Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust is launching the NMPAT Virtual Centre (NMPATVC) to enable children and young people, throughout the county, to collaborate in making music and share performing arts.  

Due to current Government guidance we are not able to meet face to face in NMPAT’s Saturday Music and Arts Centre settings.  The Virtual Centre will allow students to take part in ensembles and activities in a virtual format, on line, during these times.  

NMPAT’s Virtual Centre is open access – no prior musical experience is needed.  NMPAT will host a welcome and induction session on Saturday 12th September, via Zoom, with the full NMPATVC timetable commencing on Saturday 19th September.  More information is available at www.NMPAT.co.uk/Centres 

Regular Virtual Centre mornings will open with a massed welcome and warm up, leading to ensemble classes including musical theatre, beginner and more advanced instrumental ensembles and rock and pop.  Following a short break, workshops will include open percussion, drama, general musicianship and improvisation, and will encourage students to develop their wider understanding of music and the performing arts.  A massed Virtual Centre collaborative project will be announced in the welcome meeting and students will work towards a filmed performance at the end of the term.

The NMPAT Community Choir will also form part of the Virtual Centre and is open to adults with no experience required.

NMPAT county group rehearsals will be recommencing in the coming weeks, and lessons are beginning to take place in over 200 schools across the county, However, Saturday Music and Arts Centres are not yet able to return.  The Virtual Centre aims to recreate the experience of making music and drama with others, and trial feedback has been positive.