Music service wins top award for work with children and young people

Telford and Wrekin Council’s Music Service has won a top national award which recognises its work with children and young people as well as partnership development.

Music service wins top award for work with children and young people

The service has been awarded a major trophy in the National Music Council’s Music Education Hub Awards and representatives were presented with it by Classic FM managing director Darren Henley at the English National Ballet.

The judging panel noted Telford and Wrekin Music’s range of opportunities for young people to access music and the council’s In Harmony programme with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.

They also highlighted the service’s work supporting young people through its Musical Bridges work and summer schools as well as its work supporting apprentices through the council’s Creative Employment programme.

Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that the work of our music service has been recognised in this way.

“The service has done much to enable the young of the borough to play music, making them feel more involved and engaged with and that approach is why it has won this award.

“I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone who has benefited from their work when I say that I am very pleased at their success.”

Kathryn Deane, chairman of the Music Education Panel’s adjudicating panel, said: “This year’s submission again demonstrated above all the creativity that flourishes in Music Education throughout the country.

“It is the music teachers, the peripatetic tutors, community musicians, the managers and administrators in countless hubs who not only make music but make music happen in their communities.”