a mini-grant to help pay for an artist to come into school and work with a class of your

choice for the day. The activities for the day will engage your pupils in drawing in the broadest

sense and could be used to support an Arts Award programme you are already

planning to run during this academic year. The workshops are expected to take

place after autumn half-term.

We have brought together a small pool of artists that you could choose to work with,

including Daniel Weatheritt, Sally Madge and David Wilkinson. Attached are details

about each artist, their work and their workshop proposals. If you would like to use

the grant to engage another visual artist, please get in touch.

The mini-grant will be £125 and should be matched with £125 by your school

to pay for the artist’s preparation, delivery, travel and materials.

If you would like to take up the offer of an artist in school mini-grant please can you email val.tobiass@maltingsberwick.co.uk expressing an interest.

 

Core of Army Music open their doors on the 25th November 2017

Following on from last year’s successful open day, the band of The Royal Regiment

of Fusiliers are holding a band workshop/open day and it is open to any musician

of Grade 5+ standard who plays either brass, woodwind or percussion.  

 

To register your interest for this unique opportunity please email: Mark.Snow581@mod.uk

 

Brass and Percussion Workshops and Education, Saturday 18 November 2017,

Sage, Gateshead

Further information on Youth and Education events at the 41st Brass in Concert Festival

have been announced by the event’s organising team.

These popular events, comprising workshops and taster sessions,

will once again be an integral part of the first day’s activities of the Festival. 

Workshops will be led by Philip Harper and a team of tutors from defending Brass in Concert

champion, Cory Band. Laura Jackson will lead the elementary group.  At the conclusion of the

workshops (2.30pm), the participants will demonstrate the benefit of their learning experience

in a free public performance on the Sage Gateshead concourse.

 

Application forms for the workshops can be obtained from Hugh Stephenson at

hughastephenson@hotmail.com  or from the Brass in Concert website by clicking here.  

Registration for the workshops commences at 8.45am on 18 November and the £5.00 cost

includes a packed lunch.

 

Tickets for World of Brass in Concert on Saturday 18 November, featuring Brass and Voices

at the Movies with Cory Band and Only Men Aloud (priced £27.00, £18.00 and £10.00)

and the Brass in Concert Championship on Sunday 19 November (£30.00, £22.00 and £12.00),

are available at www.sagegateshead.com or from the Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661.

 

Ashington & District Male Voice Choir Require a New Musical Director/Conductor

This community based choir having recently celebrated its Centenary Year is highly

respected throughout. the North East. The choir committee are seeking a suitably

qualified and experienced person to take on the role of Musical Director and Conductor

and lead the choir into the future. The appointment will

commence from January 1st 2018.  The Musical Director plays a key role in the

overall direction of the choir and works with the enthusiastic management committee.

A negotiated honorarium is paid for the position.

 

Persons interested are invited to contact the Choir’s Secretary for further

information and then submit a letter of application including details of two referees

by no later than Monday 20th November 2017.  Please email prowcc@googlemail.com

 

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Research and Case Studies

This section includes links to interesting articles, projects and research both locally

and nationally. If you are running an interesting or unusual music project and would

like us to feature it in our newsletter, then please contact:

Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk

 

Arts, culture, and school improvement

Jeanne Hale is a consultant to the education and cultural sectors, and a school

governor. In this blog post, which has also been featured in Newcastle City Council's

most recent GoverNews publication, she calls upon fellow school governors to actively

join the debate about the place of arts and culture in education.

 

Arts GCSE entries at their lowest for a decade

Entries into arts subject at GCSE in 2016 were the lowest for a decade,

a new paper has concluded. Both the average number of arts entries per pupil and the

proportion of pupils taking at least one arts subject are at their lowest since 2007.

The independent research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), funded by Arts Council

England and the City of London Corporation, aimed to “provide clarity” on the debate

about the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

It echoes the findings of a study by Norwich University of Arts earlier this month,

concluding it is “likely” the EBacc is putting pressure on arts subjects “by limiting the number

of option subject slots”.

