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Music4U brings 12lve (Goldie's band) together with young Humberside Musicians at Musicport 2011

PHOTO / BROADCAST OPPORTUNITY: Friday 4 November at 10.30am
Headlands School and Community Science College,
Sewerby Road, Bridlington YO16 6UR (t: 01262 676198)

GCSE and 'A' Level music students in the final rehearsal for their Musicport showcase at
The Spa, Bridlington with members of Goldie's Band 12lve and the Cuban band Asere

Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - is working with the Musicport Festival  (4 - 6  November at The Spa, Bridlington) for the 4th successive year to provide music-making opportunities for young people in the Humber Region.

12lve (Goldie's Band) - twelve multi-talented young musicians from diverse, and often difficult, backgrounds, brought together by Youth Music Ambassador Goldie and featured on BBC 2 - and the innovative seven-piece Cuban band Asere, will be visiting and working with over 50 GCSE and 'A' Level music students from Headlands School and Community Science College prior to the Musicport Festival.

In the week leading up to Musicport, the students will work and rehearse a 30-minute set of their own songs which they have written and prepared with Asere (known for their inventive song writing and soulful groove) and
recent Leeds College of Music graduates

On Friday 4 November members of 12Lve (Goldie's Band) will visit Headlands School to share their inspirational stories about their journey into the music business. 12lve will headline the opening Friday night of this year's Musicport and the Headlands students will perform live on the main Musicport stage at 7pm with Asere.

Delma Tomlin, Director of Music4U said: "We are delighted to be back at Musicport and are looking forward to hearing the fantastic new music which Headlands music students have produced thanks to their own creativity and drive and the inspirational sessions they have shared with Asere and members from 12Lve's. It's fantastic too that the students will again perform at an international world music event."

Scott Ratheram, Head Teacher, Headlands School and Community Science College elaborated: "Musicport is now one of the first events to make it onto the school calendar and has been eagerly anticipated by the participants for quite a while. The opportunity to work closely with professional musicians and learn about cultural influences is one our students relish and benefit from enormously. Zoe Backhouse, our Head of Music, works tirelessly to raise the profile of music across the school and this really helps showcase the diverse range of talent our students have. I'm really looking forward to seeing the rehearsals in progress and hearing the finished piece."

Zoe Backhouse, Head of Music at Headlands added: "The students who haven't been involved in Musicport before and don't know what to expect are inquisitive, but those who have are very excited. I have a group of Year 9 boys who took part on percussion last year who have asked pretty much every question going, and some GCSE students who literally jump up and down every time I mention Musicport! The school has put some money aside to help to fund the project with concerts and performance evenings helping too."

Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival Director sums up in saying: "The 7pm showcase slot which Music4U has provided over the last three years has become a hotly anticipated event in the Festival weekend. We are really pleased to see so many young people; musicians, backstage helpers and audience members return to the Festival each year. Music4U plays a vital role in this and we value their creative approach to working with young people and their continued support."

In addition to the Headlands School involvement as in previous years, Music4U will also feature musicians from across the Humber Region in special showcase community slots throughout the weekend. These will include: Gyoko Youth Taiko from North East Lincolnshire; Escola de Chaos, a samba group from Goole High School in the East Riding of Yorkshire; Rhythm Pixies, a world music group from Hull; and Stomping Macronis, a singing and body percussion ensemble from North Lincolnshire.

Music4U is a partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North & NE Lincolnshire Councils and      co-ordinated by The National Centre for Early Music. To find out more about Music4U's activities go to www.ncem.co.uk/music4u.

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Press Contact:       Shona Galletly on 07813 796 733
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Web Address:        www.ncem.co.uk/music4u

Editor's Notes:

Youth Music is the leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. We support and develop exemplary music provision at every stage of a young person's development, whether it's the first time a mother and baby make music together, or a talented teen's debut at the Royal Albert Hall. Youth Music has transformed the landscape of musical opportunity in the UK. Since 1999, we've reached over two million children and young people through all types of music; both in and out of school. Music has the power to build confidence, broaden horizons and raise aspirations. Our music programmes allow vulnerable young people to find their way, take charge of their lives and unlock their hidden potential.

Musicport - takes place from 4 - 6 November at The Spa, Bridlington. Ticket phone lines are 0845 373 2760 or 01947 605089. Musicport was established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in the coastal area of Yorkshire with its primary event being Musicport World Music Festival each autumn. Over the last eight years the festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar. Topping the bill this year are Hugh Masekela, Mercedes Peon, Mary Coughlan, Andy Kershaw, Asere and Cigdem Aslan. Whilst previous years acts have included Richard Hawley, The Buena Vista Social Club, Rachid Taha, Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Rolf Harris, Mory Kante, Osibisa, Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Los De Abajo. More information is available at http://www.musicportfestival.com