One person’s success is everyone’s celebration
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 Factory, a fantastic 'state-of-the-art' rehearsal rooms and recording studio in The Groves!
We offer creative and personalised learning programmes for young people with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) as well as creative clubs, classes and programmes for people who have struggled with mental health, homelessness and/or addiction. We also work with adults who have additional needs.
Welcome to Tang Hall Smart
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!
The Year Ahead
From September 2022, we have been extending our offer to the community with even more community clubs and events than ever, and we have branched out into music and arts industry employability training. Watch out later in the year for the relaunch and expansion of our record label, with albums planned for Spencer Harris, and D.Ni.L amongst others.
Our partnership with Tang Hall Explore has resulted in some exciting new collaborations, and since September we have been running a monthly 'Music in the Cafe' evening on Wednesdays aswell as a monthly 'Tea-Dance', on Thursday afternoons. We revisted York Barbican on November 29th and hosted a massive 9-hour concert, and launched a regular 'Band Night' at Theatre 41 in January