To read the full article please follow the link

Stormy Weather - A perfect storm is rapidly approaching in music education in England

says MEC Chair Dick Hallam. Read on to see how you can help and gain support.

 "A perfect storm is rapidly approaching in musiceducation in England"

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Training and Resources

CPD Workshops in both Northumberland and Newcastle

We are working with a number of partners to broaden the range of CPD

opportunities that we provide to schools. We are now able to offer CPD sessions and workshops for:

 

  • Charanga - A complete online scheme to teach the national curriculum for music
  • Using iPads in the music classroom
  • The Kodaly and Orff approaches to music education
  • Music technology/DJ-ing

 

For more information, please get in touch with: David.Francis@northumberland.gov.uk

 

MPN support Nordoff Robbins with their first short course in the North East.

The six week course “How Music Can Help – an extended introduction to Nordoff

Robbins Music Therapy.” Starts 2nd November.   The course will be run by experienced

Nordoff Robbins music therapists. It will include information about music therapy and

the Nordoff Robbins approach, examples of music therapy in action, and practical

music making. The course is open to anyone interested in music therapy,

catering equally for people with no previous knowledge and for those

with experience in related fields.

 

Dates: 2 November to 14 December inclusive from 6.00pm – 8.00pm on Thursday evenings

Location: Westgate Community College, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9LU

Cost: £165 (concession for full time students and unwaged £90)

To book a place or for further enquiries please contact education@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

 

Art for Life’s Sake: Cultural Professional Development Programme for Schools

Session One: Using Arts to Promote Work and Life Skills, Tuesday 22 November 10am – 4pm, Collingwood Media Arts College

Promote deep learning and enrich your curriculum through the arts.

As part of our professional development programme for schools, Culture Bridge North East

and Collingwood School & Media Arts College are offering a unique opportunity to improve the

outcomes and educational experience of young people and explore how to enrich your curriculum

through the arts. This FREE programme will highlight the pivotal role culture plays in raising

academic, social and cultural outcomes for students.

This first session focuses on using the arts to help young people develop work and life skills.

You will discover what the benefits of the arts have been for our students, staff and school,

and find out more about working in partnership with an arts organisation. There will also be

an opportunity to think in more depth about the practicalities of planning an arts project.

This programme will enable schools to build sustainable networks with cultural organisations,

establish practices that embrace the arts and cultural sector, enrich and add value to all

curriculum areas and to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the North East.

To book your place, please sign up here:

 

Funding for School to Purchase Musical Equipment

Schools that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding

of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation's Instrument and/or Equipment Awards.

The funding must be made for music education that is beyond statutory national

curriculum music teaching. The Foundation cannot fund retrospectively and schools are

not eligible for financial assistance under this scheme if they have already purchased

their instruments or if they do so before their application has been approved.

The closing date for applications is the 31 January 2018.  

To be redirected to the funders website click here

 

Take It Away Instrument Scheme

The scheme is designed to help people people up to the age of 25 buy a

musical instrument.  You can use Take it away to help spread the cost of buying any kind

of musical instrument from one of our member retailers. You can also include

accessories such as sheet music as part of your purchase. Loans are available

from £100 up to £5,000.  For more information please click here.

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For Sale

Music Partnership North are looking to sell some of our excess instrument stock.   

This term we are offering the following:

Hanson Chalameau Clarinets class sets of 30 - £180 (enough for 4 class sets)

Alto Saxophones Elkhart, Earlham - £150-£200

Tenor Saxophones £250

Bassoons Fox, Howarth - from £500

Oboes Howarth - £350-£700

24 bass Scarlatti accordions - £100

 

We are also giving Northumberland schools the opportunity to buy Camac Clarsach

lever harps.  These are priced at  £1300 each.  If you would like more information

on these harps then please contact Charlotte Dyson before 27th November. 

After this date it will be open to any interested parties.

 

Please contact charlotte.dyson@northumberland.gov.uk if you are interested and would

like to view any items at our base in Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8QZ. 

All prices exclude VAT.

