The Hub and Our Partners

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

Bath Strings Academy

Bath Strings Academy run string courses for all ages in Bath, providing opportunities for all levels of students, from beginners to advanced, to develop their love of playing a string instrument. The organisation currently runs a chamber music course which is funded by B&NES Music Hub.

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


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.