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09/01/2024

Today is the LAST DAY you can apply to our free training scheme to develop your artistic practice and make a difference. Gain skills for engaging young people in art-making and receive paid experience in schools. Follow the link below to find out more information and apply:

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08/12/2023

Last month saw the 9th year of our annual Shakespeare Days of Performance, which we devise for Creative Education Trust, bringing together 11 schools across the Midlands and Great Yarmouth who each produce a half hour Shakespeare production. These schools come together to perform their productions over two days at Abbeyfield School in Northampton.

Each school is given a day of vocal delivery and textual interpretation with actor, Ryan Early, and design workshops with Mark Friend, in order to develop, create and make props for their performances, which are produced with school staff.

This year’s highlights included a Carnival inspired 'Merchant of Venice', a Steampunk Victorian factory setting of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', a 'Taming of the Shrew' reflecting history’s oppression of women and a futuristic 'Macbeth', in a world torn apart by nuclear war.

06/12/2023

Are you a practicing artist, musician, drama practitioner, dancer, or an artist in another discipline, looking to support diversity and inclusion in schools?

Join our free Art of Inclusion Training Scheme in February to learn from expert workshop leaders and gain paid practical experience.

Visit our website to find out more information. Applications close on 10th January:

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Please help HMDT Music WIN a £1,000 donation in the Donation Day giveaway! We get a FREE entry each time a new supporter signs up before midnight on 30th November! Today is the last day you can sign up; it only takes a moment and is completely free, so please get involved if you haven't already by following the link below:

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07/11/2023

This academic year, Otto Jacovides & Jacob Deegan began studying at the Purcell School of Music, one of the country’s finest musical education institutions which boasts alumni such as Jacob Collier and Yiruma. Both students are long-term members of the Saturday Programme, starting their journeys in CYMH classes before advancing through to the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

Jacob and Otto both highlight the importance of attending JJJA on their success, with Jacob stating that “JJJA has shown me the career that I want; the faculty have not only pushed and inspired me but supported and taught me to recognise the downside of being a musician, where it is not always an upward trajectory”. Otto also expressed that JJJA is his ‘musical family” and stated, “the teachers at JJJA are amazingly supportive and helped to develop my confidence by teaching me to play in different groups, as well as encouraging me to play in front of people when I didn’t want to, which I now don’t have a problem with!”.

All of us here at HMDT Music and JJJA wish Otto and Jacob the best in their new venture and we look forward to watching them flourish as musicians in the coming years!

HMDT Music 20/10/2023

HMDT Music’s E Project sets out to empower, enrich, equalise, expand, embed, engage and evaluate through the creation of an arts-embedded curriculum focusing on themes and issues of inclusion, diversity, racial inequality and anti-racism.

Over three years primary schools in Stoke on Trent, Lytham St Anne’s, Luton and Hackney are receiving workshops from guest artists delivering drama, art and music workshops linked to their curriculum topics and HMDT projects such as Trench Brothers, Shadowball, Hear Our Voice, STEM Sisters and An Invite from the Queen.

In a recent workshop, one school explored Floella Benjamin's early life in Trinidad, giving thought to her home, cultural celebrations, and schooling. As a class, they then created a soundscape to accompany her journey to England, focusing on her hopes and fears and exploring the differences between her expectations of England and the reality of the life and the racism she faced here.

In we’re proud that such work provides a platform to advocate for ensuring that Black history is not just confined to one month, but is rather an integral aspect of our shared history throughout the year and contributes to an in-depth understanding and knowledge of diversity and inclusion. Creativity is one of the best ways of helping young people understand the views and experiences of others, and is uniquely placed to integrate with other subjects and underpin cross-curricular learning.

To learn more about our projects, visit our website:
https://zurl.co/OeZH

HMDT Music   We are delighted to be awarded funding from the Postcode Community Trust and The D’Oyly Carte Foundation for Music […]

17/10/2023

On this day in 1956, Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to become an Astronaut, was born in Alabama, USA. Jemison began studying at Stanford University when she was only 16, graduating with degrees in chemical engineering and African and African-American studies before training to be a doctor at Cornell Medical School. In 1992, after completing the NASA astronaut training programme, she spent a week orbiting the Earth in the space shuttle Endeavour. Jemison continues to promote science education, especially for minority students, through many different programmes, including in a forum with Michelle Obama.

