what our customers and students say about us...

EMILY – TIGER TIGER

“I just wanted to send you a message to say how amazing M and my dad found Tiger Tiger – when I called my dad after work he was absolutely buzzing about it and it sounded incredible!! Both M and the other service user who went got so much from it. I had a tear in my eye when my dad was talking to me about it all and how much M communicated non verbally. I really hope it is successful for you all because it is such a wonderful opportunity you are giving to adults like M. I really hope there is one session in a half term so that I can go with M!!! Congratulations on this amazing project. Best wishes, E xx’

MICHELLE MOORE – MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY CHOIR

“I joined the community choir having previously been involved with the Dementia Choir. I enjoyed that experience so much that I was hoping there would be an opportunity to continue!

What I enjoy about being part of the community choir, is simply the opportunity to do something that is fun and uplifting.

We are a really diverse group and I love the camaraderie, the respect for one another and the development….it may not have sounded like it, but Emma has done an amazing job in really getting us to think visually about music, so that we can collectively produce a more cohesive sound as a group.

This is an amazing accomplishment given that many of us including myself don’t read music and only ordinarily sing into shampoo bottles in the shower! Our confidence has also grown immensely and again that’s down to Emma’s skill encouragement and tireless patience!

Singing in short makes me feel grounded, happy and energised. I work in quite a pressured environment and singing is a wonderful release! Wednesdays are the highlight of my week even though I do some fabulous things most other nights too!! I think in terms of me as a person, the choir has simply given me a new love, it’s like the Friday feeling on a Wednesday! When I think of choir, I smile and that says it all really.

Professionally, I’m very aware of social prescribing and how well singing fits into this discourse, the community choir is an amazing opportunity for personal development in an environment which is diverse, supportive and fun!

I am feel incredibly privileged and thankful to be given this wonderful opportunity , to be involved in all of the projects that we have and will be, to receive such great teaching and leadership from Emma and of course more latterly to be joined by the wonderful pianist Maria!”

NATHAN SPOONER – HEAD OF MUSIC

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for you work in creating two flash mobs at Washwood Heath Academy. One with the National Youth Orchestra and one of your own making.

The response from the school was overwhelmingly positive, with students and staff alike commenting on what a positive, exciting and fun atmosphere it created. Since both of the flash mobs the interest in Asian Drumming has skyrocketed, especially with the girls in our school, something that previously hadn’t happened.

Just wanted to say a massive thank you and I hope that we can continue with more performances at lunch time and breaktime over the next year!”

Washwood Heath Academy

sophie fleming – year 2 music co-ordinator

“A huge thank you for inviting us to the event on Thursday. The children had a fantastic time and they got so much from the whole day. They loved the drumming workshop and the campus tour (our tour guide was brilliant with the children). It was great for our children to see older children perform a wide range of instruments. An inspirational day all round. I had children saying ‘I want to learn the keyboard next’ and ‘I’m going to study here when I grow up’. What more could you ask for?!”

Colmore Junior School

Catherine Harborne – PARENT

“I have been meaning to contact you for weeks to say a big thank you to you and the Music Service for everything you have done to encourage and help Elly develop her love of music, orchestral playing and the cello. I am so impressed with the Service and how encouraging they are in helping our young people to become music lovers and I certainly think that if Elly hadn’t become involved with the Music service from a young age that she wouldn’t be studying music now. I took her to the Royal Welsh in Cardiff last week and so far she is absolutely loving it, and I’m sure she will continue to thrive and happily continue her musical career there. I just wanted to thank you for everything.”

DES WILSON – HEAD OF MUSIC

“I just want to say thank you for investing again to allow year 7 pupils in Birmingham to experience a performance from the CBSO. I took 115 girls on Monday from Bordesley Green, and have to say that the overwhelming response was incredibly positive, and many have been asking to listen to some of the pieces again in lessons. They were also inspired by Mirga, whose energy certainly makes her a role model in the classical world for girls to aspire to emulate. Thanks again, keep up the great work.”

Bordesley Green Girls School

Ofsted

“The curriculum is enriched with many additional, high-quality learning experiences. For example, a specialist art teacher works with pupils. Pupils participate enthusiastically in performances with a music specialist, and all pupils in Year 4 have the opportunity to learn the violin.”

Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy Ofsted Report 2018 

matt o’neill – Assistant head

“The students at Baskerville Special School absolutely love their music sessions with Amy. They are going to perform their drumming composition in the next school concert!”

OFSTED

“Exciting and vibrant topic work combines subjects across the curriculum. Pupils enjoy developing reading, writing and mathematics skills through subjects like history, geography and science.”

Safeguarding

“Great opportunities for an honest discussion across schools and to see successes from other schools and to see and compare and share good practise tips.”

Assistant Head Teacher

pshe Course delegate

“Fantastic course, great introduction to PSHE roles/responsibilities with little knowledge beforehand.”

KS2 TEACHER

“I cannot praise it enough, the children were very excited and talked about it all day and have asked if we will be doing more science like this.”

JACOB BAGBY – FRENCH HORN & TENOR HORN PLAYER 2005-2012

“More than anything this is just a thank you and a testimony to the music service and the staggering work you all do.

I’ve just finished my first year of freelancing after graduating from the RCM and have been incredibly lucky to have performed with most of London’s major orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and I’ve also been incredibly lucky to have played Principal Horn with English National Opera and London Chamber Orchestra.

The further I progress in my career, the more and more I get back to thinking that I just wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the opportunities that the music service gave to me. I didn’t ever take regular private lessons on the horn, I just had my 20 minute lesson a week on the French Horn with Andy Sandham, he tutored me from never having played the French horn to into successfully auditioning for all of the major conservatories in the UK (taking up my place at the RCM) within two years, which in my mind is absolutely staggering!

But I also had the incredible ensembles (BSTBB, BSBB, BSCO, BSSO and BSBE) conducted by people like Mike Seal, Bob Vivian, Martin Orgill Pete Fisher and James Cunningham, all of which I am absolutely certain played a huge role in providing me with the proper experience and ability going into my college career and beyond.

Really this is an email saying such an enormous thank you to the Birmingham Music Service and advocating its staggering staff and overwhelming capacity to procure talent.”

MARIA ALDRED – DEPUTY HEAD TEACHER

“A huge thank you for firstly organising our wonderful concert this afternoon and for coming to perform for the staff and children at Holy Family. It was brilliant! The children were enthralled by the whole experience and learned so much about the brass family and about enjoying a musical experience. My year 1 children loved it and were talking enthusiastically about the music and instruments.

We are going to write and draw pictures tomorrow. A big thank you and your team for coming to delight our children and staff too. It was perfect and gave all our children a delightful, positive experience of music. I look forward to hearing about what else we can get involved in.”

Holy Family Catholic Primary School

SIMONE SCHEHTMAN – parent

“Thank you for all your work in building such a positive spirit in so many of the children of this City. My parents up from London were again astonished at the passion and standard of the orchestras and ensembles in the last performance and said they don’t recall seeing any London Borough with such a high focus and standard of childrens’ performance.”

lucas houldcroft – pupil

“I’ve been able to improve my playing immensely thanks to orchestra peers and tutors pushing me, I have made a number of friends and have had amazing opportunities throughout the year to play some great music in some of the UK’s most renowned concert halls.”

RICHARD COOK – parent

“Thank you very much, you really made an impression on him last night, the singing lessons have really helped build his confidence. When he started he had just moved to a school where he knew no one and was having a tough time.

He absolutely loved his first lesson and I hadn’t seen him that happy in a long time. Last night was a similar response and he even said you were better than his last teacher, which I didn’t think was possible, as they got on so well.”

DEBBIE POOLE – CLASS TEACHER

“Our students do not easily collaborate so to work together, editing and improving to make music, has been a positive challenge and they are visibly learning and enjoying the experience. It’s the layering of their combined efforts which is lovely to witness.”

Baskerville School 

DEBORAH KERMODE – PARENT

“Ewan loves Brass Attack, he was high as a kite after his performace last week. I can’t thank the Music Service enough for the opportunity you provide to let an 11 year old boy play on the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire stage, its truly transformtional”

Sangeeta Ambegaokar – parent

“Theo is absolutely loving his lessons with you, and thank you so much for all your help with the song.”