Musica Kirklees Newsletter - Autumn 2019

Welcome to the beginning of a school year of exciting music making.  As you will read in this newsletter, the summer and the beginning of this term have already been action packed and this term brings with it a host of concerts, trips, recordings, festivals and performances.  You will read that Musica Youth Strings (along with some of our singers) have been invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Music for Youth School Prom celebrations on November 13.  We are incredibly proud of this achievement and you may remember that last year Musica Youth Jazz had the same honour.  This is not just a testament to these talented young people, but also to their parents, carers, teachers and families who have supported them from an early age with those first steps learning to play an instrument and sing.  We want these achievements to be available to as many young people as possible, so please help us to spread the word: letting people know how valuable music education is and

how it enriches the lives of our young people.  Let’s keep on flying the flag!


Thom Meredith

Principal, Musica Kirklees


A Weekend in the Dales

Musica Shelley junior and intermediate string, wind, brass and percussion players ventured to Ingleborough Hall in the Yorkshire Dales on the first weekend back this term for a residential weekend.


Rehearsing as a separate string ensemble and wind band, the players got together for workshops, followed by games organised by some older students for the evening.  It made for a lovely weekend of music making and friendship building.


Boost for Musica Batley

Musica Batley are celebrating after being awarded a Tesco Bags of Help Community Grant.  Customers at Tesco Batley voted for Musica Batley, in a shared initiative with Batley Grammar School, to receive £4000 to purchase equipment for a DJ and Music Production Course at the centre.  Thank you to everyone who voted for them!


New Children’s Choir

Musica Colne Valley, as part of their commitment to developing vocal music in their area, are launching a new Children’s Choir on Friday, October 11.  All children in school years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to join the choir on Fridays, 5.00 – 6.00pm at Colne Valley High School.


Musica Colne Valley Singers, the adult choir, are also on the lookout for new members (Fridays, 6.15 – 7.15pm).  No experience necessary – why not pop in and give it a go!


Musica Holme Valley on the Move

After many happy years at the school, at the end of last term we were approached by Schools Letting Solutions (SLS) to say that Holmfirth High School would not be available to Musica Holme Valley for rehearsals.


From the start of this term, Musica Holme Valley has been meeting at its new home at Honley High School and we’re delighted with the new location and the new possibilities it brings.  A huge thanks go to all the parents/carers, staff, volunteers and pupils who have made the move go so smoothly.  Also a big thank you to the music teachers at the school who are making us feel so welcome.


Musica Youth Orchestra (MYO) Talent Search

In July MYO hit the road (and the ferry!) on their tour of Western Bohemia in the Czech Republic.  There was lots of fun and even more spectacular music in a series of concerts performed in some truly breathtaking venues.   There was even a bit of Mickey magic to round things off with on a visit to Disneyland Paris.

For some instrumentalists this was their last adventure with the group before moving on to higher education or employment and MYO is now looking for talented young musicians to join their flagship ensemble.


There are currently chairs available for instrumentalists age 21 or under who are grade 6 standard in the following instruments:

* Flute

* Oboe

* Bassoon

* Trombone

* Tuba

* Strings

* Percussion


If you’d like to be part of MYO, please email to arrange an audition or for more information.


Teachers – Let’s Get Singing!

Our Teachers’ Choir is back and open to anyone who works in a Kirklees school (not just teachers!).  It’s completely FREE, an ideal place to share ideas, network and have a good singsong.  Additionally, for those of you with responsibility for music in schools, there is the added bonus of picking up new repertoire and an opportunity to learn about conducting or directing singing.


The group meets on selected Tuesdays throughout the Autumn term, 4.30 – 6.00pm at Moldgreen Community Primary School.  For more details please contact


A Weekend in the Studio

Musica Holme Valley spent a busy weekend in Hade Edge Band Room recording studio in September.  All the groups were given a chance to shine and create a memento of the occasion.  CDs are available to order now from the centre (£10) and will make an ideal Christmas present.


