Awards 2015

celebrating the best in music education practice in the UK

(formerly the National Music Council Music Education Awards)

The Major Award joint winners for 2015 - Porstmouth Music Hub and SoundStorm Music Hub were announced and presented as part of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, which took place on Thursday 25th February.

Formerly the National Music Council Music Education Awards, the new Music Education Awards are now run by the Music Education Council. The awards celebrate the work of hubs in England and music services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision. Drawing attention to such best practice allows colleagues to learn from each other and share their exemplary practice more widely. These awards also offer the opportunity to promote widely the value and importance of everybody’s work, helping to secure the future of high quality music education for all.

In presenting the awards, MEC Chair Richard Hallam said:

"This award, which celebrates best practice in Music Education Hubs in England and Music Services across the rest of the UK, was first presented by the National Music Council 44 years ago in 1972 as the Local Authority Music Award.

Separate from this ceremony, special awards have already been presented. These are Jazz UK’s Will Michael Jazz Education Award; the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Award for new music, which this year was won jointly by East Ayrshire Council and the Tri-borough Music Hub; and an award for music technology, presented by Paritor and won by Bristol Plays Music.

But tonight we are here to celebrate the brilliant work of the 8 shortlisted finalists for the major trophy. So please acknowledge the excellent submissions by Bristol Plays Music; East Ayrshire Council; East Renfrewshire; Hertfordshire Music Education Hub; Portsmouth Music Hub; SoundCity: Brighton & Hove; Soundstorm Music Hub: Bournemouth; and the Telford & Wrekin Music Education Hub.

At this point, in TV shows, I’d have to intone that there can be only one winner. But in music education we’re much more inclusive. And our panel of judges were clear that the MEC Music Education Awards Major Trophy for 2015 goes to two winners:

Portsmouth Music Hub and SoundStorm Music Hub."