Hub Wins Top Award

Portsmouth Music Hub has won the Music Education Council's Major Award at a ceremony in London.

The Music Teachers Award for Excellence, which took place on Thursday 25th February at London's Carlton Tower Hotel, was hosted by Classic FM's Margherita Taylor, and attended by 280 music industry guests.

The Music Education Council is a national organisation which brings together music professionals, businesses and educational providers. There are over 120 Music Hubs around the country and this year Portsmouth Music Hub was recognised by the Music Education Council for its high-quality music provision and its imaginative approach to engaging with thousands of children and young people from all walks of life and from all parts of the City.

Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, who received the Award in London said: "This is excellent news for the Hub and it proves that Portsmouth is firmly on the national cultural map. We are very lucky to have so many people in the City who have a passion for delivering the best music education and cultural experience.  This Award really is shared with teachers, venues, our Hub Partners and of course the Music Hub team."

Portsmouth Music Hub was set up in 2011. Since then it has been working closely with schools, colleges and academies across Portsmouth to make music education available to all young people. The Hub has more than 40 partner organisations, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Guildhall and the Royal Marines Band Service, who work together to create opportunities for children and young people to perform with professional musicians and to experience Portsmouth's diverse culture.

This year Portsmouth Music Hub shared the Major Award with SoundStorm Music Education Agency based in Bournemouth.

Alison Jeffery, Director of Children Services at Portsmouth City Council said: "Portsmouth Music Hub has brought together individuals, groups and partners who share a common vision; to bring creative and musical opportunity to our City's children and young people. Winning the MEC's Major Award is a fantastic achievement, and testimony to the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of the Hub team, the schools, colleges and academies, and the many Hub partners who collaborate so effectively for the benefit of Portsmouth's wider culture."