Higher Rhythm’s Exciting Music Industry Expo Takes Centre Stage!

Higher Rhythm Presents: Doncaster Music Industry Expo, funded by Youth Music. This will bring together young musicians and music industry experts in a series of events aimed at improving access to the music industry. After all, who better to explain the music industry than music industry professionals!  

  • Masterclasses led by industry professionals in Live Sound, Music Management, Production, and Business.
  • Expert panels will signpost to opportunities in the ever evolving live music industry. 
  • Networking will allow young people to connect and explore collaborations. 
  • A live music showcase will celebrate a slice of the amazing talent from our region.

Live Music Showcase – The Strangerz, NIVVES

Thursday 22nd February, 6.00pm – 9.00pm@The Leopard, Doncaster. Entry £1 only.

Punk band The Strangerz headline a special homecoming show at legendary Doncaster venue, The Leopard. With support from NIVVES

Expert Panel – How to get ahead in the live music industry

Tuesday 27th February, 10.00 – 11.20 & 11.30 – 12.50

Another key point of Higher Rhythm Presents: Doncaster Music Industry Expo is to introduce aspiring young musicians and music producers to Music industry professionals. During the panel our guest speakers will discuss how to build a sustainable career in the live music industry. The session is for year 11 learners from schools with a specific interest in building a career in the music industries. 

Panel members are: 

Christian Carlisle (panel compere) BBC Music Introducing.

Skinny Pelembe, major record label music artist from Doncaster, appearing at major festivals (Glastonbury, Green Man) and UK, US, and Europeon touring.

Rose Wilcox, Head of Programming at The Leadmill, Sheffield, with over 15 years of experience within the live music industry.

Stewart Baxter (LIFE), toured extensively playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Leeds Reading, SxSW and touring with artists IDLES, Slaves and Nadine Shah

This panel event will be held at Higher Rhythm’s city centre music facility, with a choice of 2 time-slots: 

10.00-11.20 – Reserve place

11.30-12.50 – Reserve place

Masterclass – Remixing and Reworking Monday 4th March, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Stew Baxter (LIFE), creative development Chrysalis Records, leads a day of sessions focusing on the skills and techniques required to remix and rework music for release on a global scale.

Masterclass – Music Tech in Context Wednesday 6th March, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Stewart and Adam, are owners of renowned microphone manufacturers Extinct Audio. They will deliver a fascinating insight in how music tech skills can develop exciting and innovative businesses.

Masterclass – Developing a production Team Thursday 7th March, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

We’re delighted to be joined by Ellie Giles, Step Music Management, who will discuss how to work effectively as part of a professional production team. 

Masterclass – Live Sound Tuesday 12th March, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Gary Lingard (Multi-track Electrical) imparts decades’ worth of wisdom on what it takes to sustain a successful career as a live sound engineer. 


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Exciting News: Higher Rhythm now a registered Higher Education provider.

We are delighted to share the news that Higher Rhythm is now a registered provider with the Office for Students. We will be taking expressions of interest soon for our HND Music Technology and Sound Engineering commencing September 2024.

We’re very excited to be providing students with the very best academic experience, all at a professional music industry organisation.

With our HND Music Technology and Sound Engineering you will get a qualification, grow your network, and build professional experience all at the same time, and graduate industry-ready in just 2 years!

Our tutors and guest lecturers have worked with the biggest names in music. These include, Sir George MartinThe Rolling StonesUNKLE, Idlewild, Skinny PelembePaul van DykSister BlissEditors, and more….

Most importantly, Higher Rhythm is a prominent music industry player regionally and nationally. Our team aren’t just qualified tutors, they’re established industry-pros. With us, you will study in REAL recording studios filled with high-end equipment (such as the SSL Origin console in our main studio). We’re proud of our reputation of producing highly-skilled pros who go on to work in all sectors of the industry.

At Higher Rhythm, we don’t just get you through a qualification. We will give you the skills and experience that you will need to be at the front of the queue for work opportunities as soon as you graduate from the course.

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Brilliant new project: NCS Community Experiences for 16-17 year olds.

