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Nottingham Music Service is an organisation committed to providing high quality music making opportunities in Nottingham City. A registered charity, we bring together children and young people, teachers, musicians, schools and musical organisations to listen to, learn and make music in a multitude of forms.


We believe that all children and young people in Nottingham should have the rewarding and inspiring experience of making music with others. Our mission is to facilitate these life-enhancing and confidence-building experiences that equip children and young people with perseverance, self-belief and a life-long love of music.


See the NMS brochure here


Music is an inherently positive activity for all children and young people – it is proven to reach and develop parts of the brain like nothing else, however there are significant differences between the music experiences that children from higher social grades and those from poorer backgrounds receive – sustained progressive music education is still the preserve of children born to wealthier parents.  


We are committed to narrowing the gap between children from different backgrounds and ensuring that every child in Nottingham has the opportunity to learn, perform and progress. We want all children in Nottingham to have access to exciting, rewarding, varied and high quality musical experiences taught through innovative, enterprising and inspiring approaches.




Nottingham Music Service (NMS) started work in 2002 when few city schools had any tradition of children learning instruments.


NMS has overseen the transformation of music education in Nottingham, with the number of pupils learning instruments increasing from 500 in 2002 to 8764 in 2014. Currently, Whole Class Ensemble music tuition is delivered in 89% of year 4 pupils in the city's primary schools and academies.


Nottingham Music Hub and the DfE National Plan for Music Education


We will work to ensure that all children in Nottingham have a chance to learn to play a musical instrument during class tuition in their primary schools and that all young people are able to continue to learn and take part in performances and ensembles right up to Key Stage 5. We also work hard to increase the range and diversity of genres of music that young people can become involved in making, reflecting the vibrant and diverse city we work in.


As well as high-quality music making opportunities in schools, we offer out-of-hours opportunities and progression routes through our Area Bands, Saturday Music School and other ensembles. We also give targeted support to enable access to music making to specific groups, including the hard to reach and those in challenging circumstances.


In all of this our goal is simple: to inspire, enrich and transform the lives of the children and young people we come into contact with through music whilst promoting innovation, creativity and achievement in music, the arts and wider society. Why don't you help us achieve this?


We are the lead partner of the Nottingham Music Hub and part of MEHEM (Music Education Hubs East Midlands).




Paul Roberts (Chair)

Pollie Shorthouse (Vice Chair)

David Wesker (Treasurer)

James Gibbons

David Mellen

Barbara Morgan

Pete Strauss


Chief Executive Officer – Ian Burton


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Ensembles Brochure 

Click below to download our new brochure and find out about all the ensembles Nottingham Music Service has to offer.





Please see our Fundraising page (linked in the menu on the left) for information on how to donate, and how your donations help children in Nottingham to learn music. 

Nottingham Music Service, Registered Charity Number: 1153716, Registered Office: College Street Centre, College Street, Nottingham, NG1 5AQ
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