Huntingdonshire teacher hits a high note with prestigious accolade

Music Teacher of the Year winner Katie Crozier. Picture: RICHARD JOHNSON.

Music Teacher of the Year winner Katie Crozier. Picture: RICHARD JOHNSON. - Credit: ©Richard Johnson

A teacher who divides her time between two Huntingdonshire schools has been named the Primary School Music Teacher of the Year.

Katie Crozier, who teaches at Brampton Village Primary School and Eynesbury Primary School, was presented with the accolade in front of 5,000 people on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall this month.

Now in their 16th year, the awards, sponsored by Classic FM, were held as part of the Music for Youth Schools Proms Concerts.

On receiving her award, Mrs Crozier said: “I feel very honoured and delighted to have received this award from Classic FM.

“I really love teaching music and regularly witness the power that it has to boost children’s confidence and draw people together.

“I am very fortunate to be supported in music teaching by some wonderful people at both Brampton and Eynesbury primary schools, many of whom give up their time voluntarily, and am extremely grateful for their help in giving the children such a wide range of musical experience.”

Mrs Crozier has taught at Brampton since 2008, when there were eight singers in the school choir and no school orchestra. Her hard work, energy and enthusiasm has been credited with seeing the school choir swell to more than 100 singers and an orchestra of 50 musicians.

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She has organised joint concerts with Eynesbury involving not only children, but parents and staff too.

The judges said: “Katie has made Brampton Village Primary School alive with music making, and has enriched the lives of so many in the community both young and old.”

Helen Rouse, headteacher at Eynesbury, said: “Katie makes an exceptional contribution in developing music across both schools, inspiring our young musicians, with the belief that there is a musical instrument to suit each individual and drawing the best out of each child.

“It is wonderful to see her achievements recognised through this national award of excellence.”

Mrs Crozier will receive musical equipment and instruments from Yamaha and software from Avid’s Sibelius music education range.