Welcome to the Music & Drama Education Awards 2021, in which we celebrate the extraordinary contribution made by professionals, companies, charities, schools and other organisations to the lives of others through the medium of these two key performing arts.

The two sectors which these awards celebrate – performing arts and education –have arguably faced their most challenging year ever in 2020. We are blown away by how the people who make up the performing arts education world have continued undaunted to produce exceptional work and to support innumerable students of all ages. These awards are an opportunity for those people to be recognised.

Our winners are chosen by a prominent panel of expert judges who have the knowledge and expertise to reward the extraordinary talent, projects, organisations and products of this rich and diverse sector.

The winners will be announced at our online awards ceremony here and on Facebook Live on Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 6.00pm. 

We wish all nominees luck, and thank you for the brilliant work you do to nurture the talent of the future and increase engagement with the arts.

Sarah Lambie and Thomas Lydon
Editors, Drama & Theatre and Music Teacher
Chairs of the judging panel

2021 Shortlist

Congratulations to our Music & Drama Education Awards Finalists
The awards will be premiered live here and on Facebook at 6pm on the 24th March 2021.

#Goldstars Award

Charlotte Buxton             
Celia Cobb          
Chris Hodges     
Dean Johnson   
Jessa Liversidge
Naomi Stevenson

Excellence in SEND (Music & Drama)

Big Top Musical Adventures CIC
Inspiration Creative Online         
Reach oRchestRa            
TreeHouse School for their ukulele project          
UP! Orchestra for their Music of Black Origin Programme

Excellence in Musical Theatre

A Place for us CIC for West Side Story – I Wish it was Yesterday  
Craven College for Little Shop of Horrors               
Music Theatre Essex for their Summer Lock Down Musical            
Northampton College for Level 3 in Musical Theatre        
The School Musicals Company for Bamboozled - An Extraordinary Musical Adventure      
Theatre Workout for Musical Theatre Workshops

Excellence in Primary/Early Years (Music & Drama)

Lights Camera Action     
Little Strummers for Ukulele Grand Tour               
M:Tech Education for Team Tutti     
RSF for The RSF Primary Schools Rock & Pop Music Workshop Programme            
Sing Up for Sing Up at Home

Outstanding Musical Initiative

DaCapo Music Foundation          
Dads Rock Academy      
London Music Fund        
Newham's Music Promise           
Surrey Arts Online Inclusion Programme
Virtual Big Sing 2020

Outstanding Music Education Resource

Sponsored by Music Teachers' Association
The Baroque Violin & Viola: a Fifty-Lesson Course', by Walter S Reiter     
Indian Takeaway: Rāg and Tāl basics       
Naxos MusicBox              
The Scottish Music Academy      
Services for Education Online Learning Resource

Outstanding School Music Department and Drama Department

Bishop Vesey's Grammar School Music Department        
Bourne Westfield Primary Academy Music Department 
Chiswick School Performing Arts Department     
Isaac Newton Academy Music Department         
Newbattle High School Music Department           
Tiffin School Music Department
TreeHouse School Music Department

Francesca Hanley Inspiration Award

Sponsored by Musician's Union
James Carey, Course Leader, The Rhythm Studio
Tom Daggett, OBE Organ Outreach Fellow, St Paul's Cathedral    
Don Gillthorpe, Assistant Principal at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy         
Shaheen Chino Khan, Founder of The Academy 
Jessa Liversidge, Music Leader at Wigginton Primary School         
Amber Smith, Founder, Cheltenham Children's Choir

Outstanding Drama Initiative

ALRA, Italia Conti and Drama Studio London for Joint Drama School Auditions     
Cherrystars Performing Arts       
Platform by Tonic Theatre and Nick Hern Books 
Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass for Script Sessions              
Unexpected Places for Light UP Drama  
WGYTC for their Online Summer Course production of The Party

Outstanding Drama Education Resource

A Beginner’s Guide to Devising Theatre by Tashi Gore and Jess Thorpe, Published by Methuen
DramaHorror School Scheme of Work by Siobhan Fogarty             
PB Digital Workshop Series by Paper Birds            
Online Brecht CPD by Splendid Productions         
Teechers online by Blackeyed Theatre   
The Drama Geezers for Drama at Home

Drama Inspiration Award

Claudia Gray      
Aine Lark             
Adam Milford   
Lizzie Nurse       
Zoe Rudge          
Ellie Snow

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Incorporated Society of Musicians

The winner will be announced on 24th March 2021

Music Teacher Magazine Editors Award

The winner will be announced on 24th March 2021

Drama & Theatre Magazine Editors Award

The winner will be announced on 24th March 2021