Awards for Young Musicians

Applications are welcome from young instrumentalists playing any musical genre to join the 2016 Awards Programme. Award winners will receive flexible funding towards musical costs and individual support, which may include mentoring, master classes with professional musicians, the chance to observe professional orchestras and other ensembles in rehearsal, free tickets to concerts and performance opportunities.

For more information, please see the flyer below

Flyer (PDF)

School Music Conference a re-sounding success!

Schools music conference 2016Herefordshire Music Service staged its second annual School Music Conference last week at the Three Counties Hotel. The event, saw over 40 delegates from Herefordshire schools enjoy a varied day of high quality workshops from local, regional and national organisations. As part of their developing partnership with Worcestershire Youth Music, a number of delegates from Worcestershire schools also attended.

The conference began with a singing warm up for all delegates led by local vocal expert Jenni Axtell. Professor Martin Fautley from Birmingham City University then gave an inspiring keynote speech on ‘assessment in the music curriculum.’ A wide range of workshops followed including composing music with iPads and practical music making workshops to support High Schools with their Year 10/11 music examination courses. National music education specialist John Kelleher from Music Mark also led a number of workshops.

The conference was significantly subsidised by Herefordshire Music Service using its Department for Education Music Grant, supported by the Herefordshire Music Education Hub Board.

Cliff Woollard (Head of Herefordshire Music Service) hailed the conference as a ‘great success’ and said ‘it offers the opportunity for those leading and delivering music in our schools to come together, network and receive high quality training to take back into their schools for the benefit of our young people.’

Christina Timms from Arts Council England who attended the conference said ‘The Herefordshire School Music Conference was a great opportunity for music teachers in primary and secondary schools to learn from each other, and share practical ideas for music in the classroom.’


Margaret Allen Foundation Bursary

The Margaret Allen Foundation invites applications for educational grants for children aged between 5 and 11 to further academic, sporting or musical achievements. Individual grants of up to £250 and grants to primary schools of up to £2,000 are available. The grants will be awarded annually on the 31st March. Application forms are available from The Clerk to the Margaret Allen Foundation, c/o HMSG, Hereford Road, Monmouth NP25 5XT, tel: 01600 711229 or email: Closing date: Wednesday, 24th February 2016.

Jesse Norman (MP) at Marlbrook Primary School


Jesse Norman (MP) joining in with a Herefordshire Music Service Wider Opportunities lesson at Marlbrook Primary School on Friday 23rd October 2015; pictured along with Cliff Woollard, Head of Herefordshire Music Service and colleagues from Arts Council England and Music Mark

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