Higher Rhythm to help local teens become ‘world ready and work ready’

Our NCS Community Experiences programme funded by National Citizen Service that will support young people across Doncaster.

The grant is part of a significant £20m funding package that NCS Trust have awarded to organisations across England.

Furthermore, these new experiences will complement NCS’ away from home residential offer, and engage more teenagers in local activities. Grants will support organisations that cater to specific groups of young people who may not have participated in NCS initiatives. 

Mark Gifford, CEO of NCS Trust

In collaboration with the National Youth Agency and StreetGames, NCS assessed more than 400 applications. Higher Rhythm was selected as one of around 100 organisations to receive funding. 

“I am delighted to welcome a diverse range of local, grassroots and community organisations from across the youth sector to deliver reimagined NCS experiences. This allows us to reach more young people than ever before, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and perspective to become work ready and world ready. Additionally, our grants for targeted experiences will enable us to reach underserved young people and communities.”

“Together, we will work towards creating a country of confident, connected, caring citizens where everyone feels at home.”

Over the past decade, more than 800,000 young people have benefitted from an NCS experience. They have dedicated over 18 million hours to community based social action, while gaining invaluable life experiences.

To book a place, please visit our NCS Community Experiences page and complete an expression of interest.

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Join the team! Course Leader – National Diploma in Music Technology

Volunteering electronic composing

Job Description and Person Spec

Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology Course Leader 

PositionLevel 3 BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology Course Leader
Hours and days of workBetween 9.00 pm – 5.30pm (Working hours to be agreed) 4 days per week 
Reporting toSenior Manager
Purpose of the positionThe Level 3 Course Leader has the ultimate responsibility for making sure that all students are engaging fully in the Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology course and achieving to expected standards. The successful applicant will lead a small team of tutors and engage with students and tutors on a daily basis. 
Working RelationshipsInternal:
Level 3 team of tutors
Exams officer
Lead Internal Verifier
External Quality Assurers
Pearson Awarding body
Key education partners 
Salaries and Benefits£32064 pro rata at 4 days weekly

Key Accountabilities

Key AreasAccountabilities
Key dutiesLead on curriculum delivery

Teach units in the Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology course.

Coordinate and manage all activities associated with the Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology.

Ensure consistent, high-quality teaching and learning on the programme.

Maintain close liaison with key education partners to ensure all academic requirements are met.

Review and develop teaching and learning methods and strategies for the enhancement of quality and student engagement and achievement.

Work closely and collaboratively with the wider Higher Rhythm team to secure the successful delivery of all course key performance indicators.
Person SpecificationAt least 2 years’ experience within education management roles.

A teaching qualification (PGCE, DTTLS, CertEd or equivalent) 

Experience in the use and development of VLEs.

Friendly disposition with excellent interpersonal skills. 

Highly organised and able to implement processes and procedures. 

Great communication, grammar and proofing skills. 

Ability to work from own initiative. 

Great attention to detail. 

Reliable with excellent timekeeping and time management. 

Knowledge and interest in music, preferably as an active musician. 

How to Apply

Please submit your CV with a cover letter (of no more than 1 side of A4) which supports your application with details of two references to: mail@higherrhythm.co.uk

A full Job Description is available to view and download here

The closing date for applications is Monday 7th August 5.00 pm

Interviews will be held in-person at Higher Rhythm on Friday 11th August between 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

The successful candidate will be subject to qualification checks, satisfactory references and enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Sensational Live Music Finale of Stage Invasion 2023 at Doncaster Dome

Stage Invasion is our annual initiative providing opportunities for young people to gain real-world experience within the live music industry. Stage Invasion 2023 will end with a live finale event just like previous years. The event is being held at Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre on Thursday 13th July.

Tickets are FREE but seats are limited so grab one now as the last event was a capacity audience.

Stage invasion is run in partnership with Doncaster Music Education Hub. It has happened this year thanks to funding from Youth Music through Arts Council England. We work with young songwriters / music artists who enter Stage Invasion each year, to develop music they have created. This is developed until they are able to perform it live, at a high-standard.

