Exciting new commission: Doncaster Sound Memories on Tour exhibition

We’re excited to announce our new exhibition “Doncaster Sound Memories On Tour” commissioned by the DMBC culture team.

The “Doncaster Sound Memories On Tour” exhibition will use vacant space in Doncaster city centre. Each location will feature a colour ‘block image’ of a famous music artist, and a short story about a local person’s encounter with that music artist in Doncaster. The collection of images will feature exhibition branding. A QR code will also enable easy interaction to find out more.

The exhibition is interactive, and will unfold in individual pieces as people walk around the city centre. Every piece will create an inspirational impression of Doncaster, linking famous music artists with local venues.

We have completed a large public exhibition entitled Doncaster Sound Memories wrapped around the corner of the Higher Rhythm building. This exhibition consists of 24 stories of encounters with famous music artists in Doncaster by local people alongside 1m x 1m colour block illustration of the relevant music artist.

Over the years, people have told us some incredible stories about encounters they’ve had with music artists in Doncaster. Doncaster Sound Memories exists to celebrate and preserve these stories about local musical history. Peoples’ personal interactions with music artists offers a truly locally rooted peer to peer sharing of stories of art and culture.

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Bid to Ofcom to bring exciting new digital radio services to the city of Doncaster, a success!

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Higher Rhythm have successfully bid to communications regulator Ofcom to establish a DAB digital radio broadcasting service for Doncaster.

A DAB multiplex is a system hosting many radio stations, allowing each to broadcast over DAB to the same area. Previously, DAB multiplexes have been licensed across large areas, such as counties. Ofcom are now offering licenses to run DAB multiplexes in smaller areas such as single cities. 

Higher Rhythm will hold the license for and run Doncaster DAB, Doncaster’s digital radio multiplex. This will allow existing and new radio stations to broadcast over DAB across the whole borough.

Doncaster DAB will expand the choice of digital radio channels locally. This will therefore provide media that’s more representative and relevant to the broadest range of local audiences.

We already have commitments from existing Doncaster stations such as (our own) Sine FM, TX1 and TMCR, to join the multiplex. We also have commitments from stations from outside Doncaster, such as UK Asian station Radio Sangam. The broadcast media landscape is set to change hugely when this new digital radio broadcasting service is launched. This is therefore a big win for the city of Doncaster.

Organisations who want to start their own station, can submit proposals to join Doncaster DAB. There are just a few more available slots remaining on the multiplex.

With support from the Key Fund, we have secured some of the investment towards making this initiative a reality through Access Reach Fund, Better Society Capital and Regional Growth Fund.

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Creativity Counts… Get free lunch for the day and £50 of free groceries!

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Attend one of our free, Creativity Counts, learning sessions in March. As well as enjoying learning about something new, you’ll also get free lunch and get your grocery shopping paid for!

With support from Well Doncaster we’re offering these free, 1-day creative learning sessions for Doncaster adults aged 18+ throughout March and April.

Based around music technology and radio broadcasting, the Creativity Counts sessions will also explore the role of numbers in these industries. These small, exciting workshops will only accommodate 4 people each day, and are just 4 hours long.

You don’t need any previous experience in music or media to participate. Just come along with an open mind and an appetite to learn something new. We have designed these sessions to be fun and they won’t cost you a penny…

Each attendee will receive £10 on the day for lunch. At the end of the day, every participant also gets a £50 grocery shopping voucher, which can be spent just like cash, in supermarkets.

If you’re 18+ and live in Doncaster and are not in full-time employment, complete the form below to reserve your place. Each session only has 4 places so make sure you reserve your place straight away to avoid missing out.

We’ve now extended the program into April and can also reimburse travel expenses if you are a participant who lives in Stainforth.

This programme is funded by Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority through the Department of Education’s Multiply programme.

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Post 16 Music Technology national diploma programme open evening

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Join our next Post 16 Music Technology open evening on Tuesday 31st January, 4pm-5pm.

This early evening session is especially for young people interested in the Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology.

This session will introduce you to our programme and give an opportunity to see our facility.

Higher Rhythm’s studios are brimming with world-class equipment, making them the best in the region. Come and see for yourself why our courses grow each year and why our students achieve and progress.

You’ll get to meet some of our team, see our pro level recording studios and ask questions about our programme. Dan, the course leader is an established music artist with tons of experience performing and recording. Leading the National Diploma for five years, he can answer your questions about how to successfully move from education into professional industry.

We believe that anyone with the right support and determination, can play a part in the national success story of the UK music industry. Our Post 16 Music Technology is a serious step towards a career in music.

Call us on (01302) 327769, email mail@higherrhythm.co.uk or visit the course page and complete the form to express your interest.

This special introductory session at our Doncaster city centre site is the start of your journey into the professional industry.

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National Diploma open days for music technology programme

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Enquiries for our next national diploma open days for Music Technology for post 16 learners are open. Expressions of interest for our programmes 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 music industry is growing, offering more opportunity for employment than ever.

Our national diploma course is in its 10th successful year, structured around real industry practice. With us, you get to use professional equipment, and learn from established industry pros. This approach sets us apart and supports our learners to achieve, and to go on to succeed.

The open days will run from 10 am to 3:30 pm. You will get to meet some of our staff so you can talk about your goals. You will also have a tour of our industry-leading recording studios and music production facility. Get in touch to arrange a time slot that suits you.

Find out more about our diplomas here

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Stage Invasion 2022 Live Music Finale at Doncaster Dome

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Stage Invasion is our annual initiative providing opportunities for young people to gain real-world experience within the live music industry. Stage Invasion 2022 will end with a live finale event just like previous years. The event is 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 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 2022 annual live music event.


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Get a taste of the Higher Rhythm National Diploma in Music Technology

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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 enrol September 2022.

find out more and book a place here

Doncaster Sound Memories new project launch

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

There’s lots of opportunity for local people to get involved in the Doncaster Sound Memories project. You could either either through just telling us your story, or come 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! These kind of stories are what started the idea to develop this exciting new project. These stories are important locally. We want to preserve them as part of Doncaster’s history for people to enjoy in the future.

There’s free training available too… Learn how to interview, or discover how to produce audio features for radio. Develop new skills interviewing people in order to create oral histories.

This project is funded through Heritage Lottery Fund and is free to access for anybody from Doncaster.

If you’re from Doncaster, and have a musical story you think we’d love to hear, follow the link below.

Find out more about the project here

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Administrator job: an exciting opportunity to work for Higher Rhythm

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There is currently administrator job position vacant at Higher Rhythm. We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic administrator to join our dynamic team.

This team member will work front of house on our reception and support staff with admin. The administrator job is also key to supporting learners on our courses and projects. This isn’t the kind of admin job where you will just be sat in front of a computer and answering telephones. Our admin is at the heart of everything we do and a vital part of our team. We are all about supporting people, so the admin is often the first port of call for projects participants and learners.

Our organisation provides offers a wide range of music and media services and opportunities. This includes recording studios, live event promotions and further education courses. Amongst responsibilities, you will play a crucial role supporting our further education learners and programmes.

Additional to the above, our organisation also runs Sine FM, Doncaster’s community radio station. This makes this job an exciting opportunity to work for a real music and media industry company.

If this role sounds like a challenge you would enjoy, make sure to apply.

Application deadline is 22nd of September 2021.

Download job description and details here

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

Congratulations to all learners completing Higher Rhythm 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.

Learners can complete our diploma Two days per week plus additional learning enrichment activities. There is no cost for post 16 learners on the Higher Rhythm BTEC programme as places are fully funded. Additional learning bursaries are also available for some learners subject to status.

A range of employment destinations in the music industry. This includes, studio engineering, music production, live sound, events promotion, recording artist, creative media, music publishing and licensing, AV industries, artist management… the list keeps growing!

The course leader and Higher Rhythm staff will support you throughout the course. We are also experts at supporting additional learning needs and everyone is welcome. Progression onto our two year HND in Music Technology is a perfect option. We offer priority places for our Level 3 course graduates. Get in touch any time and ask us about careers in the music industry.

We 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

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Higher Rhythm is 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. Recognised as a Trinity College London Champion Centre, quality learning provision is guaranteed.

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. We also deliver arts awards at different levels including, discover, explore, bronze and silver awards. This structured means where we can set awards according to age and ability. Our experience team of qualified arts award advisors are always on hand to help.

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

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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. This includes: Higher Rhythm, DARTS, Doncaster Music Services, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Doncaster Children’s Trust. 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.

The role of music hubs

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 finds a new home in our Recording Studio at HQ

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We were looking for the perfect desk for our main recording studio for a while. Then we spotted the SSL Origin Mixing Console…

Solid State Logic (SSL) has held a top-spot in console design and manufacture for decades.

SSL mixing desks are used by too many artists, engineers, producers and world-class studios to mention…

SSL were good enough to give us and our students a virtual tour of their SSL Origin Mixing Console this week. ORIGIN has traditional analogue studio workflow at its heart whilst providing the perfect partner for a modern DAW-driven ‘hybrid’ production studio. Its classic design looks back to the origin of in-line consoles for signal flow inspiration. The console incorporates cutting-edge analogue developments to deliver a unique sonic signature that’s unmistakably SSL.

The Origin is purely analogue inline design, with 16 buses, E-Series EQ and the classic Bus Compressor. The new PureDrive™ mic pre inherits the clarity and purity of previous SSL Mic Pre designs, switching character to a warm, harmonically-rich and driven tone that varies with mic pre gain.

We were so impressed, they we placed an order for an Origin. This will be delivered and installed over the next months.

This world-class console will be available to everyone who uses the studio at our HQ, including our students.

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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. These unique intimate performances from Heeley Institute, will showcase the exceptional songwriting and musicianship of LIO and The Paper Wait. Both artists are supported through our Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England funded, Breakthrough Artist Development Programme.

Attendance as an audience member has been limited to invite only. However, anyone can stream this event free of charge via Facebook live. Stream through our Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/higherrhythm/ from 7 pm, Tuesday the 10th.

See you there!

Big Boulder Festival 2019 partnership

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We’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Big Boulder festival in Sheffield this year.

We have curated the main stage with artists we’ve worked with, including those supported through our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme. We’ve also part funded the stage and sound system with support from Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England.

Big Boulder festival runs 12pm to 7pm on the 8th of September 2019. As well as the outstanding line up of music artists, you can enjoy a wide range of street food stalls and other activities. It’s also FREE (yes, free!) A community celebration of the arts with a main focus on live music in Heeley People’s Park.

We love to work with other organisations who share our vision for artist development. The Big Boulder, has an intimate audience of around 2000 people. It’s 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. Working with a big boulder to present this showcase we aim to help the festival scale up. It’s been growing every year but we expect this one to be the biggest ever. Don’t miss it!



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Women take the lead on our Breakthrough 2019 Artist Development Programme

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Women lead the new cohort of Yorkshire music artists selected for our Breakthrough 2019 Artist Development Programme.

It’s an 80% female led cohort this year with artists selected from across the whole Yorkshire region. 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. If you had a wristband for the main arena at Tramlines last weekend, you will have probably seen LIO. If not, don’t worry because there will be more opportunities to see all artists live and hear their new 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

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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.

Young people say positive things about Youth Music funded project

In January 2018 we launched a Youth Music funded project, for young people from Doncaster. The music inclusion project offers young people opportunities to record music in our studios. They also learn about broadcast media through our radio station, and organise live music events.

The Music Inclusion project focuses on providing accredited learning in music technology. It aims to support young people who face barriers to participating in music making. Music inclusion also aims to engage young people who are facing a range of significant challenges in their lives.

The Youth Music : Music Inclusion project, takes participants 14-25 through a Bronze Arts Award course in songwriting and recording. This helps helping them to develop a wide range of creative and soft skills.

Using our online learning platform, participants are guided, at their own pace, through the course. The online platform also provides all the information needed to successfully complete the Arts Award.

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 experiences of the Youth Music funded project in the words of the people involved…

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Play Live At Leeds

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We are offering an opportunity for one artist to play Live at Leeds. This will be on the Yorkshire Music Forum stage at Live at Leeds on Saturday 4th May.  This opportunity is part of the call for the new cohort of artists to be supported through our Breakthrough programme.  Funding from Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England, supports the programme.

Live at Leeds music festival takes place across various venues in Leeds.

The festival began in 2007. This was to mark the city of Leeds’s 800th birthday. Music promotion company Futuresound, host the event. This event features around 100 bands playing live. Music venues around Leeds city centre along with film screenings and a music industry seminar.

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

Simply complete the form below to enter. Submission deadline is 12 midday on Monday 25th March. Using a panel of industry judges, we will select one artist. Announcements will follow soon after.

Good luck!


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Higher Rhythm Short Breaks 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 http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/short-breaks 



Music Industry Panel at DN Skills Fest

We’re excited to announce that we are putting the music industry firmly on the agenda at this year’s DN Skills Fest. We will present  Music Industry Panel 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. The event is focused on further education and career options.

