Anniversary and nomination give music hub two reasons to rejoice

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THE team at the Portsmouth Music Hub is celebrating after being nominated for a gong in the National Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

The hub, which aims to promote musical education across the city, is up for the top ‘major award’, and has been shortlisted out of a pool of 123 music hubs across the country.

Chief executive Sue Beckett said she was thrilled with the nomination.

Ms Beckett said: ‘We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the major award.

‘It’s thanks to the hub’s dedicated team, our hub partners, local music teachers and headteachers, and most of all the young people of Portsmouth that we’ve been shortlisted.

‘It really demonstrates that Portsmouth is making its mark in music, education and culture.’

The nomination came as the hub celebrated its fourth anniversary with a concert at the Portsmouth 
Guildhall.

Hundreds of children and families were at the show, which featured a performance by concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

Mr Mailley-Smith said it had been an exciting concert with excellent performances.

He said: ‘We’ve had a great afternoon of music, with everything from the Blue Danube to the theme from Thunderbirds.

‘But hearing on the same day we celebrate the hub’s fourth anniversary that it’s been shortlisted for a major award, really has put the icing on the cake.’

The awards ceremony will be held in London in February.