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Music & Drama Education Awards celebrate innovation and inclusivity

The winners of the 2023 Music & Drama Education Awards were announced at a live ceremony in London on 23 February, hosted by Classic FM presenter Aled Jones.

Several musical organisations were recognised for their work in the healthcare sector, with Live Music Now’s Lullaby Project receiving a high commendation in the Excellence in Primary/Early Years category and Music for Good’s Music Prescribed for Wellbeing in a GP Surgery winning the Rocksteady Award for Progressive and Inclusive Music Education.

The winners also included schools and individual educators who have committed themselves to creating inclusive projects that reach out to the community. S

tephen O’Regan won the editor’s award for the Ukraine Music Hub, an organisation providing one-to-one music tuition to Ukrainians who have recently arrived in the UK.

Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, which has helped increase access to theatre, particularly for those with learning difficulties, sensory issues and audio impairments, was also an awardee.

The Music & Drama Education Awards were chaired by Harriet Richards and Freya Parr, editors of Music Teacher and Drama & Theatre magazines respectively, and judged by leading voices from the worlds of music and drama education.

Photo: young performers in Opera North Big Sing: The Water Diviner’s Tale, winner of Outstanding Musical Initiative award