Marsden Jazz Festival 2019

Over one weekend Marsden Jazz Festival brings together world-renowned jazz artists, young musicians and community groups in spectacular style.  There will be family friendly gigs from Musica Kirklees to enjoy for FREE in the Bandstand in the Park on Saturday, October 12:

* 10.00am          Musica Soul Band

* 10.45am          Musica Holme Valley Big Band

* 11.30am          Musica Shelley Big Band

* 12.00pm          Musica Youth Jazz

* 1.00pm            Musica Colne Valley Big Band

* 2.15pm            Musica Batley Jazz Bats

* 2.45pm            Musica Mirfield Swing Band

* 3.30pm            Musica Shelley Swing Band


Amazing Opportunities from Music for Youth (MfY)

We’re so proud of everyone who took part in the MfY National and Regional Festivals earlier this year.


Musica Kirklees were represented by the following groups who made their way to Birmingham in July: Music a Deux (a collaboration between Musica Colne Valley and Musica Shelley Senior Wind Bands), Musica Colne Valley String Trio, Musica Soul Band and Musica Youth Strings.


The MfY Mentors were impressed and have invited Musica Youth Strings and some of our young singers to perform at the MfY Proms in the Royal Albert Hall on November 13.


In September, Musica Colne Valley String Trio accepted an invitation from the Unity Bank Trust, MfY’s major sponsor, to perform at an event at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.


Recitals Week (December 16 – 20, 2019)

Our Orchestral, Pop and Guitar Recital Teams will be visiting schools during the last week of the Autumn term to promote live music making.  Your teacher will inform you if lessons are affected via the Music Diary.  All centres will be closed between December 16 and 21.  Please  check with your conductor if you are involved in central ensembles at Netherhall Learning Campus High School.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Musica Kirklees staff are involved in a training day on Monday, January 6, 2020, so all lessons and centres will commence from Tuesday, January 7, 2020.


Bad Weather

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OCT 12

Marsden Jazz Festival – see news item for details


Shelley Charity Ball – Musica Shelley Big Band, Shelley Village Hall


OCT 15

Birstall Festival of Music - Musica Batley Youth Choir, 6pm, St Peter’s Church, Birstall.  Free event (collection on the door).


OCT 17

Musica Batley Open Evening – Batley Grammar School


OCT 18

Musica Colne Valley Open Evening – Colne Valley High School


OCT 19

Musica Holme Valley Open Morning – Honley High School


NOV 11

Soloists’ Evening – Musica Batley, Batley Grammar School.  £3 entry payable on the door.


NOV 13

Music for Youth Prom, 7pm, The Royal Albert Hall


NOV 14

Musica Batley AGM – 6pm, Batley Grammar School


NOV 16 (tbc)

Friends of Musica Shelley AGM – 9.15am, Shelley College


Friends of Musica Holme Valley AGM – 10.15am, Honley High School


NOV 30

Duke of Edinburgh Christmas Fair – Musica Mirfield Senior Wind Band, Shepley Bridge Marina, Mirfield


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Slaithwaite Christmas Lights Switch On – Musica Colne Valley Intermediate Wind Band (with adult group)


Marsden Lights Switch on – Musica Colne Valley group(s)




Musica Batley Christmas Concert – 7pm, Dewsbury Town Hall.  Tickets available from the Town Halls Box Office. (



Musica Colne Valley Christmas Concert - Colne Valley High School



Musica Mirfield Christmas Concert – 7pm, Dewsbury Town Hall.  Tickets available from the Town Halls Box Office. (



Kirklees Choir Christmas Concert – Musica Holme Valley Big Band, 2.15pm, Gledholt Methodist Church



A Jazzy Christmas – Musica Shelley Big Band, Musica Shelley Swing Band and Musica Youth Jazz, 7pm, Denby Dale Pie Hall




Musica Shelley Christmas Concert – 7pm, Huddersfield Town Hall.  Tickets on sale at the Musica Shelley Coffee Bar from November 16.


DEC 14


Musica Holme Valley Christmas Concerts – am, Honley High School


St Paul’s Hall Concert – Musica Mirfield Swing Band with Gledholt Male Voice Choir


DEC 15


Musica Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert – 2.30pm, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield



If you need to cancel...

Lessons will automatically continue unless you email or write to the Musica Kirklees office.

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· Address - Musica Kirklees, 9 Beast Market, Huddersfield, HD1 1QF


If you do wish for you/your child’s lessons to finish at the end of the Autumn term, and in order not to incur a 35% notice fee, we must receive written notice of your intention to cancel no later than Friday, November 1, 2019.