Current Projects

Big Sing 2019 - KS1 and KS2

Fun in the Garden – Key Stage 1 Big Sing takes place on Monday 25 March from 6pm at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe.

This Songs extravaganza is a celebration of songs with a ‘gardens’ theme. From flowers, fruit and veg to insects, birds, bugs and worms, there’s a song about them all.

Accompanied by a live band, our North Lincolnshire Music Hub young children’s performance will share with you all the excitement of the great outdoors.

Twilight training for schools signed up to the event is on Monday 21 January at 4.30pm at the Learning Development Centre, Scunthorpe, DN17 2JL

Great Songs of the Decades – Key Stage 2 Big Sing takes place on Wednesday 13 March from 6pm at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe. 

This year’s Music Hub Primary schools ‘Big Sing’ performance is a celebration of songs from the 1940’s  through the decades to the 2000’s and features many well known classics loved by every generation. Accompanied a by live band, the show will feature children from North Lincolnshire Primary schools

Twilight training for schools signed up to the event is on Wednesday 16 January at 4.30pm at the Learning Development Centre, Scunthorpe. DN17 2JL

BBC Ten Pieces 2019
Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year-olds across the UK and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the music.

We want young people to really get creative with classical music and develop imaginative responses. We’re not just looking for musical responses – children can get creative in any art form that inspires them. So if you’re a school, home educator or any kind of arts organisation you can get your students involved.

If you’re an educator working with students aged between 7-14 and want to get started working with the Ten Pieces, then please get in touch with the Music Hub on or call us on 01724 292933  (term time only).

Find out more about BBC Ten Pieces
BBC Ten Pieces Website

Big BBC Moments (dates for your diary!)

7 January to 5 April 2019, Ten Pieces Earth Challenge!
With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the 100th anniversary of The Planets, 2019 is a great year to explore the topic of space. Learn about the solar system and create your own piece inspired by Earth – the only planet Holst didn’t create a piece for. Upload your piece to Twitter by 5 April 2019 using the hashtag #BBCTenPiecesEarth for a chance to have your piece featured on our website on Earth Day 2019 (22 April).

7 June 2019, BBC Music Day Ten Pieces Assemblies
Finish the Ten Pieces year by holding a Ten Pieces Assembly for BBC Music Day. A Ten Pieces Assembly is a great chance to celebrate the work you have done throughout the year – perform a creative response, watch the films, play the pieces… The only limit is your imagination! Click here for inspiration from previous Ten Pieces Assemblies.

Opportunities with the BBC Orchestras and Choirs

Once again the BBC Orchestras and Choir will be offering lots of great opportunities to access professional musicians and live music. Activities will include:

  • Free Schools Concerts
  • Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme – offering free coaching from professional musicians for 10-18 year olds
  • Teacher CPD – learn how to get creative with your pupils with the Ten Pieces repertoire
A Place called Home
The North Lincolnshire Music Hub is delighted to have commissioned this wonderful story book for young children by Addy Farmer (illustrated by Louise Gardner). A successful Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding bid alongside additional financial support from local Rotary and Lions organisations and generous in kind support from North Lincolnshire Council (including the Music Service, Early Years and Arts Development) has made this possible.

‘A Place Called Home’ provides enjoyment and inspiration for young children and adults alike as it allows us to race through the stars, explore space, new planets, meet and make new friends before returning us safely to our “snuggly bug place called home”.

Addy’s wonderful story provides many creative openings for art, movement, rhyme, music and song. The Music Hub was delighted therefore to also commission Sue Nicholls to write a collection of catchy songs with arrangements by Hilary Miles and facilitate the story’s development into a fantastic creative project for young children.

Our thanks go to all involved in making this project such a success.

Past Projects

‘Shakedown’ a composition and improvisation project for Primary schools is now in full swing.

All North Lincolnshire’s Primary schools can use this lively jazz fusion piece created by local composer Carl Blades as a valuable resource for children of all ages. With the accompanying CD everyone can play along, learn to improvise and develop instrumental skills.
 At Westwoodside School pupils and teachers are making lots of progress with Shakedown; composing and making music together.
They will be performing along with other schools and a live band at the Hub’s Musical Activities week at the Baths Hall in July.
Sinfonia Viva - Dark Clouds Smouldering into Red
This new hub partnership dance and music project with Sinfonia Viva gave local young people the opportunity to create and perform their own skilfully woven together dance and music ideas with professionals. Inspiration was drawn from the theme of World War I and this year’s 100th Anniversary Commemorations. The young people from primary and secondary schools worked with a professional choreographer Tom Dale, the composer James Redwood and the Sinfonia Viva orchestra. Their finished music and dance piece, the story of two young lovers separated by war, was performed at the Baths Hall on the 20th November.

