The Lincolnshire Music Service (LMS) has recently been named ‘Youth Organisation of 2020’ by the Classical Music Digital Awards for their efforts and achievements in the teaching of music online and video collaborations during the pandemic.
Working to provide music opportunities for Children and young people throughout the county, the LMS were efficient in moving their delivery of music teaching online at the beginning of the pandemic last year, reaching out to around 800 young individuals weekly through fully subsidised instrumental and vocal lessons.
The awards were established by music entrepreneur David Taylor, who wanted to recognise the innovation, resilience, and creativity shown by musicians, ensembles, orchestras, and projects during 2020, who embraced digital forms of music and performance, whilst live performances were not possible.
Although the music service students couldn’t be together physically to rehearse and play music, they have taken part in numerous online music collaborations, all shared on YouTube.
Jennifer McKie, senior music adviser said, “It’s such a fantastic boost for Lincolnshire Music Service to have received this award.
“This has been a very difficult year, and our team went over and beyond the call of duty teaching during the day as well as evening and weekends, to ensure that young people could access their music lessons.
“Our students also put in huge efforts to continue their music learning, and fully embraced taking part in numerous online collaborations.
“I’m delighted that we were able to offer many students the opportunity to perform with prestigious orchestras such as the Manchester Video Gaming Orchestra and Chineke! Orchestra.”