Solent Cultural Conference 2016

Educational professionals and music teachers from all over the country came to Portsmouth's Guildhall on Thursday 10th November for the annual Solent Cultural Conference.

The all-day event, which has been running for the past 16 years, was organised by Portsmouth and Southampton Music Hubs. Workshops which included African percussion, composition, singing, samba and multi-media approaches to music, gave over 80 delegates the chance to explore new ways to deliver music and cultural education to children and young people.

With a packed programme of more than 20 different workshops the Conference focussed on a range of key educational themes including methods to motivate and inspire young people, ways to develop their musical technique, and the use of modern technologies to engage children.

Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, who helped organise the Conference said: “Each year the Solent Cultural Conference allows professionals to come together to share ideas, debate, and experience new methods of teaching which we know can bring out the best in young people. Cultural opportunity for all children and young people lies at the heart of what we do at Portsmouth Music Hub, and having the chance to share common ideas, common experiences, and learn new methods to engage young people adds real value to what we do."