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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.

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Hampshire County Youth Orchestra Open Day

HCYO opens it's doors for its annual Open Day for the next generation of talented Hampshire musicians

HCYO Open Day
  • Saturday 1 April 2017, 10.15am - 2.30pm

  • Thornden School Concert Hall, Chandler’s Ford

Thinking of joining the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra or County Youth String Orchestra? Come along to join in and see what it’s all about!

Play alongside current members, meet other players, and take part in a short informal performance for parents at 1.30 pm (Strings) and 2.00pm ( County Orchestra)

All welcome, including teachers and parents: come along and experience the excitement of playing alongside some of Hampshire’s best young musicians.

We will be performing music from our current repertoire which will include:
‘Symphonic Dances’ – Rachmaninov and ‘Pizzicato Polka’ – Strauss.

Orchestral musicians welcome – including harps and percussion. Strings grade 4+ / wind,  brass, percussion grade 7 +

If you are unable to come along, but would like to audition later this term, do get in touch.

Please visit the HCYO website for more details and the application form

Our teachers are presenting their Staff Showcase 6 April

Staff Showcase 2017

Bring your family for free to hear your Hampshire Music Service teachers share their amazing talents!

  • Thursday 6 April 2016, 7pm

  • The Anvil, Basingstoke

Over 150 Hampshire Music Service instrumental and vocal teachers are coming to the stage to perform a number of familiar favourites.

It is the final concert of the eight key events that make up the Chairman's Year of Music, and Cllr Keith Chapman will be guest of honour at the event.

Book your free tickets through The Anvil box office (01256 844244)

The annual Hampshire Play Day was so successful we have booked another

Play Day North 2017

We are hosting a Play Day in the north of the county in the newest Hampshire outdoor centre

  • Sunday 7 May 2017

  • Runway’s End Outdoor Centre, Aldershot

  • £25pp

Come and be part of this exciting opportunity to discover new music and meet other young musicians.

Young brass, string, woodwind and percussion players from across Hampshire will form a one-off ensemble. They will receive expert tuition from Hampshire Music Service tutors, take part in one of the exciting outdoor activities onsite and perform in a concert to family and friends.

See the flier  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 865kB

Registration form

Closing date: Friday 7 April (the form may close if the event is oversubscribed before the closing date)

It’s official: Music makes for better grades

Our secondary music county inspector has teamed up with Sue Hallam MBE...

Music better grades

Learning to play a musical instrument or having singing lessons helps teenagers make better progress in English and Maths. This is the finding of our research with The Institute of Education – which has now been published in the British Journal of Music Education.

Between Key Stage 2 (junior school) and Key stage 4 (GCSE level), children in the study who were not learning any musical instrument progressed an average of 3.03 levels in English. Children learning an instrument or taking singing lessons progressed by an average of 3.6 levels. In Maths, the results were even more marked, with non-instrumentalists progressing an average of 3 levels, and instrumentalists progressing an average of 3.83 levels.

The report is only available to the public for a limited time through the British Journal of Music Education website

Read more of the official HCC summary...

The latest Hub Newsletter is out!

The 11th Hub Newsletter is full of projects, events and achievements...

Hub Newsletter - 11 - Spring 2017
  • Chairman's Year of Music Schools' Award Scheme begins

  • Hampshire County Youth Show Choir and their special guest

  • County ensembles tour to central and eastern Europe

  • Auditions begins for our new musical - Ambition

  • Festive celebration for special school pupils

  • Hub Highlights

  • New First and Early Access ensembles across Hampshire

  • Hampshire Music Youth Forum launches

  • Endangered Species scheme continues for a second year

Download your copy...

Sessions for pre-schoolers in Fair Oak, Eastleigh!

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Join us on our new project to provide music sessions for young children up to the age of 5

  • Thursdays 9.45 - 10.45am
    Free taster session: Thursday 2 March 2017
    followed by four sessions at £4pw, £2pw per add. child
    Join us at any times during the five weeks

  • The King’s School, Fair Oak, SO50 7DB

Come and be part of this fun and creative experience of discovering music with your child

These weekly sessions are led by qualified and experienced HMS music teachers in a nurturing and friendly environment

Flier  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 712kB

Booking is required as spaces are limited:

Chairman's Year of Music 'foldable' pens now available...

£2 EACH and can fit flat into your pockets and wallets!

The pens are available for sale through the following methods:

  1. Payment by card over the phone
    (we will post the pen(s) to you 2nd class RM)

  2. Payment by card/cheque in person during office hours
    Rookwood Centre, Penshurst Way, Eastleigh, SO50 4RJ

  3. Payment by cheque in the post, payable to Hampshire Music Service
    (we will post the pen(s) to you 2nd class RM)

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

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

The Basingstoke ensemble has already begun, with Alton close behind...

If you have an interested young instrumentalist with at least one or two terms of learning (up to around grade/stage 2), please get in touch:

023 8065 2037

   First Access Havant         First Access Andover



Register now!

Register now!

All Orchestral

All Orchestral, inc. keyboards

Pupils who have completed
one term 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 - 5pm

St Alban's Primary School

Portway Junior School

   First Access Alton         Early Access Basingstoke



First rehearsal January 2017!

Get in touch to join the next rehearsal!

All Orchestral


Pupils who have completed
one term or more of lessons

Pupils who have completed
two terms or more of lessons

Tuesdays during term time
4.30 - 5.30pm

Tuesdays during term time
4.45 - 5.45pm

Rehearsal sessions have
already begun, so get in
touch to visit us

Alton College Music Dept

Queen Mary's College

Chairman's Year of Music has begun!


Visit for more info...


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

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

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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:


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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

We are currently looking for Guitar, Violin and Woodwind teachers, please apply online.

Closing date: 22 November 2016

Proud to be Record Breakers

Certificate - Ukulele

The ukulele world record video!