15th July 2020

Winners Announced! Wiltshire Music Education Awards 2020

The first ever Wiltshire Music Education Awards were launched this year by Wiltshire Music Connect.

The awards are designed to celebrate people and schools in the county who dedicate themselves to creating outstanding music education for children and young people.

Even though Covid-19 caused restrictions and school closures, young people, schools, and music teachers in Wiltshire have been working hard to keep music going.

They’ve converted to online music lessons, provided musical activities and instruments to use at home, and continued music in schools for children of key workers.

So Wiltshire Music Connect decided to go ahead with the awards as part of their #DontDropMusicCampaign  – as there was no better time to recognise and celebrate the power of music!

Nominations for people and schools who have made an impact on musical learning were invited from young people, teachers, schools, parents and organisations in five categories.

Over 150 nominations were received, and the panel had a difficult job deciding who was most deserving – all the nominees are inspirational and dedicated.

The winners, from across Wiltshire were notified at surprise online team meetings, and awards include certificates, theatre vouchers, and prize money for the schools involved.

The five categories were:

Outstanding Contribution to Music Education 2020 – Awarded to Sue Kent, La Folia music charity, based in Salisbury

Music Educator of the Year 2020– Young People’s Choice – Awarded to Angela Williams, Woodwind teacher from Chippenham

Primary School Music Teacher of the year 2020 – Awarded jointly to Sandra Dixon, The Mead Community School (Trowbridge) and Jessica Harburt, The Grove Primary School (Trowbridge)

Secondary School Music Teacher of the Year 2020 – Awarded to Susan Shepherd, Avon Valley College, Durrington

Singing School of the Year 2020 – Awarded to St Sampson’s C of E Primary School, Cricklade

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