Recital teams for schools

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 ticking the box on the SLA return.

Recital team visits

Alongside New Beats, the other three recital teams –  a brass quintet, a string quartet and a wind quintet – 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 usually offered to schools free on a rota basis by the NMPAT office and a school could reasonably expect to receive a visit at least once every two years. The office will contact schools when an opportunity arises, or schools can request a visit using the form below.

Spring 2021

During Covid-19 restrictions, some schools may prefer to have a remote performance from one of our recital teams. These 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.

If you would be interested in booking a recital (live or remote) once schools reopen, please fill in the form below or contact us directly on for more information.

Statement of interest form – Recital Team visit to your school

These comments are from staff in schools who were able to host recitals during Autumn 2020:

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”

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