Updated 05 November 2020
Please see below for updated information regarding the second lockdown and latest government guidance.
Teaching in Schools
We were pleased to receive confirmation from the Department for Education that peripatetic teachers from Music Education Hubs are still able to teach in school and we are committed to working with schools to ensure pupils are able to access their lessons. The DfE have made it clear that ‘all pupils should have access to a quality arts education’ and as such we will continue to play our role in supporting children and young people at this time.
Music Centre/Virtual Music Centre
Music Centre is a core part of our offer and you may be aware that we were planning to gradually reintroduce face-to-face ensemble activity over the coming weeks. However in line with government guidance regarding the second lockdown we have had to take the decision not to continue face-to-face ensembles at Music Centre. We will resume this activity as soon as possible, but in the meantime our Virtual Music Centre continues to thrive with new activities added this term and over 200 young musicians taking part each week. If your child has not yet joined our Virtual Music Centre you can apply here.
Within the government guidelines we are able to continue to offer tuition in schools, but due to the need to reduce travel to different venues, we are not able to offer centralised lessons during the lockdown. If you are presently receiving centralised lessons (after-school lessons at one of our Music Centre venues or the Performing Arts Centre), our teachers will be offering lessons online and/or will explore offering lessons in your child’s school or college during the lockdown. Your child’s teacher will contact you directly to confirm arrangements.
What other support is available?
We will continue to issue regular newsletters and to provide information on our websites and via our social media channels, please see links below.
Keep making music!
At this challenging time we would encourage young musicians to keep making music wherever possible. Making music is a positive activity that can boost well-being. Please keep an eye on our social media channels where we will be posting hints and tips to help keep young musicians motivated and active. #KeepMakingMusic
Keeping in touch
Brighton & Hove Music & Arts: or 01273 261565
Please note that our offices are currently closed and so it is best to contact us by email where possible.
Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) holds the health and safety of its staff and pupils attending our events, courses and classes with the highest importance. As such, we are closely monitoring the situation and guidance surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and any potential impact it may have on our practices.
Following guidance from Public Health England and Department for Education, we will continue to update this page with any other relevant communications accordingly. For current Government advice please visit:
We would encourage you to follow advice on Coronavirus from official sources only.