Finalists for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence have just been announced where once again Black Cat Music and are sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award category.

Following a record number of nominations, the 59 finalists for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence have been listed. The winners of the 11 award categories will be announced on 25 February 2016 – along with the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award – in a gala ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Kensington. The evening will feature music from the Locke Brass Consort, under the direction of Leslie Lake and a Yamaha music scholar, and will be hosted by Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor.

Alice Dagger, Managing Director of Black Cat Music said, “We are pleased to be again sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award at this important annual event.”

Alex Stevens, editor of Music Teacher magazine, says: “We are delighted to announce a very strong selection of shortlists for this year’s awards. It is inspiring to see how much hard work goes into music education in the UK, and we are excited to be able to recognise some of the teachers, schools and initiatives achieving excellence – often in challenging circumstances.”