Recital teams for schools

Recital team visits

We have a total of four recital teams – ‘New Beats’ (a contemporary music group), a brass quintet, a string quartet and a wind quintet.  The teams operate mainly in primary schools as part of the First Access programme, funded by the National Music Grant. This ensures that all children get a live music experience during their primary phase at least once, but probably more often.

Visits are completely free of charge and we are pleased to be able to offer face to face visits in addition to online performances where required.

Visits are scheduled by the NMPAT Office and you could reasonably expect a visit in your school once every two years.  To express interest in a recital from one of the teams, please use the online form linked below:

On completion of the form, a member of the NMPAT Office team will be in touch to discuss and confirm your booking.

Online sessions

Some schools may prefer to have a remote performance, which can be organized via Zoom or Teams, and children can enjoy the concert either from their own classroom or in a larger space via the school’s screens and speakers. Questions can be asked and answered, and where possible the recital can be fully interactive and tailored for the school’s needs.

Please indicate on the online form if an online recital would be preferable for your school.


Some schools who were able to host both face to face and online recitals during the academic year 2020-2021 provided the following feedback

I am so thrilled that we were able to host the NMPAT string recital team today. In these very trying times, live music was just the tonic needed for both our school children and our staff!! All Covid-19 secure procedures were discussed prior to the visit and the team followed it to the letter. It was just so lovely to see the big smiles and engagement throughout. Thank you NMPAT, the best morning of our term so far.”

The recital was absolutely brilliant and just the ‘pick me up’ that the pupils and staff needed right now. Tim Smith and the team were very reassuring that it would be straight forward from a technical point of view – and it was. In some classes we logged in on our ipads too so that team could see their audience and then we watched and responded on the chat via our PCs. This worked extremely well and the sound quality was excellent. The team presented the recital really well and the pace was really appropriate – short hits of information and questions in between the songs.”

“My class thoroughly enjoyed the performance (as did I!) Language used was well suited and the range of music was fabulous. All members of the quartet were confident and fun and really engaged the children.”

“Would love to have this more often! Thank you so much”

‘New Beats’ – concert and song writing project

Our New Beats recital team work with students of all ages at upper KS2, KS3 and KS4 in a session that looks to break down the perceived barriers to song writing.

Working with a professional vocalist, bassist, guitarist and drummer students will explore:

  • style
  • instrumentation
  • chord sequence theory
  • lyric writing

The sessions are practically based, with students encouraged to use their own instrumental or vocal skills. By the end of the morning, students will have their own song ready to be recorded and / or performed. This is currently provided by the Trust free at source to maintained secondary schools on a Tuesday morning between 9am to 12pm, subject to availability.

Please indicate interest by on the online form linked above.

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