James Dickinson, head of Hull Music Service, outside the Albermarle Music Centre.
James Dickinson, head of Hull Music Service, outside the Albermarle Music Centre.

Hull Music Service head wants to strike a chord with budding musicians

The head of Hull Music Service wants to share the gift of music with the city’s young people.

James Dickinson, who has been in the role for six months, said all children in Hull should have access to music opportunities.

It follows the release of a new brochure encouraging schools and families to take advantage of musical opportunities.

James said: “It’s now recognised that there is significant value in using music and the arts to improve health and wellbeing and to achieve higher attainment in schools.

“Music contributes to a wide range of social outcomes including creativity, resilience, communication skills and leadership. The children who come for workshops thoroughly enjoy their unique experience here and it helps to broaden their horizons.

More than 5,000 children are taught a range of music in Hull.

More than 5,000 children are taught a range of music in Hull.

“It is also important for us that all children across the city have access to music opportunities and that any child, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, is able to experience the benefits of music.”

As part of the vision, a re-brand has taken place with the striking Albemarle Music Centre building in Ferensway now featuring prominently within the service’s branding.

James said: “Hull has many instantly recognisable buildings and the Albemarle is one of those buildings. I wanted the new branding to be instantaneously associated with the Music Service and the great work we do here.”

The Albermarle Music Centre in Ferensway, Hull.

The Albemarle Music Centre in Ferensway, Hull.

Across Hull, more than 5,000 children are taught a range of music, from urban to classical, from singing to song writing and composition to music production by 37 teachers, either in schools or at the Albemarle Centre.

Schools can book workshops on topics such as African drumming or Javanese Gamelan. The centre hold family music sessions for parents and children.

The service also holds large showcase events in venues such as the Middleton Hall, Hull Minster and Hull City Hall, as well as in the funnel-shaped 300 seat auditorium in the Albemarle Centre.

Hull Music Service is a lead partner for Hull Music Hub. Request a copy of the new schools brochure by emailing admin@hullmusichub.com.

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