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Bristol Plays Music shortlisted for prestigious awards

Bristol’s education hub, Bristol Plays Music has been shortlisted for three awards at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, including the prestigious Music Education Council Major Award, of which they were last year’s winner. BPM has also been shortlisted for Best Digital Resource for ‘A Minute of Listening’ and the Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award, for the Monteverdi 450 Project, which is open to public vote.

BPM is run, alongside Colston Hall, by Bristol Music Trust, and provides 90 per cent of all music education in schools across Bristol. It is now calling on pupils, parents and teachers across the city to cast their vote for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award, before the deadline on Friday 2nd February.

The Music Teacher Awards, dubbed the Oscars™ of the music education world, celebrates the best and brightest in performing arts education. The ceremony will take place on Thursday 22 February during the Music and Drama Education Expo in London.

Nominated for the Classic FM Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award, The Monteverdi 450 project was a collaboration between some of the world’s leading early music specialists from Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras and Bristol Plays Music. Young singers and musicians from across the South West gathered at the Victoria Rooms and Colston Hall for three days of inspiring workshops and to experience the dress rehearsals of ‘Il Coronazione di Poppea’ and ‘Orfeo’ with maestro John Eliot Gardner himself.

The Bristol version of A Minute of Listening has been nominated for The Best Digital Resource award. The Minute of Listening aimed to provide all primary aged children with the opportunity to experience sixty seconds of creative listening each day of the school year. With sounds taken from all over the city, drawn from such iconic sources as Concorde, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo and the Harbourside. Recorded with the support and participation of dozens of Bristol’s business and community groups, the Bristol Minute of Listening created an amazing audio journey through the city.

Fiona Pendreigh, MEC Chair Elect and member of the 2017 MEC Music Education Awards Panel stated; “MEC believes these awards offer the opportunity to promote widely the value and importance of everybody’s work, helping to secure the future of high quality music education for all. Our short-list, therefore, represents the best of the best; each going that extra mile and shining out as true beacons of exemplary practice.”

The public have until the 2nd February to vote for Bristol Plays Music in the Best Classical Music Education Initiative category.

Follow the link to cast your vote: www.classicfm.com/events/music-education-expo/rhinegold-awards-vote/

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