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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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Financial assistance offer

Financial Assistance for music tuition and access to instruments

Friends of Music in Winchester

The Friends of Music in Winchester is a charity which assists young people up to the age of 18 to develop their musical skills. The Friends are able to award limited funding to individual musicians needing support with tuition costs or in the purchase or hire of their instruments.

Please apply to the Grants Secretary Mrs Jane Cobley

Bearfaced Bassoonery - calling all bassoon fans!

A one-hour concert programme showcasing the character, versatility and fun of the bassoon. Suitable for young people already playing the bassoon, or those interested in taking it up.

Bearfaced Bassoonery

Explore the bassoon—one of the most characterful of instruments

As a bear, a dinosaur, a grumpy grandfather or an airy spirit, the bassoon has been characterised in many different ways. The instrument’s wide-ranging qualities and versatility including classical, jazz, dance and folk music is celebrated and demonstrated by one of Britain’s leading soloists, Laurence Perkins.

There will be an instrument for you to try, even if you’ve never played a bassoon before - and, a chance to ask questions on any aspect of playing the instrument.

If you are a bassoon teacher, come along and make links with players and people interested in learning the bassoon.

  • Friday 4 December 2015, 4pm

  • Western Church of England Primary School, Winchester

  • There is no charge for this presentation, and it is aimed at 8 - 13 year olds

  • Part of a UK tour by

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Free Instrumental Teaching and Hire for 'Endangered Species'

Our area ensembles have been busy setting up free instrumental lessons and hire for select instruments.

Endangered Species 2015

What is meant by ‘Endangered Species’?

Put simply, both at a local and national level, there are just not enough of these instruments being played in ensembles. This year Hampshire Music Service wishes to remove barriers and offer specialist free tuition and instrument hire to those wanting to give ’endangered’ instruments a try, with an expectation of joining one of our ensembles.

Sessions are in local schools late afternoon/early evening and have started or are starting this autumn term. Just get in touch to register your interest.

List of area ensembles and the Endangered Species groups they are supporting:

  • Gosport & Fareham Youth Orchestras, Fridays, 4.45 - 5.45pm, Henry Cort School: Double Basses, Cellos and French Horns

  • Hamble Area Youth Bands, Tuesdays, The d@rt Centre, Wildern School: 3.45 - 4.15pm Trombones, 4.15 - 4.45pm Tubas.

  • Havant Clarinet & Saxophone Choir, Tuesdays, 4 - 5pm, Cowplain School: Bass Guitars

  • Petersfield Area Schools Strings Orchestras: Double Basses and Cellos.

  • Portchester, Fareham & Gosport Youth Bands, Fridays, 3.45 - 4.45pm, Crofton School: Tubas and Euphoniums

  • Romsey Area Schools Orchestras, Thursdays, 3.45 - 4.45pm, Mountbatten School: Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas and French Horns

Music in the Early Years - national launch for new resource

As South-East regional champion, we invite you to the launch of a new resource for music learning in the early years.

SoI - Early Years

Thursday 10 December 2015, 11am – 2pm
Westgate School, Winchester
Limited places available

This event is one of nine regional launches of the Sounds of Intent in the Early Years taking place across England, October 2015 - March 2016. Each launch is open for booking through Eventbrite. It is FREE to attend, but you must make a booking.

Sounds of Intent in the Early Years (SoI-EY) is an innovative resource based on pioneering research led by Professor Adam Ockelford, Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton, in London. SoI-EY sets out just how children’s minds develop musically, from three months before birth, so that by the time they enter full time education, they are already fledgling young musicians. These new findings mean that, for the first time, it is possible to target activities aimed specifically at individual children’s levels of musical development, maximising their progress.

For more info, please view the attached and/or visit the SoI-EY website.

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.

The latest Hub Newsletter is out!

The 7th Hub Newsletter is full of projects, events and achievements by Hub Partners.

Music Hub Newsletter - issue 7
  • We celebrate the Hub's three year anniversary with a county Hub map! It shows the variety, breadth and quality of partners which support young people's music learning in Hampshire.

  • No less than three area ensembles celebrated big anniversaries this year

  • Nearly 500 Hampshire pupils were invited to the Royal Albert Hall in July

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(to view the centrefold correctly - Go to 'View'>'Page Display'>'Two Page View',
then follow again to 'Page Display'> 'Show Cover Page in Two Page View')

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 Newsletter

“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

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

Provision for Schools 2015-16

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

Song of the week

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

BBC Ten Pieces Blog!

We now have a live Blog we hope will allow Hampshire schools to share their experiences surrounding the use of the BBC Ten Pieces, why not email us with the accompanying prompt form Microsoft Word 45kB to let us know how you are getting on!

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!