National Diploma in music technology open days

Enquiries and applications for our Music Technology National Diploma courses for post 16 learners, have been higher than ever this year.

We are therefore running two more open days on Wednesday the 27th of July and Wednesday the 3rd of August, for young people, aged 16 or 17, interested in enrolling on our next level three National Diploma in Music Technology, starting this September.

Our National Diploma is rated Outstanding by the National awarding body and is the perfect start to get into the music industry.

The open days will run from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Get in touch to arrange a time

Find out more about our diplomas here

Stage Invasion 2022 Live Music Finale at Doncaster Dome

Stage Invasion our initiative providing opportunities for young people to gain real-world experience within the live music industry, will end with a live event for another year, being held at Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre on Thursday 14th July.

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

Stage invasion has been run for another year in partnership with Doncaster Music Education Hub and thanks to funding from Youth Music through Arts Council England

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


Taster session for higher rhythm’s national diploma in music technology

TUESDAY, 1 MARCH 2022 FROM 16:15-17:15

This taster session is for learners interested in our level three national diploma in music technology, wishing to enroll September 2022

find out more and book a place here

Doncaster Sound Memories project launch

Doncaster sound memories

Launched in January 2022, Doncaster Sound Memories, is a project which will celebrate the fascinating stories of people from Doncaster as oral histories, through features on Sine FM radio station and via the production of a large-scale public art piece,

There’s lots of opportunity for local people to get involved either through just telling us your story or coming on board as a project volunteer (or both!)

Maybe you’ve had a cup of tea with one of the Beatles… Bumped into Joey Ramone on town fields… Or picked up Kylie in a taxi! These are just some of the stories we’ve heard over the years!

Find out more about the project here

Administrator job opportunity at higher rhythm

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic administrator to join our dynamic team

Application deadline 22nd of September 2021

Download job description and details here

Higher Rhythm BTEC National Diploma Music Tech students achieve 100% pass rate!

Congratulations to all learners completing Higher Rhythm’s #BTEC Music Technology Level 3 National Diploma in 2021…

It has to be said that a 100% pass rate is tough to beat. In short, you smashed it!

Good to see so many high grades in there as well.

We honestly couldn’t be prouder of you all, well done and best of luck with whatever comes next in your music career.

Higher Rhythm becomes a Trinity College London Champion Centre for Arts Awards

Trinity College London champion centre for Arts Awards

We are pleased to be able to announce that, Higher Rhythm is now a Trinity College London Champion Centre.

This status underpins our programme of Arts Awards which we deliver for young people from #Doncaster and South Yorkshire.

Higher Rhythm has delivered hundreds of arts awards over the past years. Since, we introduced new blended programmes in 2020, covering songwriting, music production and radio presenting, demand has sharply risen.

Through progressing through the five levels of an Arts Award, young people get to:

  • Discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities.
  • Experience arts events.
  • Develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life.
  • Explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world.
  • Gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment.

There are no entry requirementsno time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work.

If you are a young person or a school interested in our arts award programmes, find out more here.

Higher Rhythm’s Paul Littlewood is the new chair of Doncaster Music Education Hub

Doncaster Music education hub

We are proud to announce that our very own Paul Littlewood is the new chair of Doncaster Music Education Hub.

Doncaster Music Education Hub is a collection of partners, and as well as schools, academies and Doncaster Council, the partnership is built up of a varied range of organisations and music providers, including: Higher Rhythm, DARTS, Doncaster Music Services, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Doncaster Children’s Trust and additional national and regional partners include Yorkshire Youth & Music, Opera North, IVE, Charanga, University Centre Doncaster, Cast (Performance Venue), The William Appleby Trust, Music in the Round, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Orchestras Live, Rainbow Connections and Music for Youth.

The music hub’s vision for Doncaster includes a thriving musical offer for all children and young people, with a wealth of exciting performance opportunities, challenging and appropriate progression routes, an inspirational workforce of music leaders across all genres and embedded regional and national partnerships.

Music Education Hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art organisations, community or voluntary organisations – working together to create joined-up music education provision, respond to local need and fulfil the objectives of the Hub as set out in the National Plan for Music Education.