 

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like to comment on this newsletter please contact Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk

 

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Welcome to Music Partnership North Newsletter

Autumn 2017

 

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the Music Partnership North (MPN) e-newsletter. Please take time to look through the news and articles to see what is relevant to you with details of upcoming events and activities, current information regarding music education and some research and case studies both locally and nationally. The newsletter is divided into sections for ease of use. We hope you find it both interesting and informative and we welcome any feedback or information for future newsletters from you.

 

About Us

 

Music Partnership North (MPN) is the Music Education Hub for Newcastle and Northumberland.  

In this newsletter we would like to introduce Wendy Scott who is Northumberland’s Cultural Development Manager providing expert advice, support and strategic direction in the areas of the arts, (all artforms) heritage development, creative industries and cultural education. The role strives to support a resilient and sustainable cultural sector and creative economy through high level brokerage, advocacy and building strong partnerships in Northumberland and beyond.

 

It includes management of core grant provision to the key theatres and cultural organisations across the county and develop and implement strategies, plans, projects and initiatives that ensure the Council’s Corporate Plan objectives are met. The role is lead for regional strategic working with local authorities, the region’s universities, and national sector organisations such as the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust and English Heritage.    

 

“I am passionate about the arts and the benefits they bring particularly to our children. I have worked closely with Music Partnership North for many years as a member of their Strategic Board and see their role as crucial in delivering the North East Culture Partnership pledge for children & young people. They are a small team that delivers a huge amount to communities across Northumberland and Newcastle and it is a privilege to advocate and support their work.”  

 

Wendy Scott

Cultural Development Manager

 

Strategic Board Members

The strategic board is a governance group that work with MPN to develop and monitor music provision and discuss how the funding from Arts Council England will be used.  The representatives come from schools, the local authority and from our strategic cultural partner organisation.  Our members are:

 

Jeanne Hale - Independant Consultant

Miles Wallis-Clarke -  Headteacher Hotspur Primary School

Joanne Watson - Head of Music, Cramlington Learning Village

Wendy Scott - Cultural Development Manager,  Northumberland County Council

Ed Milner - Head of Learning, Sage Gateshead

Jacky Craig - Lead Officer, Music Partnership North Northumberland, Hub Lead Officer

Georgina Biddle - Lead Officer, Music Partnership North Newcastle

For more information on MPN in your area, visit our website:

 

Northumberland – http://music.northumberland.gov.uk

 

Newcastle -  www.musicpartnershipnorthnewcastle.co.uk

 

Contacts for the three strategic partners within MPN are as follows:

Music Partnership North (Northumberland) – Jacky Craig jacqueline.craig@northumberland.gov.uk

Music Partnership North (Newcastle) – Georgina Biddle georgina.biddle@newcastle.gov.uk

Sage Gateshead – Ed Milner edward.milner@sagegateshead.com

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News

Artsmark Schools Increase Across the Region

We would like to congratulate the nine schools across the Hub who have received their Artsmark award.  In Northumberland Platinum was awarded to Stobhillgate First School, Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools.  The Duchess's High School, Hexham First School and Cragside C of E Primary School were all awarded Gold and New Delaval Primary received Silver. Within Newcastle Beech Hill Primary School received Gold and English Martyr’s RC Primary School Silver.  Please follow the Link for more information on the North of England’s results.

In making the awards to  Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools in Morpeth the Artsmark panel praised the breadth of arts offered and commitment to them. They pointed to the commitment to arts and cultural education at both school and governing body level together with clear management, including collaboration and sharing with other schools. Recognition by the schools of the contribution that the arts could make to the wellbeing, confidence and soft skills of pupils was also acknowledged.

Liz Kinninment, Newminster Head Teacher, said on behalf of both schools: “A huge thank you to all the staff who have worked so hard in our schools to provide the opportunities for our students leading to these awards. The engagement, enthusiasm and commitment of the students are what allows all of the Creative Arts events to be such a success and we continue to go from strength to strength.”

