The Music Teacher Awards and Gala Evening were created to celebrate excellence in the UK’s music education sector. The 2014 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence will take place on 7 February 2014 in the newly refurbished Barbican Garden Room & Conservatory, where guests will be treated to a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner. The awards will be hosted by Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor and will feature live music.

Guests at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

© Ceri Wood Photography


Over 200 nominations were submitted and finalists for the 11 award categories can be viewed below. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on 7 February 2014.

The panel

Winners will be decided by a judging panel made up of leading figures in the music education industry and chaired by Music Teacher editor, Thomas Lydon. Click here to view this year’s judges.

For the Best Classical Music Education Initiative award, a public vote was held on the Classic FM website to determine the winner.


If you’re interested in attending this event, please contact Frances Innes-Hopkins on 020 7333 1720, or click here to book tickets online. Tickets start at £120 (plus VAT), including champagne, three-course meal and wine.

The dress code for the evening will be black tie/evening dress and the running order is detailed below:

  • 7.30: Champagne reception in the Conservatory
  • 8.15: Dinner served in the Garden Room
  • 9.30: Introduction from Margherita Taylor followed by the awards ceremony
  • 10.45 onwards: music and cash bar
  • Midnight: End

Sponsorship opportunities

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available to help you promote your brand to the music education world. If you’re interested in sponsoring part of the event or one of the awards, please contact our sales department on 020 7333 1733.

Click here to view all the sponsorship opportunities available.

2014 finalists

1. Best Musical Initiative – Sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service

  • The Strings Club
  • The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians
  • Singing Playgrounds (Ex Cathedra)
  • Talking Birds & Orchestra of the Swan

2. Best Print Resource – Sponsored by Rhinegold Publishing

  • Joining the Dots (ABRSM)
  • Get Set Piano (A&C Black)
  • Portsmouth Music Hub songbooks
  • Fiddle Time Joggers (OUP)

3. Best Digital/Technological Resource – Sponsored by

  • Friday Afternoons (Aldeburgh Music)
  • Music Theory Videos
  • ScaleBox app
  • E-MusicMaestro
  • Garageband

4. Best School Music Department – Sponsored by the MMA

  • Baden-Powell & St Peter’s Church of England Junior School
  • Windsor Upper Schools
  • Glenthorne High School
  • Cirencester Kingshill School
  • Farlington School

5. Hub Innovation Award – Sponsored by Musicians’ Union

  • Soundhub (Kent)
  • SoundCity (Brighton & Hove)
  • Berkshire Maestros (Berkshire Music Hub)
  • High Wycombe Music Centre (Bucks Music Education Hub)

6. Best Classical Music Education Initiative  – Sponsored by Classic FM

  • Wigmore Hall Learning – Woodwose
  • Vocal Futures
  • Dyfed Young Composers
  • MusicWorks
  • Pro Corda
  • In Harmony Opera North

7. Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by & Black Cat Music

  • Vivienne Price
  • Jane Cutler
  • Christine Croshaw

8. Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award – Sponsored by Higgledy Piggledy Jazz

  • There is no shortlist for this award

9. Most Innovative Retailer

  • Knock on Wood
  • The Early Music Shop
  • Chamberlain Music
  • John Packer

10. Best SEN Resource (special educational needs)

  • Apollo Ensemble
  • Drake Music Scotland
  • SHARE community
  • Prima Vista Braille Music Services

11. Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music Provision

  • Little Notes
  • Stringbabies
  • Mini Music Makers and Little Music Makers (Music For Change)
  • Musical Steps
  • Primary Robins (Pimlico Opera)