Nottingham Music Service
Making Music Make a Difference

Introducing Nottingham Music Hub

Our vision is to provide a world class music education for all young people and support them to become their very best.

We are committed to providing inspirational music opportunities that are a source of joy, self worth and achievement. We offer progression routes that are affordable, inclusive and seek to overcome barriers to access.

We work in a diverse range of educational settings including secondary schools, pupil referral units, and special schools. Our main teaching is delivered in primary schools; during 2019 Hub staff delivered whole class instrumental teaching in 76% of Nottingham City primaries, a major achievement when compared to the national average of 62%.

By providing diverse music making opportunities, including ensembles and performances, young people can contribute to the cultural life of our great city.

This past year has been an incredibly tough one for all of us, but we at the Music Hub are grateful and proud of everything we have managed to do to ensure that the young people of Nottingham City can continue to access musical events, competitions and experiences. Our team adapted swiftly to provide online lessons, virtual competitions and a diverse range of opportunities for children and young people to engage in music making, even if they do not have access to a musical instrument.


We are hopeful that this new academic year brings great joy and live music making for all our young people and their families in Nottingham City.

As a child, I remember being so shy all of the time, and without the Music Service I would have stayed that way. I have made friendships, bonds and memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I am so proud of everything I have done with RHYO, Intermediate Orchestra and Area Band, and none of it would have happened if not for you.

Hugo, Robin Hood Youth Orchestra graduate 2019


We work closely with other music hubs through the Music Education Hubs of the East Midlands (MEHEM). We are also working on developing meaningful partnerships with organisations such as Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Youth Orchestra, Baby People, Nottingham Trent University, Albert Hall, YMCA Digital, Confetti, National Youth Orchestra, Asian Arts Council, St Mary’s Church, St Peter’s Church, St John’s Church and Ultimate Flyby Orchestra (UFO).

Music Mark

Nottingham Music Hub is proud to be a Music Mark member. Music Mark advocates for a government supported, high quality music education provision for all school aged children and young people. It aligns with our mission of providing a music education that has values of diversity, equity and inclusion at its core.

Taking part in the Music Service concerts and seeing all the children inspired for their futures always reminds me why I got into teaching, and I think what you do is so wonderful and important. On behalf of the school and all our families thanks as always for all your efforts.

City school staff member, Jonathan Barker

Primary pupils from St Margaret Clitherow just before their performance at the Nottingham train station, as part of the launch for the charity single If Every Child Could
Primary pupils at the train station just before their performance of our charity single 'If Every Child Could'

Talk to Us

Interested in one of our ensembles? Curious about how to support our work? We’d love to hear from you.

You can call us at 07719 146007 or email info@nottinghammusichub.org.uk

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  • 76%

    of primary schools in Nottingham have a whole class instrumental teaching programme run or supported by Nottingham Music Service against a national average of 62%

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  • 8,317

    Pupils are learning to play an instrument in Nottingham in 2018-19

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  • 32%

    of young musicians in the city have progressed to National Qualifications Framework Level 1 compared to a national average of 18%

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