Mayor’s Music Awards celebrate Hackney’s young musical talent

Many of Hackney’s most talented young musicians were in attendance at Hackney Empire this week for the annual Music Service Gala and Mayor’s Music Awards 2024. 

Over 350 local students including bands, choirs, orchestras and school groups and jazz ensembles, took to the stage to demonstrate the high standard of music making in the borough. 

The Mayor’s Music Awards is a fund established by the Mayor of Hackney to help and support aspiring young musicians to develop their musical skills, and to recognise the quality of music education offered in Hackney’s schools. 

The winners of this year’s awards are:

Pupil Award for Musical Achievement in Instrumental Learning:

  1. Alisha Bibi – Stormont School
  2. Joshua Richards-Anderson – Mossbourne Riverside Academy
  3. Awa Johnson – Orchard Primary School

The Geoff Taylor SEND Pupil Award :

  1. Aariah Zemirli – Gayhurst Primary School
  2. Joel Seto – Ickburgh School

Instrumental Fund for Ensemble Development:
Mossbourne Parkside Academy 
City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park

The Geoff Taylor SEND Special Projects Award:
Rushmore Primary School

Excellence in Music Education Practice Award:
William Patten Primary School
The City Academy, Hackney

Congratulations to all the talented young musicians nominated in this year’s awards. Music and the arts are just as important as Maths and English, and in Hackney we have an abundance of musical talent. We are proud to continue working with our family of schools and special schools to support young people in our borough to pursue their passion for music.

Caroline Woodley, Mayor of Hackney

We’re delighted to have won the award. We believe that learning music is a vital part of an excellent education and we want to be able to offer every child the best musical opportunities. This award will help us to continue to do that.

Ms Jones, Head of Music at The City Academy, Hackney, winners of the Excellence in Music Education Practice award

Each year's Hackney Schools Gala Concert miraculously manages to top the previous one. What a fantastic testament to the brilliant young people of Hackney, not to mention their inspiring, creative and resourceful teachers.

Dafydd Williams (Music Lead) and Jim O’Shea (Headteacher) at Rushmore Primary School

For more information about the Mayor’s Music Awards or the Music Service Gala, please contact: musicservice@hackney.gov.uk

Photographs courtesy of Gary Manhine.