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For February 2019, Take it away are featuring activities and shops in the South West. Each month we will be featuring a different region, with the aim of bringing these services into contact with each other.

Music Shops who offer Take it away

Clive Morley Harps
Hobgoblin Music
Music Is Life
Oasis Musical Instruments
Project Music Southwest
Soundhouse Gloucester
Sounds Of Frome
Trevada Music
Wessex Music

Music Hubs

Music Hubs are a Government-led initiative, previously referred to as schools or music services. They are partnerships between state schools, companies, charities and practitioners. Hubs receive funding from the Department of Education via Arts Council England. It is the responsibility of every Hub to distribute funding amongst organisations to ensure that these targets are met:

  • Ensure that every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programs or weekly tuition on the same instrument
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly, and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area

Each hub provides different services and receives different levels of funding dependent on needs and services. For example, some services provide one to one tuition, some offer classroom sessions or some offer Orchestra or performance opportunities.

South West England Music Hubs include:

Bath & North East Somerset Music Service
Bristol Plays Music
Cornwall Music Service
Devon Music Service
Dorset Music Service
Gloucestershire Music
North Somerset Music Service
Plymouth Youth Music Service
Somerset Music
South Gloucestershire Music Service
Southampton Music Hub
Swindon Music Co-operative
Swindon Music Service
Torbay Music Service

If you want to follow news and opportunities from these Music Hubs, we’ve put together the following Twitter list.


A list of active orchestras, bands and ensembles across the West Country.