School brass band scheme up for national award

YOUNG MUSICIANS and teachers in Mossley and Carrbrook are celebrating after being being nominated for a national music award.

The MCSP music project – a music education partnership between Mossley Hollins and four partner primary schools – is one of four finalists for the Classic FM “Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award”.

DSCF6066The project provides an opportunity for pupils at Livingstone, St George’s, Milton St Johns and Buckton Vale Primary Schools to enjoy a rich introduction to music education and fulfils the government`s pledge to offer every child the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

The young musicians meet each week in school and at Mossley Hollins to play together using repertoire provided by Mainstream Music under the direction of Martyn Evans from Classic Music Solutions Limited who coordinates the project.

He said: “Our programme allows pupils time to develop and overcome initial technical difficulties which they often encounter in music making.

IMG_4115“This means they are more likely to continue playing through high school and beyond. Ultimately the programme will engender in each pupil a lifelong passion for practical music making.”

Stuart Marshall, Mossley Hollins headteacher, added: “We are delighted our partnership has been nominated for this award.

“The nomination is a reward for the commitment we all share to practical music making. We would like to thank Korg UK who were instrumental in aassisting us to set up the initiative and who nominated our partnership.”

Rebecca Willard, Headteacher of Livingstone Primary, said: “We attended a concert at Mossley Hollins in July at which all our young musicians played. The progress they have made is remarkable. We are very proud of them.”

The winner of the award is determined by a public vote on the Classic FM website and will be announced on February 25. To vote go to or to the Mossley Hollins website:


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