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Music service

String quartet outside the Albemarle Music CentreThe music service offers music support to all the primary, secondary and special schools in Hull and also the sixth form colleges. This is delivered in the form of instrumental tuition, curriculum support, live music concerts, workshops or specific projects.

The team of more than 40 teachers has approximately 2,750 pupils between them and covers all the standard orchestral and band instruments. The service also offers vocal, guitar and keyboard tuition.

Music curriculum support can be delivered in the form of INSET or as direct support in the classroom. Information regarding the above is sent out annually to all schools.

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Richard Stilgoe OBE playing the gamelanThe work of the music service in schools is supplemented by the provision of high quality ensemble opportunities at the Albemarle Music Centre. These ensembles cover a range of styles from orchestral through wind and brass bands to jazz and percussion groups, as well as junior and senior choirs. All ages and abilities are catered for. The Albemarle Music Centre and the ensembles are funded by the the council. There is no charge to schools or pupils for membership of an ensemble run by the music service.

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Pupils having instrumental tuition through the music service are initially loaned an instrument from our stock, free of charge. When they are more established, pupils can purchase their own instrument through the council’s VAT-free instrumental purchase scheme. The music service has approximately 2000 instruments out on loan at any one time.

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Music facilities

Inside the Albemarle auditoriumThe music service has, over the last few years, increased its range of musical opportunities to young people and the wider community by purchasing a set of Indonesian gamelan instruments, a set of African drums, and a set of Brazilian Samba percussion instruments to add to its set of West Indian steel pans.

Many workshops using these instruments are now run at the Albemarle Music Centre, in schools and out in the community. The music service also owns Soundbeam equipment for use by people with profound disabilities to create and experience music making.

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The new Albemarle Music Centre is also the home of the Yorkshire Young Musicians on Sundays, and on Wednesday evenings the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra and is fast becoming a sought after venue for public events.

Find out more about the Yorkshire Young Musicians (link opens in a new window)
Find out more about the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra (link opens in a new window)

Music service awards

Students achieve great things at the music service. Each year, music service pupils and members of the music service ensembles are eligible for annual awards. We also have many ex-students of the music service have gone on to make music their profession with great success.

Find out more about the music service awards
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Contact us

Music Service
Albemarle Music Centre
Hull City Council
60 Ferensway

Tel: 01482 300 300

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