Service News

Electronic Music India: Free weekend workshops in July

Mon 25 June 2018

The University of Huddersfield in partnership with Sound and Music is excited to be offering girls (aged 10-15) two free weekends of workshops exploring music technology and Indian vocal music. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about recording techniques, audio editing software and using digital performance instruments as well as to work alongside leading Carnatic vocalist, Supriya Nagarajan who will explore Raga systems, Indian uses of voice and the use of time cycles and rhythm in Indian mus

For more information on the workshops and the artists involved please go to

Indian vocal music with music technology weekend 
July 7th & 8th 10am – 3pm (Skipton High School) Register here

Music technology with Indian vocal music weekend 
July 28th & 29th 10am – 3pm (Skipton High School) Register here

If you have any questions about the workshops please contact the Project Curator, Dr Liz Dobson:

The national charity for new music

T :020 7759 1806 / W: Twitter @SoundandMusic // Facebook /SoundandMusic

£350 funding available for running Gamelan Music and Puppetry Project

Tue 5 June 2018

GAMELANING is pleased to receive on-going financial support from the Indonesian Embassy in London for our Gamelan and Puppetry Projects. We are able to offer £350 funding per project to schools in the UK.

Each project consists of a 5 full-day  (30 hours) gamelan residency in school. During the residency children will learn about Indonesian culture, play gamelan instruments (Gamelan instruments are provided), learn Indonesian songs and other musical activities, make shadow puppets and create stories based on Indonesian traditional folk tales. At the end of the project there will be the opportunity to put together the music, puppetry and storytelling in a performance (equipment is provided).

The project is designed to support the school curriculum, such as Music, Drama, Art, Literacy (creating stories), Geography and Cultural Awareness, Science (light and shadow), and Design and Technology (making shadow puppets). The project encourages team work, self esteem and self confidence (performing) and covers topics such as anti bullying (creating stories).

Each project can accommodate up to 90 children of Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3.

Schools will need to contribute £850 towards each project to make up the total cost of £1,200. We are able to make this reduction due to the generous support of the Indonesian Embassy in London.

For further information please email us on

Gamelaning also welcomes ideas about other projects relating to Indonesian culture. For further information please visit


Fri 25 May 2018

Privacy Notice – Music & Arts Service/Bradford Music Education Hub

(This is a working document which will be updated as appropriate and should be taken alongside Bradford Council policies)


New data protection legislation will come into force on the 25th May 2018 and will replace the current UK Data Protection Act. The new General Data Protection Regulation provides a modernised, accountability-based compliance framework for data protection in Europe. It is intended to strengthen privacy rights in relation to personal information.

The new accountability principle in Article 5(2) of the GDPR requires data controllers to demonstrate that they comply with the good practice principles set out in the Regulation,

and states explicitly that this is their responsibility.

This Notice sets out most of your rights under the new laws. We’ll update it again between now and 25 May 2018 when changes come into effect.

Further information about the new law can be found on the Information Commissioners website:

Department or Service Area: Music & Arts Service/Bradford Music Education Hub

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC) is registered with the information Commissioners Office (ICO) under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Council takes its responsibilities under the Act very seriously. This notice provides details of how CBMDC collects and uses information about you. For more general information about how CBMDC uses your information, please refer to the general ‘Privacy Notice’ on CBMDC website. You can find this here:

Music & Arts Service is run and managed by Bradford Council. Bradford Music Education Hub runs alongside the Music & Arts Service.

What is this information?

You give us your information when you sign up for one of our events, or training, update your preferences on our website, book an instrumental/vocal lesson or sign up for ensemble membership. We also keep your details when you sign up to receive email from us. The Music & Arts Service may collect some or all of the following information about you:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number(s)
  • Medical information for medical emergencies
  • Date of Birth
  • School attended
  • Special Needs information
  • Dietary requirements (trips/conferences/concerts)
  • Email address
  • Credit / Debit card details – if purchasing tickets/paying for instrumental lessons/trips and accessories

Social Media

We use social media to broadcast messages and updates about events and news. On occasion we may reply to comments or questions you make to us on social media platforms. You may also see adverts from us on social media that are tailored to your interests. Depending on your settings or the privacy policies social media and messaging services like Facebook or Twitter, you might give third parties (like Music & Arts Service) permission to access information from those accounts or services.


You do not have to give us any personal data or private information about yourself to access the information on this site, unless you want to buy items online wish to sign up for instrumental/vocal lessons or ensemble membership or complete online registration forms for events etc. Customer database for instrumental/vocal and Ensembles is provided by Paritor Ensemble and they have a separate privacy policy.

