National Music Council Award winner

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LINCOLNSHIRE County Council’s music service has won the National Music Council Award for Jazz and Rock Education – the fourth year running it has scooped the award.

The service has been awarded an outstanding judgement in 2011 as part of an overall evaluation, with excellent standards across a range of genres. Over 14,000 children and young people took part in the music programmes during 2010.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “Jazz and rock education in Lincolnshire is thriving and we are thrilled to see our efforts marked with this award once again. It shows how valued our music service is in Lincolnshire and beyond as our orchestras have gained recognition at a number of national concerts.

“Tutors and teachers have provided inspiration and enjoyment to many young people in the county who have gone on to showcase their musical talent on stage and with many of our finest bands and orchestras.”

Both the Boston Youth Pop Choir and the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra were chosen to perform in Birmingham as part of the Music for Youth Festival in July 2011. Thirty jazz orchestras performed at the event and Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra was awarded one of six Royal Albert Hall Jazz Awards.

The regional festival for 2012 takes place in Boston on Sunday 11 March next year. The music service is looking for school and community youth groups of all genres to take part – for applications go to www.mfy.org.uk

For more information on the music opportunities available in Lincolnshire go to www.lincolnshiremusicservice.org