The achievements of Bristol Plays Music (BPM) – the music education hub based at Colston Hall in Bristol – have been recognised with two national awards at the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
Known as the Oscars of the music education world, the ceremony took place at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair, where the finalists gathered with others in the industry to celebrate excellence in music and performing arts education.
BPM was a winner of the main award of the night – the Music Education Council Major Award, as well as the Best Print Resource for their ‘Get on Board: Music Curriculum’ for Bristol.
Bristol Music Trust chief executive, Louise Mitchell, said:
“We are honoured to receive these two awards, which are real recognition of our achievements. As Bristol’s music education hub, our role is to lead and support the development of music education in Bristol, and we are absolutely passionate about creating outstanding music making and learning opportunities for everyone.
“We have only able to achieve this by working with our vibrant and dedicated partners – the Creative Youth Network, Knowle West Media Centre, Ace CIC, Trinity Community Arts, Basement Studio, Bristol Ensemble’s Preludes, UWE, St Georges, Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Drake Music, Open Up Music and British Paraorchestra. Bristol Plays Music has partnerships with almost every school in the city so this honour also extends to the incredible schools, teachers and over 8,500 young people we work with each week, meaning that we are seeing tangible results across the city.”
The judges also praised BPM for their flagship inclusion strategy ‘A New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence’, which has set itself the challenge of transforming music education for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), and for looked after children.