Partnership working is increasingly important in local government and this message has certainly been taken on board by Hampshire County Council's Music Service, the lead partner in the Hampshire Music Education Hub.
The 'Hub' celebrated its first birthday this month and invited 103 partner organisations to celebrate with it. The Hub has been involved in a wide variety of partnership working with other leading arts and cultural organisations across Hampshire and beyond over the last year, including a landmark performance of Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring', 'Hampshire Welcomes the World' celebrating the London 2012 Olympics, and 'Jubilee Wisdom', a specially written piece performed at Winchester Cathedral to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.
In November the Hub is joining forces with neighbouring Hubs in Southampton and Portsmouth, and Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten. 'Friday Afternoons' is a nationwide singing project aiming to get at least 100,000 children in the UK to sing Benjamin Britten's songs together on Friday 22 November 2013, which would have been Britten's 100th birthday.
A number of the songs have local links such as the 'Fishing Song', with words by Izaak Walton, author of the Compleat Angler, who is buried in Winchester Cathedral. Music Hub is encouraging as many schools as possible across the region to sing the Friday Afternoons songs composed by Britten for the school in Prestatyn, where his brother was Headmaster. The climax of the event in Hampshire will be a live streaming of the concert from Turner Sims Concert Hall (22 November), featuring children from local schools.