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Holiday Music Course

The Music Service is delighted to be able to invite young musicians to take part in the 17th annual Holiday Music CourseThe course will take place during the February half term for three days –  Tuesday 18th, 19th and 20th February 2020 at William Patten Primary School. 

 

 

The courses offer full days courses for Strings, Brass and Woodwind, Steel Pans, Instrumental Roundabout (A chance to try out 3 different instruments) – as well as a half-day course in Creative Music Making.

Instrumental Courses: eligible for young people in Years 3-8 (9.30am – 3.30pm – 3 full days)

Creative Music Making Course: eligible for young people in Years 1-2 (9.30am – 12.20pm – 3 half days)

Location: William Patten Primary School, Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0NX

Further Information and Applications: For full details and for an application form, please visit our Holiday Course page here

 

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Alter Ego Auditions – January 25th, Hackney Empire

Back by popular demand! East London’s biggest talent showcase returns and with it comes your chance to be chosen as the winner of Alter Ego 2020!

Whatever your talent, we want to see it!

Previous finalists performed alongside Yxng Bane, Krept and Konan, Lady Leshurr, Rudimental, Big Tobz, Misha B, Paigey Cakey, Ghetts, Sneakbo and many more… But you have to be in it to win it – for your chance to perform in front of over a thousand people, in a lineup with some major headline acts, come down to Hackney Empire and audition for Alter Ego 2020.

Your time is now. Don’t waste it.

 

Auditions Date: Sat 25 Jan 10am–6pm, Hackney Empire – Empire Two

Applicants must be aged 13-19.

To book your audition contact alterego@hackneyempire.co.uk or 020 8985 2424. (Mon – Sat 10am- 6pm)

Finalists will be mentored by top industry professionals -they then will perform alongside headline acts in front of over a thousand people at the Alter Ego 2019 Final, Fri 21 Feb at Hackney Empire. 

Watch this space for more information on the shows line up and on sale date.


Hackney Empire is a Hackney Music Network Partner. All enquires about this opportunity should be directed to the Hackney Empire Directly – visit the Hackney Empire Website Here

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New ensemble launching in 2020…Hackney Junior Jazz Ensemble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce that next term we will be launching a NEW and exciting ensemble – the Hackney Junior Jazz Ensemble (HJJE) for young musicians of Grade 2 and above standard looking for the experience of playing in a jazz group!

HJJE will be a cross-phase ensemble, open to Primary Yr5+ pupils as well as secondary players.  We anticipate a wide range of opportunities for musicians in the ensemble, as well as progression to the Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble.

The group accommodates any instrument – we welcome drummers/percussionists, guitars/basses, keys as well as strings/wind and brass, tuned percussion are also warmly welcomed!

This new ensemble follows the success of our long-established Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble (HCJE). HCJE regularly perform at venues such as the Vortex and the Hackney Empire and is aimed at minimum Grade 5 standard (Yr7+) players.  We are delighted that we are now able to additionally set up a feeder ensemble to nurture musicians from a younger age interested in exploring jazz.

HCJE Manager Oliver Crooke says:

‘We are excited to be launching this new ensemble in January 2020 which expands the range of opportunities we are able to offer young musicians across Hackney”

HJJE will rehearse at City Academy on Wednesdays 4.30 – 6pm, directly before the Senior Ensemble. Like HCJE, the ensemble will be coached by a team of professional musicians including a rotation of different instrumentalists in order that all the different sections of the group are supported well.

To find out more about HJJE, as well as our other ensemble opportunities, please visit HMS ensemble page, here

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Grand Union Youth Orchestra Masterclass

The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO), London’s pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12 – 26 who wish to explore the world’s major musical cultures. Players of non-Western instruments are particularly welcome.

Join GUYO, no auditions, FREE OF CHARGE, and:

  • Take part in regular high-profile performances
  • Work alongside leading professional musicians
  • Learn about world music, first hand, from experts
  • Discover new instruments and develop improvisation skills
  • Meet and create with like-minded young musicians

This months masterclass will be in Indian classical music and Bengali folk song, led by tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan, combined with jazz and other world music styles. Some GUYO members will then be invited to take part in that afternoon’s performance of Bengal to Bethnal Green, which follows (4.00pm-5.15pm).

Where? 

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

GUYO masterclasses or workshops take place at Rich Mix, generally on the first Sunday in each month. GUYO also performs regularly at Rich Mix, at Festivals and other events, and takes part in projects with the parent Grand Union Orchestra and GU Voices.

For more information: nadia@grandunion.org.uk or visit the GUYO website here

 

 

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Hackney Scholar of the Month: Shania

This month, we continue with our new feature, Hackney Scholar of the Month, shining a light on some of the amazingly talented young musicians in Hackney. This month we continue with Shania – read her feature and interview below….