All Music Education Hubs must deliver the roles outlined by the National Plan for Music Education, which are funded by Arts Council England:

Core Roles 

  1. Ensuring every child between the ages of 5 and 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
  2. Providing opportunities to play in ensembles.
  3. Ensuring that clear progression routes are available and affordable.
  4. Developing a singing strategy so that every child sings regularly.

Extension Roles 

  1. Offering CPD to school staff to help deliver the music curriculum.
  2. Providing an instrument loan service.
  3. Providing access to large-scale and/or high quality experiences including working with professional musicians and publicising musical performances for young people.

Higher Rhythm is genuinely excited about what we can bring to the hub through Paul being in this key position.

SSL Origin Mixing Console in our Recording Studio at HQ

SSL Origin

We’ve been looking for the perfect desk for our main recording studio at our Nether Hall Road HQ site for a while.

The team at Solid State Logic (SSL), a British company which has held a top-spot in console design and manufacture for several decades with SSL mixing desks used by too many artists, engineers, producers and world-class studios to even mention… were good enough to give us (our staff and our students) a virtual tour of their new, Origin desk this week.

We were so impressed, we’ve placed an order for an Origin, which will be installed over the next few months and will then be available to everyone who uses the studio at our HQ, including our students.

Higher Rhythm Presents: LIO and The Paper Waits via Live Stream

On Tuesday, 10th of December from 7 pm, Higher Rhythm, in partnership with Heeley Trust, will live stream two acoustic recording sessions as uniquely intimate performances from Heeley Institute, showcasing the exceptional songwriting and musicianship of LIO and The Paper Waits, both artists from our Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England funded, Breakthrough Artist Development Programme.

Attendance as an audience member has been limited to invite only but anyone can stream this event free of charge via Facebook live, through our Facebook page at from 7 pm, Tuesday the 10th.

See you there!

Big Boulder Festival 2019 partnership

We’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Big Boulder festival in Sheffield this year and have curated the main stage with artists we’ve worked with, including those supported through our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme funded by Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England.

The one day festival runs 12pm to 7pm on the 8th of September 2019 and as well as the outstanding line up of music artists, will also feature a wide range of street food stalls and other activities to enjoy on the day. It’s also FREE (yes, free!)

We love to work with other organisations who share our vision for artist development and the Big Boulder, with an intimate audience of around 2000 people and its family friendly atmosphere offers the perfect live platform to showcase the best in emerging music talent.

Skinny Pelembe will headline, with, LIO, Joe Russel Brown, Bernado, Dan Whitehouse and Holly Redford Jones completing the stage line up for the day.

Women take the lead on our Breakthrough 2019 Artist Development Programme

The new cohort of Yorkshire music artists have now been selected for on our Breakthrough 2019 Artist Development Programme funded by Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England

It’s an 80% female led cohort this year with artists selected from across the whole Yorkshire region, and Breakthrough 2019 also follows the example set by the programme’s previous years in supporting widely diverse musical genres.

We’ve been working hard with the artists for the past few months to make sure they get maximum impact out of their place on Breakthrough. Here’s a quick intro to this year’s artists:

LIO, a female fronted alt-pop band from Sheffield
The Paper Waits, a female-male duo from Harrogate
PARK FIRES an all female Indie-Pop band from Leeds
Young Tarzan Yxungtarzaan (aka Will Phillips), a male beats producer from Doncaster.
Holly Redford Jones a female singer songwriter from Sheffield

If you went to Live at Leeds this year you might have caught The Paper Waits on the Yorkshire Music forum stage, or if you got to our Skinny Pelembe promotion earlier this year or had a wristband for the main arena at Tramlines last weekend, you will have probably seen LIO, but if not, don’t worry because there will be more opportunities to see all artists live and hear their new recorded works as this year of the programme progresses.

Here’s a few of the artists we’ve supported on the Breakthrough programme alomg the way…

Stage Invasion first event draws huge audience to Doncaster Dome

Wow! What an audience for the launch of our new initiative Stage Invasion a partnership between ourselves and Doncaster Music Education Hub, supporting young people into the live music industry.

A whopping 425 people turned up to the Dome in #Doncaster to see 10 young bands playing live at the first event on the evening of 4th July.

Huge thanks is due to Arts Council England BBC Children in Need Doncaster Leisure and Doncaster College and University Centre for supporting.

