Concert Groups

The Music & Arts Service offers schools a free educational concert given by one of our three concert groups.  The content of these visits is for Key Stage 2 pupils with the purpose of enhancing their experience of live music.

If you have booked a concert, please follow the link to fill out your confirmation of this booking.

Once you have had your concert, please complete the following evaluation form.


School Feedback

They were excellent. Prompt arrival, very engaging for the children, informative and fun too. – St Philips CE Primary Academy

A fabulous concert which was really unusual and was reacted really positively to by the children. He spoke to the children at exactly the right level and there was a good balance between developing the children’s musical knowledge, answering questions and performance. – Glenaire Primary School

An absolutely wonderful experience for our children. They were amazed by The Plumber Drummer’s creativity. The Plumber Drummer pitched the question and answer interludes between performances perfectly for the KS2 audience.Farnham Primary School

The concert was excellent- the performer had a great rapport with the children and engaged them from the start. The children asked lots of questions which showed their interest. After the concert the children were keen to watch more examples of The Plumber Drummer and even started making their own drumming beats out on the playground equipment. – Sandy Lane Primary


The Wind Band

 

Leila

Leila grew up in Edinburgh and began learning the flute at the age of 10. She attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland – appearing on BBC Radio and at the BBC Proms. She is a previous winner of the Edinburgh Competition Festival concerto prize and a Live Music Now Scotland ambassador. Leila is soon to graduate from the Master of Music program at the Royal Northern College of Music – recent highlights include playing with the Hallé orchestra. Her studies have been generously supported by, amongst others, Help Musicians UK.

 

Ben

Ben started learning the French Horn aged 9 through the Wakefield Music Service and between 2005 and 2014 participated in many of the ensembles offered by the service, including twice being a soloist with the Wakefield Youth Orchestra and being a founder member of the highly acclaimed Hunt for Horns, a group which he also composed music for. In 2014 he went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he studied under Alberto Menendez, Johannes Hinterholzer and Stefan Dohr to name but a few. He has been a Musician in the British Army Reserve since 2015, performing across the UK and Europe, with Lithuania the most recent of his musical travels. Currently Ben is teaching brass instruments across West Yorkshire.

 

Josh Hall

Josh Hall is a freelance oboist based in Manchester having recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music having previously studied at Birmingham Conservatoire. He has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Skipton Camerata, Welsh Chamber Orchestra & Mowbray Orchestra and has participated on schemes with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as the Hallé. As a soloist he has performed Strauss’s Oboe Concerto, Finzi’s Interlude & Mozart’s Wind Sinfonia Concertante. During his studies Josh has participated in a number of masterclasses with international artists including Francois Leleux, Jonathan Kelly, Alexei Ogrintchouk & Nicholas Daniel.

Erin

Erin is from Central Scotland and a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She is now a freelance French Horn player across the North of England as well as working at Chetham’s School of Music, Wigan Music Service and Bradford Music and Arts Service. Highlights include performing with the Heart of England Philharmonic as well as being part of Amadeus Orchestra, a side by side project with the Aurora Orchestra and previously, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Erin is a keen chamber musician, and passionate to educate the next generation of young musicians and inspire them the way her teachers and colleagues always have and continue to do!