The Big Hoo-Ha Co is  a partner organisation in the Leeds Music Education Partnership, a  music hub set up with the aim of offering the children and young people of Leeds comprehensive city-wide access to music education.

Leeds Music Education Partnership arose from a sharing of values and vision between ArtForms and its partners. It enables us to offer to the children and young people of Leeds a coherent and comprehensible offer, joining up the breadth of first access in all its forms to the diversity of excellence which this great city offers.  See below for a list of partners and links to their websites.

Please visit the LMEP website: http://lmep.lcm.ac.uk/for more information or see below for a list of partners and links to their websites.

Lead Partner

ArtForms Music Service      www.artformsleeds.co.uk

ArtForms Music Service, part of Leeds City Council, provides a wide range of learning for children and young people. We provide instrumental and vocal lessons, National Curriculum support as well as Accompanying Pianists and Ensemble Conductors. Projects, workshops and concerts in schools. City of Leeds Youth Music groups and community Music Centres (also open to adults) provide out-of-school music. The Gordon Parry Centre is a unique resource for those with learning difficulties. 

All Partners

Achord Arts               www.achordarts.com

Achord Arts is an independent music service, offering teaching and education services across Leeds. Specialist teaching (in small and large groups), and ensemble direction, is available on a wide range of instruments, and we pride ourselves on offering a flexible, personal service to schools – working with school staff to identify and address individual priorities. Our evening music centres provide out-of-school learning opportunities, and we run a successful series of one-day workshops and holiday courses.

The Big Hoo-Ha Co  www.bighooha.co.uk

Specialise in particular in collaborative group work, using music (and/or music technology) as a vehicle for increasing confidence, self-esteem, social cohesion and breaking barriers to learning.

We work from KS2-KS5, including students with special needs, and those on the NEET register. From song-writing to music production, our artists are multi-instrumentalists with backgrounds in mentoring and working with vulnerable groups.  We come to you (with various musical equipment/resources) or you come to our superbly resourced education studios.

Cloth Cat Studios Ltd          www.clothcatleeds.org.uk

Cloth Cat is a music and educational charity which organises musical activities for people living in disadvantaged circumstances around inner city Leeds and beyond. Our programme of community based courses form the spine of what we do and these include singing, performing, music production, sound engineering, guitar and the music business amongst others. We also deliver spoke workshops and courses to organisations and projects working within disadvantaged Leeds, and bring musical entertainment to those who cannot normally access it.

Heads Together / East Leeds FM   www.headstogether.org/ www.elfm.co.uk

East Leeds FM is an internet-based community radio station based in Seacroft, Leeds and run by Heads Together Productions.  We love live music at ELFM and have been supporting local musicians since we started broadcasting in 2003. We have become an established part of the local music scene and last year more than 800 artists performed live on ELFM. As part of our regular broadcasts we host local bands and solo artists in our very own live room: The Parlour.  We are committed to supporting young musicians through our Associate Bands and Next Generation programmes. Added to this we promote both young and established artists at gigs, galas and festivals broadcasting from our very special Caravan of Love with live outdoor sets on the Awning Stage - Everybody Loves Fabulous Music!

Leeds College of Music       www.lcm.ac.uk

As the only specialist UK conservatoire to offer both Higher (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) and Further Education courses, we provide a unique opportunity for students to progress from BTEC courses through to Postgraduate degrees. 

Students are taught in a vibrant and creative environment by academic staff who are active performers, composers and producers. Students receive the highest quality education and training to help fulfil their potential and achieve a career as a professional musician.

Leeds International Concert Season          www.leedsconcertseason.com

Leeds Lieder+           www.leedslieder.org.uk

Leeds Lieder+ is a biennial long weekend festival formed in 2004 to celebrate, and promote the understanding, appreciation, composition and performance, of art-song. This great repertoire is part of our cultural heritage. Alongside the festivals and between-festivals events, we inspire hundreds of children to discover and perform this wonderful music, and to compose their own songs, through a variety of education projects in primary and secondary schools.

Leeds Schools' Music Association http://www.artformsleeds.co.uk/shared/cms/interface/view.aspx?id=295

Every year, The Leeds Schools’ Music Association (LSMA) organises spectacular festival concerts in Leeds Town Hall in which schools from across the city come together to perform. These include a Christmas Concert and a Festival for primary schools in the spring term. Children are given the opportunity to play in various instrumental groups and sing in choirs up to 400 voices strong.  The planning and management are in the hands of a committee of headteachers, school staff and representatives from ArtForms.

Lifeforce Productions          www.lifeforceproductions.co.uk

Music and the Deaf               www.matd.org.uk

"Music and the Deaf" helps deaf people of all ages and all degrees of hearing loss access music. Based in Huddersfield, the charity works all over the UK providing training, support, advice and workshops on making music with deaf people and on signed song. They also run various deaf youth ensembles, including one in West Yorkshire.

Musical Futures        www.musicalfutures.org.uk

Opera North              www.operanorth.co.uk/education

Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North. We produce a busy programme of main stage productions but also strive to create opportunities for everyone to engage with the arts, regardless of their social or economic circumstances. Our work is purposefully varied, from projects that seek to broaden young people’s creative horizons outside of school, to working with schools to address issues and provide opportunities (including teacher training) within formal education. We have also been awarded a grant from Arts Council England to deliver one of four In Harmony projects recently announced by ACE and In Harmony Sistema England in the Belle Isle area of South Leeds.

Roundhay Music       www.roundhaymusic.org

Roundhay Music, a not-for-profit organisation established in 1987, arranges music tuition by using carefully selected professional tutors so that music can be full of enjoyment even when studied seriously. Lessons are on an individual basis for pupils of all ages on any instrument and in any style. Also provided are aural, theory, A Level workshops and GCSE support, accompaniment, concert performance training and ensemble opportunities. In-school tuition is offered and tailored to each school’s requirements.

SAA-uk           www.saa-uk.org

SAA-uk is an innovative organisation on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary Indian Music and Dance is performed, presented and experienced by audiences, participants and Artists.  SAA-uk leads the way in spotting, nurturing, developing and presenting the very best of young and upcoming talent and facilitating contemporary cross-cultural music.  All underpinned by SAA-uk Concert Series, SAA-uk Music & Dance Academies, SAA-uk Summer School, SAA-uk Community engagement programme and Artists Support programme.

The Voices Foundation        www.voices.org.uk

The Voices Foundation is a national music education charity, formed in 1992.   Our core activity aims to support primary school classroom teachers through our 1-year whole school programme which gives teachers the confidence, skills and resource material to teach music.   We also provide a variety of CPD opportunities for teachers incorporating our 2 new resource books for Early Years and KS1 teachers.  At the heart of all our training is sustainability and a progression of learning.

YAMSEN: Specially Music  www.yamsen.org.uk

Yorkshire Young Musicians            www.yorkshireyoungmusicians.org.uk

A Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) under the DfE's Music and Dance Scheme, which enables specialist young musicians in the region to benefit from the highest quality tuition in their locality , rather than having to travel long distances or go away to school.  Yorkshire Young Musicians provides specialist tuition, classes to develop musical skills and opportunities for playing and communicating with like-minded friends. Set up through a partnership between Opera North, Leeds College of Music and the Federation of Music Services and supported by the DfE's Music and Dance scheme (with fully-funded places available), the scheme aims to benefit children throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region.