Furthering Talent

As one of the 10 connector hubs across the country, Greater Manchester Music Hub work with Awards for Young Musicians to connect young musicians to a variety of musical opportunities as part of Furthering Talent Connect.

‘Furthering Talent’ identifies musical talent and potential amongst children at the earliest stages in their musical journey.  The programme is designed to support young people from low-income families to sustain their musical learning so that they can keep progressing and playing music well into their teens and beyond.

In Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen, we currently work with 60 children across 4 schools and all children on the programme receive weekly instrumental tuition from one of our specialist teachers.  As well as this, pupils receive wider help with their musical progression, through an Individual Learning Plan and a personal bursary.  Everyone on the programme is also invited to a termly ‘Get Together’ event, which offers a range of musical experiences.  Past ‘Get Togethers’ have included a jazz workshop and performance with the National Youth Jazz Ensemble, Gamelan, singing and ukulele workshops at Manchester Metropolitan University, and a trip to Chetham’s School of Music.

We know that it can sometimes be difficult for families and young musicians to find the information, advice and guidance they need.  If you would like to speak to Stuart or Emily, our Furthering Talent Connectors, then please email stuart.hazelton@bolton.gov.uk or emily.divver@bolton.gov.uk in the first instance and we will get in touch.

For more information about Furthering Talent and our Connectors, please go to: