Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
Who we are
Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) enables music and artistic education opportunities for children and young people within the county. NMPAT maintains over 30 county ensembles - orchestras, brass, wind and jazz bands, choirs, chamber ensembles, world music groups and a Youth Theatre; 13 Saturday morning music centres with an open access policy to enable any student to fain first experiences; NMPAT Contemporary enables students to join with others to form bands and perform in contemporary genres; the Trust maintains educational contact with nearly every state school in the county and many private establishments, tertiary colleges and early years centres.
In Northamptonshire last year, NMPAT enabled over 20,000 children to engage in playing a musical instrument; nearly every primary school hosted a First Access project, with every child in a year group having opportunities to play a musical instrument, or have tuition. There are currently over 1,000 members of auditioned county music groups, travelling from across the county and rehearsing weekly at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre, and our senior music groups are highly regarded nationally and are among the most successful in the country.
NMPAT has been delivering for over 50 years, first as a Local Authority Music Service, originally known as Northampton Music School and, since 2012, as an independent charitable company. It has built a national reputation for the quality and consistency of its provision and alumni can be found in nearly every conservatoire and professional orchestra in the country. NMPAT is the lead partner for the Northamptonshire Music Hub, delivering the promises of the Government’s National Plan for Music Education.
Further information can be found at www.NMPAT.co.uk