On 20 March 2013 the winners were announced for the first ever Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. The awards were created by Rhinegold Publishing and Music Teacher magazine to celebrate excellence in the UK’s music education sector and to recognise the projects, organisations and products that are contributing the most to the development of music education in the UK.

The awards ceremony and gala evening was sponsored by Classic FM and Yamaha, presented by Classic FM presenter Margherita Taylor, and attended by 180 guests from across the music education sector.

The Music Teacher Awards for Excellence were held on the first night of Music Education Expo, the UK’s largest exhibition for music educators. The event was held on 20 and 21 March 2013 at London’s Barbican Centre, and had over 120 exhibitors and 3,700 pre-registered visitors.

The winners were selected from a pre-announced shortlist by an experienced panel of music educators, chaired by Christopher Walters, editor of Music Teacher magazine.

Best musical initiative: Young Pianist of the North International Competition

Best vocal initiative: Gloucestershire County Youth Choir

Best print resource: How to Create a Successful Music Ensemble

Best digital/technological resource: JamPod

Best school music department: King’s School, Grantham

Hub innovation award: Portsmouth Music Hub

Lifetime achievement award: Peter Dunkley

Music Teacher magazine editor’s award: David Idowu Choir

Best classical music education initiative: National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain

(Image credit: Ceri Wood Photography)

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