Hub Partners

For further information and a link to their websites please click on each of our partners.

With schools and colleges

The Hull Music Hub has forged very strong links with the schools in the city. The chair of the Hub is a primary head teacher and three other primary heads sit on the governance board.

With the Local Authority

The Hub and the Hull Music Service receive excellent support from the Local Authority, Hull City Council, both in terms of funding and direct support, and advice from officers and elected members.

With the Local Authority City Arts Unit, Youth Development Service and Music 4U,

Working within the partnership ‘Creative Voice’, the City Arts Unit, Youth Development Service and Music 4U support young people, to develop their creativity and reach their full potential through a programme of youth music activities.

Collaborative partners:-

Accord Partnership

The Music Service has formed strong links with local choirs through the Choral Development ‘Accord Partnership’ group.  This partnership group is convened by Hull City Council Arts Development and representatives of local choirs meet quarterly to share information and plans, and to inform on developments, and for consultation on the Council’s strategic choral development work.

Advanced Tuition Scheme

Advanced Tuition Scheme. The LA has set aside funding to support pupils who attain Grade 8 with a distinction to have 12 lessons per year with a teacher of national repute.  This has proved very successful with a steady stream of pupils from Hull being accepted into a variety of conservatoires and music colleges over the years.

Beverley Chamber Music Festival

Beverley Chamber Music Festival provides annual Chamber Music coaching workshops and master classes.


The Hub has negotiated a special deal for all schools involved with the Hub, for the academic year 2014-2015. This has given all primary schools access to Charanga Musical School, and training in its use, free of charge.  Discounted rates have been agreed for the instrumental teaching package, including training.  Continuing to provide this resource to Hub schools in the future, plus training, will hopefully provide a welcome additional funding stream for the Hub. more

City of Hull Young Musicians’ Friends’ Association’

City of Hull Young Musicians’ Friends’ Association’ provides additional funding for the young musicians in Hull, through provision of music and instruments to subsidising senior pupils to go on tour abroad.  The Friend’s Association raises in excess of £15,000 per year and also administers a bursary scheme to support pupils’ tuition cos

The Creative & Cultural Company

The Creative & Cultural Company is a not for profit arts development organisation based in Hull UK (City of Culture 2017). We manage art spaces including galleries, studios, stages, theatre & dance  spaces & rehearsal rooms. We also deliver various exhibitions and events, such as Hull International Photography Festival & the HIP Gallery.

Our aims are
 To create opportunities for the public to participate and engage in the arts.
 To support artists to develop an audience for their works and share their skills.
 To make contemporary art accessible to everyone.

Creative & Cultural Studios are on the Harbour Deck, Princess Quay Shopping Centre,  Kingston upon Hull, HU1 2PQ, Next door the the HIP Gallery.

East Riding Schools’ Music Service

East Riding Schools’ Music Service, based in the neighbouring LA, shares similar aspirations and values.  Staff have shared training, concerts and workshop events and there are plans for joint training in 2014 -15.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band.  

This championship section brass band has Music Service staff, and current and former pupils in its ranks.  The Music Service has arranged workshops and joint concerts with this band, most recently in November 2014, and there are plans for coaching sessions later in the year. more

The Goodwin Trust

Creative ENRG is the free specialist enterprise/project support programme for Arts & Culture in Hull & East Riding. The project is hosted by Goodwin Development Trust and Funded by Arts Council England’s Creative Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund and offers support for creative producers/providers in the region to become more robust, resilient & able to benefit from opportunities arising from Hull’s City of Culture status and beyond. Support includes one to one coaching/mentoring, workshops, networking events and support in all aspects of starting & growing a creative enterprise.

Hull Chamber Music Society and Recital Club

Hull Chamber Music Society and Recital Club offer opportunities for the more advanced pupils perform.

Hull, Haltemprice, Cottingham, Hornsea and East Coast Music Festivals

Hull, Haltemprice, Cottingham, Hornsea and East Coast Music Festivals offer performance opportunities across the age and bursaries for more advanced pupils.  A high proportion of the competitors who take part each year are from Hull schools, taught through the music service.  The Hull Music Festival has recently grown from a one day event in 2013 to a five day event in March 2015, following the involvement of two of the Music Service staff. 

Hull Music Recital Club

Hull Music Recital Club offers performance opportunities and bursaries for more advanced pupils.  Music Service teachers are involved in arranging concerts and auditions.

Hull Music Service

The Music Service supplies instrumental teaching and music support to the Kingston upon Hull schools and colleges; the forty teachers have approximately 5,500 pupils between them and cover all the standard orchestral and band instruments. The Service also offers vocal, guitar and keyboard tuition in secondary schools and support for schools in the delivery of National Curriculum music.

The Music Service currently delivers whole class instrumental tuition (Wider Opportunities) in 63 Hull primary schools.

The Albemarle Music Centre is the home of the Music Service. It provides the administrative base and also the rehearsal space for the 19 ensembles which rehearse each week.

The Music Service has a range of World Music instruments including an Indonesian gamelan, a set of African drums, Brazilian Samba percussion instruments and a set of West Indian steel pans. Many workshops, using these instruments, are run at the Albemarle Music Centre, in schools and out in the community. The Albemarle also has a ‘soundbeam’ set specifically for use with pupils and adults with profound learning or physical disabilities

In 2009, Hull City Council was awarded the Major Award, the top accolade from the National Music Council of Great Britain, in recognition of the work of the Music Service in terms of the quality and the breadth, depth and access to musical activities for schools and the wider community.

