Left to Right: Dan Somogyi (Team Leader, SoundStorm/Wave), Claire Lewis (SoundStorm Manager), Tony Williams (Chief Executive, Bournemouth Borough Council), Paul Wood (Instrumental Music Service Manager, East Ayrshire Council), Julie Carrie (Youth Music Initiative Coordinator, E Ayrshire Council)
On 12 June 2014, SoundStorm and the Chief Executive of Bournemouth Borough Council, Tony Williams, met leaders from East Ayrshire Instrumental Music Service outside Bournemouth town hall. This was to receive, on behalf of Bournemouth and Poole, the National Music Council Music Education Awards ‘Major Trophy’ 2013, which SoundStorm, jointly won with East Ayrshire at the Awards Ceremony last October. It is now six months since the award ceremony, so it is our turn to look after the silver plate which accompanies the award.
The National Music Council Music Education Awards are UK-wide awards for excellence in music education, open to all 166 Music Services/Music Education Hubs in the British Isles. SoundStorm has only been eligible for the award for the past two years (since moving across from Dorset) but has, remarkably, managed to win the Major Trophy both years (in 2012 and 2013). You can read more about the 2013 awards by clicking here.
SoundStorm also won a second award, at the same ceremony, the Paritor Award for New Music.
Leaders of East Ayrshire’s Music Service decided to deliver the trophy in person, so that they could combine the physical handover with a two-day visit to share practice, see SoundStorm activities in action and look at developing “cross-border” projects together. As a result of the visit, a number of possible collaborations between SoundStorm and East Ayrshire have been mooted for 2015. These could well result in some Scottish themed music projects for our young people in due course.