Search

Arts Council England awards £2.3m to Norfolk County Council to create a music education hub

09:14 05 May 2012

Norfolk County Council has been awarded £2.3m to create a music education hub for the county. It will mean every child in the county gets to learn to play a musical instrument.  Photo: Bill Smith

Norfolk County Council has been awarded £2.3m to create a music education hub for the county. It will mean every child in the county gets to learn to play a musical instrument. Photo: Bill Smith

Archant © 2011

Every school child in Norfolk is to have the chance to learn a musical instrument from next year thanks to a successful £2.3m bid to boost music education in the county.

The county council has been given the money by the Arts Council England to develop one of 11 music education hubs in the eastern region. Suffolk County Music Service and Cambridgeshire County Council were also successful in bidding for grants.

The initiative aims to bring about a major change in the way music is taught across the country.

In Norfolk, the hub will bring together orchestras, choirs, schools, teachers and performers to boost music learning in all of the county’s schools.

The £2.3m grant is set to be used in four key ways:

Giving every child aged five to 18 the chance to learn an instrument as part of weekly, whole class ensembles for a minimum of a term.

Regular singing opportunities including choirs and vocal ensembles for every pupil through a new “singing strategy”.

More opportunities for children to play in ensembles.

Making clear progression routes available and affordable to all young people.

Phil Hardy, deputy cabinet member for education at Norfolk County Council, said: “We are fortunate to have a world class music service in Norfolk that enables thousands of children to develop their creative skills every year, working directly with schools and partner organisations.

“This is very significant funding, which will help to open the service up to even more children and young people, giving them the chance to learn musical instruments, as well as sing and perform. We know that music can help engage young people in learning by enhancing communication skills, improving listening skills and encouraging team work.”

The County Council’s music service already works closely with groups including the Britten Sinfonia, Sing Up and the Voices Foundation. Its Youth Orchestra holds regular concerts and, over the last year, the county has joined up with young musicians in Serbia and Germany to develop an international Triorca orchestra.

Helen Lax, regional director for the Arts Council in the East, said: “The 11 music education hubs that have been selected in the East will be instrumental in guaranteeing a rich and stimulating music education for every child and young person in the region.”

In total, a network of 122 music education hubs will be created with the aid of Arts Council funding.

2 comments

  • Maybe NCC could use this money to fund the excel;lent school of music and premises recently shut downm at UEA, rather than reinventing the wheel. Supporting one's university and working together does not seem to matter to turncoat Phillip Hardy.

    Report this comment

    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

  • A good use for some of the funding would be a County instrument rental scheme. In my experience the stumbling block for many children who might like to play an instrument is affording one or their parents not having the will or confidence to buy an instrument. Some cannot afford it and some are reluctant to buy in case the child loses interest. I realise private rental schemes exist and that some schools will lend, but an organised county wide system would be good.

    Report this comment

    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other news

Yesterday, 09:02
Long Stratton.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A scheme to relieve one of the region’s major traffic chokepoints has moved into the fast lane after it secured approval from an inspector

Fri, 18:03
£250,000 has been awarded to Fundenhall church for repairs.

A special service will mark the reopening of a church following a year-long £250,000 restoration programme.

Fri, 08:00
A Wymondham Shufflers session

In terms of sporting rivalries England versus Germany is up their on the list of grudge matches on the football field with World Cup triumphs and penalty shoot-outs dominating headlines.

Fri, 08:00
Doug Choat is playing in the Transplant Sport UK football match

A man who has had four kidney transplants will be taking part in a charity football match to highlight the need for donors and how recipients of organs can lead normal lives.

Most Read

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Traffic trundling through Long Stratton Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Landowners whose property is crucial to whether the long awaited Long Stratton bypass gets built have been handed an ultimatum - sign up to the scheme on Monday or the council is ready to grab their land.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:02
Long Stratton.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A scheme to relieve one of the region’s major traffic chokepoints has moved into the fast lane after it secured approval from an inspector

Read more
John Fuller
Sunday, November 8, 2015
At Old Buckenham Airfield 20,000 poppies were dropped from an aircraft during the service. Photo: Trish Thompson.

At remembrance services across south Norfolk today, people gathered in their hundreds to pay respect to those who gave their lives in conflict.

Read more
Elizabeth Truss
Fri, 08:00
Doug Choat is playing in the Transplant Sport UK football match

A man who has had four kidney transplants will be taking part in a charity football match to highlight the need for donors and how recipients of organs can lead normal lives.

Read more
Wales
Wed, 10:17
The Greyhound pub

A man in his late teens who was wanted by police was arrested in Diss on Friday night.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up