Charlotte Jones, Head of Creative Arts across the two middle schools, who has

coordinated progress in the Artsmark journey, and who spoke about the whole Artsmark

process at MPN’s Primary Network Day, said: “I am so delighted for all our students

and for the big team that has helped them to get us to Artsmark Platinum. This

massive achievement would not have been possible without the support of staff,

parents and carers, governors and the Trust. The partnerships that we have been

able to build with the local community together with a range of local, regional and

national organisations including Music Partnership North have also been essential

in our journey. We have already started sharing our Artsmark experience with

other schools and hope to be able to do so with many more.”

Secondary Music Support for schools  

In 2017 MPN Newcastle commissioned secondary music specialist

Jenny Williams to conduct a survey of Newcastle schools to gather data

about the current picture as regards music provision in Newcastle secondary

schools, and to carry out a needs analysis amongst heads of department

to look in detail at what staff currently need in terms of CPD and additional

support from the hub. Secondary schools clearly face specific challenges in the

current climate, not least in respect of curriculum changes and

new performance measures for schools.  

 

The survey has given an invaluable snapshot of the current picture in

Newcastle schools, and MPN now plans to use this information to work

closely and strengthen partnership with other hubs to maximise support for

secondary teaching staff, looking at ways of providing relevant CPD, training,

support and collective performance opportunities. Partnership working with

NTMEH (North Tyneside Music Education Hub) to support secondary schools

has been identified as a particular priority for 2017-18 and beyond. 

As such MPN and NTMEH will be offering a joint programme of activities

for secondary schools in the academic year 2017-18.  

 

If you would like more information about the proposed activities

please email georgina.biddle@newcstle.gov.uk

 

Bristol Street Motors Ford Morpeth Sponsor Brass Ensemble

MPN Northumberland are delighted that Bristol Street Motors Ford Morpeth

have once again agreed to sponsor Bedlington Community and Youth Brass Band. 

Their support ensures that the band can continue to be accessible to all and

provide a clear progression route for all children involved in the Youth Music

funded programme taking place in all schools within Bedlington and

Ashington school partnerships.  For more information on the Bedlington

to Ashington Building Brass project please follow the link

 

Northumbrian Pipers Society Sponsorship

YPG 4 TIPS! (Northumberland’s youth Northumbrian pipe ensemble)

have once again received the support of the Northumbrian Pipers Society

and the Chantry Bagpipe Museum to hold workshops each half term

at the Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth.  The aim of this group is encourage

players, no matter what level of playing, to share enthusiasm and skills

with other young players.  If you know of any young pipers who may be

interested in joining this group then please email

Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk for more information.

 

BBC Ten Pieces lll

Ten Pieces have just released resources for another three pieces

from the Ten Pieces lll repertoire which you can find by clicking the link

The pieces are: Copland - Rodeo - Hoe Down, Oriff - O Fortuna, Sibelius - Finlandia

 

For each piece you will find video instructions,

full performance and lesson plans for use in the classroom.  

 

Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs)

 

Have you heard about LCEPs?

Do you know what an LCEP is?

 

LCEPs have been formed in areas following the

The ‘Cultural Education Challenge’ which was launched by

Arts Council England in November 2015. LCEPs are a key element in how we meet the challenge.

 

There is an LCEP group in both Newcastle and Northumberland, set up through

Culture Bridge North East, made up of representatives from cultural

organisations and schools who work together to create a plan to join-up

and improve cultural education with children and young people specific to the needs of their area.

The music hub has representatives on both area LCEPs and members of the strategic

board are also involved in these groups.

 

If you would like more information on the work on either group please contact

Jacky Craig in Northumberland  jacqueline.craig@northumberland.gov.uk or

Georgina Biddle in Newcastle georgina.biddle@newcastle.gov.uk

 

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What’s On

MPN Northumberland

Brass in Concert 18th / 19th November

The 41st Brass in Concert Festival will take place at Sage Gateshead. 

Following a successful appearance of 12 elementary players in the

workshops from the Whitley Memorial Church of England First School,

Bedlington in 2016, a partnership has been established between

Music Partnership North (Northumberland) and Brass in Concert to

open up tuition and performance opportunities.

