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Music4U joins forces with Musicport and Humberside Police

PHOTO / BROADCAST OPPORTUNITY: Friday 22 October, 1.15pm
Headlands School and Community Science College, Sewerby Road, Bridlington YO16 6UR
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35 GCSE 'A' level student in the final rehearsal for their Musicport showcase later that day at The Spa Music4U - the Humber Region Action Zone - is working with Musicport for the 3rd year running to provide music making opportunities for young people in the Humber Region. Supported by Humberside Police, as part of their 'Not Just Noise' initiative, this year's project will see young people from across the region showcase their work as part of Musicport Festival, 22-24 October 2010 at The Spa, Bridlington.

A group of 35 GCSE and 'A' level students from Headlands School and Community Science College in Bridlington have been working with musicians from SAMAY - whose musical style mixes Indian, samba, flamenco, jazz and funk - along with support from Leeds College of Music students, during the week leading up to Musicport to rehearse three songs, which will be performed live on the main stage on Friday 22 October at 7pm.

Delma Tomlin, Director of Music4U says: "Having the support of Humberside Police's 'Not Just Noise' initiative has added a valuable new dimension to our ongoing work with young musicians in the Humber Region and reinforces the links between young people in the area and the community in which they live. We are delighted to join forces with Humberside Police in their enlightened approach to engaging with young people through music making." 

Humberside Police Inspector Colin Waddington adds: "Our 'Not Just Noise' programme actively encourages young people to engage in positive activities across the Humber Region and is one of a number of successful initiatives run in conjunction with Humberside Police aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in the community. Music4U's partnership with the Musicport Festival is an ideal and fun way for young musicians to make a positive contribution to the social and cultural activities in our region and we are delighted to support them."

Scott Ratheram, Head Teacher, Headlands School and Community Science College says: "I am thrilled that such a large group of students from Headlands have been invited to take part in Musicport again this year. The previous two events have been a huge success, with students not only getting the opportunity to play alongside professional musicians, but also benefiting from learning about less familiar cultures and styles of music. The students have been looking forward to this since the last festival and I think I am as excited about seeing our talented musicians performing, as they are about playing on the main stage at such a major festival on the Friday night with Samay."
This year, for the first time, there is an additional element to this project as a group of 10 media students from Headlands, working with digital expert Mike Leigh Cooper, will capture their peers on video, audio and in images in a Musicport related media project during the workshops and performances, the content of which they will put on to a variety of social media platforms including the Not Just Noise website at www.notjustnoise.com

Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival Director sums up in saying: "The involvement of Music4U with the Festival has been an incredibly positive development. The showcases at the Festival have become a real highlight and we are now getting young people returning to the Festival as performers, helpers and audience members as a result of their experiences with Music4U in previous years."

In addition, on Saturday 23 October, throughout the day there will be an opportunity to hear world music performances from local community groups from three Humber Regions including 'Steel the Rhythm' Steel Pan group from North East Lincolnshire, a samba procession group from Goole and a West African drumming and singing group from Hull.

To find out more about Music4U's activities and to watch previous vodcasts of projects, go to www.ncem.co.uk/music4u or visit www.myspace.com/humbermusic4u.

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Editors Notes:
Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that funds and facilitates music-making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music-making. More info is available at http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/. Since the creation of the first Youth Music Action Zone in 2000, the concept has been rolled out over 24 regions across England and Wales, some of which are now in their sixth year of operation. With a remit to support music-making activities for some of the UK's most disadvantaged young people, Youth Music Action Zones have gone on to reach over 230,000 children and young people, encouraging their talents, building their confidence and transforming the landscape of musical opportunity throughout the UK.  The music-making supported is of the widest variety, from hip-hop and dj-ing to classical and jazz.

Musicport - takes place from 22-24 October 2010 at The Spa, Bridlington. Ticket phone lines are 0845 373 2760 or 01947 605089. Musicport was established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in the coastal area of Yorkshire with its primary event being Musicport World Music Festival each autumn. Over the last eight years the festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar . Topping the bill this year are  Richard Hawley , Marta Sebestyén  & The Imagined Village whilst previous years headlines have included  The Buena Vista Social Club, Rachid Taha,Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Rolf Harris, Mory Kante, Osibisa, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, & Los De Abajo. More information is available at: http://www.musicportfestival.com