Sheffield music hub delight at jazz award

Sheffield Music Hub has been given a Will Michael Jazz Education Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to jazz education.
Sheffield Music Hub has been given a Will Michael Jazz Education Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to jazz education.
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A Sheffield-based centre which is dedicated to providing music education for all children has won a prestigious award.

Sheffield Music Hub has been given a Will Michael Jazz Education Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to jazz education.

Ian Naylor, Head of Music Education said: “I’m really proud of the work we are doing in Sheffield to promote jazz and all forms of musical creativity.

“Access to musical activity like this opens up so many wider skills to equip our children and young people for life in the real world. This kind of musical activity helps develop humanity in an increasingly data driven world.”

The Sheffield Music Hub holds weekly jazz education workshops which are run by four jazz education specialists and focus on how to improvise.

The centre, based at Stadia Technology Park in Attercliffe, works on the ethos of providing music education for all children, regardless of their background.

Manager Colette Dutot added: “I was delighted to collect this award on behalf of the jazz team, celebrating eight years of work with children and young people, as well as schools, colleagues, jazz artists, composers, organisations and key influencers.

“Every Thursday, I have the privilege of seeing the utter joy that exploration can bring.

“When improvising, we appreciate each of our unique sounds whilst building our skills, language and expression as a group.

“Over time, the energy builds as each young person comes back week after week with their own development. That’s when the sprinkling of gold dust happens.”

To find out more, please go to www.sheffieldmusichub.org.