 

On Tuesday, the 7th November, the young players from five schools

will assemble at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Bedlington for their first workshop. 

Students from Whitley Memorial and West End First School will be

attending in the morning and Ellington Primary School, Mowbray

Primary School and Stead Lane Primary School students will attend in the afternoon. 

The workshops will be led by Laura Jackson, a baritone player who regularly

teaches at workshops and master classes in North East England and

Scotland augmented by players from Reg Vardy and NASUWT Riverside Bands,

together with Music Partnership North Northumberland Staff.

 

On Saturday, the 18th November students from the same schools will travel

to Sage Gateshead to take part in workshops and perform on the

concourse at 2.30 pm. Please come and support the students.  

 

Northumberland Youth Ensemble Residential Course, Broomley Grange

Students from the Northumberland Youth Ensemble will be trying out a

new venue this year for their residential course on the 25th & 26th November.  

 

This event gives students the opportunity to rehearse new music,

improve their technique and make new friends within the ensemble.

The weekend will be led by David Francis and under the musical direction of

Justin Radford, supported by Ann-Britt Hedley and Steph Brown. 

On the afternoon of the 26th the students will give a short performance for family and friends.

 

Christmas Concert, 7th December 6.30pm

Students from both the Northumberland Youth Ensemble and Bedlington

Community and Youth Brass Band will be performing at Bedlington Community

Centre on the 7th December. This is a FREE concert but we do ask for donations on the door. 

Please come along and join us.

 

Sage Gateshead

Saturday 4th November 3.30pm, Ushaw College chapel, Durham

YMP! Presents Young Sinfonia in concert

Conducted by Mark Edwards.  Tickets £5, admission for under 16's is free.

Friday 1st December 7pm, Ushaw College theatre, Durham

Jambone perform as a warm up to Alan Barnes Jazz: A Christmas Carol.  Tickets £12

 

Saturday 2nd December 3pm, Sage Gateshead

YMP! presents Jambone in concert on the concourse.

 

Sunday 3rd December  3pm and 7.30pm, Sage Gateshead

Quay Voices featuring in Home Alone in Concert with Royal Northern Sinfonia

 

Saturday 16th and 17th December YMP Present! Winter Festival, Sage Gateshead

With performances from Centre for Advanced Training and Foundation Strings and Step Up.

 

Saturday 16th December  6pm, Sage Gateshead

Young Sinfonia perform as part of a pre-Royal Northern Sinfonia

concert (Christmas Oratorio 7pm)

 

Sunday 17th December 7pm, Sage Gateshead

Young Musicians Live! Winter Festival – Dove, Passing of the Year

Quay Voices and St Thomas More Chamber Choir performance of

Jonathan Dove’s song cycle ‘Passing of the Year’

 

For more information on the above please click here

Monday 11th December

Hawthorn Primary Symphony Orchestra and Hawthorn Primary

Wind Orchestra present the Hawthorn Primary Christmas Soiree,

complete with mulled wine, mince pies and amazing music.

The concert will start at 6pm in the school hall.

 

Thursday 14th December

2pm: Students from Corelli Strings, Paganini Strings, the Beginner

Wind and Brass, Hawthorn Primary Wind Orchestra and Hawthorn

Primary Symphony Orchestra will be giving their school concert in the school hall. Just turn up!

6pm: West Newcastle Symphony Orchestra will be performing at

St. Matthew’s Church, Summerhill, for a charity fundraising

event on behalf of In Harmony. Tickets will be available on the door.

We’re still recruiting singers to join Quay Voices this season

If you are aged between 13-19 and are an enthusiastic singer

who wants to develop their singing we’d love to hear from you.

Please email edward.milner@sagegateshead.com for more information

 

Exciting projects this season include performances with St Thomas

More Chamber Choir, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia. 

