Music education programme for schools

Get involved in our reopening events this year!

Middlesbrough Town Hall has been closed for nearly two years as it undergoes a major refurbishment. It will open its doors again in Spring 2018, and there are some amazing opportunities for schools to get involved.

Download our Accompany brochure (PDF), or read on below.

If you’d like to get involved, you can complete our signup form (DOC) and email it to [email protected]

For EYFS and KS1: mini concerts for mini people!

Concerts suitable for 3-7 year olds – Really? Yes!

We’ll provide a short, live concert, specifically designed to suit young ears, in your setting. We’ll bring a flute, harp and cello trio into your school to play a variety of exciting, scary, and relaxing classical music.

Worried about the children sitting still and listening? No need – we don’t mind noise! We don’t mind if the children want to draw a picture or do a dance or even build a Lego mountain while we play. We know they’re still taking it in. The children can get up close to the instruments, and even have a go themselves after the concert.

Classical music has been proven to have a calming influence on children of all ages, and hearing it live with real instruments is even better. It’s enjoyable for the grown-ups too!

Concerts will be 45 minutes long, with time at the end for the children to have a closer look at the instruments.

Maximum number of children per performance: 40

Cost: £2 per child

For KS1 and KS2: The Middlesbrough Schools Big Sing, supporting BBC Ten Pieces

Wednesday 4th July 2018, 3pm

Do you have a singing group who would like a performance opportunity?

On Wednesday 4th July 2018, we’d like to invite you to bring your choir/singing group to perform two songs of your own choice on the theme of ‘home’.

As well as singing your own two songs in the performance, all schools involved will sing two songs together as a massed choir. These two songs will be ‘Finlandia’ by Sibelius, and ‘No Place Like’ by Kerry Andrew, which are both from the Ten Pieces repertoire list 2018.

If you feel confident learning these pieces by yourselves, that’s great! For those who need some support, we can offer singing sessions to help you learn these pieces in the run up to the concert. There’ll also be an extra chance to practice with your group, and all together on the day of the concert.

This event is also a chance for groups to showcase any other Ten Pieces work they’ve been doing in their school. Middlesbrough Town Hall continues to be a Ten Pieces Champion Organisation.

If you’d like your group to perform, please get in touch.

See our leaflet for more information about BBC Ten Pieces.

Cost: £2 per child
Extra singing sessions = £20 p/h

Additional lovely extra: free CPD session for teachers to get you started or support your existing work around BBC Ten Pieces.
Date: Thursday 17th May
Time: 4pm – 6pm (includes refreshments)
Place: Middlesbrough Town Hall

For KS2 and KS3: The Stained Glass Window Music Project – with the Cobweb Orchestra

Friday 11th May 2018

This will be a fantastic opportunity to take part in a concert on the main stage in the newly renovated Town Hall with a live orchestra and other professional musicians.

The beautiful stained glass window was installed in the Town Hall in 1949 and is dedicated to Felix Corbett, who organised a series of concerts between 1889 and 1939 named The Celebrity Concerts. During this time Corbett invited world class composers and musicians to Middlesbrough to perform, including most notably Sir Edward Elgar and Serge Rachmaninov!

We’re celebrating this by performing pieces by Elgar and Rachmaninov in a celebration concert, which will include Wand of Youth, the exact piece that Elgar conducted at Middlesbrough Town Hall when he visited in 1909!

There are several ways your school children can get involved:

Come to the concert

Come along to the concert and support us!

£2 per child.

Join the orchestra

We’re inviting instrumentalists of Grade 2 upwards to join the Cobweb Orchestra in their performance of Elgar’s Wand of Youth. Simplified parts will be available from January 2018. We welcome both school groups and individuals. Rehearsals will be scheduled, and full details will follow here.

Singing package

  • Introductory 1.5 hour workshop where children will learn some history of the Town Hall, the window and the musicians who have performed there, including an introduction to the songs
  • A resource pack including sheet music, lyrics and CD. The songs to learn are:
    • The Snow, and Fly Singing Bird Fly (Elgar)
    • Night, Sleeping Waves, and The Angel (Rachmaninov)
  • If you’re confident learning the songs yourselves, that’s great! If you need support we can offer singing sessions at the heavily subsidised cost of £20p/h.
  • Performing alongside other schools, a live orchestra, and professional musicians in the concert on 11th May 2018.

£2.50 per child.

Classical Re-Mixed package

In partnership with Apollo Arts (£10 per child based on 2 classes taking part)

  • A whole-school assembly to introduce the project
  • 6 x weekly 2-hour sessions with two Apollo Arts leaders, which involve taking a well-known piece of classical music (in this case Elgar’s Enigma Variations), using an iMac to chop, change and mix up, add new instruments and effects, and reproduce the music for the 21st century!
  • Playing alongside a live orchestra in the performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall on 18th May.


Additional lovely extra: free CPD for teachers to get you started on the ‘window’ project.
Date: Thursday 18th January
Time: 4pm – 6pm (includes refreshments)
Place: Abingdon Primary School (Middlesbrough, TS1 3HB)

Find our more about our fab CPD opportunity happening on Thursday 18th January!