The Rotary Club of Sidcup has launched the Save Bexley Music appeal for £60,000 to provide bursaries for Bexley’s young musicians. You can help us reach our target!
Covid-19 has had a very significant and detrimental effect on music education everywhere including Bexley. Having provided the local music hub for schools and adult students for about 17 years, Bird College was forced to cease direct provision of tuition, performances and tours as well as orchestras, choirs and ensembles virtually overnight in June. During this time more than 3000 schoolchildren have been affected as well as adult performers.
Whilst Bird College staff have been working tirelessly to create a new music hub with the Arts Council and the London South East Education Group, financial support is needed now to secure the future of music education for the longer term.
These are challenging times, and we need to help maintain morale and enthusiasm and enable disadvantaged youngsters to access music tuition while the future of local music services is renegotiated.
When many families are facing the choice between "heating or eating" they have little or no capacity to meet the cost of music education. Yet, it is vital for the mental and physical wellbeing of our children and grandchildren.
We need your help now to raise money for essential musical tuition, instruments and recreational activities. Help support our local music hub so they can support our young people.
You can click the link above, or if you prefer text SBM10 to 70085 to donate £10, SBM20 for £20 or simply add the amount ofy our gift after SBM Your text will cost the donation plus one standard rate message fee.
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The Bexley Music Service has benefited a wide range of youngsters over the years, some of whom have gone on to professional careers in the Arts.
Eamonn Cox who appeared in Mamma Mia, Barnum and The Wedding among others, won the Bexley Young Musician of the Year Award, organised by all the Bexley Rotary clubs in 2010.
"I was fortunate to grow up in Bexley where Music Education was highly beneficial, of an excellent standard and proved vital in developing me as a confident musician, singer, and dancer. it has been the foundation for my successful stage carrer in shows in the West End and in theatres across the UK, also International touring to Paris, Tel Aviv and South Korea."
Julie Stanning, Head of Music Service
"I would like to add my support to the Rotary Club of Sidcup’s initiative to create a Bursary Fund for the Music Service in Bexley. This will provide a vital opportunity for children throughout the borough who, due to financial barriers, may otherwise be unable to access music lessons nor experience the joy of playing together with other young musicians. Music changes lives and it should be an entitlement for all. The Bursary Fund will help to support a key aim of the Music Service - that music provision in Bexley is available and accessible to everyone."
Melissa Kirby – Winner of Bexley Young Musician of the Year 2012
"The Music Service is a community, and I thrived in an environment where I felt I was a valued member of a team. It was also the foundation for multiple friendships, and I am still in touch with many of my friends from there now. As a music/ arts researcher, I have no doubt that being a member of the Music Service has directly influenced my research interests. Through my first-hand experience of the impact of musical engagement on wellbeing and quality of life, I have developed an interest in the impact of the arts on wellbeing.
Overall, being a part of the Music Service has impacted my life in more ways than I would have thought possible at the time, and I’m extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of it."