Contact us at youngmusicians@sagegateshead.com

 

MPN Newcastle

Secondary Network Meeting, Tuesday 16th January, 4 - 5.30pm

Y Studios Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields NE29 9BZ  

Middle School Network Meeting Tuesday 23rd January, 4 - 5.30pm     

Y Studios Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields NE29 9BZ  

 

If you are head of a music or performing arts department and would like

to attend either of the meetings or would like to know about future

meetings or events supporting secondary or middle schools please contact

Jenny Williams Secondary Music Specialist jenny.williams@newcastle.gov.uk

 

MPN - Newcastle  support workshop visits from Opera North

Opera North recently visited Gosforth Central Middle school and Sacred

Heart High School and delivered their 2 hour workshop based on

L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child & the Magic Spells).

The workshop helps to support  the delivery of the Modern Foreign Language,

Music and Drama curriculum and is in partnership with with Théâtre Sans Frontières.

Workshops help pupils explore the music, plot and characters in Ravel’s

opera by uncovering the French language behind the libretto.

 

Workshops take place in advance of students coming to watch

the Schools’ Matinee performance. Cost: £400 (2hr workshop for

1 class of 30 pupils) fee includes up to 35 tickets to the Schools’ Matinee. 

These can be booked directly through the Opera North Education

department – education@operanorth.co.uk / 0113 223 3520.

 

Opera North perform Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges

(The Child & the Magic Spells) Schools’ Matinee performance at the Newcastle

Theatre Royal on Thurs 9 Nov 2017, 12pm. This performance is suitable for

key stage two to five. Written by French composer, Maurice Ravel, to a libretto

by French novelist Colette, the story of  L’enfant et les sortilèges

centres on a naughty child, who learns compassion and empathy

after being chastised by fairy tale characters, furniture, 

plants and animals upon whom he has inflicted cruelty. 

 

The production is performed in French and performance is

approximately 45 minutes in duration. There is a free cross curricular

resource pack, focusing on French language, music, drama and art.

Tickets are £6 per pupil/teacher and they can be booked directly

through the Opera North Education department –

education@operanorth.co.uk / 0113 223 3520.

 

Combined choir supports Children in Need 17th November

Schools from Newcastle and North Tyneside are excited to be

performing the Children in Need single at the great Discovery Museum on

17th November to support Children In Need. Schools contributing

include Gosforth Junior High, Benton Park Primary, Canning Street,

Kenton School, Tyneview Primary, Benton Dene Primary,

St. Stephen’s R.C Primary, Amberley Primary and Star of the Sea R.C. Primary.

Georgina Biddle from Music Partnership North Newcastle is

thrilled to be conducting the combined choir.  

 

The combined choir will be part of the live show from the BBC’s Elstree studios,

the night will feature a spectacular all-star line-up as they join together

to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young

people across the UK.  Details of North East projects that

Children in Need are supporting can be found on this link

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Regional Events

SEND conference - March 5th, Sage Gateshead

 

A conference is being planned by North East music hubs for anyone

interested or involved in working with pupils in SEND settings.

The theme of the conference is 'What is the place of music in SEND?'

There will be keynote speakers, workshops and performances throughout the

day with presenters from  Sounds of Intent, Jessie's Fund, Open Up Orchestra,

Nordoff Robbins, and Charanga. Booking will be available shortly and details

will be sent out when this is available. Cost of the day: £50 per person to include lunch. 

If you would like to discuss this further please email Jacqueline.Craig@northumberland.gov.uk

 

Newcastle College Saturday Morning Creative Workshops

Saturday Club with Arts in Partnership is all about creative fun for 14 – 16 year olds.

All of our clubs are held at Newcastle College using their state of the art

facilities and run in four week blocks with a fifth week when we invite family

and friends into see the finished piece. Choose between art, acting and

DJ clubs and come along to meet new people, build confidence and

learn new skills. To sign up or if you have any questions email Fiona.oreilly@ncl-coll.ac.uk.

 

Northumberland Celebration of Drawing: Artist Mini-Grants for Schools

We are celebrating drawing in all its many forms in schools

and cultural organisations across Northumberland this autumn.

