Jeremy Dibb has been appointed as the new Director of Music for Warwickshire’s County Music Service. The service provides instrumental, vocal and curriculum music education in Warwickshire’s schools and a number of other educational settings, and also runs four area music centres across Warwickshire that offer children and young people a range of teaching, ensemble and performance opportunities.
Jeremy had been Interim Director of the Service since December last year, having previously held the role of Area Manager for the Eastern Area of the county.
Educated at Manchester University and The Royal College of Music, Jeremy has been involved in music education since 1985. He has held musical directorship roles at, amongst many others, the Manchester University Chamber Orchestra, Royal College of Music Brass Band, Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society, Warwickshire Youth Music Theatre Company and Warwickshire Children’s Choir.
Councillor Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, said: “With the support of his senior team, I hope Jeremy will work hard to ensure that all children and young people in Warwickshire continue to have the best opportunities to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, play together in ensembles and progress to the next level in their musical education.
“The number of taught hours and student numbers are increasing and there continue to be many success stories, thanks to the work of County Music Service staff. I hope this will continue under Jeremy’s leadership.”
In addition to his role at County Music Service, Jeremy has advised on the delivery of the music curriculum for primary schools, run singing workshops, directed training sessions for teachers and conducted choral concerts for young singers of all ages. Jeremy has also composed hundreds of songs for class use and choir work.
Councillor Dave Parsons, Chair of the Children, Young People and Families Overview & Scrutiny Committee at Warwickshire County Council, said: “I wish Jeremy well in his role as Director of Music. County Music Service continues to be a highly regarded, well established and very successful service.”