27th October 2019

Welcome to Music Partnership North Newsletter Autumn 2019

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

Primary Music Conference 2020

On the 1st April 2020 MPN will be holding their annual Primary Music Conference at East Bedlington Community Centre, 8.45am - 3.45pm.


This is a great opportunity to have time out of the classroom to plan, receive peer to peer support and find out about the latest resources available for all schools.  Here is a selection of this year's sessions:


Boom, Snap & Clap! - Children love to clap, tap and stomp. Learn how to use body percussion to teach structure/form, dynamics, timbre, rhythm, articulation, listening and performance skills in the primary classroom.  Presented by Steven Moore, Freelance Percussionist/Workshop Leader


Effective Assessment in the Primary Music Classroom - An examination of effective methods for assessment in primary, first and middle schools. Presented by Phil Rosier, St Joseph's R C Middle/St Mary's R C First 


Demystifying Deep Dives - Mike Summers (Durham Music Service and HMI) explores the new Ofsted deep dives and how primary music teachers can prepare for this new framework. 


Out of the Ark / online singing resources - Practitioners from Out of the Ark will guide you through the many ways you can link singing into your school, providing resources you can take away and start to creating a singing culture in everything you do.

The cost per delegate will be £45, Book your place here



O2 Academy Schools’ Rock Festival Invite 

March 2020

MPN Newcastle and North Tyneside Music Education Hub are hosting a two day secondary schools’ rock festival at the o2 Academy in Newcastle.  The provisional dates are 9th and 10th March 2020.  

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY! - If you are a secondary school teacher, head of music or music coordinator and you know of a band or bands that would like to take part in next year’s (2020) festival please follow the link here to register interest.

Northumberland Festival of Music 2020 

As you may be aware, our local “Wansbeck Music Festival” took place for the final time in 2019 after many years of offering performance opportunities for all ages and abilities, leaving a gap in provision. 

Music Partnership North have been working with a group of supporters to create a new style festival for young people and adults which will take place in March 2020.    

We invite you to join us for the first year of NORFEST, a festival of workshops and events covering all instruments and voices for school age students in venues across Morpeth, Bedlington and Newbiggin. The festival also includes a dedicated day for adult music makers with a final concert from young musicians.  

If you would like to be added to the distribution list please email 

Big Gig 16th June 2020

Are you a class teacher that delivers Whole Class Instrumental tuition?

Do you support a music club, or choir/vocal group in school?  

Do you teach beginner instrumentalists?  

Do you have a tutor from Music Partnership North that already supports delivery of whole class ensemble tuition? 


If the answer is YES then Music Partnership North would like to invite you to the Big Gig 2020.  


This annual event is a celebration of singing and whole class Instrumental teaching and takes place at Northumbria University Sports Central, 9.30am – 2.30pm, in a safe, spacious venue with good access and facilities and parents are invited to listen to the performance in the afternoon.

The day is open to singers, music groups and classes receiving whole-class instrumental tuition (any instrument) and to any other smaller groups of primary school instrumentalists and their teachers.


If you would like to be involved please follow This link to register 


A full list of the music to be played and further details of the day will be forwarded to contact email address once registered. 

Singing Spreads Sunshine

On Tuesday 18th June, 190 children from 8 schools joined forces to take part in Singing Spreads Sunshine. The event took place at the Whitley Bay Playhouse and included schools from the Seaton Valley area. The children and parents were also treated to a guest appearance from the amazing Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir. Following the event, Amanda Bennett (Headteacher of Seaton Sluice First School) also secured funding for a Gospel Workshop in the summer holidays. Following the event, Amanda told us:


“As always, it was a pleasure and indeed highlight of my job organising Singing Spreads Sunshine. It is such an uplifting event!”

BBC Ten Pieces Day

In June, around 80 children and young people from four schools in Hexham formed a one-off large scale orchestra for a day. Instrumentalists from the three middle schools joined students at Queen Elizabeth High School to rehearse and perform pieces from the great composers, using the BBC Ten Pieces Resources. “This was a fantastic day” explained David Francis (Deputy Lead Officer, Music Partnership North), “The beauty of the BBC material is that musicians of all ability levels can play together, learn some of the best-loved pieces of classical repertoire and experience the magic of performing together as part of a huge orchestra.”


 If you’d like to organise a similar event in your local partnership please contact: