Issue 9    May 2019
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The Hub-a-dub-dub
A note from Denise
Welcome to the summer - a great time to make music in Southwark. 

We in the music hub are currently enjoying the Pete Letanka’s Jazz project with 8 of our schools and the beginnings of Splash with a further 15 schools. Splash is our biggest programme of the year, culminating in two singing and dancing performances on the stage of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. This year (and next) we are marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Rotherhithe 400 years ago.

In other news we have now sent out our letters for schools to choose which programmes they will be be taking next year. As Ofsted has become more interested in the foundation  subjects we are happy to take over the burden from schools of ensuring all primary aged children receive a music curriculum that takes care of their requirements.

This term Gennie Joy has taken over the creating of the newsletter because Ruth has a new baby called Maeve. All is going well and Ruth aims to be back with us in September.

You’ll see from the rest of the newsletter there is plenty going on with our partners this summer. Coming up on 7th June is a course from Artswork, exploring how to support young people with workplace health and wellbeing - see below for more information on how to book. South London Youth Orchestra and EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society) are currently preparing for their summer courses - if you teach or know of any instrumentalists who would enjoy taking part in these exciting opportunities, please do pass along the information. Finally, a season of world and folk music concerts is being presented by Tuned In London, featuring musicians and instruments from around the world at a stunning venue in Rotherhithe.

All the very best
Denise Barber
Head of Southwark Music Hub
South London Youth Orchestra - final few spaces!

We are accepting new applications for SLYO 1's summer course from 19-22 August 2019. This orchestra is for pupils G8+ and will be performing an exciting programme, including Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Huapango by Moncayo.

  • Where: JAGS in Dulwich, SE22
  • Conductor: SLYO 1 – Leigh O’Hara

Please contact us before paying to check availability of spaces.

More information about SLYO can be found on our website:

Confident instrumentalist aged 14-18?

Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

Every year we run free Youth Folk Sampler Days across England for 14-18 year old instrumentalists. Book now to avoid disappointment! 

Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with Sam Partridge, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

To register for a Sampler Day you will need to:
• be aged 14-18 on 1 September 2019
• live in England
• be able to play confidently on your chosen instrument 

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. No experience of folk music necessary. All playing and learning will be done by ear. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend a Sampler Day to start the audition process.

For more information and to sign up, visit our website:  

Tuned In London - upcoming gigs

Tuned In London has just embarked on its new season of world and folk music concerts.  It features returning musicians: they're welcoming back Mary Ann Kennedy from Scotland's west coast, Flamenco dancer Natalia García Huidobro from Chile/Madrid and Hanitra from Madagascar/La Réunion.  Like last year, they'll be celebrating American Independence Day, this time with a Franco-American musician and his Parisian band, playing African rhythm-infused music.  Finally they close the season with something strikingly original: classical (and a wee bit of folk) music on the Andean charango and guitar - groundbreaking in its novelty and incredible to hear live.

Find out more information on their website:

Supporting Young People: workplace health and wellbeing
7th June 2019, 10 am- 4.15 pm, Battersea Arts Centre, London

Artswork is pleased to have the following course taking place this summer in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre.

The course:

Equip yourself with the tools and understanding required to promote good mental health in the workplace. Designed to help you negotiate legal frameworks and highlight best practice, this new course places a specific focus on the needs of young people in your workforce.

Through resources, information and practical activities, you will learn how to risk-assess your work in line with the Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations 1999, and create environments that promote inclusion, build self-esteem, and allow for positive, professional relationships with young people.

You will pick up approaches for addressing concerns surrounding your younger team members, whilst creating an action plan for managing your own workplace health and wellbeing too.

Ideal for:

  • Employers working with, or looking to recruit, young people
  • Line managers of young people, including apprentices and interns

Further information and bookings:

The fee for this course is £150, this includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance.

To find out more and book a place visit:, or contact a member of the Professional Development Team via: 02380 332491 or

To find out about other courses taking place in London and across the country please visit:

To download the 2019-20 Artswork In-house Training Course Brochure please visit:

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