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29 Jun 2020


North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra Tunes Up for Lockdown Performance!

Thursday 9 July, 10.30am at www.connectresound.live/watch The fifty members of the North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra will present a brand new, lockdown performance to homes and schools across the county and beyond on Thursday 9 July at 10.30am. The event will be live-streamed at www.connectresound.live/watch   ... more...

11 Jun 2020


A Walk in the Wild Wood!

In the lead up to Rural Fest 2020, we want to put some of our wonderful artists in the spotlight - to give you a bit more information about what you can look forward to! Today, we are featuring Sophie Knill; a brilliant member of our young team who has created... more...

10 Jun 2020


The Ethos of Rural Fest

Here, at Rural Fest HQ, we have been busying away, getting our schedule in order for the 21st of June. Behind the scenes we are carefully constructing what we hope will be the best festival we can possibly put together for you. So, in the meantime, come and get to... more...

11 May 2020


Testing… testing… is anyone out there?

Don’t fear, we’re still here! Save the date, Rural Fest 2020 WILL be taking place on the 21st of June. But, in line with the uncertainty of future regulations, we’ve decided to take things digital. Hello! We are Rural Fest 2020, an exciting new project led by a team... more...

09 Jan 2020


Live Broadcast of ‘The Apple Tree’ for Early Years!

BE PART OF A UK-WIDE PRESCHOOL ORCHESTRA ONLINE AUDIENCE Preschoolers across the UK are invited to an orchestra performance with a difference this month. Created for children aged two to five, it will be live-streamed across the country for free and will help raise awareness of the importance of early... more...

03 Dec 2019


An Introduction to Music Journalism - Mini Course!

NYMAZ Ambassadors - PODs Music Journalism Mini Course: Monday 13 January - Monday 3 February 2020. Join us for this 4 weeks mini course taking place on Monday evenings 6-8pm, at Ripon Library, The Arcade, Ripon, HG4 1AG Aged 16-25 and interested in music journalism? Join the NYMAZ Ambassadors for this exciting opportunity... more...

25 Jun 2019


Ambassadors Open Mic!

Join us for Ambassadors Open Mic! Ripon Library, The Arcade, Ripon, HG4 1AG Wednesday 26 June, 6pm - 8pm We are really excited to have Sam Hodgson joining us to run this brilliant ‘Open Mic Event!’ an interactive workshop looking at how to develop your ideas, create something new, start up... more...

20 Jun 2019


Make Music Day Big Sing!

We are very excited this year to be able to invite you to join us for a fantastic musical event, on the Summer Solstice for Make Music Day! Join us for this annual celebration of music, where music lovers can enjoy free music events across the day unique to this... more...

01 Mar 2019


iMUSE in the Spotlight

iMUSE is a very exciting project delivered by Accessible Arts & Media, and part of the NYMAZ Play It Loud programme, funded by Youth Music. This 1-to-1 therapeutic multi-sensory experience provides a relaxing and creative space where young people with additional needs can make their own choices, create music and... more...

17 Jan 2019


Arts Council England funds music residencies to broaden cultural opportunities for rural children

Young people in rural North Yorkshire will have the chance to experience a range of musical genres and cultures, thanks to a new programme - ‘Sounding Out’- from youth music charity NYMAZ. With funding from Arts Council England, ‘Sounding Out’ will invite young people to work alongside professional musicians... more...