Music Hub for West London

15 May 2012

Musical talent in the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham will be nurtured after the three councils were declared a `Music Education Hub' by the Arts Council.

The creation of the Hub involves the Tri-borough partners, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall, both of which have been long-term partners of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Aurora Orchestra is also part of the new Hub which will provide instrument lessons, bands, choirs, orchestras and other music-making opportunities in and out of school for all children in the three boroughs.

Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Cabinet Member for Family and Children Services, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to secure the recognition from the Arts Council as a Music Education Hub. I would like to congratulate all the Council staff who have worked so hard to secure this.

"We have a long history in the Royal Borough of developing an excellent music service and I am sure that our children, together with children from Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham can only benefit from their experiences of learning with the Royal College of Music, Royal Albert Hall and the Aurora Orchestra."

Arts Council England announced a nationwide network of 122 Music Education Hubs on Friday 4 May, which will see a significant shift in the way music education is delivered to children.

The Department for Education, through the Arts Council, will provide £1,341,676 to help set up the Tri-borough Hub.

The aim of the project is to ensure that every child aged from five to 18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to progress to the next level and play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir.

The Hubs will be formed across local authority areas by September.