We then offer the opportunity to play at a professionally-produced live event, held at a music venue, where the audience votes and the winner gets to record their music in the pro studio at Higher Rhythm. We work with schools (including academies and colleges) to provide opportunities for students to participate in Stage Invasion each year.  This is currently a FREE opportunity due to working with a range of funders and partners.

Huge thank you to Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust for once again, providing the venue for the Stage Invasion 2023 annual live music event.


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Fantastic night of live music presented by Higher Rhythm students

Higher Rhythm Level 3 National Diploma students in the Higher Rhythm studio

We can’t wait for a fantastic night of live music presented by Higher Rhythm students. Our end of year event, held at The Leopard, Doncaster, Wednesday 28th June, 6.30pm – 9.00pm (doors at 6.15pm), will showcase the talent of all our BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Music Technology Year 1 and Year 2 learners.

The event will include live music performances from our learners, who will also manage the event, and handle the sound and lighting. There will also be a special guest appearance from our very own Joe Russell-Brown, singer and songwriter with indie-dream pop band Bungalow who were recently championed by BBC Radio 1, and 6 Music.

Tickets are only £1 on the door and ages 16+ are welcome. Come and join us for a fantastic night of live music presented by Higher Rhythm students.

Events such as our end of year showcase demonstrate our unique model of delivering a National Diploma in authentic industry settings, providing a truly immersive learning experience for learners.

If you are looking for a post-16 destination we still have a few spaces left for the 2023-2024 academic year, but act fast. We keep class sizes to a maximum of 12 to ensure that everyone gets the support they need to develop a high-level of technical competency. 

For further information regarding our BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Music Technology please click here to register your interest in a place on the course, book an introductory session, and receive a free Music Industry Guide download.

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Join the team! Volunteer Coordinator needed for exciting new project…

Plugged-In Doncaster volunteer coordinator

Plugged-In Doncaster

Job Description and Person Spec for applicants for the role of Volunteer Coordinator 

PositionVolunteer Coordinator at Higher Rhythm Ltd
Hours and days of workBetween 9.00 pm – 5.30pm (Working hours to be agreed) 3.5 days per week 
This is a 18 months position starting April 1st 2023
Reporting toMedia Services Manager / Music Projects Manager
Purpose of the positionThis person will coordinate volunteers and other participants on the Plugged-In Doncaster project, being delivered by Higher Rhythm Ltd
Working RelationshipsInternal:
Media services and Quality Manager
Music Projects Manager
Other agencies and departments as appropriate
External Service Providers
Salaries and Benefits(£23541 PRO RATA) £16416 per annum at 3.5 days weekly

Key Accountabilities

Key AreasAccountabilities
Key dutiesTimetabling activities and resources for volunteers and project participants

Tech upkeep & operation of music production and radio / media equipment

Tutoring (up to level 3 competency) music technology and radio media 

Communication with employees, volunteers and outside bodies 

Keeping records, filing systems and logging information

Operating computers (PC and Mac) and maintaining files 

Undertaking other relevant tasks as may be reasonably required
Training Support Providing training around music & media technology, and coordinating external training provision, for volunteers. Most of this training will be on accredited, community level delivery and short taster courses.   
Systems, Procedures And previous experience.It is expected that the post holder should be competent using music and media technologies and computer applications, as well as office / email applications, and be competent using social media and website admin systems.

The post holder must have experience working within the arts / learning sector / community sector, and have some experience working on publicly funded projects. Excellent organisational and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work to deadlines when necessary.  

Applicants must be able to display the ability to work alone, on their own initiative, and also as an effective member of a team within the organisation.  

How to Apply

Please submit your CV with a cover letter (of no more than 2 pages) which supports your application with details of two references to: mail@higherrhythm.co.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday 13th March 1pm

Interviews will be held in-person at Higher Rhythm in the week commencing Monday 20th March

The successful candidate will be subject to qualification checks, satisfactory references and enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Find out more about the Plugged-In Doncaster project here.

This post is funded by National Lottery Community Fund.

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Job opportunity… find that new job work at a recording studio and radio station

Job opportunity

There’s a job opportunity to join the Higher Rhythm / Sine FM team!

