Brighton and Hove trumpets success of music classes

Posted On 27 May 2011 at 3:43 am

Music lessons across Brighton and Hove have struck the right note with government inspectors who rated them outstanding.

The Federation of Music Services, which carries out inspections nationally, said that Brighton and Hove City Council music service were “outstanding” in all areas.

The council said: “Brighton and Hove’s reputation as a top breeding ground for young musical talent has been underlined by government inspectors.”

The independent inspectors were particularly impressed by

  • the work the service does with gifted and talented students
  • its support for vulnerable groups, such as looked after children
  • innovative provision for pupils with special educational needs

They observed a number of rehearsals and recitals first hand, finding “outstanding achievement” during a drum kit lesson and “very high standards” with many ensembles.

Councillor Sue Shanks, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We’re committed to giving pupils of all ages and levels of ability the chance to take up music and achieve high standards.

“Our music service is something the city should be very proud of.”

More than 5,000 primary age pupils have enjoyed the thrill of seeing and hearing live music this year through the music service’s Discovery programme.

The Brighton Youth Orchestra goes on tour in July to the Loire Valley in France with the city’s Youth Percussion Ensemble.

And the city’s youth Big Band is performing at the Bandstand on the seafront on Sunday 5 June from 2pm to 4pm.

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