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Welcome to Hampshire Music Service (HMS)

Our commitment is to give every child a chance to participate, enjoy and achieve by making music together. The benefits of music are very wide-reaching. Feedback from schools, parents and children show that the opportunities we offer through Hampshire Music Service have a very high impact indeed.

News and events feed:

First / Early Access enembles launching across the county...

To boost new pupils' learning, a number of new first or early access ensembles are being launched this Autumn.

The Basingstoke ensemble has an open session 1 November 2016...

If you have an interested young instrumentalist, please get in touch:

023 8065 2037




All Orchestral


All Orchestral

Pupils who have completed
one term or more of lessons

Pupils who have completed
two terms or more of lessons

Pupils who have completed
one term or more of lessons

Mondays during term time
3.45 - 4.45pm

Tuesdays during term time
4.45 - 5.45pm

Tuesdays during term time
4.30 - 5.30pm

St Alban's Primary School

Queen Mary's College

Alton College Music Dept

First Access Ensembles

Endangered Species scheme ready for new members

Instrument hire and lessons available for beginners at no cost for 2016-17 for specific 'endangered instruments'.

Endangered Species 2015

To again encourage the take up of specific instruments to help support numbers across area and county youth ensembles, the scheme is open for newbies for a second year. Students are then expected to join an ensemble in the following year. The following opportunities are available during term time and sessions start in earnest, so please get in touch as soon as possible to take advantage of this offer:

  • Eastleigh (Thornden Hall):
    Double Bass, Mondays 16.45
    French Horn, Mondays, 16:00
    Bassoon, Mondays, 16.30

  • Fareham ( Henry Cort Community College): Cello, Thursday evenings

  • Winchester (Henry Beaufort School): Orchestral Percussion, Saturday lunchtimes, fortnightly

  • Havant (Cowplain School): Bass Guitar, Tuesdays 16.00

  • Basingstoke (Queen Mary's College), Double Bass, Thursdays 17.45

  • Romsey (Mountbatten School), Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, French Horn, Thursdays from 16.00

Email us to register your interest...

Chairman's Year of Music has begun!


Visit for more info...


The latest Hub Newsletter is out!

The 9th Hub Newsletter is full of projects, events and achievements...

Hub Newsletter 9  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB
  • Music Makers transition project

  • The Gigantic Sing!

  • Embedded Composers work with North-East schools

  • Orchestra Fest

  • Ensemble success in the East

  • German exchange

Download your copy...  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB

Success in the East!

Havant and Petersfield ensembles impress at music festivals...

PASSO Chi Fest 2016

Portsmouth Music Festival (7 & 13 February)

  • Havant clarinet and saxophone choir, conducted by Gemma Billington, received 93/100 (honours) and were awarded the Portsmouth City Junior Band Trophy.

  • Havant clarinet and saxophone choir 2, conducted by sue Riggs, received 92/100 (honours) and were awarded the Churchers Solicitor's Cup...They also won the Denegri Cup for most inspiring ensemble performance of the day!

  • Petersfield Chamber Strings were awarded the Youth Orchestra Cup!

Chichester Festival of Music, Drama and Speech (5 March 2016)

  • Petersfield Area Schools' String Orchestra (PASSO) were awarded the top Grade, 'Outstanding', for their performance on Saturday in theChichester Festival by adjudicator Christopher King. He gave them a First in their section and presented [Kate Taylor, the leader of] the orchestra with the H.W.MOORE cup. (pictured).

Since then PASSO played in a third festival, the Petersfield Musical Festival 14 March, to a packed Petersfield Festival Hall!

To learn more, please see our Ensemble News page with links to the performances...

Have you been thinking of joining a Hampshire ensemble?

Then watch this video - current members are ready to convince you!

We will be asking current and ex members to share their experiences using #HMSensembles over the coming months to prove why it's a no-brainer...

To learn more about our ensembles and which are in your area and at your current stage/grade - visit our ensembles page

Heart FM breakfast presenters ask for our help!

Heart FM lesson1

We've been having to keep this one a secret, but now the guinea pigs have learned of their fate - we can share the exciting news with you all! Hampshire Music Service teach Heart FM breakfast presenters, Rich and Zoe, ukulele and trumpet!

Heart FM got in touch before Christmas about 'treating' their presenters with a challenge of a NEW SKILL for NEW YEAR. Rich to learn ukulele and Zoe to learn the trumpet! Lessons started today - to hear how they get on, listen to Heart Breakfast (South Coast) 96.7-975FM and visit their website soon to see clips of the lesson...

Heart - South Coast breakfast show

Heart FM lesson1 Grp

New Guitar Ensembles launching in Eastleigh and Basingstoke

The first acoustic guitar ensembles are being launched this October, at no cost to members for the first academic year.

Guitar Ensembles 2015

Eastleigh Guitar Ensemble
Venue: Thornden Hall, Thornden School, Chandler's Ford
Rehearsal: Mondays during term time, 5.30 - 6.30pm (launched 5 October)

Basingstoke Guitar Ensemble
Venue, Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
Rehearsal: Fridays during term time, 5 - 6pm (launching 16 October)

If you are interested in coming to these ensembles, then please get in touch in advance so we can warn the tutor, before you attend a rehearsal session.

HMS is Music Hub Leader for Hampshire

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Since September 2012 our many wonderful musical events and activities have reflected some of the successes of the Hampshire Music Education Hub.

By developing stronger partnerships, the Hub is providing exciting opportunities in music education for 55,000 children and young people. We look forward to continuing our work with our Hub partners to benefit musicians of all abilities throughout the county

Latest Hub News and Newsletters

“We are justifiably proud of Hampshire Music Service becoming the lead partner in the Hub. This role will strengthen the range and depth of their work, ensuring the highest quality music-making for all children and young people.”

John Coughlan, Director of Children's Services (2012)

Please do visit the Hub website to learn more...


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Events Calendar

See what great musical events are taking place during the
coming few months,
Or see our HMS Box Office to buy tickets for up and coming ensemble concerts

HMS Box Office

Provision for Schools 2016-17

Discover the HMS provision opportunities available to schools and how to to sign up!

Hampshire schools can access their free resources in their secure areas:


secondary schools-secure area

Song of the week


SOTW songbank


Inspire your primary school pupils to sing with this weekly resource!

Hampshire Education Music Hub

The Hampshire Music Service is the lead partner for the county's Music Hub.

Please see the The Hub website for more info.

HMS Vacancies

Vacancies will be advertised within

Proud to be Record Breakers

Certificate - Ukulele

The ukulele world record video!