This system does automatically gather certain usage information. This collective data helps us determine how much visitors use specific parts of our site, so that we can improve it and make sure that it is as accessible as we can make it for as many people as possible. We use a system called Google Analytics to find out how people use our site.


Cookies themselves are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. Our cookies do not contain any information that could be used to discover your identity. We only use cookies when you are providing us with personal data or private information, such as filling in a form online. These hold only a sequential session identification number and are deleted at the end of the transaction. Read more about this in our Cookie Policy.

Future developments may include the use of cookies to enhance our personalised services to customers, but this usage will always be optional. Users can set their computer to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive any cookies at any time. The last of these options may mean that personalised services cannot then be provided to that user. See further Council Policy on Cookies.

Who uses this information?

Music & Arts Service officers use this information. See the section on “who are we likely to share this information with.”

What authority does CBMDC have to collect and use this information?

Under the General Data Protection Regulations, Music & Arts Service collects and uses this information under the following categories of lawfulness:

    • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
    • Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation


  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party

In general, any information you provide will only be accessed by authorised employees of Music & Arts Service , part of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. We will never share your personal data or private information outside of the Council without first obtaining your consent, unless we are required by law to disclose it. We pass on information with other music services/hubs and outside bodies when dealing with events in order to obtain performance licences and safeguard young people with your consent.

What is ‘person identifiable data’?

The term ‘person identifiable data’ relates to any data that could potentially identify a specific individual. The following fields in Music & Arts Service are classified as person identifiable: Name, age, address, postcode, place of birth, date of birth, gender, telephone number, email address, ethnicity, school, credit or debit card payment – any information about an individual that can be used directly, or in connection with other data, to identify, contact or locate that person.

Why do we use this information?

We aim to be clear when we collect your data and not to do anything you wouldn’t reasonably expect.

If you make a purchase or sign up for an event we usually collect your name, contact details and your bank or credit card information (if making a transaction). Where it is appropriate (and you have the right to decline to give this information) we may also ask for your age, gender or ethnicity.

We use this data to provide you with the events, products, services or information you asked for, ensure we know how you prefer to be contacted, understand how we can improve our communications or events.

Giving you control

With your consent, we will tell you about events, concerts, offers, priority booking and information about our site (for example updates on building works on site). Occasionally, we may include information in these communications from partner organisations or organisations who support us. We make it easy for you to tell us how you want to hear from us (by logging onto our website and updating your preferences in the “My Account” section) or by telling our Box Office team over the phone or in person. You can opt out from these marketing communications at any time – every email sent to you will tell you how to do this.

We do not sell personal details to third parties for any purpose. We only share personal details where appropriate with other music services, hubs and third parties to comply with licencing laws and grant funding. We will only share personal details for the purposes of marketing if you have given explicit consent for us to do this.

If you have opted out of marketing communications, we may still get in touch with you. For example we may email you to give you important information about the events you’ve booked or to tell you about any changes (for example, if a performance has been cancelled or postponed due to unseen circumstances).

We will give you the opportunity to opt out, at any time, from any marketing email and postal communications you receive from us.

Who are we likely to share this information with?

Third Parties

We may share anonymised personal information with other organisations, for example other music services or music hubs and/or Arts Council England, who use this to analyse our pupil/customer base to understand the impact of music provided across the Bradford district in relation to other Council areas.

We will not otherwise share your personal information with third party organisations.

How do we keep this information secure?

Your information will be held and processed on Music & Arts Service systems or systems managed by suppliers on behalf of  Music & Arts Service . We maintain a customer relationship management system called Paritor Ensemble to hold contact details and a record of your interactions with ourselves such as, memberships and registration details, queries, complaints and attendance at special events.

Your information is stored securely on a database with stringent access and use policies. We also undertake quality checks and monitoring to ensure the information we hold is accurate at the time and being used appropriately. The CRM system can only be accessed by people who need it to do their job. Certain data, for example some sensitive information, is additionally controlled and is only made visible to members of staff who have a reason to work with it. Any debit or credit card details that you might supply us for any payments are not retained by the Council, and are not accessible by any Council employee.

We may need to disclose your details if where it is necessary, lawful and fair to do so to

the police, regulatory bodies or legal advisors. We will only ever share your data in other circumstances if we have your explicit and informed consent.

How long do we keep this information?

We have a record retention schedule which details how long we keep different types of records and what we do with them when we no longer need them. Please contact us to find out more.

What are your rights?

You have the right to request CBMDC (Music & Arts Service) to stop processing your personal data in relation to any council service. Wherever possible, we will seek to comply with your request but we may need to hold or process information in connection with one or more of the Council’s legal functions.

