NCC Online Music Ensembles

Northumberland County Council are now running online music ensembles – see below for the full details from Music Partnership North:

Act now to get involved in our Online Ensembles! 

We have an exciting opportunity for young musicians in Northumberland and we’d love you to be a part of it. 

We are moving our ensembles online and working towards a virtual concert on 16 December 2020.  

There will be a series of live, online rehearsals for each group where you will receive expert tuition to help you prepare for the concert. You will get supporting resources to help you learn the music, backing tracks to practise along to and instructions on how to record your own part for the virtual concert. The rehearsals will also be recorded, so even if you can’t attend the session, you’ll be able to watch it in your own time. 

Secure your place in three simple steps: 

  1. Click here to apply   
  2. Complete the parental consent form, (attached to this email) scan and return to  
  3. Click here and select ‘pay ensemble fees’ to make payment (fees for each ensemble are listed below) 

To take part in all of the sessions you will need to complete these steps by Friday 16 October 2020.

We will then be in touch to schedule the sessions and get started. We hope this will be an exciting new opportunity to showcase the amazing musical talent in our region. 

Remember that students will be recorded, and the final performance shared on social media. Please take this into account when making your decision to be involved in this project. 

The 5 ensembles available are: 

  • The Northumbrian Ranters – fiddle, flute, Northumbrian Pipes, cello, harp, accordion, percussion, concertina, guitar and keyboard play traditional/folk music (Entry: Fiddle – grade 3 or equivalent.  Flute – grade 5 or equivalent) £35 for the term 
  • Northumberland Youth Ensemble – suitable for strings, brass, woodwind, or percussion. (Entry: Grade 2 or equivalent) £35 for the term 
  • Hoolies – for singers/vocalists of all ages and abilities. £35 for the term 
  • Young Pipers Group – any Northumbrian small pipe player is welcome to join and play traditional tunes and have fun.  £20 for the term (kindly subsidised by Alnwick Pipers Society) 
  • Bedlington Community and Youth Brass Band – Students or adults playing cornet, flugelhorn, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone, or tuba are welcome to join this group and make music together. £10 for the term (subsidised by The Bedlington Community Brass Band)

Music Partnership North