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Music in Offices and ABRSM join forces to bring more sunshine to the city this lunchtime

2 years ago

On Make Music Day, today - 21 June - Music in Offices (MIO), a leading workplace musical services provider and ABRSM, the UK’s largest education body and the world’s leading provider of music exams joined forces to create a lunchtime surprise musical performance in Paternoster Square to celebrate the impact music has on our everyday lives.

Today unsuspecting office workers were serenaded during their lunch break in the sunshine by ABRSM singers and MIO choir members from firms across the City, singing the Make Music Day national campaign song, ‘Bring me Sunshine’.

Speaking about the event Tessa Marchington, MIO’s Managing Director said:

‘We work with some of the UK’s leading businesses to use music as a means of developing and engaging their people. We see everyday from our clients the benefits music brings to the workplace through increased confidence, more inclusive behaviour and more engaged and motivated people. Today is about celebrating the importance music has on our lives and highlighting the power it can have in bringing people together. We hope the performance brings some sunshine to everyone in Paternoster Square today.’

ABRSM’s Chief Executive, Michael Elliott said:

‘We’re delighted to work with Music in Offices on this event in the City of London’s cultural hub! It’s now easier than ever to keep singing either as part of a choir in the workplace or in your local community. At ABRSM, we’re seeing more adult candidates taking graded music exams each year. Some people find exams useful to provide focus to learning as it gives them something to aim for, others really enjoy expanding their repertoire and learning songs across a number of styles and genres. From September we’re launching a new singing syllabus with a broader range of musical theatre songs and more choice of repertoire suitable for all tastes!’

To find out more about Music in Offices, visit or to keep singing with ABRSM, visit

Photos and video available from: Photo credit: Chris Williams @ABRSM
Video credit: Helen Mc Loone @ABRSM




1. The surprise musical performance will involve office workers from across the City and will take place at 13:15 in Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7AL on #makemusicday - Wednesday 21 June. The event will be choreographed and conducted by internationally renowned conductor, Dominic Peckman

2. About Music in Offices

Music in Offices (MIO) is a leading workplace musical services provider, offering musical solutions to common business problems. MIO works with some of the UK’s leading companies to nurture creativity and innovation. It uses music as a lens to help businesses engage, connect and develop employees. MIO offers a range of services including music-led Development Workshops covering subjects such as teambuilding, leadership and inclusion. It also manages office choirs and delivers instrument tuition as well as running a programme of musical events for its participants.

3. About ABRSM

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year. ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.

4. About Make Music Day

Make Music Day UK is an annual UK wide, free day of music held in public spaces, from squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres, held on the summer solstice, 21 June. This is the UK’s contribution to the international summer solstice music celebration which first started in France in 1982 and now takes place in over 120 countries and 750 cities across the world. Make Music Day UK aims to turn the country into a stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

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