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Bournemouth and Poole's Music Education Service wins top awards from The National Music Council

  • Date: 13 December 2012
  • Area: South West
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Soundstorm collect their award. Credit: Gilead Limor

SoundStorm, Bournemouth and Poole's Music Education Service, has won two of the three awards at this year's National Music Council Local Authority Music Education Awards.

At a ceremony at London's South Bank Centre, SoundStorm and Oxfordshire,jointly received the top award - the NMC's Major Trophy, for the most substantial overall commitment to music.

SoundStorm also received a Diploma of Merit from the Will Michael Jazz Education Awards at the Royal Academy of Music, recognising its outstanding commitment to jazz education. The Music Education awards are open to all 165 music services from across the United Kingdom.

Dan Somogyi, leader of the SoundStorm / Wave Arts education agency team, said:
'I am absolutely delighted that we have been awarded this recognition in our first full year operating as Bournemouth and Poole's Music Service. The awards panel joked we had gone straight in at number one! These awards are testament to the hard work not only of our fantastic team, past and present, but also our very supportive councils, and all our partners, including local music organisations, schools, and some wonderful classroom teachers and music practitioners. Together, we make a really strong partnership.'

The National Music Council is a consortium of top music organisations from all sectors of the industry, including the Association of British Orchestras, the Musicians Union, the BPI, Performing Right Society, Jazz Services, Classic FM and many more. At the ceremony, attended by major players in the music education sector, Chairman of the Awards Panel, Making Music's Robin Osterley, described SoundStorm as 'very much a modern music service' and praised it for the all-round strength of its offer.