Harrogate festival recital live-streamed to North Yorkshire schools

A piano recital by James Bartlett, winner of BBC Young Musician 2014, is being live-streamed to every school in North Yorkshire on 17 July.

Youth music development charity NYMAZ has teamed up with Harrogate International Festivals to invite the schools to enjoy the concert live in their classrooms at 12 noon.

James Bartlett with Nicola Benedetti

James Bartlett with Nicola Benedetti

Pupils will be able to see and hear Bartlett perform a selection of pieces by Rachmaninov, Mozart and Prokofiev in what promises to be a captivating performance by one of Britain’s most promising young musicians.

Heidi Johnson, Director, NYMAZ commented:

'The National Curriculum for Music details that pupils should experience live music performances given by high quality musicians, yet transport times, costs and basic logistics make it difficult for schools in North Yorkshire to access performances. We hope video-streaming will prove a practical solution to those issues, whilst providing children with an exciting, unforgettable experience which enables them to explore different music genres.'

The live video-streamed performance is the final of three opportunities which have been organised by NYMAZ as part of the Connect: Resound project. Funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, NYMAZ and the North Yorkshire Music Hub are working with technology company UCan Play and research partner the University of Hull to test new digital ways of providing music education to children in rurally-isolated areas.

Schools wishing to take part should visit http://live.ucanplay.tv/ at 12 noon on Friday 17 July. There is no need to register or download any software, and the performance is free to access.