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 are having a very high impact indeed.
Friday 18 July 2014 - What a day, what a day!
Over fifty schools from Hampshire and beyond joined the Hampshire Music Education Hub within St Mary's football stadium to set a new Largest Ukulele Ensemble World Record!
We had a fantastic 2370 ukulele players through the turnstiles and a further 1200+ singers and supporters on the wonderfully sunny day in Southampton. Lots of smiley faces enjoyed two sets by Justin Fletcher MBE, with a ukulele warm-up session and the World Record Attempt in between. Pieces varied from 'You are my Sunshine', 'When the Saints go Marching in' to the 'Uke 'n'Sing' World Record song specially composed by Jan Stroud of Firesticks and Song.
The record set in Japan in 2012 at their Ukulele Picnic was 2134 and plans began in March of this year to beat that with Hampshire schools and the public! We will know soon whether we have unofficially broken the record once we have all the paperwork back in vouching for how many ukes were being played for the full five minutes. After which, the evidence will be sent to Guinness for the official nod after six weeks; the suspense will be difficult to bear!
2000 Mahalo ukuleles were bought in for the event and Mahalo provided sponsorship for the t-shirts you see in the photos to ensure everyone had a keepsake from the day. Mahalo to you all!
We hope we have inspired Hampshire to pick up an instrument, because you never know where it will take you...!
Huge thank yous go out to....
All the school pupils and their staff as well as members of the public for joining us on the day
The 'seasoned' uke players who helped lead the ukulele pieces and put together the workshop, open mic set and concert for the evening session.
Justin Fletcher for energising the crowd!#
Excelsior Music, Noah Ukuleles and Heritage Music for providing trade stands.
The staff of St Mary's football stadium and the Halo events team for their expertise and support.
and...the Hampshire Music Service staff for determination to get things done..and what a reward!
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
“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