Jemison’s achievements also extend to the arts, having choreographed and produced several dance shows for modern jazz and African dance, written several children’s books, and appeared on TV and film, including Star Trek.

To learn more about Mae Jemison and the other women in our STEM Sisters project, visit our STEM Sisters Education Zone where you can find a range of free online teaching plans for teaching KS2 science, maths and the arts in innovative ways:

https://zurl.co/unal

Happy birthday Mae, you are an inspiration to many young budding scientists!

Photos from HMDT Music's post 29/09/2023

Last Saturday we were delighted to welcome our students back to the Saturday Programme after their Summer break and get started with music-making for the Autumn term! Even though the term is now in full swing, it’s not too late to sign your child up to our programme, with limited availability still remaining for some of our programmes.

To learn more about our Saturday Programme and complete an application form for one of our programme branches, visit:
https://zurl.co/j3o5

Photos from HMDT Music's post 31/07/2023

On this we are shining a spotlight on the bassoon, one of the less commonly played (and taught!) wind instruments. Unlike the clarinet and saxophone, the bassoon is a double-reed instrument, and was first played in the early 17th Century.

At our Saturday Programme, we provide both group and individual lessons for bassoon, along with opportunities to perform in small and large ensembles. We also offer an Ensemble Only programme where students can gain vital experience in group music-making to enhance their musical abilities.

If your child is interested in learning the bassoon then contact us via email or phone, or follow the link below to visit our website:

https://zurl.co/8gL3

Photos from HMDT Music's post 30/07/2023

This , we are celebrating the students in our Saturday Programme, and all the friendships they have made whilst participating!

Our Saturday Programme not only encourages students to progress as musicians and performers, but also aims to provide an environment where they are able to socialise and make new friends. From musical theatre to Jazz, the Saturday Programme enables children and young adults from 6 months to 25 years old to meet like-minded people and have great fun whilst learning musical skills participating in a variety of different activities together.

To learn more about our Saturday Programme and how to join, feel free to get in touch with us via email or phone, or follow the link below to visit our website:

https://zurl.co/spBN

12/07/2023

It was great to close off the year at our Saturday Programme’s ‘The Music Box’ with our fabulous guest artist Lucilla Rose Mariotti, who recently won the inaugural Salon Music Violin Competition "Violins&Soul” at the AMADEUS Festival in Vienna, where she won a 2-year loan of the 1709 Antonio Stradivari violin from the Goh Family Collection.

It was incredible to hear an exceptionally talented musician
play on such an extraordinary instrument for our Music Box students, as it is not every day that you get to experience a Stradivarius live in person.

Thank you, Lucilla, for sharing this with us, and congratulations
on your success!

06/07/2023

We are hiring!

Are you an accomplished pianist with experience in accompanying music theatre and leading vocal rehearsals? We would love to hear from you for our position in the I Can Sing! Music Theatre Programme for the upcoming 2023-24 season!

Follow the link to apply:
https://www.hmdt.org.uk/hmdtmusic/job-opportunities/

05/07/2023

On its 75th Anniversary, we’re proud to share our tribute to the NHS, which formed part of our I Can Sing! music theatre programme’s show The Platinum Treasure Hunt celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee last year.

Mary Anning Workshop | STEM Sisters 29/06/2023

Delve into the world of fossils with historical palaeontologist Mary Anning in HMDT Music’s ‘STEM Sisters’ workshops, available for KS1 and KS2 students in schools across England.

In our workshop for KS1 students, Mary Anning is brought to life through hands-on activities and engaging storytelling, visiting your classroom dressed in her familiar outfit and bonnet and carrying a basketful of genuine fossils for students to examine. Our science practitioner will then explain how fossils are formed and children will have the chance to explore the process with equipment on their tables and experience what it is like to be a palaeontologist by assembling a skeleton from a jigsaw of bones.

