The Bolton Music Service received a national Jazz Service award last week, making it a hat-trick of gongs for the team in November.
Earlier in the month the service, part of Bolton Council, won two awards – the National Music Council (NMC) Diploma of Merit and a PRS Diploma of Special Merit – in recognition of its outstanding service to music education.
The jazz award will have come as no surprise to anyone who has heard or taken part in either Bolton’s jazz orchestra or its junior counterpart, BUMP (Bolton Urban Music Project). The music service also runs a range of jazz groups in schools.
The PRS diploma of special merit – top award in this class – was given in recognition of the work the service does to encourage children to create their own music. The service recently organised the Bolton Sing Up opera project, where three primary schools and Harper Green School worked with a composer to create their own opera.
Musical opportunities in Bolton were rewarded with the NMC award. The judges looked at the number and scale of opportunities, and the excellent international links set up by the service, including the International Youth Philharmonic event.
Bolton Music Service provides access to music making for thousands of children in Bolton. Some 3,500 children are involved in 105 Wider Opportunities projects this year, where primary school classes learn to play a musical instrument for a year.
Thanks to the music service, nearly 5000 children are learning to play a musical instrument or learning to sing in a small group lesson during the school day, and many of these children take part in school choirs and bands.
The service has been recognised through these national awards for their exceptional commitment to providing performance opportunities for all children.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “The Bolton Music Service does a superb job in getting the borough’s young people involved in musical activities, and deserves all the recognition it has got through these awards.
“Everyone in the borough can feel the benefit of the work of the service by attending any of the numerous events they put on throughout the year, and I would encourage as many of Bolton’s residents as possible to do so in 2010.”