Musical hat-trick delights county

Councillor John Barnes
Councillor John Barnes

THE EAST Sussex Music Service has scored a hat trick by being judged outstanding for the third year in a row.

The Federation of Music Services (FMS) gave the judgement to East Sussex after looking at the way it provides music education and services to young people.

The East Sussex Music Service, a County Council service, provides music tuition and teaching along with a host of concert groups, choirs, wind bands and ensembles.

This latest plaudit is the final instalment in a trio of accolades from the FMS, which represents Music Services in England.

It marks the culmination of a three-year programme by the body to build on its work to establish a network of creative excellence across the country.

The programme asked music services across the country to each take on the role of Music Service Evaluation Partners (MSEPs) in a bid to share best practice and monitor standards.

All local authority music services took part in the programme, which is carried out in partnership with and funded by central government.

The process is similar to Ofsted inspections of schools.

Cllr John Barnes (pictured), Chair of the East Sussex Music Management Committee, said, “Everyone connected with music will be delighted at this further recognition which has been thoroughly well-earned.

“Being rated outstanding for the third year in a row demonstrates the exceptionally high standards that the East Sussex Music Service achieves time and time again.

“Although this year’s result marks the end of this particular review programme by the Federation of Music Services, we will continue to work hard to keep our standards high.”

East Sussex was first visited by its MSEPs in December 2008, when a judgement of ‘outstanding’ was agreed. It has maintained this rating in subsequent annual visits.