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10th Birthday Celebrations for Music4U

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Albemarle Centre
60 Ferensway
Hull HU2 8LN
Thursday 7th July at 3.15pm
Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - is 10 years old and will celebrate its birthday in style with a special concert at the Albemarle Centre in Hull on Thursday 7th July 2011.

The Zone, co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music, is working in a successful partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils who over the past 10 years have worked with nearly 30,000 young people across the Humber Region and offered 1200 freelance employment opportunities to community musicians. The Zone is one of 22 Youth Music Action Zones funded by Youth Music.

Christine Coker, Chief Executive of Youth Music, was delighted with the success of the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. She commented: "Many congratulations to Music4U on achieving 10 years of wonderful work in the Humber region. Through the work of this fantastic Youth Music Action Zone, young people have had the chance to work with professional musicians, develop new skills, integrate with their community and peers and have taken part in nationally recognised music festivals. With great tenacity, over the last 10 years, Music4U has reached out and connected with thousands of young people, many of whom would otherwise never have had these opportunities.

Furthermore, Music4U is an excellent example of how partnerships with local authorities and other key organisations can work well together to produce the best possible outcomes for the young people they support." To celebrate this special 10th anniversary, community musician Donna Smith has been working with young people across the region, including a group of the ex Youth Music Mentors (see editor's notes), to create Music4U Happy Birthday, a special birthday song in the Nigerian/Afrobeat funk style of Fela Kuti. All four groups will also perform the African song Kuku.

Donna Smith says: "It has been a pleasure to work and rehearse with these fantastic, hard-working young people. Together we have chosen a genre of music which we feel suits the wide variety of musicians involved and which we feel will appeal to all ages and musical tastes in the audience. While I have been responsible for creating the backbone of Music4U Happy Birthday, the input from the young musicians has been considerable in terms of elaborating on the melody and some wonderful piano and drums improvisation. The lyrics also very much reflect the feedback I've had from the students about their thoroughly positive experiences of Music4U projects. The special birthday song is a genuine and heartfelt expression of what Music4U means to them and a very big thank you."

Groups from Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire will come together on Thursday 7th July to perform this new creation to an invited audience. The piece will then be available to listen to on the website

Following the special birthday commission each local authority has selected groups to showcase their music at the 7th July concert. The line up features the Goole-based rock group Rhodes, (who also took part in the 2010 Power Tour) from the East Riding of Yorkshire who will perform a set along with singer-songwriter Molly Curtis; the spectacular Grimsby Taiko Japanese drumming group from North East Lincolnshire; Hull's Freedom Road Creative Arts vocal group Freedom Road Collective and a crowd-pleasing Abba Gold and Pirates of the Caribbean set from North Lincolnshire's Vale of Ancholme Technology and Music College Brass Band.

Delma Tomlin, Director of Music4U said: "This is an important moment to mark as it has been a fantastic collaboration between the four local authorities, the National Centre for Early Music and Youth Music over the last ten years. We have had tremendous fun providing a wide range of music workshops and performance opportunities to young people who otherwise would not have had the chance to make music. We have discovered some amazing talent and have been extremely impressed with how the young people have engaged and learnt so much along the way. We hope that the Zone continues to grow and flourish."


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Editors Notes:
 Music4U Flagship Projects over the last decade have included:
▪ Melody Monkey's Marvellous Music Box and subsequent songbook
▪ The Early Years Conference - Everyone a Music Maker - exploring the ways in which music enhances children's life at a young age.
▪ Young people's involvement in some of the region's most prestigious UK music festivals including Bridlington's Musicport, Cleethorpes and Hull Jazz Festivals, Creative Voice and the North East Lincolnshire Arts Forum Festival Young rock bands given the chance to shine in the newly created Power Tour with the opportunity to perform in front of other Action Zone audiences
Youth Music Mentors - 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.

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 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.

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