CLASSES which strike up a love of music in families has been given a boost of £10,000, thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Seaham Music Academy has been awarded the funds through the composer’s foundation, and will use the money to cover the cost of tuition at its Saturday morning sessions.
The organisation’s joint musical director Helen Armstrong said: “Whether we realise it or not, music permeates our lives.
“We want to bring this gift within the reach of all people, particularly the young.
“At Seaham Music Academy we are determined to provide people with the opportunity to learn how to play music.
“Previously, we have had to charge a fixed rate of £5 per person per week for the hire of an instrument and tuition.
“Even then we realised that this sum could prove prohibitive for some people, especially families with a few children.
“However, this generous award from such a prestigious body as The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation means that we are now in a position to negotiate with individuals about charges.”
The academy was founded in 1992 and teaches people of all ages how to play string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.
Beginners do not even need to own an instrument as the academy can usually provide one.
It is also hoping to boost its collection of items and is appealing for anyone who would like to donate an instrument and give it a new lease of life through its lessons.
The academy meets each term-time on Saturday mornings at Seaview Primary School, off The Avenue, in Deneside, Seaham.
Anyone interested in finding out more can call into the classes, which run from 9am to noon.
More information can be found at www.seahammusicacademy.org.uk or by calling 07984 959 848.
Its members are preparing to perform at a ceilidh at Dawdon Miners’ Welfare Social Club in Mount Stewart Street on Saturday, June 15, and a summer concert, which will be hosted at the school on Saturday, July 20, at 10am.
Its groups will also appear as part of Seaham Carnival on Sunday, July 28.