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We are the County Council's music service, offering a wide range of services to Children and Young People across the county. 
Our service aims to inspire young people from all of Somerset to make music together, unlocking the musician within. We deliver music lessons to all group sizes and ensembles and arrange events, conferences, workshops and bespoke training for all your musical tuition needs.
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The service is part of Support Services for Education, who provide a wide range of services to schools and other educational providers promoting educational excellence for all the children and young people of Somerset and beyond. To find out more about what we can offer you please visit our website www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk​ ​

Working Together - Providing Opportunities​


Information for the start of the new academic year September 2020

In the light of the current situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to assure you that Somerset Music continues to follow all DfE guidance in relation to education settings. Maintaining the safety of pupils, families and staff is of the upmost importance to us as a music service.

We have contacted all schools with details of how we are planning to recommence face to face delivery of music lessons. Our tutors will be liaising with individual schools to agree the best way forward as we recognise that each school will have its own concerns and practical issues, whether that relates to a suitable teaching room or support staff being available.  In this way we hope that as many pupils as possible will be able to benefit from music tuition as they adjust to the return to school.

Where we are unable to provide face to face lessons, we are creating a pool of resources which schools will be able to use to cover the whole of the autumn term if necessary. These resources will be wide ranging and there will be a focus on how music can assist with the physical and mental well-being of children during these difficult times.

We will continue to update our plans to take into account any changes to the DfE​ guidance over the summer and our risk assessment will be available for the start of term which tutors will use alongside your own.

We wish you a restful summer break and look forward to working with you again. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss any details of your music provision please do not hesitate to contact us.  somersetmusic@somerset.gov.uk

REAL Somerset Music document for schools for September provision.docx



County Group News

Not being able to get out and perform because of the coronavirus has been tough for the county’s many talented young musicians when it comes to staying focussed.

But thanks to a unique online project, our musical groups including students from 32 of the county’s schools and colleges performed virtually after months of lockdown. They’ve put together a stunning a recording of Elbow’s One Day Like This. 90 young people, with ages ranging from 8 to 21 took part.

Organised by Somerset Music, part of Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education, One Day Like This, features the Somerset County Youth Choir, Somerset County Youth Orchestra and Somerset County Youth Concert Band.

The groups were sent the words and music during the summer term and after 99 individual video recordings were submitted a spectacular version of the song was  made public on YouTube at 8pm on Wednesday 26 August.

In addition, the County Youth Choir held regular Zoom sessions for its members throughout the summer term, with Director Kat Stevens and Assistant Director Kate Lynch.

The plan came about because it was clear there would be no possibility of performing concerts just yet, or rehearsing face to face.

The county groups are partly funded by The Arts Council and raise the rest of the costs of running the groups through members’ subscriptions and concert takings, so the current situation is a real problem.

That’s why a donations page has been set up on the County Council website to help keep the groups running. https://secure1.somerset.gov.uk/forms/PortalShowForm.asp?fm_formalias=SMD

“This is an inspirational performance by our talented young musicians,” said Faye Purbrick, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education.

“It must have been incredibly difficult to be deprived of all the usual performance opportunities. I can only pay tribute to their hard work and dedication to their musical activities during such a challenging time.

Flute tutor of the Somerset County Youth Concert Band, Louise Palmer conceived the idea.

She said: “It just goes to show the power of music – even separated in our own spaces, the young people rose to the occasion and were truly magnificent.

“It also shows how important music is to all of us at a time like this.”

The groups were incredibly fortunate to obtain the services of Adam Palmer (husband of the Youth Band flute tutor, whose daughter also plays in the band) to do the sound mix and picture editing.

You can see the performance here https://youtu.be/BeVSo3tQT9E


  Somerset County Youth Choir and Show Choir
We're recruiting - if you enjoy singing and would like to find out more about what we do please contact Sarah Alsop SAlsop@somerset.gov.uk 
NEW!  Music Workshops
Bespoke Music Workshops available for a full or half day
Please see attached leaflet or contact Somerset Music for further details  Music Workshops.docx
Forthcoming Events​​​

​​Singing Strategy
We have a new offer for the Singing Strategy for Somerset for 2020/21 - please check the 'Singing Strategy' page for further details.
Somerset Music County Youth Groups
If you are interested in joining the Somerset County Youth Orchestra, Somerset County Youth Concert Band or the Somerset County Youth Choir please contact a member of the Somerset Music team on 0300 123 7364​.
In addition the ***Somerset County Youth Show Choir ***  was launched in August 2015. This is run independently from the Somerset County Youth Choir and is for people who want to combine choral, close harmony singing with dance. 
Centre for Young Musicians
As a division of the Guildhall School - the centre provides a broad and comprehensive curriculum every Saturday providion access to excellence in the South West. Bursaries available for Somerset residents.
For more information please contact Rachel Parvin -  RParvin@cym.org.uk

Somerset Music is based at Taunton Library​
Our address for any correspondence is:  Somerset Music/SSE, D Block, Somerset County Council,
County Hall, The Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4DY
0300 123 7364


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