26 November 2010

The National Music Council’s Local Authority Music Education Awards 2010

The National Music Council’s Local Authority Music Education Awards 2010 took place on Tuesday 23rd November, and a fantastic night was had by all. Councillors, teachers and Heads of Service all gathered to receive their awards and celebrate their fantastic achievements.

The star-studded event brought together some amazing teachers and heads of services from the world of Local Authority Music Services and proved a great success. The awards were took place at the British Phonographic Industry offices in London and were presented by Robin Osterley, Chair of the Awards Panel.

The Major Trophy was jointly awarded to Devon and East Ayrshire Local Authorities, and their starlets were invited to come along and play for guests.

Recognition was also given to the fantastic work done by Barking and Dagenham, Blackpool, East Lothian, Enfield, and Hampshire, who all received Diplomas of Merit. The PRS Foundation awarded a Diploma of Special Merit to Glasgow for their commitment to creative music making.

On the Jazz side, Jazz Services also recognised a commitment to jazz education through their Will Michael Awards. A Diploma of Special Merit went to Devon and Diplomas of Merit also went to Aberdeenshire, East Renfrewshire and Lincolnshire.

Sarah Faulder, Chairman, NMC, said The NMC Awards scheme is the most prestigious awards that Local Authorities can obtain for their music education provision. The high quality and standards of the submissions have been maintained in 2010 and the winners are to be congratulated on their achievements.”

Future developments will mean that the awards event will be even more high profile and especially with the potentially looming funding cuts, this a real chance for local authority’s to shine and show evidence that their commitment to music really is worthwhile.

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