Londinium – audience was ‘blown away’ by performance

London chamber choir Londinium entertained enthusiastic audiences in St Leonards and Bexhill over the Bank Holiday weekend with its sparkling, sea-themed programme of unaccompanied choral music Time and Tide. It was the choir’s first tour to the South Coast and over a weekend of glorious sun and blue skies many of the choir’s members were […]

More big names join the push to save music in East Sussex schools

Music is central to our cultural life and a driver of economic growth. That’s the simple message the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is sending to East Sussex County Council as it wades in to the campaign to stop the closure of East Sussex Music Service which provides music lessons in schools across the county. […]

Consultation process launched – the future of music in schools is at stake

It might seem that it started weeks ago but the official consultation process in to the future of the East Sussex Music Service has only been officially announced this week. A statement from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) says: “A public consultation on proposals to reduce the role of the county’s music service has been […]

Big names line up to support music tuition in local schools

East Sussex Music Service is celebrating its 84th year; it delivers music lessons to around 7,000 children in schools across the county every year and around 1,000 children, aged between four and 18, attend area music centres each week. East Sussex County Council recently announced that plans are being made to close the music instrumental service by […]

Campaign against council’s plans to axe music tuition attracts national attention

The battle raging in East Sussex over the future of music tuition in schools could end up costing councillors their seats on the authority. That’s the blunt analysis of Jane Humberstone who is a representative of the National Education Union, a manager of the East Sussex Music Service and a vigorous campaigner against the plans […]

Future of school music lessons in the balance as consultation plans announced

Music tuition in schools has not been axed yet, but it might only be a matter of time unless a public consultation this summer can persuade councillors the service is worth saving. This morning Councillor Bob Standley, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for education and inclusion, approved the consultation into proposals which could ultimately […]

Parent’s fury as council announce plans to AXE music tuition service

Fury among parents over plans to axe musical instrument tuition across East Sussex has reached boiling point. On Monday, a single ESCC councillor is expected to agree plans to close the small group instrumental teaching service across the county which will save the council £180K and cost 70 jobs in the process according to a […]