Latest Update & Response to COVID-19

Fri 3 April 2020

We hope you are all keeping safe and are finding some time to play your instruments, sing and keep making music. Here’s a few updates:

Online Learning – Charanga

Our teachers have been working hard to create lessons and resources for students to continue learning which are available on Charanga, all primary school instrumental students should now have received a login. Resources have now been created and uploaded for secondary pupils and you should receive an email within the next few days. If you haven’t received anything by Monday 6th April, then please email us at The same email can then be used if you want to send through anything for the teacher to listen to or comment on and reply to. We will continue to update resources throughout the coming weeks and are also busy putting lots more resources and ideas together to expand our remote learning support. Click here to see some great links to other fantastic online resources!

Big Sing 2020!

We will shortly be launching our online ‘Big Sing 2020 – Wakefield OneVoice’. It’s 10 years since we began our annual Big Sing and this year we want as many schools, individuals, families, choirs and teachers to join together and celebrate! This is also ideal for our 4000 young musicians who take part in our weekly Whole Class First Access Lessons. The whole singing festival will be kicking off with an originally composed launch song ‘ONE’ with opportunities for people to share their performances. There’s already a video up there of the chorus and Makaton sign language to learn! Please like and share our dedicated facebook page to keep up to date and look out for #BigSing2020  #KeepMakingMusic

Annual Pupils Reports

We have decided to move our report writing cycle a little earlier as now seems like the ideal time to review the progress of our young musicians. Our teachers are beginning to write pupil reports for all those young people that have individual or small group instrumental lessons. We will be sending these out in the first part of next term. If you could please double check that we have the most up to date email address and mobile number that would be appreciated.

Social Media & Website

Our online platforms are often the easiest to keep everybody up to date. Using these platforms also helps with minimising usage on the council systems which are being heavily utilised at the moment and needed for critical services. We will continue to update these so please subscribe, follow us, like us and share!




Best wishes

Phil and the WMS Team


Important Information – Response to Coronavirus

Tue 17 March 2020

With the recent Coronavirus developments and announcements over the last few hours we have had to take local and national advice and make some hard decisions in order to help protect the health of both pupils, staff and families. Please see the updates below:

Ensembles & Music Centres & Central Teaching Cancelled
With our main base at Manygates now shut to the public and further direction from the government and council for people to only attend essential activities, we have regrettably had to cancel and suspend all groups and Music Centres until further notice. This also includes any centrally taught lessons in any of our centres. Lessons in schools will still be taught until further notice unless the school decides to cancel tuition from visiting teachers. We are currently further developing our online learning to support students through these unprecedented times.

Events – Regional Music for Youth & Hubalaboo
After recent announcements, these large scale events have been postponed/cancelled. The Music for Youth Festival at St Thomas a Becket on the 21st of March has been cancelled. Groups still have the opportunity to send in recorded entries and directors are aware of this. The Hubalaboo Music Hub Showcase Concerts has been moved to the 23rd of June. It is intended that all the same groups/schools will be involved in the event and any tickets already purchased will be valid.

Please follow, like and share any of our social media channels and subscribe to notifications from this website. Details below. If you could also double check that WMS emails are not landing in your junk email folder as this has been an issue in the past.
Twitter: @WakefieldMusHub
Facebook: @WakefieldMusicServices

On Line Learning and Support
As mentioned above we are working fast to further develop and promote our online learning and support through channels such as our Charanga site. If you are not aware of this then you can get to the site from our main website above.

If you have any concerns or queries then please don’t hesitate to email:

Many thanks for your continued support and best wishes through these challenging times.
Phil and the WMS Team


Tue 17 March 2020

Due to the recent government Coronavirus announcements this afternoon and confirmations from Wakefield Council, we have unfortunately had to cancel the Wakefield Regional Music for Youth Festival. The event was due to take place at St Thomas a Becket Catholic High School on Saturday 21st March. Groups taking part will still have the opportunity to enter through a recorded submission and all directors are aware of this.

We will be contacting families involved directly from tomorrow but please highlight and share this information with others. It would also be appreciated if you could encourage as many people as possible to subscribe to our website and like and follow our various Facebook and Twitter accounts so that we can keep everybody updated in these unprecedented times.

Thank you very much for your continued support.

Phil and the WMS team


Twitter @WakefieldMusHub

Facebook @WakefieldMusicServices

Full Time Instrumental String Teacher Needed

Mon 8 April 2019

Instrumental String Teacher (Upper Strings Specialist)

£17,208.00 to £27,216.00 Unqualified Teacher Scale
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date: 3rd May 2019
Are you an excellent and enthusiastic strings teacher who can inspire and motivate children?

We are seeking to appoint an innovative, committed and inspirational teacher to further develop the work of Wakefield Music Services, Lead Organisation for Wakefield Music Education Hub. The service is highly regarded and has received the highest rating from Arts Council England for the last 6 years! We provide quality diverse instrumental tuition and musical ensemble opportunities to over 7,500 young people in a variety of primary and secondary schools, academies and vibrant Music Centres every week.

The post involves instrumental tuition in a variety of primary and secondary schools including the teaching of whole class First Access (Wider Opportunities) lessons. This exciting opportunity will involve joining our existing team of string teachers and applicants would need to demonstrate that they have the skills and qualities to deliver high quality instrumental tuition. The successful candidate would also be expected to teach lower strings to beginner students. In addition to instrumental teaching, the post also involves directing groups and ensembles at one of our vibrant Saturday morning Music Centres.

Instrumental teachers employed by the service benefit from a wealth of high quality support including CPD and mentoring and enjoy nationally agreed conditions of service and a casual car user allowance. The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Application Form and to provide any criminal conviction information. To find out more about Wakefield Music Services please visit

Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and vulnerable adults are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults whilst promoting their welfare. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility

Please contact Amanda Spalding for further details – or telephone 01924 303306

To apply for this post click here


What a Great Hubalaboo! 2019

Tue 2 April 2019

Thank you to everybody that performed and supported the Hubalaboo Showcase Concert at the beautiful Theatre Royal Wakefield last Tuesday evening. What a great display of young musical talent and enthusiasm from pre-school mini musicians to the older more accomplished! The event was also testimony to the remarkable dedication to music education from schools, teachers, parents and partner organisations from across the district!

Here’s to the forthcoming summer term jam packed full of events! Click here to find out more.