Birmingham Music
Education Partnership

“Working together to provide and support high quality musical opportunities for children and young people”


The Music Service is the lead organisation for the Birmingham Music Education Partnership with our major partners; The partnership deploys the central government funding to extend and coordinate music education provision for all and reports to Arts Council England.

Please click on the tabs below to discover more about the work of the organisations in the BMEP.


The Music Service is one of the three services provided by Services for Education, a charitable trust based at Warwick House, Edward Street, B1 2RX.

The Company’s mission is:


Progress, quality and equality of opportunity are at the heart of all Music Service work.

The Music Service (Head of Service Ciaran O’ Donnell) employs over 220 teachers, conductors, tutors and pianists and generates the majority of its funds through providing support to schools. Our teachers visit about 350 city schools each week, supporting and extending the delivery of National Curriculum Music - In excess of 1,500 visits are made, delivering more than 3,000 hours of teaching support to more than 29,000 pupils. The instruments available include all orchestral and brass band instruments, recorder, tin whistle, South Asian instruments, keyboard, guitar, percussion, steel pans and voice. Teaching covers many styles, genres and periods.

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

The CBSO is committed to supporting and developing the musical education of children and young people, building their skills as creators and performers, expanding their musical interests and experiences, and inspiring a lifelong appreciation of live performance.
We provide opportunities for children and young people at all stages of their education – from early years groups to university students – through a varied programme of opportunities ranging from workshops by individual musicians in schools, to orchestral concerts at Symphony Hall.
In addition to our schools offer, the CBSO also provides £5 tickets for schools, youth ensembles and young people’s groups to the majority of our Birmingham concerts.
Our current programme of activity includes:
  • Notelets Concerts (for under 5’s) and Relax Concerts (for special schools) with a CBSO Ensemble at the CBSO Centre
  • KS2, KS3 and Family Concerts with the full orchestra at Symphony Hall
Reception, KS1 and KS2 Projects
  • Musical Storytimes activities for early years and KS1 groups which bring a familiar children’s book to life through storytelling, live music, creative activities and song
  • Fanfare – an introduction to the brass family through live performance, digital presentations and creative workshops using P-bones and P-trumpets
  • Adopt a Player – creative workshops for KS2 or SEND groups with two members of the CBSO exploring a piece of core orchestral repertoire featured in a CBSO main season concert
  • Shakespeare In Action – workshops for KS2  or SEND groups with a CBSO cellist and a storyteller exploring either Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream through performance, composition, song and creative writing
  • Ensemble visits – we have a variety of small ensembles who can visit your school to give a performance for pupils
Secondary Schools
  • Coaching, mentoring and playing alongside projects for secondary school pupils
Talent Development
  • CBSO Youth Orchestra – an auditioned ensemble for young musicians from across the West Midlands who meet three times per year to rehearse and perform challenging orchestral repertoire with professional conductors and soloists
  • Project Remix – an annual programme of rehearsals during the spring term which combines the experience of performing in a full size symphony orchestra alongside CBSO muscians, with performances of popular music e.g. Funk and Disco
  • Sparks – inspiration days for young musicians from across the West Midlands delivered in partnership with the local Music Education Hubs
For more information about  any of the CBSO’s educational activity please visit  or email

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Birmingham City University Faculty of Education

BCU provides professional training for Teachers in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Graduate levels as well as undertakes education research. Professor Martin Fautley is the representative for Music Education specialising in assessment. BCU continue to evaluate and inform the quality of BMEP activity.

Current research projects include:

  • Exchanging Notes: Youth Music exploring music education in Pupil Referral Units across the country.
  • Birmingham Music Service : ‘Wider opportunities’ and assessments and the provision of Networking /CPD Opportunities for music specialists.
  • BCMG – new programmes.

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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group are passionate about providing high-quality opportunities for young people to create their own music as well as experience the very best in new music performance. We offer a range of creative music workshops for young people aged 7 – 18. Our regular out-of-school hours workshops are free to attend and run mostly at weekends in the City Centre. BCMG work with primary schools across the city through our Big Ears project, as well as running secondary school composing projects including CPD for teachers. We also provide Family Friendly concerts and activities as part of our regular concert series.

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  • Workshops for ages 8 to 18 and out of hours workshops in composing and creating music and exploring music from concerts.
  • Imagine Compose – 2yr youth music funded project aimed at primary school children encourage/explore composing and linked to CPD for teachers
  • Resources: Developing online resources teachers
  • Family Concerts and events: eg: Family Fun Festival and Music Doodle Doo in collaboration with Ikon (drawing alongside music for young children)
  • Partnership working with BCU: research and evaluation.
  • Broadway Academy: developing key relationship and consultancy to explore engaging young people in music.

Email contact:

Naomi Wellings, BCMG Learning Co-ordinator
Jeremy Clay, BCMG Learning Co-ordinator

Ex Cathedra - singing strategy partner

Promoting benefits of singing, supporting health and wellbeing:
  • Whole brain involvement
  • Recovery in brain injury, stroke
  • Exercise for core muscles and breathing
  • Can help production of Oxytocin: hormone that supports bonding

Employing both professional and Amateur singers, total 25 singers.


  • Singing medicine: BCH, Heartlands and Great Ormond Street.
  • Supporting children in hospital to gain control and make decisions .
  • Receiving awards for outstanding contribution to public health.
  • Singing Pathway: 3 yr funding from HNS to work with Stroke and Dementia patients.
  • Singing Bonds : working with Mums and babies.


  • Singing Playgrounds: Singing through play, developing friendship groups, promoting/supporting community and culture. Training leaders in key stage 2 – in partnership with Music Service.
  • Training teachers as choir/singing leaders.
  • Choir making project: ambition for every school.
  • Singing Academies for ages 4 to 18

  • Family Concerts: new programme.

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Town Hall & Symphony Hall

THSH delivers music opportunities to schools and through community engagement activity for ages from Early years to post 16.
Key projects:

  • Concert Hall Experience – Aimed particular at Key Stage 2. This involves a visit to the hall, an Organ Scholar and an interactive tour experience exploring the history of key musical icons.
  • Concerts to Curbstones in local Children’s Centres: In partnership with Friction Arts developing cross art activities to families with young children. This includes monthly: Musical Picnics at SH. This is also part of 3 yr Generational Ladywood whereby THSH has consulted with Ladywood community to develop community engagement activity.
  • Wider Opps: in collaboration with S4E and Jazz notes
  • Sound Lounge: targeted at young people to develop skills and talent
  • Big Fun Festival: Family Arts Campaign in Autumn
  • Research: grant from Arts Connect to explore visitor/participant experience.
  • Skills development: CPD offer for teachers

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Quench Arts

Quench Arts is a Community Interest Company working across the West Midlands. We are passionate about making a positive difference through the arts and our vision is that everyone should have access to high quality participatory arts opportunities.
Our work focuses on 2 areas:

  • Our own projects use music to make a real difference to people's lives, nurturing artistic talent in areas where opportunities may be limited.
  • We also support other organisations in developing their community arts practice.

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Midlands Art Centre

mac is a multi-art form arts centre with a strong commitment to arts for everyone, especially those for whom engagement in the arts is new.

The mac makes music programme offers music making opportunities for children and young people who currently have limited access to music provision and for whom there are significant barriers to mainstream music education. Our programme is designed around the interests, needs and abilities of those taking part and can include: music technology, band development, percussion, singing, song writing and composition.