If you have any questions about our use of these data, or you wish to request a copy of the information we hold about you, or you wish to discuss your rights in relation to opting out from these processes, please contact the Corporate Information Officer- Dani Mistry, by email at or by post to Information Governance Team, CBMDC, 1st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford, BD1 1HX.

If you log in to the Charanga eLearning system

The privacy and GDPR statements for all data processed and controlled by Charanga can be found on Charanga’s main website. Links to specific pages can be found here:

Delius School

Mon 14 May 2018

The Delius School exists to provide support and help to the most musically gifted and talented in the area, giving more of them the opportunity to pursue music in their education, career and life.

Who can benefit?
Children attending the Delius School are supported and taught by specialists in both musicianship and teaching. The school is there to serve the needs of the exceptionally musically talented children in the Bradford area who are in Years 4 to 6 at primary school from September 2018. The selection process is by audition due to the limited number of places available.

As a child growing up in Bradford, Delius had the support and opportunity to develop his great talent for music. The Delius School has been established to improve the opportunities for the most musically talented in the area today. Tasmin Little, the world famous violinist, and Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud, believe that this is such an important step for young musicians in Bradford that they have become patrons of The Delius School.

The School is heavily supported by the Bradford Music Education Hub to allow costs to remain as low as possible for parents/carers.

Support provided:
The Delius School provides a variety of support to musically gifted children with the objective of developing and supplementing their musical education and improving their access to future study and enjoyment of music. The school meets monthly to take part in classes and workshops that extend and enhance their musical development and instrumental tuition. For instance, children have the opportunity to learn about skills as varied as music technology and world music and the school provides opportunities to hear professional performers. Students are given the chance to learn more about the possibilities to further their musical education, for instance by providing links to conservatoires.

Students who attend a non-fee paying school receive a 30 minute weekly lesson on their main instrument for a subsidised cost of £57 per term. (funding restrictions do not allow us to support lessons for pupils from independent schools however, they still benefit from the Sunday sessions for no cost).

Instrumental lessons take place during the week, possibly out of school time.

Criteria for applications:
Students must be in Year 4, 5, or 6 in September 2018;
They must be resident in the Bradford District;
They must have played their instrument for at least one year in September 2018;
They must have reached the equivalent of Grade 1 standard.

How to find out more:
For further information please call the Music & Arts Service on 01274 434970 or email

Auditions Saturday, 30 June 2018 at Fairfax Learning and Development Centre, Flockton Road, Bradford BD4 7RY – View map here.

Closing date for applications for next year’s places Friday, 8 June 2018.

Audition requirements: 2 pieces at the current standard of playing. Some musical tests will form part of the audition.

How to apply:
If you believe that your child meets the criteria for auditions for the Delius School, please contact

➡ Click here to view Application Form 2018-19

And it’s goodbye from….

Wed 8 April 2015

The Music & Arts Service is sad to say goodbye to percussion teacher Mr Strawson and woodwind teacher Mrs Kyle at Easter.  We wish them both all the best for the future and thank them for their many contributions to the Service.



Fri 23 January 2015

Music & Arts Service staff wish to congratulate our percussion teacher Mr Payne and his wife on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter!

Adverse Weather Conditions Policy

Tue 20 January 2015

As we are expecting some snow this time of year we thought it would be a good time to send a reminder out about procedure.  Without having to state the obvious make sure your car is in an accessible place and you have packed a snow shovel!

Below are the procedures to be followed in the event of adverse weather conditions.

1 Staff should make every effort to get to work using, where necessary, alternative means of transport.  It is recognised that in adverse weather it may not be possible to teach a full timetable on any one day, but staff should make every effort to complete their timetables as far as conditions allow.

2 If, for any reason, staff are unable to attend a school or the office, they should inform the Music & Arts Service office as soon as possible on 01274 434970 . Music & Arts Service reserves the right to make payment, or not, according to the circumstances of the case.

3 Staff who do not attend work and do not inform the office will not be paid.

4 Where possible staff should try to rearrange any missed visits. In all cases the Music & Arts Service office should be informed of any changed visit times.

5 Staff should check Bradford Schools Online (BSO), the Music & Arts Service’s website and listed to Pulse Radio and Radio Leeds to see if any of their schools are closed to avoid unnecessary trips.

In all cases of absence, courtesy and good practice demand that all teachers contact the service office and do not enter into local modifications without prior agreement with their line manager.

