UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 02 JUNE 2021
Melody Music Birmingham, a group of volunteers based in Birmingham, have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Melody Music is run by volunteers, many of whom are past and present students of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at Birmingham City University.
The volunteers create and deliver weekly inclusive music-making sessions for children and young people with a wide range of additional needs from across the West Midlands.
Melody Music Birmingham is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and it aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
Created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, recipients are announced each year in June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.
Rosie Rushton, Co-Director of Melody Music Birmingham said: “We are delighted that the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of all the Melody volunteers, past and present, has been recognised in this way.”
Representatives of Melody Music Birmingham will receive the award crystal and certificate from John Crabtree, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands later this summer. Two volunteers from Melody Music Birmingham will also attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022, along with other recipients of this year’s award.