‘Children really enjoyed the practical activity making the fossils using salt dough’ - Teacher, Copley Primary, Halifax

‘It really sparked the children’s interest’ - Teacher, Three Peaks Academy, Tamworth

To find out more about the STEM Sisters, or to book a workshop with Mary Anning for your school, visit our website:

https://zurl.co/cYj6

Mary Anning Workshop | STEM Sisters In this interactive workshop, children will meet palaeontologist Mary Anning who will tell her story of discovering fossils in Lyme Regis, sharing her toughest challenges and greatest achievements. Through practical activities, object handling and demonstrations, Mary will guide the children through...

Photos from HMDT Music's post 24/06/2023

As part of HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme, the CYMH Instrumental School is an exciting opportunity for your child to begin or continue their musical journey, progressing and flourishing into a confident instrumentalist. CYMH offers students from year 3+ an extensive curriculum, including group and individual instrumental tuition, singing, musicianship and ensembles.

Through this programme, your child will develop their musical skills, knowledge and abilities and work towards external exams which assess their instrumental skills. Structured into the Yellow Programme (below Grade 1), Green Programme (Grade 1-2) and Blue Programme (Grade 3+), your child will join the programme which best suits their current musical abilities and progress through as their musical and technical skills develop. Green and Blue students will also participate in our new Orchestra, learning and playing repertoire such as Harry Potter and Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

Ensemble Only programmes are also available for students who take instrumental lessons outside of the Saturday Programme so that they can engage with the most important aspect of music - playing with other people! To discuss the best option for your child, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Applications for our Autumn Term are now open! To sign up and secure your child’s place, or to learn more about CYMH Instrumental School and the variety of programmes within the Saturday Programme available to young people of all ages, follow the link below:

https://zurl.co/issh

Photos from HMDT Music's post 23/06/2023

This summer term at HMDT Music, our talented ‘I Can Sing!’ students have been working extremely hard to put on a production of ‘The World Was All Before Them’, our opera by Alasdair Middleton and Matthew King. The aim of this opera, commissioned by us in partnership with Jubilee Primary School, was to create an ‘artistic celebration of the richness and contribution derived from the arrival of new peoples in the school’s local area’ by telling the stories of how their parents came to Hackney.

This is the 3rd time that ‘I Can Sing!’ has performed ‘The World Was All Before Them’ and we are delighted that it continues to be a favourite amongst students, not just because of its witty lyrics, moving stories and delightful music, but also because it gives rise to fascinating discussions about refugees, identity, migration and belonging.

As we have just passed the anniversary of Windrush, and with refugee crises happening all around us, ‘The World Was All Before Them’ is still as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 2004. We are proud that our work continues to inspire discussion around such important topics in ways which young people are able to engage with.

Photos from HMDT Music's post 22/06/2023

Designed to support your curriculum, HMDT Music's Trench Brothers workshops bring the First World War to life for KS1, KS2 and KS3 students through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment, and black British Soldiers.

In our Artefacts Handling workshop for KS2, students explore a range of artefacts, including soldier's equipment, uniforms and weapons, along with memorabilia such as literature, letters, newspaper cuttings and propaganda to find out what we can learn from artefacts. KS3 students will explore the far-reaching effects of the war in Europe, at home and across the world, by learning about the desertion of Herbert Morris and Norman Manley's experience of being a black man fighting with the British Army.

'Normally finding information about the past would be boring, but I was definitely wrong. I am hungry for more, and I love learning from the past now' - Student, Stamford Hill Primary School.

This workshop can also be adapted for KS1 students! To find out more about Trench Brothers or book a workshop for your school for the Autumn Term (in time for Remembrance Day!), visit:

https://zurl.co/u8gg

Photos from HMDT Music's post 21/06/2023

Happy World Music Day! Today we’re celebrating the transformative power and joy of music as creators, performers and audiences. It's a joy to see the impact that music has on the young people in our Saturday Programme, our in-school E Project and STEM Sisters project, and 'One Spirit', our resettlement and interventions project for young people in custody and on-release.

