Welcome to Tang Hall Smart

We are a community music and arts company based in Tang Hall, York. 

We are a Music, Arts and Sport Community Organisation that runs classes, clubs, activities and events. Based in York UK, we operate from our two sites: 
 The Centre@Burnholme which houses Tang Hall Explore library and cafe, as well as other community providers. Our suite of rooms at The Centre includes: classrooms/rehearsal rooms, a workshop, and a recording studio.
The Jam Factorya fantastic 'state-of-the-art' rehearsal rooms and recording studio in The Groves! 




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One person's success is everyone's celebration

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Our History


We have come a long way since 2014 when Sue and Al Williamson set up Tang Hall SMART in the grounds of the recently closed Burnholme Community College, the secondary school where Sue had taught for 20 years.

Our early story is well documented here in the blogs and articles we published during our first  5 years. It is an interesting read for anyone who wants to know how we developed into what we are today, and how we grew from a small group of 3 staff to 26, and how we started to add more and more to our weekly schedule. 

Tang Hall SMART in 2022 is in many ways a rather different organisation. We now deliver several accredited educational courses in music, sport and the arts, and we work with a wider range of people, many of whom are experiencing barriers such as poor mental health, learning disabilites, homelessness, or addiction. In other ways we are the same. We have the same focus on respect, support and empowerment, we still run our community clubs, and we still take every chance we can to hold a concert! 



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The Year Ahead

From September 2022, we will be relaunching and expanding our record label, extending our offer to the community with even more community clubs and events than ever, and branching out into Music and Arts Industry Employability Training.


Our partnership with Tang Hall Explore has resulted in some exciting new collaborations, and we will be running a weekly 'Music in the Cafe' evening on Wednesdays (from October), aswell as a monthly 'Tea-Dance', on Thursday afternoons (from September). We are revisting York Barbican in November when we will be hosting a massive concert, and from January, we are launching a monthly 'Band Night' at Theatre 41. 

We are really looking forward to the following year, and expect 2022-23 to be our best yet.

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We have a range of media across our social platforms and websites. We are very proud of our record label, music videos and Youtube documentaries.


Our Staff

Meet our fantastic and varied team of staff members and find out about their specialisms and interests. Click on the image to find out more.



Our ‘Smart-Ways’’ programme is intended for post-16 learners who have an EHCP. Aimed at young adults who would enjoy the range of music and arts activities we have on offer, we can offer a high degree of flexibility and attention to the needs and interests of the individual. Click on the image to find out more.