Portsmouth Music Hub celebrated its 4th Anniversary on Sunday 15 November with a stunning concert at the Guildhall to an audience of hundreds of children and families and a performance by international pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.
It was a day of double celebration as Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub also learned that Portsmouth had been shortlisted for the prestigious Major Award at the National Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
The annual Award Ceremony celebrates the work of music education providers and 123 music hubs based around the country.
Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the Major Award. It’s thanks to the Hub’s dedicated team, our Hub Partners, local music teachers and Headteachers, and most of all the young people of Portsmouth that we’ve been shortlisted. It really demonstrates that Portsmouth is making its mark in music, education and culture.”
Portsmouth Music Hub was set up in 2011 and over the past 4 years it has gained the support of more than 50 partner organisations, from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to the Royal Marines Band Service.
Its mission, to bring creative and inspirational opportunities to play and perform for children and young people, and to help them develop a passion for music and culture, remains the guiding principle for the organisation.
Warren Mailley-Smith, who performed at the Music Hub’s 4th Anniversary concert, said: “It’s been a really exciting day, and we’ve had a great afternoon of music, with everything from the Blue Danube to the Theme from Thunderbirds. But hearing on the same day we celebrate the Hub’s 4th Anniversary that it’s been shortlisted for a Major Award, really has put the icing on the cake."
The National Music Teachers Awards for Excellence Ceremony will be held in London in February 2016.