15/06/2023

Introducing palaeontologist Mary Anning, one of our school workshops' historical figures:

Despite having very little formal education, Mary Anning could read and taught herself anatomy and geology. As the first person to discover the complete skeletons of a Plesiosaurus and an Ichthyosaurus, her discoveries helped prove that there had been life on earth for millions of years, making a huge impact in the field of palaeontology.

In HMDT Music’s STEM Sisters palaeontology workshop, KS1 and KS2 children will explore the world of fossils with Mary Anning, who will tell her story through interactive, hands-on activities which are complimented by our online resources that support the curriculum.

To visit our STEM Sisters Gallery and read about the lives of Mary Anning and the other wonderful STEM Sisters, or to book a workshop with Mary Anning for your school, visit:

https://zurl.co/gQwO

Photos from HMDT Music's post 10/06/2023

Do you want to introduce your child to the world of music-making and explore the foundations of music with them in an engaging, interactive environment?

Then why not sign up for ‘The Music Box’ programme as part of HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme for the Autumn term and begin your child’s musical journey with HMDT Music! In this family learning programme for under 4s, you and your child will be introduced to guest artists from a range of cultural traditions and musical genres and explore rhythms and melodies all whilst having fun. As parents, you will also gain the confidence to be able to share in the joy of music-making with your children, embarking with them on their first musical venture.

Applications for our Autumn Term are now open! To sign up or to learn more about The Music Box, along with the variety of programmes within the Saturday Programme available to young people of all ages, follow the link below:

https://zurl.co/UW21

WW1 Trench Brothers Workshops | Trench Brothers 08/06/2023

HMDT Music’s Trench Brothers project commemorates the achievements and contributions made by ethnic minority forces during the First World War. Designed to support your curriculum, our Trench Brothers workshops for KS1, KS2 and KS3 students bring the First World War to life through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment, and black British soldiers.

In our Costumed Interpreter workshops, students meet a uniformed Sepoy soldier and learn about his life, gaining insight into the reality of the experiences of a soldier on the Western Front. Our Artefacts Handling workshops also enable students to explore a range of artefacts and examine memorabilia, practicing their investigative skills in order to find out what we can learn from artefacts.

Our online Education Zone offers contextual background information to the First World War, providing over 90 lesson plans, activities, and downloads across every curricular subject, enabling students to prepare for the workshops and continue the learning afterwards!

To find out more about Trench Brothers or book a workshop for your school for the Autumn Term (in time for Remembrance Day!), visit:

https://zurl.co/U2YW

WW1 Trench Brothers Workshops | Trench Brothers In this workshop, children will explore a range of artefacts to practice their investigative skills. They will have a chance to handle soldier’s equipment, uniforms and weapons and examine memorabilia such as literature, letters, newspaper cuttings and propaganda to find out what we can learn from...

The Workshops | STEM Sisters 06/06/2023

HMDT Music’s 'STEM Sisters' celebrates the achievements, discoveries and stories of diverse historical female mathematicians and scientists, integrating curriculum content with the arts to engage young people and inspire their interest in STEM. In our 'STEM Sisters' workshops, KS1 and KS2 students explore the world of fossils with palaeontologist Mary Anning, whose discoveries contributed significantly towards developing the field.

In the workshops, Mary Anning will be brought to life through hands-on activities and engaging storytelling which celebrate the excitement of finding 'curiosities'. Mary will teach students how fossils are made and enable them to explore the process themselves by assembling a range of fossil puzzles.

These workshops are supported by a body of online teaching resources which enable students to be prepared for the workshops or continue the journey of discovery once the immersive storytelling is over!

