SOLIHULL Music Service has received a glowing report from inspectors, despite heavy cuts to its funding last year.
Last March, the local authority announced that the music service subsidy would be slashed by £100,000.
But in a recent inspection, by the Federation of Music Services, the service was ranked as “outstanding”. This is the highest possible grade and actually an improvement on their last report - in 2009 the service was graded “good”.
Councillor Norman Davies, cabinet member for children and young people, congratulated the children and staff: “Solihull Music Service provides a range of musical opportunities for thousands of children in the borough,” he said. “This is a brilliant result and confirms Solihull’s reputation as a high quality and innovative music service.”
Based at Lyndon School, the organisation has put on over 100 performances in the past 12 months. Prior to last year’s cuts, council bosses warned that making savings and increasing fees to compensate ran the risk of making the service “elitist”. Then leader of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson, said that the service would need to work more closely with its Warwickshire counterpart.