You will work on our new, Sound Opportunities project, acting as lead team member to coordinate and deliver music tech and media training to volunteers participating in the project. Our organisation provides a comprehensive range of music and media services and opportunities. This includes recording studios, live events and further education courses, the organisation also runs Sine FM, Doncaster’s community radio station. 

The project is funded through Arts Council England’s Volunteering Futures programme through DCMS. Sound Opportunities aims to develop local volunteering by engaging people experiencing barriers to volunteering, and who have limited access to arts and cultural activity.

Accessible micro-volunteering opportunities will be on offer, with options to progress onto more sustained roles.  Local people can apply directly to participate in the project. Community partner organisations with support specialisms outside of the cultural sector, also refer their clients in. This is intended to help to overcome participation barriers and builds better community links. 

If you are ready for a new challenge and want to work for our organisation, get in touch. Application deadline for job opportunity: 5pm 6th May 2022. Interviews for this position will be held w/c May 16th 2022.

Download job description and application details here.

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Project Coordinator job opportunity at Higher Rhythm / Sine FM

We are looking for an experienced project coordinator to deliver a exciting new project launching in January 2022

Application deadline 5pm 10th December 2021

Download Job Description and Details here


Skinny Pelembe a song for South Yorkshire

We have worked alongside Sound UK, Doncaster Music Education Hub and Youth Music as part of a national project joint commissioning a brand new musical work by Skinny Pelembe, Field Notes #2.

Performing the piece has involved a host of young musicians from the Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra and Rainbow Connection Choir. Inspired by conversations with social workers and nurses, Skinny Pelembe’s Song for South Yorkshire premiered online on 23rd March.

National music project, A Song for Us, led by Sound UK, marks this historic time. It celebrates our communities and the power of music to bring us together. Leading singer-songwriters and composers Skinny PelembeSeth LakemanThis Is The Kit & Bucky and Gwenno have created the first in a series of fifteen County Songs.



Skinny Pelembe is a multi-talented wonder, born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster. He released debut album Dreaming Is Dead Now in May 2019. The album was supported by BBC 6 Music’s, BBC Radio 1 and Worldwide FM. In 2020 Blue Note asked some of the top British names in music to rework songs from their legendary back catalog. Skinny’s version of Andrew Hill’s cult classic, Illusion was chosen as a single from the Blue Note Reimagined album. His varied approach to his influences started early on. His two older brothers were heavily into hip-hop, while he would also absorb the West Coast folk and country music played by his dad. The former influences the way he thinks about his lyrics. The latter has continued to inform the way he writes songs. Listen to Skinny Pelembe’s music below. skinnypelembe.com

ABOUT DYSO: The Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra is the second tier of DYJA ensembles – the intermediate and training level. At this level young musicians explore the popular songs of the Swing Era alongside more complex styles of the modern Big Band.  Musical Director – Mark Sabin. Band Manager – Louise Patterson dyja.co.uk

ABOUT RAINBOW CONNECTION: Rainbow Connection are firmly established as one of the UK’s experts in Choral singing. Founded in 2003 with the aim of offering high quality musical training for beginners to professionals. With a family of 13 choirs they have a huge diversity of singing groups. rcchoirs.com

Work Opportunities for Tutors

Job description alternative provision teaching assistant

Position1 x Alternative Provision Teaching Assistant (Freelance)
LocationClassroom based teaching at Higher Rhythm premises in Doncaster
Hours and days of work  5 hours, Wednesdays (with potential expansion dependant on growth of provision)
Reporting toAlternative Provision Course Leader
Purpose of the positionThis provision caters for students with a diverse range of needs including those with social, emotional and mental health issues as well as students who are considered vulnerable, at risk or hard to reach. The organisation provides its students with individualised music and music technology learning programmes designed to help them achieve success. 
As a teaching assistant you will be expected to create an creative environment that will make each student feel comfortable and become confident, independent life-learners who can express themselves and their choices, whilst safeguarding their happiness and safety. 

Successful candidates will have a background in music, and/or music technology and be strong, confident and positive in their approach to behaviour management. 

