The NMC Music Education Awards
The National Music Council (NMC) Music Education Awards scheme recognises Hubs (in England) and local authorities across the rest of the UK that are able to demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision in a particular year. Each year, Jazz Services also award the Will Michael Jazz Education Awards - see this year's full report here.
As in previous years, the 2013 NMC Music Education Awards were organised with the support of and assistance from Music Mark and Paritor. NMC are grateful to the Music Education Council for their renewed support and sponsorship of the Awards.
In addition to the major trophy and diplomas of merit, 2013 saw the introduction of a new Technology Award, sponsored by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and Paritor sponsored a New Music Award.
The full reports (including photographs) of recent Awards ceremonies can be found on the left hand side of this screen, whilst older reports can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
Previous Awards Reports
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2008 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2007 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2006 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2005 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2004 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2003 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2002 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 2001 (PDF)
- NMC Local Education Authority Music Awards 1999/2000 (PDF)
What previous Major Trophy winners have said about the Awards
Denise Barber, Music consultant and Wider Opportunities Manager - Southwark Music services:
"Southwark Music Services won the National Music Council Major Award in 2005 joint with Hertfordshire Music Service. This was an important achievement for us as we are a very small service with no full time members of staff. We appreciated being judged by our merits and not by our size and being recognised for celebrating the talents and meeting the needs of young people in Southwark, one of the most deprived areas in the country. Since the award ceremony I have noticed that Southwark is much more on the Music Education Map with my opinion being sought by national figures such as Howard Goodall (composer and broadcaster) - who presented us with the award and Marc Jaffrey (Music Manifesto Champion) who visited Kingsdale which is our flagship secondary school for music. We hope to apply for the award again this year believing that with the arrival of our new Wider Opportunities Programme we will once again be strong contenders for an award."
Richard Howlett, Head of Hampshire County Council's Music Service:
"This was a great accolade for all we had achieved in the previous years and it meant a huge amount to Hampshire schools, Hampshire Music staff and to Hampshire County Council (HCC). It brought us to the attention of the press - and as a result we had more coverage of our musical events in Hampshire (and later in the year at the Schools Prom) then ever before. Our staff and pupils were very pleased when we were able to display the trophy at a several of our concerts and festivals!
We were pleased that it was a further "hallmark" for what we continue to strive towards - the highest possible achievements for our pupils. In summary - the award "lifted" all those who could share in it. The profile and public image of HMS was very much enhanced. Councillors were able to learn more of the success and impact or our work. More opportunities and support for pupils; music making."
John Harries, Head of Cornwall Music Service:
"Cornwall Music Service have been very fortunate in receiving six diplomas from the National Music Council over the last eight years including a special award from the PRS Foundation for compositional project work. The obvious benefit of receiving such a prestigious award is that of publicity. It is always a benefit to a service to have an outside agency recognising the good work that it does, and through local media parents, schools, governors, and members of the County Council are made aware of this.
The hidden benefits are numerous, perhaps the most important being staff morale. Through receiving these awards they feel more pride in the work that they undertake. They feel they have been thanked by a prestigious body. It also means that they suggest some absolutely brilliant ideas for future projects.
Also, senior officers within the local authority feel proud of the service due to these awards, and there is no doubt at all that as a result of the awards we have gained favour by them.
In 2003, the service received the Major Trophy. Not only all the benefits outlined above were experienced twofold, but the young people who performed in the British Library to an audience of approximately 200 leading British music educationalists were invited to partake in workshops with Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth and to perform the length and breadth of the country, from Strathclyde to Kent and from Belfast to Suffolk - an experience they will never forget.
I commend to you the work of the National Music Council without reservation."
John Treherne, Head of Gateshead Schools' Music Service:
"The Gateshead Council has always supported the work of its Schools' Music Service and taken a pride in the achievements of its young people. Additional funding from the Council has given so many pupils the opportunity to take part in significant musical activities both as performers but also as participants in varied and stimulating workshops.
The award of the Major Trophy was greeted with delight by the teachers who work within the service, and of course the ooportunity to visit the RSA in London and perform in front of Cleo Laine was a great honour.
The Youth Orchestra was subsequently invited to perform in the Council's debating chamber before the Mayor of Gateshead and the full council, and the award was formally received by the Leader of the Council.
Subsequent to this presentation, additional funding was made available to support further initiatives. This has been particularly helpful in facilitating overseas tours by our senior ensembles. The Diploma itself is placed in a prominent position in the foyer of the Dryden Professional Development Centre and the trophy was in pride of place outside the Mayor's parlour. The Gateshead Schools' Music Service was praised in an OfSTED inspection; this major award further confirmed the findings of the visiting inspectors."