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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.

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Hampshire County Youth Choirs calling for new singers!

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Young singers, from the age of five upwards, are invited to join one of Hampshire County Council's Music Service vocal ensembles.

The county is adding a fourth choir to its already very successful trio of existing choirs in response to increasing demand, from both children and young people.

Membership is open to all pupils, up to the age of 19 years, who are in full-time school or college education. Potential members, for any of the choirs, are asked to register their interest as soon as possible in order for music service staff to hear them sing. Priority will be given first to Hampshire residents and then to non-Hampshire pupils who attend Hampshire schools and colleges.

The choirs sing regularly at events in venues such as Winchester Cathedral and The Anvil, Basingstoke. In recent years, performances have included collaborations with the BBC Singers and tours to Italy and Canada. Rehearsals take place during term time on Friday evenings at The United Church, Winchester.

The four choirs are:

  • Hampshire County Youth Choir (HCYC)
    - main choir, focusing on singers in year 10 (from age 14 years) and above who are exceptional younger singers

  • Hampshire County Youth Training Choir (HCYTC)
    - the new addition - will be run in parallel with the main choir, focusing on singers in year 7 (from age 11 years) and above who are exceptional younger singers

  • Hampshire County Youth Junior Choir (HCYJC)
    - focused on singers in year 4 and above (from age 8 years)

  • Hampshire County Foundation Choir (HCFC) - focused on singers in year1 (from age 5 years) and above

For more information, and to register your interest, contact Hampshire Music Service:
023 8065 2037, or email

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Some of our lucky ensembles are off on tour!

Ensemble Summer Tours 2015

Four area and county ensembles are descending upon Europe this summer.
Check out our
tour page for more info and to view their blogs...

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...


Events Calendar

See what great musical events are taking place during the coming few months.

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.

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