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Classic FM honours the UK’s top music teachers

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The Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards 2017 with Casio and ABRSM, hosted by Myleene Klass

Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, has honoured five music teachers who have made a real difference to the musical lives of students across the UK in this year’s Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards with Casio and ABRSM.

The Awards recognise and reward Britain’s most inspiring teachers and celebrate their work in five categories: Primary, Secondary, Peripatetic, Special Education Needs and Lifetime Achievement. Hosted by Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass, the Awards took place at London’s Barbican as part of ABRSM’s prestigious Shine event, which showcased the very best in music education by shining a spotlight on the winning music teachers, as well as the next generation of performers and teachers. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by former music teacher and twice Mercury-nominated singer Laura Mvula.

In its 25th birthday year, Classic FM has joined together with Casio - one of the world’s most renowned producers of premium and digital hybrid pianos - and ABRSM - one of the world’s leading exam boards - to undertake the nation’s biggest ever celebration of outstanding music education.

The winners of Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Awards 2017 are:

  • Primary Music Teacher of the Year: Robert Parton from Goose Green Primary School in Southwark, London
  • Secondary Music Teacher of the Year: Grace Jack from St David’s RC High School in Dalkeith, Midlothian
  • Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year: Una Birtchnell from Lewisham, London
  • Special Education Needs Music Teacher of the Year: Felicity Kirk from the Valley School in Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Lifetime Achievement: Linda Filby-Borrett from Ryde on the Isle of Wight

The teachers were chosen from hundreds of applicants across the country and were nominated by schools, students and parents. A panel of expert industry judges, including John Holmes, ABRSM’s chief examiner, and Alex Stevens, editor of Music Teacher magazine, then selected the winner from each award category.

The chosen teachers each receive a Celviano Grand Hybrid by Casio for themselves, their schools or music services. The Celviano Grand Hybrid by Casio is a hybrid digital piano that combines key elements of a grand piano, such as the Natural Grand Hammer Action and full-length precision wooden keys. The Awards form part of Casio's ‘Action in Music’ initiative, which aims to recognise outstanding music education, raise awareness of its importance within the school syllabus nationwide and inspire a new generation of music teachers who take action in the classroom.

Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass said: “Music teachers are absolute heroes – I know first-hand the dedication, hard work and inspiration they impart, as well as the tools I myself was given by them. As part of Classic FM’s 25th birthday celebrations, I was honoured to team up with Casio and ABRSM to salute the UK’s most inspirational music teachers with our awards.”

Jack Terroni, Marketing Executive at Casio Music said: “We are proud to be supporting the awards. It’s an honour to present some of the highest accolades available to such worthy winners who have made a real difference. We are thrilled to be part of such an inspirational day which recognises the importance of music education across the UK. Music can and should be part of everyone’s lives.”

Michael Elliott, Chief Executive of ABRSM said: “Last Friday, we celebrated the best of music education at our Shine event and we were delighted to honour and recognise the tremendous work of five exceptional music teachers. The winners are inspirational role models for the next generation of performers, leaders and ambassadors.”

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