Playing for the future of music education

Musicians from every level, musical style and age, played together today in the Isle of Wight, in an effort to save the future of musical education. They gathered with their instruments at St Thomas Square in Newport and performed Beethoven’s Ode To Joy. Many of them had never rehearsal together, having arrived at the play-in demo through word of mouth. Nevertheless, the performance was delightful. Above all, it showed the spirit of a close-nit community that values their young and recognises the importance of providing them with the opportunity of learning music.

The Isle of Wight Music Service, which has been providing affordable and inclusive music education to children from 5 to 16 years old, is set to be axed this summer, despite being hugely valued by schools, students and parents.

More to follow soon…

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