Music education programme for schools

Pied Piper project

This exciting new piece of music by Jonathan Dove involves children aged 7-11 from local primary schools performing alongside professional clarinettist Emma Johnson. Together we re-enact the story of the Pied Piper.

Emma Johnson is the narrator and the Pied Piper. She leads the music making and the children join in, playing simple melodies on the recorder, as well as singing and acting. Prior to the performance, the children have two workshops with Emma and a professional pianist.

Children don’t need any previous experience of recorder playing. They will have some simple melodies to memorise using only three notes. Everyone is required to sing a song too, as the Pied Piper leads them from the stage up into the mountains at the end of the piece.

Invariably the children respond well to Jonathan Dove’s simple but tuneful music. They also appreciate the story itself, with its moral conclusion that promises should be kept.

The performance itself lasts approximately 30 mins, and Emma prefaces the performance with some exciting music for clarinet and piano, for example ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ and ‘The Cat’ from Peter and the Wolf.

This project is delivered by Middlesbrough Town Hall and funded by Arts Council England, and is therefore free of charge for school groups to take part.


2 x workshops (2 hours each) in school, to be arranged at your convenience

Friday 29 March 2019
3pm – 4pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Friday 29 March 2019
5pm  (6pm finish)
Middlesbrough Town Hall

This project is free of charge and we would like to invite five school groups to take part.

For more info about the project visit

Town Hall Music Visits: The Opera Workshop 

A really exciting opportunity for young people to experience a two hour workshop* at the Town Hall led by 3 professionals, covering:

  • Singing, Acting & Drama
  • Crafts through set design
  • Creative writing
  • Composition
  • History and context
  • See a professional performance

There is a 35 per group limit, with a maximum of 2 groups per visit: £50 per session

*Can include an additional free 30 minute Town Hall heritage tour, subject to availability.

Schools Programme: Let us come to you

Musicians visiting Schools

A) Mini Concerts 

We have partnered with a duo of musicians (harp, cello) who can come to your school and deliver high-quality 45 minute concerts or assemblies. A varied programme presented in an interesting and engaging way by storytelling about the music and composers as they go. Musicians are available on Friday mornings.

B) Introduction to Opera

A fun, bite-sized introduction to the world of opera, including a professional performance, a chance to engage and ask questions as well as learn to sing some famous tunes along the way! Delivered by soprano and baritone. Perfect for assemblies!

Cost: £100 per visit per option. These options can be delivered to any number of children.

Shine Festival

Now in its third year, the 2019 Shine Festival is an opportunity for school choirs and ensembles to come together to perform and compete for trophies and certificates in a friendly, encouraging and positive environment.

School choirs and ensembles are invited to perform according to the categories as follows:

  • Primary school choirs
  • Primary school ensembles
  • Secondary school choirs
  • Secondary school ensembles
  • Primary SEN groups (choirs and/or ensembles)
  • Secondary SEN groups (choirs and/or ensembles)

Each category will be adjudicated, and first and second prizes will be awarded. Winning groups will also be invited to perform in the festival’s final showcase performance on the main stage at Middlesbrough Town Hall along with other selected musicians and music groups from across the whole festival.

Date: Tuesday 7 May. Exact timings to be confirmed, but will be within school hours.

(Winning groups from this day will be invited to perform in the final showcase on Sunday 12 May at 6pm)

The festival is free for school groups to take part, and family and friends are welcome to come and watch for £2 per ticket.

Book now!

To take part in any of the above activities/events, contact Rebecca at Middlesbrough Town Hall

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07725 033551