Band's performance to be live-streamed to North Yorkshire schools

One of Yorkshire’s best-loved bands, Hope & Social, will be broadcasting live to all pupils in North Yorkshire on 26 March 2015 as part of Connect: Resound, a project exploring how digital technologies can be used in rural areas to provide instrumental tuition and access to live music performances.

Hope & Social at Grassington Festival

Hope & Social at Grassington Festival

Known for their uplifting, fun performances and passion for public participation in music-making, members of Hope & Social will give a behind-the-scenes insight into being in a band. Viewers will see how the recording process works - from playing the music to mixing the track.

Hope & Social will bring with them all the experience they have packed into the past six years including playing at Glastonbury Festival, making six albums and performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Tour de France 2014. The event will be interactive with teachers and their classes invited to tweet questions and comments to @NYMAZmusic, using the hashtag #HopeandSocial, which the band will respond to live.

The exclusive broadcast is part of Connect: Resound, a project exploring how digital technologies can be used in rural areas to provide instrumental tuition and access to live music performances. NYMAZ, the youth music development charity which is leading the project, has commissioned Grassington Festival to produce the live broadcast which will also involve pupils from local schools in music activities leading up to the event.

Students involved in Connect: Resound

Students involved in Connect: Resound

Heidi Johnson, Director, NYMAZ, said:

'Streaming the Hope & Social event direct into schools is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn from a much-loved band about music, music technology and the creative industries in general. Our aim is to help inform future study options or even career choices.'

Kate Beard, Director of Grassington Festival, said:

'Grassington Festival is very excited to be producing this live broadcast as we believe it is vital that children - wherever they live - should have the chance to experience great music played by fantastic musicians. Having worked with Hope & Social in the past, we are looking forward to collaborating again - the band bring a unique energy to everything they do and genuinely enjoy helping others to make music.'

Dr Jonathan Savage, Managing Director of UCan Play, said:

'We are the technology partner for this project and looking forward to making it possible for all pupils across the county to access this live music experience via the internet.'

Connect: Resound is led by youth music development charity, NYMAZ, along with its partners, the North Yorkshire Music Hub, UCan Play and the University of Hull.

The project is supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Nesta and the Arts & Humanities Research Council with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is one of 52 innovative arts projects in the UK to receive funding.



Hope & Social will be live-streamed from 1.15-2.15pm on Thursday, 26 March 2015 on the Music Education UK website.