Having attended the Spring concert of the Herefordshire Schools Brass and Concert Bands (see earlier report), I was keen to know more about music in Hereford schools.
So I visited their office on June 6th at Lugwardine Court, outside Hereford and was told more about what they do by Cliff Woollard, Managing Director and Roger Wiebkin , Learning and development Manager. In effect, the Local Education Authority have outsourced what was the Herefordshire Music Service to Encore that was specially set up to take over the job. This struck me as an example of outsourcing at its best with lots of scope for innovative thinking.
It would be hard to over-estimate the importance of music in the upbringing of our young people. Not only can it give great individual satisfaction but it brings people together to work as a team. There is not more demanding need to work as a team than an orchestra!