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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:

The Hampshire music conference, for primary and special schools, is open for bookings!

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Our annual primary and special schools conference is back, packed with 12 different workshops...

Friday 27 January 2017, 9am - 4pm
The Ageas Bowl, Hedge End
£90pp, includes lunch and refreshments

We are pleased to confirm that our keynote speaker will be Sean Gregory.

Sean oversees the development and delivery of Creative Learning work for both the Barbican and Guildhall School, through public events, community engagement and school programmes both within and outside the building. The programme includes a joint Barbican Guildhall platform for young people considering a career in the creative industries, as well as the training of emerging and practising artists committed to working as performers, leaders and teachers in a variety of cultural, educational and social contexts.

Information booklet  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB with workshop listings

Booking form

Ambition: the newly commissioned musical looking for performers...

Ambition Musical

We have commissioned a musical and seeking performers from school years Y10-Y14 living in or attending school or college in Hampshire

Rehearsals start in January 2017, with performances in late April and mid May.

Auditions take place in Portsmouth Monday 19 December, 10am - 4pm for all-day workshops

There are a mix of leading roles and of course the general chorus.

An overview of the plot: Ambition asks what people are willing to give up in order to fulfil their dreams, and explores this theme via the story of a boy band. It centres around the manager of five young men who are drawn together to form a pop group. It follows the story of their intertwined successes and failures, before tragedy strikes, leading them to question their role in celebrity, pop culture, and the wider world. It’s challenging, fun and, above all, entertaining!

To learn more...  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 772kB

Closing date for audition sign up extended: Sunday 11 December 2016

Our annual Hampshire Play Day is back

HMS Play Day 2017  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 631kB

For Brass, String, Woodwind and Percussion players grade 1 - 4 or equivalent

Sunday 12 February 2017, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge

Come and be part of this exciting opportunity to discover new music, meet other young musicians and join in an outdoor activity for only £25pp

For more information and how to book...  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 631kB

Closing date now extended to...Friday 16 December 2016!

We've had a huge response this year and in order to support this, we have upped our staff numbers. As a result we have more spaces available and therefore an extended

Come and find out what Folk-Jazz Fusion is all about

HMS Folk-Jazz Fusion 2017  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 736kB

For Brass, String, Woodwind and Percussion players of grade 5 standard and above

Sunday 8 January 2017, 9.30 - 3.30pm

Henry Cort Community College, Fareham

You will receive expert tuition from our guest artists, take part in sectional rehearsals and perform in a short concert to family and friends at no cost to you!

Guest artists: Joe Broughton, Director of the Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, and fellow Urban Folk Quartet musician Tom Chapman

For more information and how to book...  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 736kB

Closing date: Friday 9 December 2017

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

If you have an interested young instrumentalist, 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

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:

  • Only French Horns now available at Romsey (Mountbatten School) 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 10th Hub Newsletter is full of projects, events and achievements...

Hub Newsletter 10 - Aut16  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB
  • Chairman's Year of Music launch - Festival of Brass

  • Noyes Flood

  • Summer Tours

  • Hampshire's Dominic Peckham inspires...

  • Woodwind Festival

  • World Music Festival

  • Acoustic Guitar Festival

  • Primary Proms

  • Firsts for the year

Download your copy...  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB

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!

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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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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!