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Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010

Hull Drum Rhythm Pixies - Perform at Musicport 2010


Music4U's Youth Music Mentors scheme in Hull was part of a national programme run by the charity Youth Music and supported by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It operated in 17 areas of the UK from April 2007 until to March 2011. The scheme aimed to improve the life chances of young people through music-based mentoring by professional musicians.


In Hull, the scheme was on offer to young people, aged 11-25, and was delivered by Music4U, the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone, in partnership with Hull Youth Development Service and Hull City Council.

Regular Youth Music Mentors sessions ran at Kingston, Ainthorpe and Kingston Wesley Youth Centres in Hull, with additional sessions taking place at local recording studio, Nova Studios at 10 Ella Street, Newland Avenue, Hull. These sessions were run by professionally trained community musicians, employed by Music4U, and supported by a youth music worker from the Youth Development Service.

The sessions involved small group work and one-to-one informal tutorial discussions between the young people and their professional-musician mentors. Through these sessions, the young people were able to guide their own curriculum and take responsibility for their own learning. A wide range of genres was covered in Youth Music Mentors workshops, including DJing and MCing, West African Drumming and Singing, Rock and Pop, Western Classical and Contemporary, Blues and Roots, and Folk. Young people also received instrumental tuition and music theory classes as part of this project. There was an additional series of opportunities for young musicians to attend recording sessions in a professional studio and to gain an understanding of the technology and production techniques used in this setting.

Young people engaged in the Youth Music Mentors scheme were given a number of opportunities to perform, both locally and across the wider Humber Region. Perhaps the most high-profile of these platforms was the internationally-renowned Musicport Festival, which hosted a West African Drumming and Singing Group from the Youth Music Mentors scheme in October 2010. The Youth Music Mentors project also provided scope for young people to set up and lead their own music workshops, with CPD and shadowing opportunities built into the scheme to support participants in this respect.

Now that the Youth Music Mentors programme has drawn to a close, Music4U continues to work with and support the participants from this scheme, both in their own music-making and in their wider professional development.

Ainthorpe Singing Group at Nova Studios


Kingston Wesley Youth Music Mentors Group


Youth Music Mentors Drumming Group (who performed at Musicport)