New Music Biennial

Masterclasses and composer residencies - using music to inspire

The Challenge

Our challenge: the Hull City of Culture year provided a unique opportunity for researchers to evaluate the musical aspects scheduled to take place both leading into and during 2017. The study is part of a wider £645k project led by the Performing Rights Society foundation. It focuses upon two areas: new music in schools; and composer residencies in the city. The study evaluated the impact from both a skills perspective and the psychological well-being of the participants.

The Approach

Our approach: the team looked at the impact of the project (i.e. the community based residencies and the minute of listening in schools); drew upon the experiences of the participants; and advocate policy change where appropriate (e.g. in the approach to music education and the role of the composer in informal learning and participation); these aspects of the work, and their links to the core NMB festival, could have both national and worldwide implications.

The Impact

Our impact: a total of 899 participants took part in the composer residencies. 437 of these participants were adults and 462 were children under the age of 18 years. There were 94 events scheduled around and as part of the residencies. These included the group music making, masterclasses, CPD, and bespoke workshops. A further 1334 participants have signed for stage 2 (from 2018-2019) with the vast majority haven taken part in the first iteration. 389 of these participants are under 18 years of age. 

Start and expected completion date

December 2016 - December 2018



The project is funded £29,000 by Paul Hamlyn.

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