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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces latest grants

2:16, 27th July 2017

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds to 28 projects across the UK.

These form part of the Foundation’s active grant giving programme, which supports projects that focus on the enhancement of arts education, participation, improving access and increasing diversity across the arts, culture and heritage sector.

Grants awarded include:

  • £4,185 over three years to Chelsea Quavers Music School, which teaches children from the age of four to read, write, perform, develop aural skills, compose and perform music using Chelsea Quavers Music Puzzles.
  • £23,185 over three years to Clod Ensemble to ensure GCSE and A Level students from two London schools in Haringey and Islington  develop a firm grasp of classical music theory and history by providing leaders, workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions focusing on the composition component.
  • £14,386 to Hackney New Primary School towards the purchase of musical instruments.
  • £5,490 to North East of Scotland Music School towards travel costs for Nigel Clayton to teach music to gifted musicians from school age to maturity in Aberdeen and NE Scotland.
  • £5,000 to Welsh National Opera towards the establishment of WNO Youth Opera in Birmingham. There will be a focus on developing progression routes into the arts for participants from BAME and economically challenged backgrounds.
  • €30,000 (£26,500) to Holy Trinity School to fund musical instruments and tuition costs for five years. The school provides music tuition as part of the school curriculum and every child from age nine will have an opportunity to play a musical instrument and to progress to the school orchestra.
  • £10,000 to London Chamber Orchestra‘s Music Junction project, which aims to nurture young people’s musical appreciation, understanding and talent so that orchestral music becomes a familiar part of their lives, as well as to encourage greater empathy and connection between young people from different backgrounds and to build lasting relationships between schools and communities.
  • £30,000 over three years to London Philharmonic Orchestra towards the LPO Junior Artists project to tackle diversity in the orchestral workforce.
  • £90,000 over three years to the Orpheus Centre‘s Learning and Transition project, which will provide supported internships, training in interview skills and creating a CV. Students will achieve accredited qualifications in life and living skills.
  • £2,000 to Montgomery Holloway Music Trust towards bursaries for disadvantaged students aged 16 to 25 to attend the Summer School, an advanced performance course which provides talented musicians with a variety of opportunities to develop their skills through creative experiences.
  • £90,000 over three years to East London Arts and Music, a state funded free school that offers talented young people from tough backgrounds the opportunity to train with industry specialists, leading to successful lives in the creative industries.
  • £45,000 over three years to Creative Futures, a multi-arts charity which delivers participatory creative arts and music projects for children and young people, especially in areas of deprivation in London and beyond.
  • £40,000 over two years to English Schools Orchestra towards a composing project for disadvantaged pupils in schools across London in partnership with MiSST, Academy Trusts, Lewisham Hub, Goldsmiths and English Young Artists’ Sinfonia.


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