And we got a virtuoso to play it for us
Celebrating imaginative music provision in the UK, this year's National Music Council Honours have awarded the major trophy to SoundStorm (Bournemouth & Poole) and East Ayrshire.
A special diploma was awarded to Telford & Wrekin Music Education Hub, alongside diplomas for Hertfordshire Music Education Hub, Newham Music Hub, Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership and Devon. This year also saw the Incorporated Society of Musicians sponsoring a Technology Award, which was awarded to Glasgow City Council.
Mark Pemberton, Chair of the National Music Council, said: "The National Music Council, which 'seeks to celebrate and promote the value and enjoyment of music', comprises a range of national music organisations dedicated to the well-being of the music industry. And what we all share is an understanding of the importance of music education, and in particular the commitment of music educators to ensuring the highest quality access to instrumental tuition and performance opportunities for young people at local level. The NMC’s Music Education Awards have for many decades been the primary means of recognising on a national level the great work done by local authorities and music education hubs. This year’s winners will as ever be an inspiration to others to aim for the highest quality provision for young people in their locality."
The awards were presented on Friday 15 November at a ceremony in Manchester.