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Alison Pinder

I am very sorry to report that our long standing Head of Instrumental Tuition Alison Pinder, passed away peacefully last week. She had continued to work despite her illness, remaining dedicated to her work with the Music Service, its staff and its students alike.

Initially appointed in 1981 as an instrumental teacher (woodwind) she established herself as a key member of the team, holding various leadership roles including Instrumental Coordinator and for over ten years Head of Instrumental Teaching. In this role she was responsible for not only the recruitment of new teachers but their ongoing support and training. The reaction to her death by our worksforce is testament to the impact she made on them and their teaching, and the high regard with which she is held across the organisation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Graham and their family.


Hertfordshire Music Festival 2018

Hertfordshire Festival of Music – The Music of  Fantasy, Fable and Folklore  

Our 2018 Festival explores the special way in which music can take us away from the ordinary and often all too ‘real’ world into what Shakespeare called ‘something rich and strange’.

A sense of make-believe pervades the entire programme of events during our week-long Festival.  For a detailed list of events, prices and locations please visit


Music Mark School Membership available to Hertfordshire Schools

 In our role as Lead Partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub we are able to support and recommend our schools for Music Mark Membership. By partipcating in our self-evaluation process which is available in the schools area of the web-site we will organise memebership for you. This means we are able to talk to you about your current music provision and your plans for the future. Membership gives you a certificate, a logo for your web-site/stationary plus access to resources and events provided by Music Mark - The UK Association for Music Education.


How to improve school results: not extra maths but lots of music!

A Bradford primary school wants the world to know its newfound Sats success is down to giving all children up to six hours of music a week!


10,000th Music Medal!

Hertfordshire Music Service was one of the pioneering services in the introduction of Music Medals around 12 years ago.  Since then thousands of pupils have completed and received music medals. 

The teacher and pupil for the ten-thousandth medal were announced at the CPD Conference on Monday 4 September.  Teacher and pupil received a certificate and the lucky pupil received a voucher to spend on music!

More info about ABRSM Music Medals can be found HERE