The decision to close an Ensemble venue because of adverse weather will be taken by a senior member of staff, who will assess local conditions.  The general rule will apply that if the school in which the centre operates is closed, or is due to close early due to adverse weather conditions, the ensemble rehearsal will be cancelled.  Staff should contact their line manager to find out if the rehearsal is cancelled. Also look on Edunet.

Goodbye and Welcome!

Mon 15 December 2014

The Music & Arts Service is sad to see percussion teacher Mr Ellis leave….however we wish him all the best for the future!

And we warmly welcome Mr Bradford to the Service.

OFSTED Inspection – What You Must Read

Fri 21 November 2014

20 Ofsted Inspectors will be arriving next week, beginning 24 November 2014, to inspect the LA School Improvement Services in which the Music & Art Service sits. 

It is part of the schools’ requirements that any visiting staff have read this document so please ensure you do so as a matter of urgency.



Mon 13 October 2014

Music & Arts Service staff wish to congratulate Morgan Griffiths and his wife on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter!

NEW! Sickness line

Mon 16 September 2013

New procedures for if you are off sick:

Please ensure you leave a message on the the new, dedicated line for recording sickness as soon as you know you will not be in:

01274 436803

Don’t forget to still also ring in on the main number by 8 am on the first day of your return to work.  You are  required to make an appointment with the Head of Service for a return to work interview, please arrange this with the office as soon as you are able.

Thank you.


Tue 5 March 2013

If a trigger is hit because of a certain amount of absences, a letter will be sent to that member of staff from Paul Makin (Assistant Director, Education/School Improvement). This is a supportive system, to ensure staff are ok.  If you have an absence, please arrange a return to work interview with Tony Johnson, Head of Service.

Ofsted Update – Music Subject Visits

Fri 18 January 2013

Please see this important update from Ofsted and share it with your local schools. The subject visits will be a helpful development in terms of schools’ partnership working with Music education hubs and Head and senior teachers’ ability to assess the quality of any services they receive from hubs. Please note that visits will start shortly. We are currently developing approaches to evaluation and will keep you posted and indeed be asking for your input and feedback in the coming months.

Ofsted acknowledges that it might be too soon to see significant progress with some of the priorities that were set out in the 2012 reports, such as substantial changes in participation rates between different groups of pupils and significantly better musical teaching. But Ofsted believes also that we should expect, already, to see noticeable improvements in the way that music is managed in schools, particularly by senior leaders and through partnerships with the music hubs. Such improvements, even in the few months since the reports and the hubs’ launch, are vital if we want inclusion, the quality of teaching, and the quality of curriculum provision in music education to be significantly better in two or three years’ time. School and hub leaders should already be laying firm foundations for these improvements.

So, between January 2013 and July 2013, Ofsted is going to make a series of short subject visits in music that will be sharply focussed on the effectiveness of music subject leadership by subject and senior leaders in schools, and the extent to which the leadership of the local music hub is supporting and augmenting musical teaching and learning in that school. Inspectors will not be reporting individual judgements of the overall quality of achievement, teaching and the curriculum in each school although, of course, they will consider these aspects when looking at the quality of leadership. Ofsted will also refer to our subject specific criteria throughout.

It is important to note that there will be no expectation or assumption made that the local music hub will be providing music tuition in the school; as our partnerships report detailed, we know that schools employ a variety of professionals and organisations for this work. The emphasis will be, therefore, on the way that the music hub augments and supports the school’s provision and/or management of music, in a way that is appropriate to the school. Where a school does not have a working relationship with the local hub, Ofsted will still be interested in the way that music is provided, led and managed in that school, and the way that other partners support the school’s music work.

Each visit may include the following:

–•A curriculum lesson joint observation with the headteacher or nominated senior leader, followed by discussion.

–An individual or small-group instrumental/vocal lesson joint observation with the headteacher or nominated senior leader or a joint observation of a music session provided by a partner such as an orchestra, community music group or arts organisation, followed by discussion.

–Discussion with the headteacher and music coordinator of the school’s music development plans, examination results and participation data, the musical progress made by all groups of pupils over time,  and discussion about partnership working.

–A meeting with the head of the local music hub or other partner nominated by the school.

–Verbal feedback to the headteacher, music coordinator, and head of the music hub.

Visits will take place to primary, secondary and special schools, including academies.

Ofsted will give schools up to five days’ notice of a visit so that arrangements can be made with the music hub or partner organisation.

There will be no inspection grades given to individual schools or music hubs on these visits. Inspectors will, however, offer verbal feedback to the headteacher, music co-ordinator and head of music hub after each visit, unequivocally highlighting strengths seen and areas for improvement. If a visit causes serious concerns inspectors will, as always, report these.