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Million pound award makes sweet music

Published Monday, 11 June 2012

Enfield’s thriving school music service can now continue to offer opportunities for all children to learn a musical instrument at school thanks to a successful bid to the Arts Council for £1.2million.

This money is a boost to the Enfield Arts Support Service (EASS) recognising its outstanding reputation as the leading music education organisation in the borough. And now with this funding over 13,000 children stand to gain a first class music education.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and children’s services, said, “Over the years, Enfield Council has supported the service which has not only given enormous pleasure to children, but also discovered some superb talent among young children two of whom won scholarships to prestigious music schools last year.

“This bid will help us to maintain this excellent service where children learn to appreciate music in all its diverse forms and thoroughly enjoy it.”

EASS manager, Kim Hember, said, “We now have sufficient funding for the next three years and will be the music education hub for all kinds of musical development for children and young people in Enfield.

“To be successful our bid had to fulfil the national vision ‘ ….  to enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to make music with others, to learn to sing and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence.’”

EASS has an ambitious music education programme with opportunities for whole class learning and performance on clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, violins, and drums – indeed most orchestral and jazz instruments.

But that is not all – the service also develops an interest in music and composers, introduces children to great orchestral works, traditional folk music from many lands, jazz, pop and opera.

Singing and performance form a big part of the plans and schools are brought together collaborating on choral works and special performances at national venues.

Making music and learning about it has great educational and social value and the service will be working with all schools and partner organisations to provide the best opportunities for children and young people in the borough.

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