The Year Ahead

1700 local children will be at the Guildhall in Portsmouth on Tuesday 20 September to enjoy a concert given by the nationally acclaimed Swing Band, Jive Aces.

Produced by Portsmouth Music Hub, the concert marks the start of the Hub's new academic year that will be packed with music, education, ensembles and major productions designed to inspire the children and young people of Portsmouth.

Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, said: "We wanted to begin a new academic year with a really exciting event, something that is spectacular both visually and musically, and Jive Aces really will be unforgettable.

In the year ahead the Hub Team will, as always, remain committed to delivering the very best musical opportunities for young people. Our ensembles will go from strength to strength, developing children's skills and their passion for music. We'll work closely with our Hub Partners to bring exceptional opportunities for young people to enjoy, experience and participate in workshops and productions delivered by professional musicians and performers.

On top of that we'll continue to encourage best practice, inclusivity, opportunities and the pursuit of excellence in music education. It's going to be a very busy and exciting year."

In the next few months Portsmouth Music Hub will be hard at work holding Ceilidh Days in schools across the City. There will be the explosive launch of a new songbook for children called 'Sciencescape'. The Hub will be working alongside Southampton Music Hub to deliver the prestigious Solent Cultural Conference. There will be music theatre workshops, the launch of a new choir and rock band, and a whole host of special Christmas concerts.