Northumberland Arts Development (supported by Northumberland

County Council) are offering 3 Northumberland schools a mini-grant to

help pay for an artist to come into school and work with a class

of your choice for the day. The activities for the day will engage your

pupils in drawing in the broadest sense and could be used to support

an Arts Award programme you are already planning to run during

this academic year. The workshops are expected to take place after autumn half-term.

We have brought together a small pool of artists that

you could choose to work with, including Daniel Weatheritt,

Sally Madge and David Wilkinson. Attached are details about each artist,

their work and their workshop proposals. If you would like to use the

grant to engage another visual artist, please get in touch.

The mini-grant will be £125 and should be matched with £125 by your

school to pay for the artist’s preparation, delivery, travel and materials.

If you would like to take up the offer of an artist in school mini-grant please can you email val.tobiass@maltingsberwick.co.uk expressing an interest.

 

Core of Army Music open their doors on the 25th November 2017

Following on from last year’s successful open day, the band of

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are holding a band workshop/open

day and it is open to any musician of Grade 5+ standard who

plays either brass, woodwind or percussion.  

 

To register your interest for this unique opportunity

please email: Mark.Snow581@mod.uk

 

Brass and Percussion Workshops and Education, Saturday 18 November 2017,

Sage, Gateshead

Further information on Youth and Education events at the 41st Brass in

Concert Festival have been announced by the event’s organising team.

These popular events, comprising workshops and taster sessions,

will once again be an integral part of the first day’s activities of the Festival. 

Workshops will be led by Philip Harper and a team of tutors from

defending Brass in Concert champion, Cory Band. Laura Jackson

will lead the elementary group.  At the conclusion of the workshops (2.30pm),

the participants will demonstrate the benefit of their learning experience in

a free public performance on the Sage Gateshead concourse.

 

Application forms for the workshops can be obtained from Hugh

Stephenson at hughastephenson@hotmail.com  or from the Brass in

Concert website by clicking here.  Registration for the workshops

commences at 8.45am on 18 November and the £5.00 cost includes a packed lunch.

 

Tickets for World of Brass in Concert on Saturday 18 November,

featuring Brass and Voices at the Movies with Cory Band and

Only Men Aloud (priced £27.00, £18.00 and £10.00) and the

Brass in Concert Championship on Sunday 19 November (£30.00, £22.00 and £12.00),

are available at www.sagegateshead.com or from the Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661.

 

Ashington & District Male Voice Choir Require a

New Musical Director/Conductor

This community based choir having recently celebrated its

Centenary Year is highly respected throughout

the North East. The choir committee are seeking a suitably qualified

and experienced person to take on

the role of Musical Director and Conductor and lead the choir into the future.

The appointment will commence from January 1st 2018. 

The Musical Director plays a key role in the overall direction

of the choir and works with the enthusiastic management committee.

A negotiated honorarium is paid for the position.

 

Persons interested are invited to contact the Choir’s Secretary for

further information and then submit a letter of application including

details of two referees by no later than Monday 20th November 2017. 

Please email prowcc@googlemail.com

 

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Research and Case Studies

This section includes links to interesting articles, projects and

research both locally and nationally. If you are running an interesting

or unusual music project and would like us to feature it in our

newsletter, then please contact: Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk

 

Arts, culture, and school improvement

Jeanne Hale is a consultant to the education and cultural sectors,

and a school governor. In this blog post, which has also been

featured in Newcastle City Council's most recent GoverNews publication,

she calls upon fellow school governors to actively join the debate

about the place of arts and culture in education.

 

Arts GCSE entries at their lowest for a decade

Entries into arts subject at GCSE in 2016 were the lowest for

a decade, a new paper has concluded. Both the average number

of arts entries per pupil and the proportion of pupils taking at least

one arts subject are at their lowest since 2007.

The independent research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI),

funded by Arts Council England and the City of London Corporation,

aimed to “provide clarity” on the debate about the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

It echoes the findings of a study by Norwich University of Arts earlier this month,

concluding it is “likely” the EBacc is putting pressure on arts subjects

“by limiting the number of option subject slots”.

