Grant boost for musical kids at Sunderland school

Pupils at Highfield Primary School, Fordfield Road, Sunderland, celebrate a grant from Music Youth to help develop musical talent at the school.

Pupils at Highfield Primary School, Fordfield Road, Sunderland, celebrate a grant from Music Youth to help develop musical talent at the school.

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A CASH donation has been music to the ears of young pupils looking to expand their horizons.

Staff and pupils at Highfield Community School in Ford Estate are celebrating hitting all the right notes with a £27,500 award.

The funding is part of Youth Music Power’s Play Programme, Music, Life and Fusion, which is aimed at supporting regional music talent and will help ensure music remains the heartbeat of the Fordfield Road school.

Youth Music uses the power of music to help transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Through the project, Highfield will receive the cash-boost to support music development in their immediate community for the next two years.

Simon Marshall, headteacher at Highfield, said: “This funding will give all of our children the opportunity to explore their musical talents.

“Young talented musicians will not slip through the net and will receive the best possible tuition and support to nurture and develop their skills.”

School community manager Bruce Nicholson, said: “It is a great opportunity for the young people in our community to gain valuable leadership skills, helping to prepare them for the future.

“There will also be an enormous range of performance opportunities for the children and young people.”

The school plans to use the money in two stages. Firstly, the children will have the opportunity to further their musical experiences through a series of taster sessions including music technology, brass, voice, drumming and much more, forming the basis of music activity at the school.

The children will then work together with staff to develop a musical programme to benefit all pupils.

The music sessions will take place on Saturday mornings, at summer schools and other holiday provision.

The project – Music, Life, Fusion – will also give young people the chance to develop leadership skills, working towards an accredited qualification through Arts Award.