It’s shaping up to be a tuneful 2016 for Hampshire Music Service, with new ensembles for young musicians to join, a packed programme of events, and a new video promoting its wide range of youth ensembles to instrumentalists and vocalists in the county.
Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar said: “We are very proud of our music service, which offers a huge range of opportunities for children and young people of all ages to get involved in music. If you have ever thought about learning an instrument or joining a choir, or you are already passionate about music and looking for opportunities to play or listen, you will be able to hear for yourself what Hampshire Music Service can offer you, by watching the new video.
“Music plays an important role in a well-rounded education and Hampshire County Council has always recognised the skills and enjoyment that good quality musical tuition and equipment can bring to schools and youth groups. I’m pleased to see the service develop every year and introduce new ideas, and I look forward to another year of excellent performances from choirs, orchestras and bands across Hampshire.”
Two new guitar ensembles are now recruiting, one in Basingstoke and one in Eastleigh. Also recruiting is a brand new centrally-based Hampshire Youth Folk Ensemble, with no fee to join for this academic year, which has already played at prestigious events such as Hampshire’s tribute to ‘Walking with the Wounded’ at the Great Hall, Winchester.
Ensembles for specific areas of Hampshire are always recruiting, and auditions are held regularly for county-wide ensembles. There are now four Hampshire County Youth Choirs and more recruits are still being sought for their Foundation Choir for the youngest singers.
For woodwind players, there is a series of ‘Instrument Days’ from January to April, each putting the spotlight on a different woodwind instrument, and participants are then invited to a Big Woodwind Event celebrating the popularity of the woodwind family. See more about the Woodwind Festival Programme.
There are also new opportunities to learn double bass and percussion instruments, which are among a group of instruments that the ensembles have a real need for, referred to by the service as ‘Endangered Species’. For those who’d like to learn one of these instruments, there’s specialist free tuition, instrument hire and the opportunity to join one of the ensembles around the county.