The Hub and Our Partners


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Over the next 48 hours we will be publishing details for two separate B&NES Music Education Hub funds:

Music Making in Groups – We want to increase the opportunities for young musicians* (age 5-18) to play, create or perform music on a regular and sustained basis and are seeking to support up to 5 new initiatives which will start within academic year 20-21 and continue into / across academic year 21-22.

* children & young people attending B&NES state schools or who are resident in B&NES.  Opportunities could be, for example, young people in their own band; new or existing folk groups, gospel choirs, traditional classical ensembles, orchestras or choirs or they could be for more production or studio-based experiences.

Music Project Fund – This modest fund is to help you meet the cost of trying something new or extending your existing music provision, skills and experience. It’s open to Organisations/ Individual Practitioners / Tutors / Music Leaders who are active in providing musical learning in B&NES area and to pupils of  B&NES state-funded schools. This fund is to cover activity which will start during academic year 20-21 and will have concluded before 31 August 2022. This could include funding projects with longer-term potential or supporting training and continual professional development (CPD).


The Hub and Our Partners

About the Music Education Hub

The Bath & North East Somerset Music Hub is a partnership made up of strategic local, regional and national music organisations. Led by the Bath & North East Somerset Music Service, the Hub aims to create a joined up, high quality programme of music education for children and young people both in and out of school.

The music service is the principle provider of high quality music experiences for children & young people delivered by a highly trained workforce of music teachers and skilled community musicians. Delivery to young people includes: 1st access programmes; individual, paired, small group instrumental and vocal tuition; a full experience and range of ensembles through the 4 area music centres and curriculum enrichment programmes both during and out of school hours. In the majority of cases the music service trades direct with schools though we are responding to a greater number of requests from schools to invoice parents direct. In addition some lessons are delivered at Music Centre venues with particular attention for ‘endangered species’ (e.g. oboe and bassoon) with more planned for the future.

Our vision is that the B&NES Music Education Hub is committed to providing pathways of musical excellence enabling young people from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential. The Hub will encourage the highest quality engagement from a range of skilled deliverers, ensuring that financial considerations will not be a barrier to accessing this provision.

The key delivery areas are set out in the National Plan for Music Education: The Importance of Music, as follows:

  • Core Roles:
    • First Access – Ensure that every child aged 5 – 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
    • Progression – Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
    • Ensembles – Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
    • Singing – Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
  • Extension Roles:
    • Continuous Professional Development – CPD for school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
    • Instrument Hire – Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts for those on low incomes.

Live Music Opportunities – Provide access to large scale and high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and venues. This will include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students

The Therapeutic Media Company (TMC)

The Therapeutic Media Company (TMC) provide a specialist service that enables both teachers and pupils to create, perform and record high quality original songs far beyond expectations. By creating a unique enabling environment TMC show that all people are musicians, no matter what their perceived ability. TMC currently work with Bath Abbey, BBC, The Choir with No Name, and numerous local authorities to foster a dynamic musical experience that impacts positively on all aspects of learning and confidence, including closing the gap in attainment.

Midsomerset Festival

The overall aim of the music section of the Festival is to foster the enjoyment of live music making and extend the learning experiences of all participants whether they are performing or watching and listening to others.

We provide a variety of performance opportunities for all levels of musical ability and in order to keep up to date with the musical interests and current school music curriculums we are frequently in contact with schools and teachers in the locality. We are constantly seeking to move with the times, deleting and adding classes or events as appropriate.

We are your local Festival and seek to provide the opportunities you need to perform in a public environment. There are ten days when classes and musical events take place in March, so please come along and join in the fun.

Take a look at what we offer – whatever your age, whatever you instrument, you will find a wide spectrum of classes for solo and group performance, including competitive and non competitiveopportunities. Festival 2014 will take place from 11-22 March and further details can be found on our website at


Bath Philharmonia

Bath Philharmonia is one of the leading professional orchestras in the South West. Its players are some of the finest and most experienced orchestral musicians in Britain and led by Music Director Jason Thornton.

Performing 20-25 times per annum, Bath Philharmonia prides itself on its innovative programming working regularly with a roster of international soloists, including Nicola Benedetti, Peter Donohoe, Sumi Jo, Sara Connolly, Natalie Clein, Sir Willard White, James Gilchrist, Benjamin Grosvenor, Tasmin Little, Claire Jones, Jennifer Pike, and Michael Collins.

View Bath Philharmonia website


Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University courses offer great opportunities for music-making and an exciting and varied programme in classical, jazz, musical theatre, opera and world music.

Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, the university has excellent facilities including:

A purpose-built concert hall with superb acoustics

17 practice rooms, three with electronically variable acoustic

A wide range of medieval, renaissance and baroque instruments, and a large collection of percussion and orchestral instruments

A Javanese Gamelan

A high spec music technology laboratory

Five recording studios

Two band rehearsal rooms

Large well-stocked Music Library and a wide range of online musical resources


Bath and nearby Bristol are busy centres for performance with many international music festivals, touring operas, concerts and shows. Bath particularly has an extensive semi-professional and amateur life with many opportunities for students to join in music-making in the city.

View Bath Spa University website.

Bath Festivals Trust

Bath Festivals offer children, young people and adults the best opportunities to engage with, and explore music and literature as part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives, understanding and participating within the arts and making a positive contribution to the cultural life of our communities. Bath International Music Festival is one of three festivals we produce and it has a long and distinguished history with previous artistic directors such as Yehudi Menuhin and Joanna MacGregor. Composer, Alasdair Nicolson, is the current artistic director.

Reflecting the high quality and diversity of our festivals, our programme of learning and participation activity is not only delivered through the three festivals, but also throughout the year via major projects, creative workshops, masterclasses, gigs and competitions. We have over 15 years’ experience of delivering creative music making with children and young people of all abilities and can offer schools, youth hubs and community groups a wide range of activities from small group creative music making, composition and song writing projects to large scale ensemble and vocal projects.

We can also arrange for schools to work with the musicians and artists that visit Bath for the Bath International Music Festival, coordinate back stage/sound check or rehearsal observations and tickets to concerts at the festival.

If you would like any information on our projects or our learning and participation programme please e-mail

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating 120 years of music making of the highest order, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is a unique organisation.

The only UK symphony orchestra not based in a major city, the BSO defines what it means to be an orchestra serving a whole region whilst maintaining important national and international significance.

The outstanding artistic leadership of Kirill Karabits was recognised with the Conductor prize at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society awards; the citation praising exceptional performance standards, both at our home venue at the Lighthouse in Poole and at venues throughout the South and South West, not least as the major provider of symphonic scale concerts to the cities of Bristol, Exeter and Portsmouth.

From the smallest to the biggest scale performance, from engaging people new to live music making to those who have loved music all their lives, our musicians have the passion and flexibility to inspire audiences in a way that truly celebrates the role that culture, and in our case music, has and must always have in enhancing and transforming lives.

View BSO website.

Wells Cathedral School

Wells Music Academy covers all of the activities that we provide and support for anyone who is not a student at Wells Cathedral School.

If you are a student, of any age, a teacher, or just interested in music you’re sure to find something here.

Community Music activities

Wells Music College: Instrumental or vocal lessons with our teachers if you are not a student at Wells.

Events for more advanced students, including instrument days.


E-Learning : register or log-in to access our range of downloadable resources including the award winning Virtual Javanese Gamelan and Virtual West African Drumming

Blog : keep up to date with news, events and opportunities


All the events are co-ordinated by Dominique Swain:

t: 01749 834487

w: Wells Music Academy


Fosseway Teaching School

Fosse Way has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with about 191 pupils on roll at present from five different Local Authorities. The school caters for children aged 3-19 years who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to be successful within mainstream schools as full-time pupils. The school manages a satellite resource for students with Asperger syndrome at nearby Norton Hill School as well as provision at the Royal United Hospital, Bath offering transition into work for final year students. The school also has a residential area that caters for up to 11 secondary age youngsters.

Fosse Way School converted to an Academy on 1st of September 2011. The status allows the school to be more autonomous and to focus on initiatives that raise aspiration and achievement for children and young people with SEN locally, nationally and internationally.

Fosse Way School also gained Teaching School status in September 2011 through a “partnership” with Fiveways, another outstanding special school located in Yeovil, Somerset.

The school was inspected by OFSTED (March 2009) and was again judged to be “outstanding”. The progress pupils make at Fosse Way is well above average, with 60% or more of pupils reaching upper quartile targets (from the National Progression Guidance 2010-11) in English, Maths and Science , compared with 25% pupils achieving these targets nationally.

There are regular links with nearby schools and colleges. These include dual placements with mainstream schools for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils and Key Stage 4 pupils attending link courses at Bath and Norton Radstock Colleges.

