The Royal Albert Hall has been appointed by the Arts Council to develop music education strategy for Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham schools. The appointment will see the venue partner with the Royal College of Music and the Aurora Orchestra and the Tri-boroughs in shaping the way music is taught in over 150 schools.
The west London partnership aims to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, develop their skills, and to play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir.
The appointment comes after Michael Gove, secretary of state for education, announced in January that councils will no longer shoulder sole responsibility for the development of education programmes in music.
The national plan for music education is being introduced by the Arts Council with plans for over £171 million of funding to be invested in 122 hubs across the UK, with each being responsible for their local area. The new hubs will see a significant shift in the way music education has been delivered to date, both in and out of school.