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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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The Hampshire Vocal Conference is back for a second year!

Friday 8 July 2016, Marwell Hotel, Winchester

Vocal Conference 2016  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 5MB

With another cracker of a keynote speaker, Dominic Peckham, it proves to be yet another fulfilling day of singing
and vocal learning for community and education settings.

Dominic has recently appeared as lead mentor on BBC2’s The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone, first aired in September 2015,
with vocal groups across the UK competing to be the best a cappella group.

Also amongst the workshop tutors are Edward Price (BBC Singers), Steve Giles, Mary Heyler (ex Head of Sheffield Music Hub), Nikki Hewson (Out of the Ark Music), and our very own Nicola Duncombe.

View the info booklet  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 5MB for details or book now!

Hampshire Acoustic Guitar Festival

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Saturday 9 July 2016, 2pm - 8.30pm

Kings' School, Winchester (locate on Google)

We are delighted to be able to bring this acoustic and classical guitar event to you, with funding supported by Arts Council England. Thank you to Kings' School for providing the venue and to Gary Ryan and the Hampshire Music Service tutors who will be leading workshops in the afternoon and performing in the evening.

  • Workshops are suitable for those aged 6 - 18 years old, but there are  two workshops available for up to two parents to join in at beginner level.

  • The performances in the evening are open to workshop participants and their friends and family

Download the programme  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 1MB

We are also looking for young people, under 18 years of age, to perform in unplugged bands, or as classical/acoustic acts during the evening concert for one or two tracks. If you would like to be considered, please email a video (via a link or file) to by Wednesday 8 June. It doesn't have to be professionally produced e.g. it could be of good camera phone quality. We look forward to hearing from you.

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

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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

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Provision for Schools 2016-17

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

Song of the week


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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

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Proud to be Record Breakers

Certificate - Ukulele

The ukulele world record video!