Joined Up Music: Year 2

In our second year of Joined Up Music we are working with schools and arts venues across Powys, as well as with Sinfonia Cymru and South Powys Youth Music.

This three year project is made possible through funding from Arwain, the EU Rural Development Programme, partnership support from Sinfonia Cymru, Theatr Brycheiniog, The Hafren and Wyeside Arts Centre, and match funding from Ty Cerdd, the Powys Welsh Church Act, Garfield Weston Foundation and individual donors.

The Lost Box of Stories


This new interactive show for children aged 5 - 11 was commissioned from award-winning team John Webb (composer/writer) and Clare Murphy (storyteller).

The Lost Box of Stories plays with rhythm, song, stories and sound and was performed by John, actor Charlotte Mafham and the musicians of Sinfonia Cymru at four Welsh venues in March 2018: Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells and The Hafren in Newtown.

Children from eight primary schools across Powys also took part in song-writing and stage design workshops and participated in the performances themselves.


“He never puts his hand up for anything. Just look at him. There’s no stopping him!” (teacher at Builth Wells Primary School)

“Why wouldn’t we say yes to another opportunity to work with MWMT? They’ve never been anything other than excellent!”(Deputy Head, Penmaes School, Brecon)

“... The Lost Box of Stories brought sparkle and magic to the whole of the junior department. At a time when school budgets are pressured and we are constantly looking to economise, this project brought the highest quality of musical experience to our pupils.” (teacher, Buttington Trewern Primary School)

The show lasts one hour and supports the national curriculum at Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. The resource pack includes an introduction to the show, two songs for everyone to join in with, and some ideas for classroom activities. There are two songs in the show that all the audience join in with: you can download the resource pack and guide tracks here.

Other Joined Up Music Activities

Instrumental Taster Sessions

MWMT has teamed up with South Powys Youth Music to deliver weekly instrumental taster sessions at four of the primary schools who participated in our Lost Box of Stories project.  This is a pilot project and we will be looking to build on this for the future following external evaluation by Phyllida Shaw.

Gwernyfed Year 5 Transition Day

We are delighted to be working with the Music, Drama and English departments at Gwernyfed High School to support the annual transition day which gives Year 5 children from local primary schools a day of creative experiences at secondary school. Composer and music leader John Webb will be joining creative writer Emma Beynon and the Gwernyfed staff team to engage the young people in a series of music-making, writing and art activities on Monday 16 July.