Music & Drama Education Awards 2020

Welcome to the Music & Drama Education Awards 2020, in which we celebrate the extraordinary contribution made by professionals, companies, charities, schools and other organisations to the lives of others through the medium of these two key performing arts.

The arts sector suffers seemingly constant cuts but there are many in the performing arts education world who continue undaunted to produce exceptional work and to support innumerable students of all ages. These awards are an opportunity for those people to be recognised.

Our winners are chosen by a prominent panel of expert judges who have the knowledge and expertise to reward the extraordinary talent, projects, organisations and products of this rich and diverse sector.

Nominations for the 2020 awards have now closed, apart from the Young Critics awards, for which submissions close on 4 November 2019.

We wish all nominees luck, and thank you for the brilliant work you do to nurture the talent of the future and increase engagement with the arts.

Sarah Lambie and Chris Walters
Editors, Drama & Theatre and Music Teacher
Chairs of the judging panel


Music & Drama Education Awards

The Music & Drama Education Awards ceremony will celebrate the incredible work and contribution made by schools, organisations, professionals and charities in music and drama.

By attending the awards, you will have the opportunity to network with over 300 fellow passionate individuals contributing to these two key performing arts.

Ceremony Details

The gala dinner and awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at the prestigious London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, where all the winners will be revealed.

Approximate timings*:
19:00 - Drinks reception
19:45 - Dinner
21:30 - Awards ceremony
22:45 - Post event networking
00:00 - Carriages

*Please note these timings may differ slightly for the 2020 ceremony

Venue: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 6JP. For more information on travelling to the venue, click here.
Date: Wednesday 4th March 2020
Dress code: Black Tie
Tickets: Ticket price** includes a sparkling wine drinks reception, an excellent three course meal, including half a bottle of wine per person, as well as attendance at this celebrated event.

  • Standard Table (10 seats) - £1385.00
  • Standard Individual Seat - £160.00
**Please note the above prices are exclusive of VAT.
*** Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking – which notes details about our cancellation policy.


Awards Judges 2020

Meet the judging panel


Sarah Lambie

Music & Drama Education Expo

Editor, Drama & Theatre and Head of Content (Drama)

Chris Walters

Music & Drama Education Expo

Editor, Music Teacher and Head of Content (Music)

Holly Barradell

The Skinners’ Kent Academy 

Head of Expressive Arts Faculty

Helena Gaunt

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama


Mark Jones

Crosby High SEND School

Subject Leader in Drama and Music

Elizabeth Nightingale

Chiltern Music Therapy

Neuro Music Therapy Services Manager

Francesca Treadaway


Senior Communications & Public Affairs Manager

Natalie Witts

Musicians’ Union

London Regional Officer