The London Borough of Hounslow’s Music Service was established in 1980 to provide instrumental lessons for the borough’s young people. The service has a team of more than 70 professional music tutors who teach more than 12,000 pupils in Hounslow schools. It runs a structured, progressive programme of bands, orchestras and choirs for pupils outside school and a Saturday Music School for more advanced pupils. We manage and maintain more than 8000 instruments to help ensure pupils have access to an instrument, and we have a well-stocked music library.
Hounslow Music Service delivers concerts and performances for children and young people throughout the year, including our ever popular Primary School Summer Singing Festivals annually. In a typical year Hounslow Music Service will generate around 700 performances, involving more than 22,000 participants and perform to around 190,000 people. 2016 has seen young musicians from Hounslow Music Service perform with musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Brass players from Hounslow were lucky enough to join Haken Hardenberger, considered by many to be the greatest trumpet player alive today, on stage at the Royal Festival Hall for a pre-concert performance with players from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Woodwind players from Hounslow performed alongside players from the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of their Stravinsky series at the Royal Festival Hall. In July young musicians travelled to La Rochelle in Western France where they played in a number of well received concerts.
In May 2016 Hounslow Music Service became a charitable company, to enable the service to attract new funding streams and to secure the service for the children and young people of Hounslow for the future. We continue to work in close partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow and within our constitution is a statement that the Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services will always be a trustee of the organization.