Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
Northamptonshire, England, has a music and performing arts service to provide instrumental music lessons in local schools. Its services are available to around 11,000 school children. In July the music service through MSEP evaluation was given an Outstanding level. The service supports 15 Saturday morning music centres and many music and drama groups, all within Northamptonshire. Membership of the county level groups is determined by an annual audition process in July. For most groups there are three levels: Junior, Training and Youth and are usually abbreviated by staff and students e.g. County Junior Wind Orchestra (CJWO), County Training Strings (CTS) & County Youth Orchestra (CYO)
In April 2012 the service became an independent, charitable trust and in May 2012 it was designed the government's music and education hub for the area.
Performances and events
Each year, there are residential courses at Grendon Hall for students in Junior and Training Groups. Students in CYO, CYCB and CYCB take turns to go on a tour to a foreign county with the CYO going one year and the CYBB and CYCB going together the next year. For example in July 2012, CYO went to Italy and then in July 2013, CYCB and CYBB went to Spain. CYO are due to visit Germany in July 2014.
The music groups and groups from the Saturday morning centres take part in the National Festival of Music for Youth and the service is often represented at the Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November. In 2012 both the County Youth Concert Band and the County Youth Orchestra featured at the Schools Proms.
The county is also regularly represented at the National Concert Band Festival and the National Brass Band Championships.
In April 2012 the service completed procedures to become an independent, charitable trust in a move encouraged and supported by the local council. In May 2012 the trust was announced as the lead partner in the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub as part of the government's National Plan for Music Education.
Saturday Morning Music and Performing Arts Centres
These are located in the following areas:
- Spinney Hill
- NMPAT Recent Achievements
- April 12 NMPAT Comes into Existence
- Northamptonshire Music Education Hub
- National Plan for Music Education