To find out more information or book a workshop with Mary Anning for your school, visit:

https://zurl.co/bshb

The Workshops | STEM Sisters In this interactive workshop, children will meet palaeontologist Mary Anning who will tell her story of discovering fossils in Lyme Regis, sharing her toughest challenges and greatest achievements. See more…

06/05/2023

Are you passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in schools? Our Art of Inclusion Training Scheme can help you make a difference! Gain skills for engaging young people in art-making and receive paid experience in schools.
Apply by 30 May here: https://zurl.co/agyL

21/03/2023

We're Hiring!

Are you interested in contributing to a small team to bring arts education projects to life? Do you have excellent organisation skills with the ability to think laterally and work independently in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy developing projects and events and building and maintaining online presence?

This is an incredibly varied and exciting role that will enable the postholder to work across all the charity’s projects, coordinating a wide range of artists, educators, partners, and participants. No two days are the same in this role, one day you might be planning a social media campaign marketing our Saturday Programme and the next you could be visiting our arts-embedded curricula schools projects or one of our productions on tour. At the core of this work is working collaboratively with the other team members to ensure efficient and accurate day-to-day running of a busy charity with a wide portfolio of arts education projects.

Does this sound like your next post? Follow the link below to learn more about this position and apply!
http://www.hmdt.org.uk/hmdtmusic/job-opportunities/

28/11/2022

From all of us here at HMDT Music and the creative and production teams that have worked on this tour of Jina and the STEM Sisters, we would like to thank everyone who joined Jina in her journey this month. We hope you have learned something about the struggles that historical STEM women overcame and what qualities it takes to be successful not only in STEM but in everything you do! In this final video, we ask the team how they would summarise the show in one word - how would you?

Pegasus Theatre Norwich Puppet Theatre The Egg Theatre, Bath artsdepot Sheffield Theatres Chichester Festival Theatre

Timeline photos 25/11/2022

And with that our final performance in the Autumn 2022 tour of Jina and the STEM Sisters has finished. We hope audiences at Chichester Festival Theatre enjoyed joining Jina's journey these past two days. We hope you carry Hedy's gift of Open-Mindedness with you and were inspired to see how Hedy defied the gender stereotypes assigned to her and invented the core technology used in almost all devices with network capabilities worldwide!

Timeline photos 19/11/2022

"Very effective" - Everything Theatre

We hope audiences at the crucible Studio Sheffield Theatres enjoyed coming to see our production of Jina and the STEM Sisters, and that each of you carries Marie's gift of courage! Don't forget to book your tickets for the remaining tour dates through the link at the top of our page to hear Marie Curie's story of how she discovered radiation - and the price she paid!

17/11/2022

"Very engaging" - Pocket size theatre

The final stop of Jina and the STEM Sisters' autumn tour is fast approaching. There will be four showings at Chichester Festival Theatre from 24-25 November! Here, the creative team reflect on the uniqueness of an all-female team! Book your tickets by following the link at the top of our page!

Timeline photos 14/11/2022

"Expertly crafted, Highly imaginative" - Opera Magazine

We hope the audiences at artsdepot enjoyed following Jina on her journey of self-discovery and that each of you carries Ada's gift of Creativity with you. Don't forget to book your tickets to the remaining performance through the link at the top of our page to see how Ada combined logic and creativity in developing the language of computers!

Timeline photos 12/11/2022

"A vibrant experience" - A Younger Theatre

We hope audiences at The Egg Theatre, Bath enjoyed joining Jina as she discovers the cornerstones of scientific enquiry and that you all carry Maria's gift of persistence with you! Want to see how Maria persisted against repeated setbacks in her pursuit of the perfect bug? Book your tickets at the top of our page!

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HMDT Music wishes the NHS a happy 75th Anniversary
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"Witty as well as enlightening" - Musical Theatre ReviewThe next stop on Jina's tour will be six showings in the Crucibl...
"Pinnacle of brilliance" - The Reviews HubJina and the STEM Sisters is making its way to artsdepot in north Finchley thi...
Jina and the STEM Sisters is coming to The Egg Theatre, Bath for seven showings 09-12 November! Here, designer Sophia Lo...
Jina and the STEM Sister's next stop is Norwich Puppet Theatre for two shows next Thursday, 3 November! Here, designer S...
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