The Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) has been delivering music education and performing arts opportunities for children and young people in Northamptonshire for over 50 years. It started life as a Local Authority music service (known as the Northampton Music School) and is now an independent charity.
NMPAT is the the lead partner in the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub (NMEH). The NMEH is a partnership of organisations committed to delivering the aims of the government's National Plan for Music Education for the children and young people of Northamptonshire.
The majority of NMPAT's activities can be suitably tailored for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). However, it is recognised that there is a wide variety of different needs within this group, in all cases it is strongly recommended that parents/carers and service providers contact NMPAT by telephone or email so they can discuss requirements in detail. NMPAT can usually signpost you to a suitable music or performing arts activity in your local area.
Ensembles and Music Groups:
- Big Bands
- Brass Bands
- 'Guys and Dolls' (a musical theatre chamber group)
- 'Guitarlactica' (a guitar ensemble)
- String Orchestras (including 'Sinfonia')
- Symphony Orchestras
- Wind Bands
- Wind Ensembles
NMPAT Community Choir:
The NMPATVC is non-auditioned and welcomes members who do not read music. It is open to anyone beyond school age. Please contact VC@NMPAT.co.uk for more information.
Lessons, Classes, Projects and Resources:
More Universal Services:
Targeted and Specialist Services:
Reach the Stars
NMPAT’s Reach the Stars programme delivers music education in special schools and designated special provisions (DSPs) throughout the county. For more information, please email ReachtheStars@NMPAT.co.uk.
NMPAT offers Music Therapy as a service for schools and individuals. For more information, please email Gideon Malitskie (GMalitskie@NMPAT.co.uk).
Musical Stars is a weekly music group for school-aged young people with additional support needs. Places are limited. Email ReachTheStars@nmpat.co.uk with the name of your child, their age and a brief descriptions of needs, and NMPAT will advise you about availability of places.
At Y-Not Arts sessions are a fun and relaxed environment for students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) to participate in music, dance, and drama. They culminates in an end-of-year performance. Sessions usually take place on Saturday mornings (during term-time) at Northampton School for Girls. Please email Emily-May Roebuck (YNot@nmpat.co.uk) for more information.
Relaxed Singalongs are free monthly sessions that are specially tailored towards the needs and abilities of children with SEND. However, the sessions are open to all the family (both young and old). BSL and Makaton are used. For more information, email Simon Steptoe (email@example.com).
Industrious - Music Projects for Children and Young People in Challenging Circumstances
The Industrious programme aims to nurture the musical and creative talents of children and young people in challenging circumstances, with musically inclusive practice and diversity embedded at its core. It's open to looked-after children (LAC), young carers, those with social, emotional, or mental health (SEMH) conditions, those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), those attending pupil referral units (PRUs), and those who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET). Activities are shaped by the views of the children and young people taking part. For more information, email Simon Steptoe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone the main office
NMPAT Saturday Centres:
The Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust is a registered charity (no. 1145643).