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Music teacher honoured by Classic FM

14 November 2013

A music teacher from King Edward\'s School has been honoured by Classic FM at the 15th annual Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards.

Peter Bridle was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award on stage at the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concerts in front of thousands of people at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, 13 November. Peter was given the Award by Classic FM\'s own Catherine Bott.

The Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards seek to recognise and reward those teachers who have made a real difference to the musical life of young people. As part of the Award, Peter will receive musical equipment and instruments from Yamaha and software from Avid for his school.

The judges commented: \"Peter has made an outstanding contribution to music over the past 46 years. He is deeply involved in music making with young people in the West Midlands, as a teacher, conductor, musical director accompanist and violinist. His incredibly high standard of teaching is a testament to his dedication to each and every student, and his personal commitment to music. We warmly congratulate him on his achievements and thank him for all that he has done for music education.\"

On receiving his award Peter comments: \"I have always felt extremely lucky and very privileged to teach music to so many talented young students in Birmingham. To receive recognition of my work from the students themselves and Classic FM is quite overwhelming. I would like to thank them all and encourage them to continue with their music making and pass the enjoyment of listening and performing music onto their own children and grandchildren, when that time comes!\"

Classic FM\'s Managing Director Darren Henley said: \"Every single day, inspirational music teachers like Peter change the lives of thousands of young people across the country, helping to develop Britain\'s next generation of brilliant musical talent. We\'re proud that our awards celebrate the outstanding work of the UK\'s very best music teachers inside and outside the classroom.\"

Photo courtesy of Richard Johnson.