Two types of partners make up The Mix. Delivery partners are organisations in Luton that deliver activities for children and young people as part of the hub’s work; some of whom also sit on The Mix Delivery Executive (which makes decisions about operational strategy, ie how things are carried out and by whom). Strategic partners sit on The Mix Board, which sets the strategy and overall direction for the hub, ie making decisions about what the hub does and why. Some, but not all, also deliver activities for children and young people as part of the Hub’s work.
Luton Music Service – services for schools and young people, and the lead organisation for The Mix
The local authority music service, which provides whole class and small group instrumental tuition to schools; singing activities; weekly orchestras, bands and ensembles for young people out of school hours and related performance opportunities; and low cost instrument hire.
Hub Accredited Tutors (HATs) – 1-1 and small group music tuition
These are music tutors who are partners in, and quality-assured by, The Mix through annual lesson observations, CPD opportunities, DBS and safeguarding policy and practice checks. Their students benefit from low-cost instrument hire from Luton Music Service, discounted rates for Luton Music Service groups and centres and opportunities to perform through The Mix and Luton Music Service.
Luton Music – classical music performances and appearances in schools
Luton Music Club arranges and promotes weekly small scale classical music concerts at Luton’s Library Theatre, and is run by Richard Sisson of Kit and the Widow fame. Richard works with The Mix to offer talks, masterclasses and workshops from some of its visiting performers, as well as offering young people free tickets for performances.
Friends of Luton Youth Music (FLYM) – fundraising and support from parents of young musicians in Luton
FLYM is a charity set up by parents of young musicians who are members of Luton Music Service’s youth groups and ensembles. The parents run fundraising events and apply to charitable foundations and trusts to raise funds to support the work of The Mix.
Inspiring Music is the music service for Central Bedfordshire, created to deliver and develop excellent musical opportunities for children, young people and adults. It is also the lead partner in the Inspiring Music Hub for the Central Bedfordshire Area.
Music for Bedford Borough is the music service for the Borough of Bedford.
Bedfordshire Music Trust (BMT) – holiday courses and groups for young people
BMT runs holiday courses and groups for young people, including orchestras, wind and concert bands, string groups, chamber groups, a choir, and a Youth Opera production. These benefit many young people from Luton.
The Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music – fundraising and support for BMT
The Friends raises funds for Bedfordshire Music Trust from individuals, companies and charities.
Charanga – online support for the music curriculum
Charanga provides curriculum-based online music education resources and schemes of work for schools, including many in Luton. These resources are used daily by Luton Music Service staff to support their teaching.
Gigajam – support for independent learning
Gigajam provides online lessons in guitar, bass, keyboard and drums for individuals, and a whole class tuition programme for teachers and pupils in schools, including many in Luton.
City of London Sinfonia has a broad remit, which includes working closely with schools and music education hubs to address a significant gap in provision for children at a crucial time in their academic and social development.
Next Generation Youth Theatre (NGYT) – performance opportunities
NGYT provides affordable and inclusive performing arts classes and opportunities to young people in Luton, including NGYT Musical Theatre.
Sinfonia Verdi – education and outreach work
A Luton-based ensemble made up of musicians with international reputations as soloists who record, give concerts, and work in education settings.
Osagyefo Theatre Company – education and outreach work
Osagyefo Theatre Company is an African arts-in-education non-profit making organisation based in Luton that organises workshops, seminars, lectures and performances.
Stage 1 – performance opportunities
Stage 1 is a Luton-based youth theatre company run by volunteers, that presents performance opportunities for young people including an annual pantomime.
CHUMS – Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Well-being Service
HiCrEc (Hidden Creative Economy) runs awards that honour the achievements of individuals with little or no mainstream support for their contributions to the community, and there is a Luton and Bedfordshire branch.
Greenbank Music Village provides music lessons, rehearsal and recording studios, a music shop, and practice/tuition rooms from its base in Luton.
Luton Roma Trust is a non-profit making organisation, which follows the principles of the Christian
Gospel and works holistically to enhance the lives of the Roma community of Luton.
World Beaters brings sustainable cultural education to the heart of early years practice. Its musicians, story tellers, crafts and healthy eating specialists create fantastic explorations of world culture with younger children and those that care for them.
The Kings of Herts Chorus is a Harpenden-based barbershop harmony club that sings in four parts. The club rehearses weekly and gives public and private performances, including concerts for schools.
SOS Vocal Training offers singing lessons and voice courses.
Luton Borough Council is the body with ultimate responsibility for Mix funding and outcomes. Luton Music Service is part of the Council and is the lead partner in The Mix.
Luton High Schools, Junior and Primary Schools, and Special Schools are partners in The Mix.
Luton Sixth Form College provides the majority of post-16 music education in the town, offering Music AS/A level, Music Practice (Performing) BTEC Level 3 and Music Technology AS/A level. Most students aged 16 or over, who are interested in pursuing music as a career, attend the college.
Luton Culture is an independent charity that looks after cultural provision in Luton, managing 20 venues including libraries and community centres, and providing cultural services across Luton and the surrounding area, ranging from workshops to events management.
UK Centre for Carnival Arts is a creative space offering courses, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, showcases, galas and events dedicated to all forms of carnival arts including music.
Orchestras Live is a national music charity that brings orchestral music to thousands of people in under-served areas across England. It has run two projects involving schools in Luton – First Time Live and First Time Live II. Schools receiving whole class tuition from Luton Music Service worked with composer John K Miles to create pieces of music inspired by carnival, which they then performed along with the City of London Sinfonia in two concerts at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts.
Watch the videos and find out the impact our recent work with Orchestras Live has had: First Time Live II Evaluation Report
Royal Opera House Bridge works to ‘connect children and young people with great art and culture’. Through research, advocacy and co-investment it nurtures networks, shares learning and fosters innovation within the education, arts and culture sector – particularly in communities where there is limited local provision or experience. ROH Bridge is funded by Arts Council England and is part of a national network of ten ‘bridge’ organisations.
Brass Bands England promotes brass bands, encouraging people to get involved, advocating for support and funding, and offering support and advice to bands. It also runs the National Youth Brass Band Championships and the National University (UniBrass) Brass Bands Championships.