Greenham Common Trust Delighted With Launch Day For Music Bursary Aimed At Young Local Talent

Music Bursary Fund

 

A new 3-year £185,000 bursary, created by Greenham Common Trust, could be a lifeline for parents who struggle to provide those extra benefits to round off their child’s education.

And Thursday June 18 2015 marks the official launch of the fund which will cover tuition and musical instruments for the next Yo-Yo Ma or budding Vanessa Mae.

For many, additional music lessons are a luxury they cannot afford. The new Music Bursary Fund, aims to provide that support for such parents. The initiative will give 7 to 11-year-olds in West Berkshire the chance to pick up an instrument for the first time, and explore the wonders of music.

The philosophy behind the Trust’s decision to create the fund is to bridge the gap between those who immediately qualify for financial support, and those families where disposable income for non-essentials is an issue.

Chris Boulton, chief executive at Greenham Common Trust, said: “When I joined the Trust, nearly a year ago, I stated how much I enjoy participating in growing and developing communities. This new bursary is a great example of the Trust’s ethos, and how we can support talented children in our community, who might otherwise miss out on a life-changing experience.”

Recent research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and over time can improve cognitive skills. It is believed regular playing can sharpen the memory, and even raise the IQ by several points.

The programme will be delivered by Berkshire Music Hub partners, Berkshire Maestros and Southern Sinfonia, to pupils selected by head teachers of West Berkshire’s primary schools.

To mark the launch of the fund, Southern Sinfonia performed a free 45-minute concert for West Berkshire's primary school children at Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools in Hermitage on Thursday, June 18 2015.  A big thank you to MWS Media, who filmed the event.MWS Media logo

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