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New Term - New Horizons

After 15 years working for Hertfordshire Music Service, 11 as Head of Service, I will be leaving at the beginning of October to take up a new post as Head of Hull Music Service.

I grew up in Hull, so in many ways it is "going home" but nevertheless, it is a big move, and a big decision to leave Hertfordshire.

It has been an absolute privilege to have worked with so many tremendous teachers, schools and musicians - both young and not so young! Hertfordshire Music Service has quite rightly gained a repuation nationally as an orgnaisation that produces high quality musical outcomes with our young musicians and I am sure it will continue to do so in the future.

I would like to thank everyone, from elected councillors, Local Authority Officers, schools, teachers, families and of course Hertfordshire's young musicians for making my time here so special. I will take many happy memories with me when I move North.

James Dickinson


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County Youth Auditions – 2018/19 Season

Please see the flyer for information regarding auditions taking place in October.  For more information please contact


Opportunities for Brass Pupils!

We have two exciting opportunities with the County Youth Music Groups this Summer for Brass players grade 5 +

The County Wind Sinfonia is running from Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th July at the Mid Herts Centre for Music & Arts with a concert in Hitchin Town Hall. The course will feature percussion soloist Simone Rebello from the Royal Northern College of Music, who will be leading exciting workshops with the whole band! More details can be found by contacting or by calling 01707 292761

The County Youth Brass residential is running from Monday 30th July – Thursday 2nd August at Haileybury College, Hertford with a concert in St Peter’s Church, St Albans. The group will work on a dynamic selection of Brass Band repertoire both new and old! More details can be found by contacting or by calling 01707 292399


Hertfordshire Festival of Music

The Hertfordshire Festival of Music started in 2016 with a single day and two events : An open workshop for children lead by cellist and singer Matthew Sharp, and a recital from Tasmin Little accompanied by John Lenehan.

Just two years later and HFoM now encompasses thirteen events over seven days, and has forged a partnership with HMS as a key component of the Festival.

For HMS students, there's a really incredible offer of tickets to a number of concerts for just £2, as well as three free events. This means young musicians can hear live in concert pianist Stephen Hough CBE, violinist Tasmin Little OBE, the stunning Prince Consort and local superstar flautist Emma Halnan for £2 per performance, all in their own county!

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