Success Stories

The Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble – Young Vocalists

The Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble (LYVE) programme is run by More Music. It began in 2013 and gives young vocalists (aged 14-21) from across Lancashire the chance to perform together and develop their singing skills, whatever their background or previous experience. The choir aims to fuse contemporary and traditional ensemble singing with beatboxing, improvisation and song writing.


The Big Show 2017 Young People Case Studies

In June 2017 Lancashire Music Hub brought together nearly 1000 children and young people from primary and secondary schools, special schools, More Music and the Hubs County Ensembles for the Big Show. We take a look back at this glorious celebration in our news section and here we share with you some case studies and feedback from the participants.

The Big Show brought together singers and instrumentalists to perform music and songs which represented different aspects of Lancashire life, past and present.


Emily Hoyle: Viola

Emily started the violin when she was five, and joined Burnley Music Centre soon after. She began playing in the Lancashire County Ensembles at the age of 10, switching to viola at the age of 14, and was an active member of LYSO until she went to Chetham’s School of Music for her 6th Form studies.

Andy Greenwood

Andy Greenwood is a freelance Trumpet / Flugelhorn player currently playing First Trumpet in the West End Musical Wicked. Andy started as a young trumpet player with Alan Tomlinson who was at that time Head of Brass with the Lancashire Music Service.

Youth Orbit

Fifteen young people attend this regular jazz workshop delivered by More Music on a Saturday and compose, improvise, perform and achieve creative excellence. The sessions take place at the Community Music Centre at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

Voyage Home

Tom Harrold was commissioned by the Lancashire Sinfonietta in association with the Lancashire Music Service to write a new work for 200 performers, called Voyage Home.

Josh Heaton

Josh took up the saxophone aged 11 and after a number of years trudging through classical grades; he began to develop a keen interest in jazz and was encouraged by a couple of classmates to join one of the Lancashire County Jazz Orchestras.

Sarah Hoyle

Sarah started the violin at the age of 5, and joined the string group at Burnley Music Centre soon after. When she was in Year 4 her class at Wellfield Church School in Burnley was part of the Wider Opportunities pilot project and she was given a saxophone to play, but towards the end of the year the woodwind teacher, Sue Wall, gave her the opportunity to try out the bassoon.