The Trust has pledged £185,000 for a new Music Bursary Fund

Learn to blow your trumpet!Greenham Trust has set up a Music Bursary Fund to give more 7 to 11 year old children in West Berkshire the chance to learn to play a musical instrument. 

Funding is already available for the most disadvantaged children to support their learning to play, primarily  from pupil premium funding.  However there are many children who come from families where disposable funding for non-essentials is a problem although the family is not entitled to existing financial support.  Greenham Trust has set up the Music Bursary Fund to help these young people.

"My daughter will start the music lessons she has been desperate for many years tomorrow, these lessons are solely down to the funding the Trust kindly provides.  There is no way our house hold could afford the skills of a music teacher - but with your help she is able to have lessons.My daughter is very excited about the lessons and I am so very grateful to your team for this amazing opportunity."

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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

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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

- See more at: http://www.greenham-common-trust.co.uk/news/music-bursary-fund#sthash.cPaXPqON.dpuf

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 is delivered by Berkshire Music Hub partners, Berkshire Maestros and Southern Sinfonia, to pupils selected by head teachers of West Berkshire’s primary schools. The Music Bursary Fund covers both tuition and purchasing the stock of musical instruments required. Schools, providers and pupils will be asked for feedback in order to make sure the service is meeting the needs of local children.

Conducting Southern Sinfonia at a concert for primary school children To launch the new Music Bursary Fund a FREE concert, funded by Greenham Trust, was given by Music Hub partners Southern Sinfonia.  This was an unusual opportunity for Primary School children to not only experience the sound of a live professional orchestra, but even, with the help of charismatic Conductor Simon Chalk, to have a go at conducting one.  The pieces Southern Sinfonia played to thrill the young audience included the overture to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Handel's Water Music, Let it Go from Frozen and Palladio by the recently knighted Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. 

The concert took place at the Performing Arts Centre, Brockhurst and Marlston School, on Thursday 18th June 2015 by kind permission of the head teachers.  To ensure as many children as possible experience this wonderful 45 minutes of inspiring music it was repeated twice during the day. 

Thank you to MWS Media, who filmed the live event.

The Trust's Chris Boulton 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-enhancing experience.”

"I just wanted to thank Greenham Trust.  We were about to stop the violin lessons for Ronan due to the cost, so the support they have provided to Ronan has enabled him to continue with something that means so much to him.  In fact we did not appreciate just how able he was until this was explained to us after his Grade 1 success. He is now powering through his preparations for Grade 2 and loving every  moment. Our house is frequently filled with the sound of him playing his violin, and for him it is a channel for his emotions. When he struggles with anything, be it school work or tiffs with his brothers, he turns to his violin which gives him immense pleasure."

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For more information about the Music Bursary Fund contact Berkshire Maestros, who are managing the programme on the Trust's behalf - email philiplitchfield@berkshiremaestros.org.uk.

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