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Funding appeal to help children learn musical instruments

Tuition out of reach for families 'living below the poverty line'

24 March, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Young musicians, from left: Lila Beauchard, Mollie Wilson, Oliver Schultz, Reynard Cabanlig, Tyrell Sylvan Akeeno and Heven Woldemichael

A CHARITY has launched a badge-wearing  campaign calling for every child to have the right to develop through musical education.

The Camden Music Trust say that learning an instrument helps round children with “soft skills” while raising aspiration, building confidence and fostering “discipline and patience”.

The Trust say current funding levels mean access to music tuition can be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” for children facing “challenging circumstances” such as “living below the poverty line or with a disability”.

Peter West, head of the Town Hall’s music service, said: “A love of music is developed at a young age and nurtured throughout our lives. Music education is fun and can teach us how to play a new instrument or learn to sing, but we need to understand that it is so much more.”

The Trust – which funds a broad range of music education programmes and scholarships delivered through Camden Music Service and other music partners – runs four-year scholarships for highly talented children living below the poverty line and children living with disabilities.

The Trust is calling for donations to show their support by wearing the Camden Music Trust badge.

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