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Churchill Music's Violin Project

Pupils from four Somerset primary schools will be able to enjoy the experience of making music, thanks to a donation from The Thatchers Foundation to Churchill Music’s Violin Project.

Churchill Music is in its 11th year of offering violin ‘taster’ lessons, enabling pupils who would not normally have the chance to try out a musical instrument, to do so.

The funding of £3,000 from The Thatchers Foundation will enable groups of Year 2 pupils from Winscombe, Sandford, Wrington and Churchill primary schools to experience group violin lessons for the first time. The lessons will be spread over a ten-week period, and by the start of year 3, all children in the year should have had the opportunity to start learning the violin.

Andrew Farron, Trustee of The Thatchers Foundation, says, “Having seen the lessons in action, this is a fantastic opportunity for children to pick up a violin and give it a go. Many would not normally have this chance, and who knows what talent may be discovered through these classes.

“We’re very happy to be helping Churchill Music bring this musical experience to our local primary schools.”

Through the donation, Churchill Music is offering classes to Winscombe primary for the first time, and is continuing classes at Sandford, Wrington and Churchill primary schools.

Churchill Music is passionate about music education in local schools and have made a 10-minute film www.musichelpsuslearn.co.uk for primary school teachers and parents based on the mass of scientific research on the cross-curricular benefits of encouraging music in our schools.

Susannah Read, treasurer of Churchill Music says, “My mother started the charity 26 years ago, and I’m delighted that we’re still bringing the joy of music to schools in the area. The classes are given free of charge, so as a charity we’re dependent on donations and grant funding to run these projects, including paying for the two qualified music teachers who take the lessons. Receiving this generous donation from The Thatchers Foundation means that many more children will be able to start lessons this year.”