In this role, you will be expected to: 
• support a high level of learner engagement through shared planning and delivering a creative and flexible curriculum 
• be able to build strong relationships with children and young people to inspire and motivate 
• work well in a team environment and demonstrate resilience 
• promote positive behaviours to build the self-esteem of the children and young people in your care to support them in fulfilling their potential 

It is beneficial for you to have: 

• have a background in music, and/or music technology
• experience of working/supporting children or adults with social,   emotional, mental health issues 
• experience in a school or childcare setting
Working RelationshipsAlternative Provision learners, Alternative Provision Course Leader, Administrator, Other Higher Rhythm staff  
Salaries and Benefits  £13.44 per hour

How to apply

To apply for this role, you must: 

Have the legal right to work within the UK 

Hold an enhanced DBS or be willing to apply for one 

Provide 2 references (one must be from your current or previous employer)

Be a compassionate individual with a strong work ethic 

Please send your CV to mail@higherrhythm.co.uk or use this e-mail address to request further information relating to the post.

Applications close midday Friday 19th February 2021.

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Tutors needed! Work for a Music and Media company…

Tutors needed at Higher Rhythm. English and Maths teachers needed for part-time tuition jobs supporting national diploma learners. Working at our Doncaster City centre headquarters.

Job description – Functional Skills and GCSE Tutor(s)

Position1 x Functional Skills and GCSE Math Tutor
1 x Functional Skills and GCSE English Tutor
LocationClassroom based teaching at Higher Rhythm premises in Doncaster
Hours and days of work  2 hours, Fridays between 9.30am-3.30pm, January start
Reporting toCourse Leader
Purpose of the positionThe post holder(s) has the responsibility for planning and delivering Functional Skills English and GCSE English, and Functional Skills and GCSE Math to a group of post-16 learners studying at Higher Rhythm.
Working RelationshipsPost-16 learners, Course Leader, Administrator, Other Higher Rhythm staff  
Salaries and Benefits  Rates of pay on request

Tutors needed as soon as possible, on an ongoing basis. If you want to work in an exciting Learning environment, supporting national diploma learners, this could be for you. Working in small groups of learners who need to resit maths and English as part of their study programme.

A current enhanced DBS is essential + 2 references

Please send your CV to mail@higherrhythm.co.uk or use this e-mail address to request further information relating to the post.

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How to release your music and get paid event at Cafe Indiependent

Release your music and get paid

PRS for Music, The Musicians’ Union and Higher Rhythm are delighted to invite you to ‘How To Release Your Music and Get Paid’.

About this Event

Now more than ever before, musicians and artists are taking a DIY approach to creating, releasing and exploiting their music. Some are self-releasing with hopes of securing a future record deal, but others see it as a long-term strategy for their careers. Either way, if you are planning to release your own music then it’s vital you understand some fundamentals about the way the music industry works. It’s obviously beneficial to know how your music can generate revenue.

19.00 – Doors Open

19.15 – 20.15 – Mind Your Own Business

In this session, The Musicians’ Union will explain how record labels and music publishers make their money and how independent artists can do the same.

Topics covered:

Copyright law and protecting your work.

The difference between Master Rights and Publishing Rights (PRS, MCPS and PPL).

The business models behind record labels and music publishers (and how that applies to you).

Artists agreements and performers’ permissions you need to secure before you can release.

20.15 – 20.30 – Break

20.30 – 21.30 – How To Get the Most from PRS Membership

In this session, PRS for Music will take you through the practicalities of self service using the PRSfM website.

Topics covered:

Registering or amending works.

Searching the PRSfM works database.

Reporting performance usage.

ClaimING unpaid royalties.

This evening will conclude with networking drinks.

Attendance to this event is free, but numbers are limited so it’s essential you book a space if you wish to come along.

If you have any questions or specific access requirements, please email PRS for Music at education@prsformusic.com.

We look forward to seeing you there.



Date And Time

Thu, 12 March 2020
19:00 – 22:00 GMT


Cafe Indie
169-173 High Street 
DN15 6EH