Bolton Music Service has been awarded a Diploma of Merit by the National Music Council.
The award was presented by Darren Henley, the man commissioned by the government to conduct a review of music education, and recognises the outstanding contribution to music education made by Bolton’s local team, as well as 10 other services across the country.
Earlier in the year, during an evaluation commissioned by the Department for Education, the service was given an outstanding judgement in all 22 areas under review, and was seen to be reaching the highest levels in all its work.
Teachers from Bolton Music Service work in schools across the borough to give all children the chance to sing, play musical instruments and perform.
Bolton Music Service is based at Ladybridge High School, where there are more than 40 weekly music ensembles for local children to attend, and teachers from the service also work in primary, secondary and special schools across the Bolton Borough.
The music service also runs a wide range of projects in other educational settings, community centres and local churches, and has recently started a new music programme for adult beginners.
Making high quality music tuition accessible for all children, and the wider community, is one of the main aims of the Bolton Music Service and their team of music teachers is now teaching around 13,000 local children every week.
Bolton Council’s Leader, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the town and a real credit to the expertise and hard work of all the staff employed by the service.
“Bolton Music Service has strong partnerships with a number of professional organisations, such as the Halle Orchestra, and through these partnerships Bolton children have the chance to work with professional musicians and to hear high-quality live music.”