Young musicians take centre stage at glittering awards ceremony

Oxfordshire County Music Service is continuing its 75th anniversary celebrations by staging a new awards ceremony to recognise the extraordinary achievements of young musicians and others involved in the service.

The Gala Awards, which take place on Saturday 23 September, will feature more than 50 categories recognising the talent, creativity and leadership of students, teachers and music partners. Solo performers will add a touch of class to the proceedings, which will be followed by a buffet supper and dancing to the sounds of the Oxfordshire Youth Big Band.

All the awards have received sponsorship from local businesses, music organisations, staff and supporters – and the trophies for Saturday’s inaugural event will be reused in future years, as the Music service establishes the ceremony as an annual prize-giving.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Service Lorraine Lindsay-Gale said: “This is a wonderful new idea and another great way to mark our 75th anniversary. The talent and dedication of our young musicians, tutors and volunteers within the Music Service never cease to amaze, and I look forward to this becoming an annual event where everyone comes together to celebrate their success.”

A few tickets for the event may still be available:

Oxfordshire County Music Service Gala Awards, 6.30pm Saturday, 23 September, Centre for Music, Bayswater Road, Headington. OX3 9FF

Awards ceremony (free to award winners and sponsors) £5Awards ceremony, buffet, big band and dance - £15Awards ceremony, buffet, big band and dance (under 11s) £10Dress code: black tie or smart formal wear.

Contact Sharon.smith@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01865 816990


Solo violinist Leo Appel, who will be performing at the ceremony. He is a pupil at Matthew Arnold School and co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.