Cash to help mould the musical stars of future

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A NEW £2.3 million grant is quite literally music to the ears of schools in Hucknall.

For the cash will be used to offer free music lessons for primary-school children, aged between seven and 11, throughout the county.

The Nottinghamshire Music Education Hub will be used to provide the tuition, which will potentially provide each child with a term’s worth of free lessons focused on playing an instrument or singing.

The funding will also mean that secondary-school pupils in Hucknall from financially disadvantaged families will receive one-to-one lessons and will be encouraged to sing in choirs and set up bands.

Pat Snowdon, head teacher at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary in Hucknall, said: “We already have a choir and some music lessons but we would love to extend this further. This would be very beneficial to our pupils.”

Notts County Council will receive the grant from Arts Council England.

Funding will start in September and will run until March 2015.

Coun Philip Owen (Con), the county council’s lead member for children and young people’s services, said: “This is marvellous news for pupils.

“It provides an exciting opportunity to give every child the chance to progress to their own level of musical excellence.”

The cash will also provide opportunities to work with professional musicians and orchestras in their spare time.

n OUR PHOTO shows children at Holy Cross getting ready for the lessons — DISPIC NHUD12-1195-1.