Take a look here at clips of the cast in rehearsal and hear about what the experience meant to them.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Behind The Lines
‘Behind the Lines’ a Hub partnership project with the RPO and the Baths Hall involved students from the North Lincolnshire Music Centre who worked with the composer Detta Danford and professional musicians from  the orchestra. They explored the works of key WWI composers gaining ideas and inspiration to create their own original piece of music. The finished piece called ‘Behind the Lines’ they performed ‘side-by-side’ on stage with the RPO at the opening of their Film Gala concert on the 13th November at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe to a full house. A fantastic debut performance and proud moment for all.

Why not take a look at the clips of the Music Centre students piece in rehearsal and hear all about their experiences.

ABCD Young Choir Leaders Plus
 If you are in Year 11, 12 or 13, studying music at GCSE or A-Level, and are keen to learn about becoming a choral director then here’s an ideal opportunity for you.

Young Choir Leaders Plus is a 2 day Sunday course for young musicians interested in developing the musical skills needed to teach and perform songs, also to conduct or lead a choir.
Some of the skills you will learn include:

  • How to teach a song by rote
  • Finding and keeping a steady pulse
  • Beat patterns in 2, 3 and 4 time
  • Cueing
  • Stopping
  • Hold a pause
  • Preparing a score
  • Marking up a score
  • Taking a rehearsal – the basics
  • Planning your time
  • The conductor as singer
  • Warming up


Classics Big Sing

This exciting large scale Music Hub project was made possible by a successful Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding award.

Taking inspiration from the BBC’s 10 pieces initiative, we chose the majestic Zadok the Priest as our centrepiece. North Lincolnshire Primary schools, adult community choirs, orchestras and bands then signed up to take part.

As enthusiasm has grown we’ve added more choral classics and a wide variety of wonderful orchestra and band pieces to our programme. These include ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana by Orff, Mars from the Planet’s Suite by Holst, Mozart Horn Concerto no. 4, James Bond film music and much more.

From the start of the project in March 2015 research, composition, workshops, training and rehearsals have been taking place in schools, at music centre and the wider community to prepare for our massed community music performance on the 10th July at The Baths Hall Scunthorpe.

The Classics Big Sing finale concert on Friday 10th July was a resounding success involving 600 children, adult singers and instrumentalists performing together.

A Fanfare composed by children from Wrawby school heralded the glorious ‘Zadok the Priest’ sung my the massed choirs and Lindsey Orchestra. This stunning performance also included a Coronation Procession with King, Queen and entourage in full costume.

Compere for the evening Jim Hollingworth introduced the schools’ choirs and Cooperative Junior choir’s performance of songs from ‘Benedicte’ by Andrew Carter which led beautifully into an instrumental performance of ‘Night on a Bare Mountain’ by the Doncaster Concert Band.

Young soloist Sophie Bell played the  ‘Rondo’ from Mozart Concerto no.4 with the orchestra – an inspiration to other young musicians. Joint NL Youth concert band and Doncaster band performances of ‘Mars’, ‘Congestion Charge’ and ‘Bond…. James Bond’ followed and the evening came to a close with the spectacular and  spine-tingling ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana with Massed choirs Orchestras and Bands.

“The Hub’s overall aim to create a large scale high quality musical opportunity for the community of North Lincolnshire has certainly been achieved and we all hope the project’s musical legacy will encourage continued enjoyment and fulfilment in listening to and making music together as a community. An enormous “Thank you” to everyone involved in the Classics Big Sing”.

Erica Hardy (Music Education and Arts Hub Lead Officer)

Take a look at  the Classics Big Sing’s ‘Zadok’ performance HERE

Click here to see the full performance.

Participating Schools:

Barton St Peter’s CE Primary School

Belton All Saints CE Primary School

Eastoft CE Primary School

Goxhill Primary School

Leys Farm Junior School

Lincoln Gardens Primary School

Winterton Junior School

Wrawby St Mary’s CE Primary School

St Augustine Webster Catholic Voluntary Academy

Children’s Choir:

The Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir – Musical Director Charles Rhodes

Adult Choirs:

Brigg Singers

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Singers

Lydian Singers


St Cecilia Singers

Scunthorpe Choral Society

Shower Singers

The Lindsey Chamber Orchestra – Conductor Stephen Fareham

The Doncaster Concert Band – Conductor Karen Latimer

The NL Youth Concert Band – Conductors Andrew Cavell and Sally Russell

Choral Director: Susan Hollingworth

Piano Accompanist – Jonathan Gooing

Compere – Jim Hollingworth

Come and Sing - opportunity for school staff who love singing


Come and Sing – A great opportunity for teachers, TA’s, school staff and those who love singing!

Come and Sing is a Singing session for all interested in learning more about singing with children of all ages.

There will be song suggestions for the Autumn and harvest time – also looking forward to songs for Christmas.

Help will be on hand with advice about songs for choirs.

All are welcome to ‘Come and Sing’ – non specialists and those with some expertise too.

Come and join us on Wednesday 5 October 2016 from 4.30pm to 5.45pm at the Learning Development Centre, Enderby Road, Scunthorpe.