Last week we were delighted to attend the 2019 Music Mark conference, held at The Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield
Music Mark is a membership organisation for music hubs, schools and teachers in the UK. Bridget Whyte, Music Mark’s CEO describes their vision; 'Music Mark will – on behalf of its members and the wider sector - lobby for, and champion, a government supported, high quality, music education provision for all school aged children and young people which addresses diversity, equity and inclusion at its core.'
This stands perfectly alongside Warwick Music Group’s mission: 'to make quality wind and brass instruments that make the joy of music accessible and fun' so the theme for this year's conference: ‘Partnership, Collaboration and Enterprise’ was particularly important to us.
We were especially pleased to be working in partnership with both Music Mark and Sheffield Music Hub to begin the conference dinner with a fantastic fanfare. 30 talented young musicians from different schools across South Yorkshire performed a specially created arrangement which combined works from the 15th Century through to the late romantic period using pieces of music by Warwick Music Publishing.
It was the first time the children had performed together with instruments from our pInstrument family including pBone, the new hyTech pTrumpet, pBuzz and prototypes of our forthcoming trumpet foundation instrument; pBugle. They certainly made an impact! Music Mark members were impressed not only by the sound the performers made on their plastic instruments, but particularly that some of the children from Sheffield Music Hub had only started learning the pBuzz this term.
It was a great way to introduce brass playing!
Delegates had the opportunity throughout the event to visit the colourful display of pInstruments on our stand and ask questions, as well as find out more about our new digital music publishing platform.
The new hyTech, in particular, generated lots of interest from music hubs; as they walked past the stand delegates presumed it was a traditional, brass trumpet and couldn’t believe the light weight of the hybrid instrument when they picked it up!
It was great to discuss with them how such a good value, low maintenance, great sounding and fantastic looking instrument can open up more opportunities for children in their region for years to come.
We really enjoyed this year's Music Mark conference, and are already looking forward to the next one!
For more information about our education partnerships please contact Chris Fower.