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NEW musical opportunities for children and young people will be created following the announcement that a new music education hub will be formed in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire County Council has been asked to develop the new hub with partners – ranging from individual musicians, local ensembles and national organisations.

This will enable teachers and musicians to draw on a wide range of expertise and ideas to design, facilitate and support musical opportunities for young people, both in and out of school.

Over the next three months the new hub, which will be called the Cambridgeshire Music Partnership, will develop programmes and grant funding opportunities as well as developing strategies to support singing, music-making, training, resources and access.

Cllr David Harty, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Learning said: “This is excellent news for young musicians in Cambridgeshire. Building on the work of the county music service, Cambridgeshire Music, the new music education partnership will have new opportunities to support our schools in their music development, for example through large group opportunities to try a musical instrument and helping develop the skills of music leaders to support singing and instrumental groups. Over time this will help to ensure that all children across the county have an opportunity to develop their musical skills.”

Keith Grimwade, Head of Networking and Partnerships at the County Council added: “Combining the knowledge and skills of a wide range of partners will allow us to organise music education more efficiently and to offer larger scale music projects. Children and young people will have access to outstanding music making experiences.”

For more information about the draft programmes and structure for the hub or to register as a partner, please contact the partnership manager Matthew Gunn at cmp@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or on 01480 373555.