Transforming And Enriching Lives Through Music

Huddersfield Town Hall – ‘Our Biennale’ Concerts

20 November, 2018

We are delighted that pupils from our music centre have been asked to perform at two very special concerts in Huddersfield Town Hall next month.

The free concerts (both on Tuesday, November 20) will round off a new arts and culture festival called ‘Our Biennale’, created especially for children and young people in Kirklees and Calderdale. Internationally acclaimed guitarist Craig Ogden will be working with the students and performing during the evening. The concerts will also feature new pieces by local musicians Callum Dewar and Eleanor Cully.


In the run up to the event, there will be two important rehearsals for all guitarists taking part. These will be on Wednesdays October 24 and November 14 at Netherhall Learning Campus High School, Nether Hall Avenue, Rawthorpe, Huddersfield, HD5 9PG. All guitarists will rehearse together 7.00 – 8.00pm, followed by a run through with Musica Youth Orchestra 8.15 – 9.15pm.

School permission letter

There is also a rehearsal on the day of the event (details overleaf) for which your child will need permission to be absent from school/college. Attached is a ‘School Permission’ letter. Please enter your child’s name in the space provided and submit to your child’s school as soon as possible in order for the school to authorise the absence.

Things to take

For the concerts, guitarists should wear smart black clothes. No trainers please or jeans please. They should take their guitar/music/footstool and packed tea to the rehearsal/concert. Please don’t bring glass bottles, fizzy drinks or products containing nuts. Water will be provided.

Guitars cases should be labelled with a luggage tag and a named label placed on footstools. Please don’t bring valuables.

Programme for the day

1.00pm – arrive at Huddersfield Town Hall. All performers will be escorted to a room where instruments and personal belongings can be stored.

1.30- 4.30pm – escorted on stage for an afternoon rehearsal

4.30- 5.30pm - escorted back to room for packed tea. All pupils to stay supervised on site.

5.15pm –Parents/carers/guests arrive at the Town Hall for the Concerts

5.45 – 6.30pm - Darkness and Light Concert. Performances of commissioned works by Callum Dewar and Musica Kirklees teacher, Eleanor Cully. Musica Youth Orchestra and guitarists from four Musica Kirklees centres and ukulele groups from local schools will be joined on stage by guitarist, Craig Ogden.

6.30 - 6.45pm – short break

7.00 - 8.00pm – Biennale Finale - A celebration of some of the work created throughout the Biennale, featuring dance, drama, music and performance. The concert will include a solo performance from Craig Ogden.

8.00pm – Concert finishes. All guitarists to be collected by their parent/carers from the Piazza outside the Town Hall. Staff will remain on the Piazza until all students have been collected.

Both concerts are free, but donations buckets will be provided for anyone able to support the cost of staging the Festival.

All staff and helpers on the day will be identified with badges.

Please email [email protected] for a permission slip and return it to the Calderdale Music Trust by 26th October 2018. We will also provide you with the school permission letter.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 20th November for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening celebrating the accomplishments of our young people. Thank you for your support