First of exciting new workshops for schools delivered

An exciting new partnership between The Guildhall Trust and The Royal Marines School of Music will see a unique range of opportunities delivered to the region’s schools designed to develop a passion for music in local children and give them an insight into the work of HM Royal Marines Band Service, inspiring students to explore creative career choices.

The first of these innovative sessions, which took place this week with 140 Year 9 pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School as part of their enrichment week, saw pupils actively participate in a drumming workshop led by the School of Music’s Corps of Drums, teaching them practical skills in composition and performance.

Pupils were then able to explore different areas of the Band Service and potential career opportunities with those currently in training with the School of Music, before an exclusive performance by HM Royal Marines Band Portsmouth itself.

The Guildhall Trust, through its active ‘Get Involved’ programme of courses, groups, activities and workshops has an established range of opportunities for schools to inspire pupils with the arts and explore careers in the creative industries, and is delighted to be partnering with The Royal Marines School of Music in this new venture.

Learning & Participation Manager for The Guildhall Trust, Hayley Reay said, “The Royal Marines Band Service perform on some of the world’s biggest stages and we are privileged to have a Band and The School of Music based here in Portsmouth. The prospect of being able to give local children access to such talented and dedicated musicians as part of our ‘Get Involved’ programme is a unique opportunity, not available anywhere else in the world”.

The Royal Marines School of Music, Marketing Manager; James Pinney added, “We are thrilled to be working with The Guildhall Trust, who through their established links will help us to engage and be more accessible to young people in our community. It is fantastic to see pupils having a go themselves, enjoy a range of performances and have the opportunity to talk to our trainees, many of whom were in a similar position of choosing GCSE options and thinking of their futures not that long ago”.

Following the successful first session, planning for the 2019/2020 academic year is now underway and schools interested in this unique opportunity for their pupils are asked to register their interest with Hayley Reay on 023 9387 0193 or

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