Fosse Way is a member of the Norton Radstock Network of 23 schools. Its aim is to work in cooperation to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to young people and teachers across the local area. Staff at Fosse Way maintain a high profile within the Network through outreach and provision of school-based training opportunities. The local authority has also commissioned Fosse Way to provide an outreach service to mainstream schools for the support of pupils with autism.

The staff and governors have high aspirations for our children and aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our pupils that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement. Students are taught in small groups, usually with more than one member of staff in attendance. There is a happy and positive atmosphere in which children can fulfil their potential and grow in self-confidence with respect for the people and environment around them.

The school has an excellent reputation amongst parents and the local community. The quality of education on offer in a caring environment provides a positive choice for parents and young people. Fosse Way is committed to a strong partnership between home and school in order that pupils achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum.

View Fosseway Teaching School website.

B&NES Youth Service

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Youth Service works with young people aged 11-25 years old, although it focuses its’ work on those aged 13-19 years. The Youth Service employs a range of full-time and part-time, experienced and professionally trained staff, who support, challenge and enable the learning of young people in order that they may realise their full potential.

This “good youth work” is carried out in a range of settings including dedicated Youth Hubs, on the streets, via mobile provision, in schools and through Youth Service projects. A high proportion of the work is done in partnerships with other departments within the Council and voluntary youth sector providers. This process enables young people to gain new skills, knowledge and understanding to help them negotiate their way through life.

The Youth Service runs youth hubs, youth activities, the local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, organises project work on issues such as drugs, participation, crime prevention, community safety, health, homelessness and the environment. To promote the social and economic inclusion of all young people so they can contribute to, influence and be valued as a part of their community and society as a whole.

Check out our Contact details (including Personal Advisors) to talk to someone about Youth Support or email or write to us at PO box 25, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1DN.

View B&NES Youth Service website.

Healthy Schools+

The Director of Public Health Award recognises and rewards Early Years settings, Schools and FE Colleges that deliver health and well-being outcomes. It enables them to identify and tackle health issues, inequalities and ‘narrow the gap’ in their own communities and demonstrate how they meet the health and well-being needs of the children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset.

Settings apply for two certificates. The Healthy Schools (or Early Year or FE ) Certificate, demonstrates how that setting is a healthy place to be. The setting completes an audit of criteria that cover the full breadth of health and well-being, from healthy eating and the physical activity offered to how the setting manages the emotional health and well-being of the children and young people attending.

The Healthy Outcomes Certificate asks the setting to identify its most pressing health issues, using a variety of data – both national and local. They then devise two measurable outcomes to improve and influence the health behaviours identified.

We have worked with the music service in several schools, using the First Access programme as an intervention to improve the confidence and self- esteem in identified individuals. The programme has been very successful, with whole classes enjoying the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument, and some profound improvements in confidence measured in the identified children.

South West Music School

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South West Music School is a Centre of Advanced Training and music charity working with exceptionally talented young musicians providing individually tailored learning opportunities at the highest professional level possible. South West Music School works with talented young instrumentalists, singers and composers aged 8-18yrs in the South West with the aim of providing them with a portfolio career.

Due to the geographical nature of the South West we are not building based but are a ‘virtual’ school working with young people on an individual basis in their local area through our mentoring and tuition initiatives.  

Our programmes are inclusive, open to all regardless of musical or personal background. South West Music School is also musically inclusive – designed to identify and nurture exceptional instrumental, vocal and compositional talent from all areas of music. The SWMS programmes are diverse and range from Reggae to Rock, Folk to Flamenco and Bach to Bangra. The only restriction to our programme is the need to possess very high levels of musicianship and commitment.

For more information about the programmes that we run for young people in the South West, please visit our website .

South West Music School (SWMS) is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee (Company No: 7307202) and a charity (Charity No: 1138482)

B&NES Society of Young Musicians

Are you into music? Do you play an instrument or sing? Are you aged 4 to 18 and do you live in or around Bath? Then Young Musicians is for you.

At the Music Centre you’ll find Wind Bands, Brass groups, guitar ensembles and much, much more! All the groups are taken by experienced musicians from Bath and North East Somerset Music Service. We also run the greatest tuck shop in Bath! We rehearse on Saturday mornings or Wednesday evenings in term time and perform at least three concerts a year. So why not come along to Hayesfield Upper School and join us. Everyone from any school is welcome.

It’s exciting! It’s fun! And we have the best tuck shop in Bath!

You can view more information on BSYM in the Music Centres and Ensembles area of this website.

View BSYM’s own website.