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Norfolk Music Service ……

Welcome to the Norfolk Music Service.

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra

The service aims to:

• promote high quality music education in Norfolk schools both in the curriculum and through instrumental and vocal teaching

• promote and encourage all children as music makers

• provide a broad and balanced programme of music making opportunities including ensembles, that reflect and promote cultural diversity

• work collaboratively with all partners in Norfolk and with other LA services to achieve the aims of the LA and the County Council

What does the Music Service provide?

For children in school

• Instrumental teaching for all children

• Whole class instrumental teaching

• A music curriculum for the foundation stage, KS1 and KS2

For all children throughout the County

• Weekly ensembles and bands

• A County Youth Orchestra, Intermediate County Youth Orchestra and a Symphonic Wind Band

• Jazz Bands for all levels

• Residential weekend courses

• Workshops

• Grade 5 theory classes and GCSE listening days


Future Project with Britten Sinfonia in Norwich

Orchestras Live, Norwich City Council and the Britten Sinfonia have been working on a project bringing together different musical genres and performance styles. The project aims to develop participation and engagement with professional orchestral music by involving groups of young people who would not normally be involved, and at the same time broaden the repertoire of young orchestral students with a view of each group learning from the other, facilitated by a professional orchestra and workshop leaders.

The project also involves young music technology students attending Future Projects and The Garage. In order to complete the mix, students with orchestral music experience via the County Youth Orchestra were invited to join the project.

The project is now underway, with the participants working towards a performance in April 2011 at the Theatre Royal in Norwich.

Please click here to see performances.

Widening Opportunities Programme

Two schools in West Norfolk have reached the final round of The National Festival of Music For Youth, to be held at Birmingham Conservatoire on July 4th. The qualifying heat was held in March at Springwood High School, King's Lynn, where Yr 1/2 from West Lynn Primary and Yr 5/6 from Greyfriars Primary gave outstanding performances. Greyfriars have continued their successful Ukulele playing from last year, and West Lynn are delighted to have got through first time performing with rhythm sticks, spoons, boomwhackers, and singing/dancing a Ghanaian song. Both schools are part of the Widening Opportunities Programme run by the Norfolk Music Service, and led by Jessica Berners.

Hall of Fame

Kit Downes – Jazz PianistLewis Wright – Jazz Vibraphone

Kit Downes – Jazz Pianist Lewis Wright – Jazz Vibraphone

We are proud to present the successes and achievements of former students who have benefited from the Music Service in our Hall of Fame below.

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