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Newsletter - Autumn 2014

SoundCity Wins National Award


SoundCity, Brighton & Hove’s Music Education Hub, has won national acclaim for its work inspiring children and young people into music.


The National Music Council, which promotes the cultural and educational benefits of music, has awarded Brighton & Hove City Council’s Music & Arts service-led SoundCity the Diploma of Merit.


Judges recognised the wide range and breadth of opportunities the partnership gives to young people as well as the partnerships that have been created. These include those with Brighton Festival, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Pitch Perfect, the Great Escape as well as the SoundCity festival. The third SoundCity festival is scheduled for Saturday 14 March.


A core strength is SoundCity’s ability to link into the artistic programming across the city to ensure as many young people as possible are involved in as many musical events as possible.


This partnership is designed to boost music education and opportunities in music that reflect the needs of children and young people. Alongside our colleagues in schools our key strategic partners are Brighton Dome & Festival, Glyndebourne, Rhythmix and University of Sussex.


Working in collaboration SoundCity aims to ensure that all children and young people in the city, whatever their background, are able to engage with, to enjoy, and to be inspired by high quality music opportunities. This is achieved through delivery of the National Music Education Plan and locally identified areas of priority linked to the Brighton & Hove City Council Corporate Plan, these being:

  • support for children and young people in challenging circumstances.

  • support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs/Disability.

  • progression opportunities for all.


Brighton & Hove Music Trust chair Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty said:

“The work of SoundCity continues to inspire the city’s young people with the power of music. This national award affirms the leadership we provide with our work with other key organisations in the pursuit of music making in our city.


“We continue to show that music- whether that’s rock, classical, in a classroom or theatre - makes a marked difference to our young people. Music opens doors as well as minds: it really has the power to transform lives.”


More information on SoundCity 3 


Photo: © 2014 Gilead Limor 



Laura van der Heijden, Sir John Tomlinson and Richard Durrant are just some of the celebrities backing encore - the new alumni network for the Brighton Youth Orchestra with an initial call out for photographs and archive material.

Planning for our annual concert at the Brighton Centre is well underway. This year, we'll be featuring some newly composed numbers by pupils

SoundCity, music education hub for Brighton & Hove, has won national acclaim for its work getting children and young people into music.

SAVE THE DATE.  Monday 2 February, Joint Practice Development Day & Music Conference.  'Creating a Singing City'

Brighton Early Music Festival: A SoundCity delivery partner talks about the Festival's 12th successful year featuring 26 events, and a Basson collaboration with BHMA

SoundCity and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra have joined forces offering music centre/orchestra members £1 tickets to selected events.

BHMA are once again working with The Place to offer a unique training programme with their CAT scheme.

Awards for Young Musicians has recently been awarded a large grant from Youth Music to support the development of their Furthering Talent programme with SoundCity. 

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and SameSky are delighted to announce that the theme for the 2015 Children's Parade is 'taking flight'. 

Events Co-ordinator, Holly Griffiths, tells us of her love for organising exciting events and international tours and her first musical memory of the steel pans!

SoundCity partners have been taking part in a practical and innovative approach to training exploring different ways to enhance vocal creativity.

SoundCity has become a 'Phase 2' Arts Award Development Hub, working across the arts/cultural sector informing children and young people of opportunities.

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Starr Trust and Drum United are welcomed on board as the most recent additions to the SoundCity partnership. 

to Grade 4 standard or above? Come along to the BHMA Adult Concert Band get together on Thurs 4 Dec - you might like to join the band after hearing them play.

BHMA is planning for the next Summer School and they would love to hear what courses you would like them to put on next year. Tweet @BHMusicandArts using #SS2015.

The SoundCity: Connect network of hub working groups monitor and develop music provision for children and young people across the City. Why not get involved?

4 classes from Year 7 have been taking part in a brass pilot project, supported by the school and the Head Teacher, using ptrumpets and pbones (plastic).

Ray Chi-Hang Long will join BYO when they perform on Saturday 28 November at St John's Church, Knoyle Road at 7pm.

The BYO concert scheduled on 13 Feb 2015 at St Paul's Church, West Street, will be dedicated to Jenny Caws, much loved and much missed inspirational teacher.

Also performing at the Brighton Centre on 8 Dec will be BHMA percussion ensemble along with pupils from 5 primary schools.

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