Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust

Changing lives of children and young people through music and the arts…

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) has been enabling music and artistic education opportunities for children and young people within the County for over fifty years. NMPAT maintains: in excess of 30 county ensembles - orchestras, brass, wind and jazz bands, choirs, chamber ensembles, world music groups and a Youth Theatre; 13 Saturday morning music centres with an open access policy to enable any student to gain first experiences and NMPAT Contemporary enables students to join with others to form bands, create and perform their own music. The Trust maintains educational contact with nearly every state school in the County and many private establishments, tertiary colleges and early years centres.

In Northamptonshire last year, NMPAT enabled over 21,000 children and young people to engage in playing a musical instrument. Nearly every Northamptonshire primary school hosted a First Access project, with every child in a year group having opportunities to play a musical instrument or have tuition. There are currently over 1,000 members of auditioned county music groups travelling from across the County and rehearsing weekly at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre. Our senior music groups are highly regarded nationally and are among the most successful in the country.

Peter Smalley Chief Executive NMPAT

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