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Deus Ex Machina

Educationem Musicorum

Welcome to the (slightly delayed) August 2018 edition of the Yorkshire Youth & Music bulletin!

We were marvelling in the office this month at human ingenuity. Our ancestors' ability to create a range of weird and wonderful instruments has inspired this month's mechanical musings, so here are the links for August... all about machines.

Here is the production line for this month:

Remember folks, you are not machines! Send us your very human news via facebook, twitter or

All the best,


Getting out the typewriter on behalf of the team at Yorkshire Youth and Music

This month's resources

News and useful articles
  • The Musician's Union and ISM have jointly launched a new music sector code of practice, to help eradicate bullying, harassment and discrimination in the field
  • One Day One Choir would like all choirs to join together for a world wide event on National Peace Day say Music:Ed
  • A new data map, from figures published by the UK government, has been published showing levels of arts engagement in England. The map will be used by Arts Council England to inform the next round of Creative People and Places grants and a further £24m of investment, as reported by Arts Professional
  • In Autumn 2019, Arts Council England will publish a new strategy for 2020 - 30, setting out its mission, vision and ambition for the next ten years. ACE has already commissioned an open conversation with numerous individuals and organisations within the arts sector about what the future holds for us all. Here is a report of their findings via Artswork
  • Radio 4 asks if we are bringing up children creative enough for the future they face in Creative Kids
  • Leeds Piano Trail began this month and continues throughout the city centre until Sunday 16th September
  • PLAY is a mini, music documentary, directed by Dave Grohl (of the Foo Fighters), celebrating the rewards and challenges of dedicating your life to playing and mastering a musical instrument. Includes some brilliant footage of young people starting out on the journey...

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Yorkshire Youth & Music News

YY&M has been working with CAMHS (the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) - run by our local wing of the NHS - to provide a music and music technology workshop for children who need a little bit of extra support with their mental health.

The workshop ran very successfully earlier this month and was the first of what we hope will be a longer partnership with the NHS.

We will be publishing the results of the workshop on our website in the near future, or you can contact us directly for more information.
The Singing & Signing Space
In honour of our continuing work with Deaf and Hearing Impaired (DHI) children, we are sharing our resources with you for FREE, one per month for the next 12 months, in our Singing & Signing Space.

This is the sixth instalment of our resource videos for singing and signing with YOUR choir...

This month, in honour of our mechanical theme, we bring you Tandem, signed by our talented facilitator, Paul Whittaker OBE and Paul's interpreter, Stephen Heselton. It's the first time we've featured a sing and sign duet, and the song is wittily brilliant for KS2.

Yorkshire Youth and Music training
YY&M's training takes place in direct connection with the needs of our projects

If you would like to access training in music education with children in challenging circumstances, we might be able to help.

Please take a look at our current projects for the types of work we're doing and the young people we're working with now. And feel free to contact us if you want to get involved!

Training in Yorkshire

Arts Award training

Discover & Explore
29th September in York (advisor)
Bronze & Silver
13th September in Hull (advisor)

Training further away...
2018 OHMI Conference and Awards
Music and Physical Disability: From Instrument to Performance

7th and 8th September in Birmingham
The challenge to enable participation in music for people with physical impairments is a subject only recently receiving attention. It is hoped that sharing knowledge through this conference will stimulate further developments in the coming years
Music and Drama Education Expo 2018
11th October in Manchester
A one day CPD event for everyone in the performing arts education sector.
Training, Events and News for Young People

Please pass on the following opportunities to any young people aspiring to play / work in the music / music education sector
Breeze Leeds are running 'Breeze Camps' for kids throughout the summer holidays - see dates and details here...
Transform Festival has announced a new major project for 16 - 21 year olds in Leeds: Future Radicals, a brand new collective who will create bold performance led by their ideas, creativity and politics.
Submissions are now open for OPUS2018. Any unpublished composer based in the UK is eligible to apply and the deadline is Friday 19th October at 5pm.
National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Young Composers Scheme is a new initiative run with digital partner NMC Recordings which recruits four talented composers aged 18 - 25 who are passionate about creating imaginative new music for vocal ensembles
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Jobs and Opportunities
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Check out this marvellous mechanical musical machine!


I'm going to keep it clean, as always folks...

YY&M has decided to sell our vacuum cleaner.
It was just collecting dust.
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