Music project keeps striking a chord

Linda Turnbull of Saltire Awards and Natalie Walker of Strike a Chord
Linda Turnbull of Saltire Awards and Natalie Walker of Strike a Chord
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AN EXPANDING music group is on the lookout for new members and people to join its committee, after being awarded £26,000.

The Strike a Chord music project is continuing its growth thanks to the Big Lottery funding grant, which will allow it to employ four new music tutors.

Based in Coaltown of Wemyss Village Hall, the group meets every Wednesday evening, during term time, to offer young people aged from six to 16 tuition in musical instruments and singing.

It is holding an annual general meeting next month and anyone interested in joining, or interested in signing up their child, is welcome to attend.

Marjory Forsyth, a committee member, said the group was delighted to receive the money and hoped to now go from strength to strength and use it to employ four paid tutors.

She added: “We have always been lucky with volunteer tutors but they can’t always commit to come every single week.

“What happens is we get a really good tutor and the kids come in and are really happy, then the tutor maybe disappears for a while, to deal with something else in their life, and the kids drop away.

“So having paid tutors should make a really big difference.”

Of the AGM, which takes place on October 17 at 6.30pm in the village hall, Mrs Forsyth said she hoped the funding award would help awaken some new interest.

She continued: “We will be looking for some people to come forward and stand on our newly-elected committee, as we have a couple of people standing down who need to be replaced.”

The AGM will round off an excellent year for Strike a Chord. Not only was it commented on favourably by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, volunteer Natalie Walker was also awarded a Saltire Award (a national scheme to recognise the best young volunteers) for her work with the project.

Mrs Forsyth added: “Natalie has been volunteering the last two years. She gives support to the tutors but she has also been very good at giving support to the younger members and is the young persons’ representative on the committee. Into the bargain, she is now the vice-chair.

“She is very involved and uses a lot of her time to help out and has never given a thought to getting an award.”