We will present a stand about music industry career options available through both of our professional music industry facilities in Doncaster. This includes our new BTEC National Diploma.  We will also present a panel of music industry experts discussing roles and careers 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.

Simon Benger- Music Relationship Manager at Arts Council England. 

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. They will also answer questions from the audience. The event will start at 10am, it’s free to enter, and is perfect for young people considering their career options. It’s also suitable for teachers or careers advisors who need better information for signposting young people to the music industry.

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Higher Rhythm presents an exclusive night with Skinny Pelembe

Skinny Pelembe Doncaster live return… Graduating from Higher Rhythm’s Breakthrough Artist Development programme in 2016, stellar success followed. He signed with Brownswood Recordings, and has played sell out tours and major festivals. He’s been championed by BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbs, Giles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft (to name a few…)

Higher Rhythm is proud to bring Skinny Pelembe, back to his home town of Doncaster, for this one-off live date at, CAST. Born in Johannesburg, growing up in Doncaster, Skinny poses a quadruple threat – he produces, plays guitar, sings and MCs, tapping into a unique, influence-weaving sound. There’s an underwater quality to his music, an otherworldliness that bubbles up and dissipates. Guitars wash over twinkling melodies while lyrics fade into dubby drum beats.

Skinny says: “It’s a kind of therapy – I need to do it rather than want to do it.” It’s this urgency that should see his sound break from the murky waters of its genesis up on to the surface.

Cited as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging music artists, tickets sell out quickly. Thanks to Higher Rhythm’s relationship with Youth Music, tickets for this one off event, will be offered FREE. Tickets are available, one per person, to make this unique Doncaster show open to all.


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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.




We’re delighted to join the Sheffield City Region Music Board

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We’re happy to announce that 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. The board has been pulled together by the Sheffield City Region Mayor.

Steve and Paul, are looking forward to the first meeting and the work to follow. We are proud to be able to represent Doncaster. Higher Rhythm bring many years of wider music industry experience 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:

Breakthrough Artists Showcase – Hull

Higher Rhythm in association with Warren Records will host a free night at Hull’s New Adelphi on 28th Feb 2018 featuring emerging regional artists, Floodhounds (Sheffield), The Harriets (Leeds), and Let Man Loose (Hull).

This event is being delivered as part of the Breakthrough artist development programme, which is funded by Help Musicians UK as part of their National Grants Programme with part match funding through Arts Council England

The event is FREE to attend by booking your e-ticket here (places are limited)

Doors open at 8pm

The New Adelphi Club
89 De Grey Street
Beverley Road

Professional Support and Free Studio Time for Emerging Music Artists

Throughout 2018 we will deliver a project funded by PRS Foundation, engaging developing / emerging level music creators from Yorkshire. This artist development programme will be led by established professional music creators. Participants will receive free studio time and learn directly from industry professionals.

These creators will typically be at the developing and emerging stages of their career. Typically the artists will already potentially playing gigs, releasing demos and have a basic web presence. This programme aims to refine fill knowledge gaps to support the transition from being ‘hobbyists’ to professionals.

Participants will develop their knowledge of music production to industry standards.  creating higher quality videos, self-promoting using online tools and radio, managing royalty collections, and generating revenues by taking music to market via digital platforms. Each act will access free studio time. They will produce a recording to release quality and then release the recorded music.

This support will be structured around group and one-to-one sessions. Ultimately participants will reach wider fan-bases to sell music to, access better quality gigs. They will also achieve greater media / radio exposure to build their profile, supporting their short and longer term development.

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Higher Rhythm Ltd is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund

Free Music Project for Young People from Doncaster

From January 2018, we are launching a, free to access, music project for young people from Doncaster.

We are calling young bands and music artists, or any young person interested in music to get involved, and we have priority places for young people currently not in education, employment or training.

There’s a wide choice of activities to get involved in including:

Learning how to produce your own music
Recording your music in a professional recording studio
Engineering in studio sessions for other artists
Performing live radio sessions and producing radio features
Organising or performing at events…

You will also gain real industry experience and can work towards achieving a qualification if you want to.

Places are limited so contact us today at: mail@higherrhythm.co.uk or call 01302 327769 to find out more.


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Work Opportunities at Higher Rhythm

We are looking for self employed music and community media tutors to help us deliver a 3 year project funded by BBC Children in Need.