Shania first came to HMS’s attention when she joined the Hackney Borough Youth Choir when she was in Year 4.  She was a fantastic singer, and was also we discovered making really good progress as a recorder player in her classroom music lessons at primary school.  She had also started to learn the violin, and by the time she reached Year 6 and was getting ready to move to secondary school, still singing, playing the recorder and also the violin, she was showing all the signs of being a really talented young musician.  She already had a really good basis for learning to play a wind instrument with all her singing and recorder experience, so she tried the oboe out and, as you will see from her interview, the rest is history!

 

(Photo of Shania featured on the front of the ABRSM’s ‘Libretto’ magazine, taken during her time as a London Music Fund scholar)

 

What made you decide to play your instrument?

When I was initially presented with the opportunity to play the oboe by Hackney Music Service, I must admit that I didn’t actually know what it was as I had quite a limited knowledge of music at the time. I had been playing the violin for a few years and although I really enjoyed it, I was excited to try something new. I had a “taster” lesson on the oboe and enjoyed it immensely which prompted me to make the decision to start learning it.

What do you love most about it?

I love the fact that the oboe is quite a rare instrument and it is fun to play. It is always a joy to meet other oboists as well.

How often do you practice?

My practise times vary as I am usually very busy, but on average, I practise about 4-5 hours a week.

Do you play in any ensembles – orchestras, bands, in or out of school, or with HMS?

Yes, I play with the Hackney Borough Youth Orchestra and I am in the senior school band at my school.

What has been your most exciting musical experience so far? (any particular performances that you have taken part in that really stand out, or a particular music lesson that really changed things for you)

My most exciting musical experience so far has been the London Symphony Orchestra concert at Trafalgar Square last year. It was a lot of fun to meet other musicians (and oboists) it was also very exciting to play the music with the composer (Kate Whitley) so nearby and invested in the deliverance of the piece. However, I think that my first performance at the Hackney Music Service Gala at the Hackney Empire is what really encouraged me to invest my time in studying music.

What musician would you most like to meet or perform with?

I would love to meet John Clayton.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to listen to / learn more music or even travel back in time to a different musical era, where would you go and why? 

I would travel to New Orleans between 1920-1950’s when Jazz was most popular. Personally, I think that Jazz represents cultural diversity and hope. Despite the stigma surrounding people of colour and the problems happening in the rest of the south during this time period, Jazz continued to develop and change the expectations of what music “has” to be like and who can play it.

How does being a musician / performing music make you feel?

Whenever I finish learning a new piece or whenever I play something well, I feel a sense of accomplishment. With music, you can hear that all of your practice and extra hours are paying off.  When I think back to when I had first started my instrument, and think of the progress that I have made, I feel like I have really achieved something. Music is one of the most liberating forms of expression and it is always interesting to learn about the way that music ties in with the historical context that we are taught at school.

Any words of advice to someone just starting out on their instrument now?

I would advise the person just starting out on their instrument to get involved with as many ensembles and group performances as possible. It is a great opportunity to meet likeminded people, make lasting friendships and learn more about other instruments. I would definitely encourage the individual to continue with their instrument for as long as possible. Music opens so many doorways and it is never boring because there are so many styles, genres and interpretations. Music is freedom, and although it takes a while to master your instrument, it is most definitely worth it.

 

More about Shania’s story...

After making a cracking start with her oboe playing Shania was originally awarded a scholarship from the Mayor of London (now known as the London Music Fund).  She was also given the chance to put her singing to good use during her time as a Mayor’s Scholar as she was invited to Southwark Cathedral to sing a solo for the Mayor’s Carol Service, which she did absolutely beautifully.  Once graduated from the Mayor of London’s award, it was clear that Shania was fast becoming quite a serious player and was about to start her Music GCSE course.  She received further support, this time from the Mayor of Hackney, to continue with her lessons.  Now in the middle of her Music A Level course at a sixth form in a Hackney school, Shania is receiving some assistance from both the National Youth Arts Trust and also from the fantastic singer and songwriter Kwabs HMS is lucky to have a very special relationship with this extraordinarily talented, generous and resilient young man. Shania is one of a number of Hackney young musicians Kwabs has supported over the last few years.  As a result of this generosity from both Kwabs and the NYAT, Shania now has an oboe of her own and continued support with her oboe tuition this year.

 

 

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HACKNEY MUSIC SERVICE ANNUAL GALA 2017

Taking place at the Hackney Empire, this concert celebrates the achievements of some of the most gifted and talented musical pupils and students in our schools and community. It features a diverse range of ensembles including, bands, choirs, soloists and school groups, as well as our jazz ensemble, combined borough orchestras, dancers and drummers. Over 350 young people from Hackney’s primary, secondary and special schools will take to the stage, all of whom have excelled in music in their respective schools and borough-wide ensembles.

The Music Gala incorporates the Mayor’s Music Awards for the fifth year. The MMA is a fund, established by the Mayor of Hackney, to help and support aspiring young musicians to develop their musical skills and to recognise the quality of the music education offer in Hackney’s schools. There are three categories: Pupil Award for Musical Achievement; Instrument Fund for Ensemble Development; and an award for Excellence in Music Education Practice.

Ticket Information: please see the Hackney Empire website Here

 

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