International partners

The reputation of breadth of Music Education in Northamptonshire is known far beyond the shores of the British Isles.

The Northamptonshire Music Education Hub is pleased to have links with organisations overseas:

Ensemble Marquise, Hungary

Ensemble Marquise presents early music concerts in costume. They have appeared in festivals across Europe, and also in some of England’s finest houses. The harmonic combination of a male soprano and a coloratura soprano voice provides a refined special sound, and gives a unique musical experience. The performances evoke the atmosphere of the 17-18 century, with period dress, deportment and scenic accessories, inspired by paintings of that era to complement and dramatize the musical experience.

Featuring NMPAT voice teacher Judit Felszeghy, students at NMPAT have benefitted from the specialist input of Judit and her singing partner Laszlo Blaskovics. Ensemble Marquise visited Northampton in October 2012 for a special fund raising concert.

Plzen Conservatoire, Czech Republic

Students from the County Youth Big Band enjoyed an exchange visit with the Plzen Brass ensemble and Folk Group, who performed in Northampton at the Derngate in Youth in Concert.

Ugive2Uganda: Bringing Brass Bands to Africa

Retired instruments from Northamptonshire have found their way to Uganda to support the work of Ugive2Uganda a charity which has established, and now runs, seven bands in the Mbale region. NMPAT has been proud to support the work of Philip Monk, trumpet player from Market Harborough, now living and working in Africa.

A young trombonist, Haruna Gamusi, was the first child sponsored in the name of NMPAT. He was recruited to the Uganda Army Band giving him the opportunity of a secure future through music. Steven Masaba is the current recipient of the sponsorship, a senior student and Bb Bass player he is undertaking a two year college course after completing his A levels.

Former Northamptonshire student Andrew Hartley visited Uganda to support the work of the bands and share his knowledge and experience.

See the Mbale Schools Band in action