The Festival has a strong commitment to promoting the learning of music in schools. We are therefore delighted that we are collaborating with an existing Music in Education programme which is managed by Dale Chambers, head of strings at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.
The Strings Scheme was first launched at St Thomas of Canterbury School, Guildford in 2012 and provided violin and cello tuition to year four pupils under the expert tuition of professional musicians. The Scheme created a string orchestra of over 30 pupils from years 5 and 6 who decided to carry on learning at the end of the two year provision. The Festival has supported the expansion of this Scheme to Sandfield School, Guildford from September 2016.
The Festival was awarded a significant grant by the Community Foundation for Surrey in October 2017 to support the extension of the Strings Scheme to Boxgrove School, Merrow, Guildford to purchase instruments for the use of pupils at school and provide pupil tuition for 4 years.
Apart from the sheer joy of a live performance, there are significant benefits to learning an instrument including the development of many lifelong skills such as concentration, patience, motor skills, memory and confidence. It is therefore a great pleasure to be part of such a positive performing arts scheme in Guildford and we look forward to seeing the pupils progress through the school year and beyond.