Summarised role details:

Lead Tutor  –
Delivering music performance and recording activities and connecting with our radio station for live sessions. Must have 5 years experience delivering similar plus be a competent multi instrumentalist. Qualified tutors / teachers preferred. Will also be expected to engage young people from across the Doncaster borough to recruit into the project.

£17.09 per hour. 420 hours per year. 3 year project.


Support Tutor –
Supporting young people in the above project to attain their agreed goals, and assisting in radio focussed activities to produce features and broadcasts. Must have at leat 5 years experience delivering community media services for a range of people. Qualified tutors /teachers preferred.

£13.44 per hour. 420 hours per year. 3 year project.


Extensive job descriptions /person specs are available on request. Applications should be a CV accompanied by a cover letter (email preferred). Please send to: mail@higherrhyhm.co.uk before 12 midday  (GMT) on 15th December 2017

Job Opportunity Working at Sine FM

Part time job opportunity at Higher Rhythm / Sine FM

Outreach Hub Worker

Higher Rhythm Ltd – based at 53-57 Nether Hall Road, Doncaster, DN1 2PG (plus other borough wide locations)

The successful applicant will be responsible for delivering project activities at the new outposts created at community locations as part of a borough wide project, engaging local community members in community media and creative activities delivered by Higher Rhythm / Sine FM. The post is 18.75 hours per week. Salary £9909 per annum. Holiday entitlement is 14 days per year. The post holder must have previous experience delivering learning and working within a community media / radio environment, holding or a PETTLS or above, teaching qualification. A full driving license is also desirable.

* Researching radio programs and monitoring
* Booking guests and communicating with local organisations
* Producing radio features
* Booking studio time and facilities
*Providing support and training for presenters and volunteers
* Overseeing the production of content
* Assist in the development and training programmes
* Timing pre-recorded shows and features
* Operating recording, editing and mixing equipment
* Recording and editing content
* Offering creative input where applicable
* Coordinating a team of volunteers including producers, presenters, reporters and assistants.
* To liaise with other organisation staff and relevant teams to ensure that trainees are smoothly integrated into the volunteer team
* To undertake such other tasks as may be reasonably required

Problem Identification and Solution:
Evaluating situations and identifying existing problems or opportunities. Using the information obtained, understanding the pros and cons of each alternative and choosing the most appropriate alternative.

Asserting influence over events to achieve goals; self-starting rather than accepting passively; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.

Other Essential Requirements:
* Willing to travel to fulfil job requirements.
* Flexible in times and days of work.
* Welcomes and values diversity and contributes to an inclusive working environment where differences are acknowledged and respected
* Recognises and understands the circumstances and issues facing various clients in the communities Higher Rhythm and Sine FM is working with.
* Sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Higher Rhythm and Sine FM.

Closing date for applications is 14th July 2017

Email a CV plus covering letter to: mail@higherrhythm.co.uk

Breakthrough 2017 Music Artist Development programme launches

Breakthrough is a competitive artist development programme for music artists from the Yorkshire and Humber region, providing the expert industry support needed to grow new music.

Breakthrough is being delivered by Higher Rhythm with key events through Music Industry Yorkshire, and is funded by Help Musicians UK, as part of their National Grants Programme with part match funding through, Arts Council England.

Through the programme, we will support a limited original music artists (of any genre) to progress with their professional music careers, by providing free expert support which includes mentoring, live showcases, recording, music releases, radio sessions and master classes.




Our new artist development programme is almost ready to roll…


We’re excited to announce that after our successful ‘Breakthrough’ music artist development programme, which ran from 2015 – 2016, we will be working with Help Musicians UK again from 2017 to 2020 to deliver another, more in depth, artist support programme across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Successfully applying to the HMUK National Grants Programme, an initiative aimed at creating opportunities for and empowering musicians in their careers, and part funding the new project using resources funded by Arts Council England we will deliver the Breakthrough Artist Development Programme 2017 – 2020.

This programme of ‘holistic’ support for emerging musicians from Yorkshire & Humber will include recording opportunities, mentoring, clinics on professional practice and performance opportunities at showcase gigs.

Just like its predecessor, Breakthrough 2015, this new programme will be a competitive programme and is FREE to enter for emerging music artists from the Yorkshire region who don’t currently have a recording or publishing contract.


More details will be announced soon as the programme starts rolling out in April 2017 so stay tuned…