To read the full article please follow the link

 

Stormy Weather - A perfect storm is rapidly approaching in music education

in England says MEC Chair Dick Hallam. Read on to see how you can

help and gain support.

 "A perfect storm is rapidly approaching in musiceducation in England"

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Training and Resources

CPD Workshops in both Northumberland and Newcastle

We are working with a number of partners to broaden the range of

CPD opportunities that we provide to schools. We are now able to offer

CPD sessions and workshops for:

 

  • Charanga - A complete online scheme to teach the national curriculum for music
  • Using iPads in the music classroom
  • The Kodaly and Orff approaches to music education
  • Music technology/DJ-ing

 

For more information, please get in touch with: David.Francis@northumberland.gov.uk

 

MPN support Nordoff Robbins with their first short course in the North East.

The six week course “How Music Can Help – an extended introduction to

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.” Starts 2nd November.   The course will be run

by experienced Nordoff Robbins music therapists. It will include information

about music therapy and the Nordoff Robbins approach, examples of music

therapy in action, and practical music making. The course is open to anyone

interested in music therapy, catering equally for people with no previous

knowledge and for those with experience in related fields.

 

Dates: 2 November to 14 December inclusive from 6.00pm – 8.00pm on Thursday evenings

Location: Westgate Community College, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9LU

Cost: £165 (concession for full time students and unwaged £90)

To book a place or for further enquiries please contact

education@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

 

Art for Life’s Sake: Cultural Professional Development Programme for Schools

Session One: Using Arts to Promote Work and Life Skills,

Tuesday 22 November 10am – 4pm, Collingwood Media Arts College

Promote deep learning and enrich your curriculum through the arts.

As part of our professional development programme for schools,

Culture Bridge North East and Collingwood School & Media Arts College

are offering a unique opportunity to improve the outcomes and educational

experience of young people and explore how to enrich your curriculum

through the arts. This FREE programme will highlight the pivotal role culture

plays in raising academic, social and cultural outcomes for students.

This first session focuses on using the arts to help young people develop

work and life skills. You will discover what the benefits of the arts have

been for our students, staff and school, and find out more about working

in partnership with an arts organisation. There will also be an opportunity

to think in more depth about the practicalities of planning an arts project.

This programme will enable schools to build sustainable networks with

cultural organisations, establish practices that embrace the arts and

cultural sector, enrich and add value to all curriculum areas and to

celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the North East.

To book your place, please sign up here:

 

Funding for School to Purchase Musical Equipment

Schools that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can

apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation's

Instrument and/or Equipment Awards. The funding must be made for

music education that is beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching.

The Foundation cannot fund retrospectively and schools are not eligible for financial

assistance under this scheme if they have already purchased their instruments

or if they do so before their application has been approved.

The closing date for applications is the 31 January 2018.  

To be redirected to the funders website click here

 

Take It Away Instrument Scheme

The scheme is designed to help people people up to the age of 25 buy a

musical instrument.  You can use Take it away to help spread the cost o

f buying any kind of musical instrument from one of our member retailers.

You can also include accessories such as sheet music as part of your purchase.

Loans are available from £100 up to £5,000.  For more information please click here.

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For Sale

Music Partnership North are looking to sell some of our excess instrument stock.   

This term we are offering the following:

Hanson Chalameau Clarinets class sets of 30 - £180 (enough for 4 class sets)

Alto Saxophones Elkhart, Earlham - £150-£200

Tenor Saxophones £250

Bassoons Fox, Howarth - from £500

Oboes Howarth - £350-£700

24 bass Scarlatti accordions - £100

 

We are also giving Northumberland schools the opportunity to buy Camac Clarsach lever harps. 

These are priced at  £1300 each.  If you would like more information on these harps then

please contact Charlotte Dyson before 27th November. 

After this date it will be open to any interested parties.

 

Please contact charlotte.dyson@northumberland.gov.uk if you are interested

and would like to view any items at our base in Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8QZ. 

All prices exclude VAT.

 

If you would like to include any information in future newsletters or if you

would like to comment on this newsletter please contact Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk