Sunday, May 21, 2006

Music grant

Foreman on the fiddle!

(Well what sort of headline do you expect with a picture like this?)

The story is about government funding for music in schools, more specifically the maintainance and provision of musical instruments, a scheme started by South Shields MP David Miliband in 2004 when he was School Standards Minister.

I have noticed, when visiting my offspring's primary school, that apart from a piano they have very few other musical instruments. The have a couple of drums and a couple of triangles. So this offering of money from central funds will come in very useful.

Councillor Jimmy Foreman, Lead Member for Children and Young People on South Tyneside Council said;

"We have an excellent music service, which plays a major role in our schools.
"It can bring great enjoyment and confidence to both pupils and staff.
"We are delighted to have been allocated this money, which we will use for repairs to musical instruments.
"This is a good time for music education as the Government, prompted by our association, the Federation of Music Service, is allocating more money to support music in schools."

I quite agree, although this does bring to mind the musical time I had at school, we could almost put together a complete orchestra had it not been for the lack of kettle drums. I was never a clever chorist or musician but I was press-ganged into playing the violin. A small group of us were sent to Mortimer Road Secondary Modern School for specialist tuition in the art of bowing the strings, and it was here that the old dear in charge decided that Curly was the star man. I was singled out for attention whilst we struggled to play some sonata or other, I was the focus for everyone's eyes, my bowing hand perfectly arched, fingers lightly holding the bow as they stroked in long smooth sweeps along the strings just above the bridge. "Absolutely perfect" declared Mrs. Cannybody, the specialist teacher.

Curly, of course knew full well that amongst the cacophony of noise, not a single squeak or sqawk emanated from my violin! I managed to get out of it soon after. to my ears.


The Shields Gazette

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