Dear Parents and Carers,
We have an exciting term of music ahead of us including an orchestral day at the Royal Festival Hall on 11th February.
Learning orchestral instruments is a great opportunity for all children. Children who make a commitment to learn by attending lessons every week, practising every day at home and attending all the extra rehearsals and performances, are setting themselves up for life with a skill that can lead to professional work or a lifelong enjoyment being part of a band or orchestra. We are attempting to expand our provision but we are limited by the number of instruments we have. We need at least one instrument per child because we expect the children to learn to care for their own instrument and to take it home to practise.
As you are aware school budgets have been shrinking on a national level and we need your help in increasing the number of instruments at our schools.
You can help in the following ways:
1. Asking friends and family if they have instruments hidden away not being used that they can donate.
2. Help us by putting us in touch with organisations who may be able to give or loan instruments.
3. Please advertise positively for us on parent forums in and out of London so spread the word beyond London if you can . Distance is no object for collecting free instruments!
4. If you would be interested in buying an instrument for your child this is also an option.
We can give you guidance and if you look for second hand it is possible to buy one for as little as £50. Please do speak to myself or Owen if you need further advice.
The instruments we need are:
Trumpets, cornets, tenor horns, trombones, alto saxophones.
We will keep you posted about our progress through the weekly newsletter.