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, a local amateur orchestra of high standard, provides an excellent extension for our senior and most experienced pupils to play a repertoire of a much higher standard than is possible in the Music Service ensembles. The organisations not only share players, but also share music libraries, resources and music equipment. more

Hull University Music Department

Hull University Music Department provides rehearsal and performance opportunities for our senior pupils, working alongside university students and coached by professional musicians.  Since 2012, university students have been invited to work alongside Music Service staff delivering Wider Opportunities and experiencing working in schools. more

Humberside Rotarians

Humberside Rotarians.  This organisation has become involved in fundraising for local young musicians only in the last two years.  Over £12,000 has been raised to date and 12 bursaries of £200 per year have been awarded since October 2013.  Further fundraising events are already planned.  The organisation’s aim is to provide security of funding over a number of years for deserving young musicians. more


J-Night is one of the leading producers of world jazz in the North of England.

We produce the Hull Jazz Festival (summer and winter editions) and deliver a year-round festival offer in Hull, using our ability to build, maintain and develop effective partnerships with organisations such as Freedom Festival, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull City Council.
We produce programmes that give audiences access to high quality artists and we provide developmental opportunities for local and regional artists, including those from diverse backgrounds, through Hull Jazz Festival, the Nelson Street stage at Freedom Festival, Giant Steps and rural touring.

J-Night is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, a founder of Jazz North, a creative partner of Freedom Festival and a support organisation for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture.

Music for Youth

Having taken groups to a variety of Regional Festivals in the North of England over the last 12 years, the Albemarle has hosted a regional festival in Hull since 2010.  Providing a weekday venue has encouraged many schools to take part who would not otherwise apply and participating groups have grown to 40 this year. 

National Centre for Early Music

The LA already has strong links with NCEM through collaboration on Music4U – Youth Music Action Zone projects, which will continue through the development of Musical Inclusion projects. more

National Children’s Orchestra

National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Choir and NYO  Several pupils have benefitted from being members of these National organisations in recent years.  Membership is supported financially by the LA.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Hub has drawn together the Hull Jazz Festival, the Hull Music Service, Hull University and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to create an initial 2 day project in November 2014, including 3 workshop events at the Albemarle Music Centre, and two public jam sessions and a formal performance at Hull truck Theatre.  Following very positive feedback from all concerned, discussions are now taking place to develop future activities, hopefully to include an education project in local primary schools as part of NYJO’s next visit. more

The Noise Academy

Noise Academy offers a unique style of musical tuition creating an exciting new initiative that impacts on young people’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. We focus on developing key skills like Djing, music production, beatboxing and rapping and offer a wide range of one to one and group work shops available to many organisations.

Opera North

Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and is widely recognised as one of the most innovative and adventurous arts organisations in Britain. They have been working in a Hull primary and a Hull Secondary school since the start of September 2014 delivering singing activities and workshops to pupils.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have a residency in Hull and offer opportunities for aspiring young musicians to attend live open rehearsals and meet artists and musicians from the orchestra.  Open rehearsal sessions are attended by KS2 pupils and more advanced instrumentalists have the chance to sit in with the orchestra during the rehearsal.  The RPO resound team are also working with primary schools in a creative project alongside the forthcoming John Williams concert.

The Sixteen

The Sixteen will begin an association with Hull in November 2015, in anticipation of 2017.

Tomorrow's Warriors

Tomorrow’s Warriors is an exceptional music education/professional development organisation and award-winning creative producer working nationally and internationally with some of the most exciting, most diverse new, emerging and established jazz artists in the UK.
Tomorrow’s Warriors runs a weekend Jazz education programme at the Southbank centre, with a particular focus on BAME and female musicians. Access to the programme is free.

Yorkshire Young Musicians

Yorkshire Young Musicians, the regional Centre for Advanced Training, has an established local centre in Hull based at the Albemarle on Sundays during term time.  There are fifteen Hull school pupils attending.  The head of the Music Service is on the Governing Board. 

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia - an exciting project showcasing some of the best young classical musicians in Yorkshire and providing them with excellent musical education and orchestral training. We aim to stimulate classical music in Yorkshire, nurture life skills and inspire a new generation. The Sinfonia aims to be the flagship of Yorkshire's culture of youth classical music, performing at the highest level, representing the region on a national level. 

Yorkshire Wind Orchestra

We are an amateur wind orchestra comprising players of high standard from around the Yorkshire region. We rehearse fornightly and perform concerts throughout the region of mixed programmes with a view to building audiences and raising awareness and appreciation of wind orchestra music, promoting enjoyment of the music to all ages and exposure to a wide variety of styles. We encourage young people to participate in terms of attending concerts and also through workshop days and joint concert events.

Voices Foundation

Following an initial twilight CPD session in March 2014, the Hub has been able to offer a 3-Day Voices Foundation Essential Musicianship course for primary teachers during November 2014 – March 2015.  Using the Hub’s good communication links with schools, a cohort of 20 school and instrumental teachers are taking part, at a very attractive cost per school.