More Stage Invasion news coming soon asd we prepare for year 2!

Yorkshire Music Forum is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner for 2019

PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner

The Yorkshire Music Forum (YMF) links Higher Rhythm with 4 other partner organisations from across the region in an association with a mission of providing support and development for music artists and the music industry across Yorkshire.

The YMF is a Talent Development Partner of The PRS Foundation and our Talent Development Programme for 2019 /20 which kicks off April 2019, will develop entry, emerging and developing level, Yorkshire based music artists, to advance their careers through bespoke, targeted support including recordings, releases, mentoring, advice sessions and industry events. The funding received from PRS Foundation for this project works alongside match funding from other funders and sources including Arts Council EnglandHelp Musicians UK, and private income.

Watch the video of our Youth Music project learners

In January 2018 we launched a project funded by Youth Music, giving young people from Doncaster, opportunity to create recorded recording music our studios, learn about broadcast media through our radio station, and organise live music events.

In January 2019 some of these young people helped to organise a live event at CAST performance venue featuring Brownswood recording artist Skinny Pelembe and Sheffield based artist LIO.

The following video  reflects on the above experiences in the words of the people involved…

Play Live At Leeds

As part of the call for the new cohort of artists to be supported through our Breakthrough programme, an artist development programme funded by Help Musicians UK, with match from Arts Council England, this year we are offering an additional opportunity for one artist to win a slot on the Yorkshire Music Forum  stage at Live at Leeds on Saturday 4th May

We will be presenting this stage alongside our partners from the YMF, an association of music industry organisations working across the region, and to be in with a chance, you just have to be an artist from the Yorkshire and Humber region, making original music and not currently signed to a recording contract.

Simply complete the form below to enter, before 12 midday on Monday 25th March, and a panel of industry judges will select one artist to be announced soon after. Good luck!

Higher Rhythm’s Short Break Programme

We are delighted to announce that Higher Rhythm, has been accepted onto Doncaster Council’s, Short Breaks framework.  

Short Breaks, enable young people with a disability or complex health needs, including Special Educational Needs, to access activities that will enhance their life experiences. 

Higher Rhythm will offer music industry, creative technology and community media centred activities, putting young people in the centre of exciting and fun creative experiences where they can work towards new goals, create a digital products (such as a music single) and enjoy developing transferable skills. 

More details on programmes on our offer will be announced soon via the news section of the Higher Rhythm website and also on the Short Breaks section of Doncaster Borough Council’s website at 



Music Industry Panel at DN Skills Fest

The music industry is a growth sector worth over £4.4 billion to the UK economy, growing year on year, and Higher Rhythm, believe that anyone, anywhere, with the correct support and determination, can play a part in this National success story. We are therefore excited to announce that we are putting the music industry firmly on the agenda at this year’s DN Skills Fest being held on 7th February at The Dome, Doncaster.

Organised by Doncaster chamber and Doncaster Skills Academy, DN Skills Fest will see over 1500 local young people visiting on the day to find out more about their further education and career options. As well as presenting a stand about the music industry career options available through both of our professional music industry facilities in Doncaster, such as our new BTEC National Diploma  we will also be presenting a panel of music industry experts discussing the ever expanding range of roles and careers now available in the music industry.

 The panel will feature: Timm Cleasby – Operation Director Tramlines Festival, Skinny Pelembe – locally raised music artist signed to a global record deal (and cited as one of the UK’s most exciting new music prospects), Simon Benger- Music Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, and Bex Ransom, Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians UK. The panel will also be compared by Christian Carlisle, presenter and producer at BBC Introducing South Yorkshire.

 The experts will share their experience and tips about employment in the modern music industry and the things you need to do to secure a career in it, also answering any questions from the audience. The event will start at 10am, it’s free to enter, and it will be perfectly pitched for young people considering their career options, or even for teachers or careers advisors who need better information for signposting young people to the music industry.


Higher Rhythm presents, Skinny Pelembe

Graduating from Higher Rhythm’s Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England funded, Breakthrough Artist Development programme in 2016, and following his stellar success signing with Brownswood Recordings, playing sell out tours and major festivals, and, being championed by BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbs, Giles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft (to name but a few…) Higher Rhythm is proud to bring Skinny Pelembe, cited as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging music artists, back to his home town of Doncaster, for this one-off live date at, CAST.

