Fiona Pendreigh, MEC Chair Elect and member of the 2017 MEC Music Education Awards Panel announced the short-list for the MEC Music Education Awards on Saturday 25th November during the Music Mark Conference.

Following Friday’s announcement of the Long-list, Fiona said “MEC believes these awards 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. Choosing just six to form the long list was a supremely difficult task, and narrowing those down further to the top three meant losing some truly inspiring examples of music education delivery.

“Our short-list, therefore, represents the best of the best; each going that extra mile and shining out as true beacons of exemplary practice."

Congratulations to the following applicants:

  • Birmingham Music Education Partnership - A really strong sense of listening to, and working with the people of Birmingham leads to ambitious, imaginative and confident music making. Judges particularly liked the focus on using music to welcome those newly arrived to the City.
  • Bristol Plays Music - An energetic, can-do approach resulting in a creative, cohesive and inspirational offer. Judges acknowledge the ongoing and evolving work taking place in Bristol that is helping to redefine inclusive practice.
  • East Ayrshire Council -  Strong and consistent work across East Ayrshire, growing partnerships and musical possibilities. The judges were particularly struck by the singing work with pupils alongside adults with Alzheimer’s – innovative work underpinned by research.

Over the coming months, MEC will work with each of these to highlight what it is that makes them stand out from the other submissions and to show how they make a difference.

All three will attend the Rhinegold Music Teacher Awards of Excellence ceremony in February, where the winner will be announced.