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Hampshire County Council's Music Service receives top national award

Hampshire County Council’s Music Service has won the Major Trophy 2008 for local authority music services from the National Music Council (NMC) and the Music Education Council (MEC) for “outstanding commitment to music provision”.

The award was presented by John Stephens from the MEC to John Coughlan, Director of Hampshire County Council’s, Children’s Services on Thursday 20 November 2008 at County Hall, London.

The evening was a night full of musical entertainment which included pieces by the Winchester Youth Baroque and HCSC Saxophone Quintet.

Commenting on the award, John said: “This prestigious award follows a summer of success for Hampshire ensembles after ten groups performed at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham and two groups performing at the schools’ Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. It was an honour to have collected this award on the service’s behalf.”

Councillor David Kirk, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services (education) said: “Receiving this award is a remarkable achievement for Hampshire Music Service, as this is the most prestigious award of its kind. It is all the more creditable as this is the second time in five years that Hampshire has achieved this accolade which I believe to be unprecedented. My congratulations go to all the children who have delighted the people of Hampshire and the UK with their wonderful music and the team at Hampshire Music Service who have made this all possible.”

Hampshire Music Service aims to involve and inspire every child in Hampshire with the opportunity to participate, enjoy and achieve within music-making. It has a network of over 70 bands, orchestras and choirs which participate in many hundreds of local festivals, concerts and workshops. The service also provides teaching and coaching in schools for children aged 4 – 18 and provides advice and support for music teachers in schools.

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