On Thursday 10th October, the 2013 Will Michael Jazz Education Awards were held at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Presented by Jazz Services, and in association with the National Music Council Music Education Awards Scheme, they are awarded to Hubs and Music Services around the UK and celebrate the efforts made by educators to ensure jazz is given a fair hearing in classrooms and curriculums across the land.
Manchester (OneMusic) accepts their award. Photo: Gilead Limor
Honourable mentions were given to Bournemouth & Poole (SoundStorm), Glasgow, Sheffield and Southend-on-Sea, and the official Diplomas were awarded to Manchester’s One Education Music and the music Hubs (previously local music education authorities) of Southampton, Oxfordshire, East Renfrewshire and Devon. The last received a Diploma of Special Merit, and having been presented with several such awards in a row, they have now been brought on board as a mentor to offer advice and guidance to a future winner so that their tried and tested model – as evidenced by the success of the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra - might be copied and recreated elsewhere in the UK.
The RAM Big Band in concert at the 2013 Will Michael Awards.
The presentations were followed by a performance from the RAM Big Band directed by Stuart Hall and featurign Byron Wallen on guest trumpet. The set featured a number of pieces by the noted South African composer Dudu Pukwana, and the fantastic young talent on display was proof that jazz education is alive and well in the UK.