Annual conference shared ideas of cultural education

Visitors to the Solent Cultural Conference
Visitors to the Solent Cultural Conference

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Educational professionals and music teachers from across the country came to Portsmouth for the annual Solent Cultural Conference at the Guildhall.

The all-day event, which has been held for the past 15 years, was organised by Portsmouth and Southampton Music Hubs.

Workshops led by organisations including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Folkactive and Artswork, the regional Bridge organisation, gave over 100 delegates the chance to explore new ways to deliver music and cultural education to children and young people.

Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, said: ‘This year we have focused the Solent Conference on culture.

‘It’s not just about music, it’s about drawing together all art forms, using both new technologies and traditional tried and tested methods to find the best way to communicate and engage with children and young people.

‘Teachers, educational professionals, even a head of a music hub, we must never stop learning new methods to bring out the best in young people and to offer them all the cultural opportunities we can.’

There were over 25 workshops taking place at the Guildhall, and it was a chance for the delegates to share ideas, to explore new ways 
of working and to have some fun.

At the end of the day the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra gave free tickets to its concert that evening to all those attending the conference.