Tickets for Skinny’s gigs across the UK, sell out quickly, but thanks to Higher Rhythm’s relationship with Youth Music, tickets for this one off event, will be offered FREE OF CHARGE, one per person, to make this gig open to all.


Building Works Required – Quotes Sought Now from Local Firms

We are inviting quotes to carry out light building works at our HQ on Nether Hall Road.

It is expected that building works start by 1st March 2019 (or earlier) with all pre-works meetings and required actions completed before the start of works.

We have detailed the works in the attached document.




Higher Rhythm join the Sheffield City Region Music board

We are happy to announce that our very own Steve Mundin and Paul Littlewood have seats on the Sheffield City Region music industry board.

Isn’t it great to be based in a region where the music industry is valued as highly (as it deserves to be) by policy makers?

UK Music will also be on side to guide the board’s development and this initiative has been pullled together by the Sheffield City Region Mayor, MP Dan Jarvis

Steve and Paul, are looking forward to the first meeting and the work to follow, and we are proud to be able to represent Doncaster and bring our many years of wider music industry experience as an organisation to help support the growth of our region’s music industry.

Level 5 BTEC HND in Music Technology and Sound Engineering approved!

We have now been approved to deliver the BTEC HND in Music Technology and Sound Engineering…

This 2 year, Level 5 BTEC HND course will be delivered in a REAL pro level recording studio and linking to real music industry partners, not a college classroom! 

See our HND page here for more details



Yorkshire Music Forum Stage at Long Division 2018

Yorkshire Music Forum (which is a regional music industry development consortium that includes Higher Rhythm) present our very own venue at Wakefield’s Long Division Festival, consisting of two stages at St Austin’s Theatre, a beautiful community Theatre on a leafy street in Wakefield.

Main Stage:

Fizzy Blood / Life / Rival Bones / Team Picture / Laminate Pet Animal / Hot Soles / The Golden Age Of TV / I Set The Sea On Fire / Engine / The Boxing

Acoustic Stage:

Silver Wilson / Floodhounds / Maya Kally / Patrick McCallion / Thomas & The Empty Orchestra / The Harriets / No Fixed Identity / Emily Jane / Beth Holland

St Austin’s is just one of over 20 venues on June 2nd, with over 100 performances taking place across the city. Tickets are £25 for access to the entir

YMF Live At Leeds Fringe Stage

Yorkshire Music Forum is a consortium of organisations working in artist and music industry development across the region, including, Higher Rhythm.

Yorkshire Music Forum are pleased to present a fringe stage as part of this years’ Live At Leeds Festival at Santiago Bar.

Drahla // Hands Off Gretel // ENGINE // The Boxing // RIVAL BONES // The Hot Soles // The Harriets // FloodHounds // Beth Holland // Luke Todd Music

Entry is free to those with a Live at Leeds Festival 2018 wristband, and £5 on the door for others. First band 12pm. 5th May. Bands include:

The Unconference 2018

We are pleased to announce a full range of speakers at this years event from a range of organisations including:

BBC Radio 1 • Music Manager’s Forum • Spring King • PRS Foundation • The Leaf Label • Deluxxe Management • The Independent • Kaiser Chiefs • Brudenell Social Club • Music Support • Big Life Management • Hookworms • Leeds City Council • Brighter Sound • Awesome Merchandise • Come Play With Me • Hannah Peel • BBC Introducing • Girl Gang • HA! Music  • Studio 12 • MAP Charity • Paramount Music • Chapel FM • Marsicans • Equaliser + more!

Check out a range of speakers profiles, a breakdown of all the panels and details of how to register to attend at

You can also join the Facebook event where we’ll be posting regular updates here.

The Unconference is part of Live At Leeds and Leeds International Festival, takes place across Leeds College of Music and The Wardrobe in the city centre and is supported by Leeds Beckett University, Music:Leeds and PRS Foundation.

Leeds International Festival runs from the 28th April – 12th May, with a programme of compelling speakers, original performances and discussions that celebrate innovations in science, music, interactive media and world culture. Check out the full range of events here.