LEA Awards 2010 title

(In association with the Music Education Council,
the PRS for Music Foundation and Jazz Services)


Honourable Mentions

Aberdeen City

It was good to see an application from this small city Authority. The Music Service suffered from a 10% reduction in funding for instrumental tuition (in spite of a broadly supportive Authority) and yet have continued to provide a substantial set of opportunities and ensembles as well as supporting an Aberdeen Young Musician competition and a new City Music School for especially talented pupils. We perhaps would have liked to have seen more partnerships such as that with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


Aberdeenshire provides a substantial amount of tuition in a logistically challenging environment and makes good use of the funds received from the Youth Music Initiative. CPD is especially strong and a good range of diverse ensembles are provided, with the Authority being especially strong in jazz which is reflected in the Jazz Services awards (see below). As a panel, we would have been happy to have had more detail on the scope and range of the programmes provided.

East Renfrewshire

The panel was especially impressed with the way East Renfrewshire addresses issues of music technology, four major projects showing admirable commitment in this area. Concomitant with this, indeed partly because of it, was a very strong submission in the area of special education needs. Use of resources and classroom teaching was also strong, but we were a little concerned about the extent to which imaginative and exciting longer-term programmes were identified in the application, given the very strong and diverse nature of the opportunities provided.


Glasgow’s submission contained a huge range of exciting and varied programmes, ranging from a Big Band to a Victorian project, from a tech zone to a Songbook of Unsingable Songs. There is clearly no shortage of creative minds working in the Glasgow Music Service! The panel were also impressed by classroom provision and the use of technology. The submission drew our attention to the wide range of work going on in Glasgow, whether directly run by the authority or otherwise. A strong submission.


This is a small service with relatively small budget, with which they have achieved much, as their calendar of events clearly shows. The Authority clearly has many strengths in its music provision; however it was difficult to assess from the submission many of the areas that were of significance to the panel. We would welcome more narrative detail in future submissions.

Kingston upon Thames

Kingston Music Service finds itself in a difficult position as it is being moved towards being entirely self-funding, and as a result is having its funding gradually reduced by the Local Authority. The key to success under these circumstances is partnership working, and the panel were gratified to note the range of partnerships burgeoning in the Authority – ranging from professional providers to local community groups. We were also impressed by the creative and interesting programmes being undertaken and a strong emphasis on Wider Opportunities. This is clearly a Music Service that is on its way up, and we would be very keen to see applications in the future when even more progress has been made.


In this very large, very rural county, the Authority has been influential in creating a good range of opportunities for its pupils across the board, and is particularly strong in providing a diverse range of music, especially jazz. They have made good partnership use of SoundLincs, the county’s community music organisation. We would welcome more detail about the outcomes of some of their programmes, and would like to see a stronger range of initiatives especially in more traditional musical spheres.  


As is so often the case, a very strong submission from Oxfordshire, which is lucky enough to have a relatively well-resourced and highly experienced Music Service providing a substantial and wide-ranging set of music opportunities. The application evidenced a host of exciting programmes, strong advance in music technology, and a coherent and effective LA-wide strategy. The panel was a little concerned about the diversity of music provision, and felt that the significant resources of Oxfordshire could be directed somewhat more at addressing a differing range of musical opportunities for its pupils.


We were delighted to see another application from Warrington, who continue to impress with an imaginative and strong use of a very limited budget. Their range of exciting and impressive programmes, with considerable diversity in evidence, should be the envy of many a better-resourced Authority, and the panel specially commended them for the value for money they provide. The panel would, in an ideal world, have liked to have seen slightly more provision for gifted and talented and special educational needs than was cited in the application.

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