Don’t stop believing... in the music

Students, tutors and volunteers. Picture by FPA.
Students, tutors and volunteers. Picture by FPA.

A children’s music group has made a plea for support from the local community after its lottery funding was withdrawn.

Strike a Chord Music Project, which meets in Coaltown of Wemyss, was set up in December 2007.

It offers music tuition to children and young people aged eight to 25 and is run entirely by volunteers.

In 2012, the youngsters were successful in bidding for funding from Young Start, provided by the Big Lottery Fund which enabled them to pay for four professional tutors and the hire of the village hall.

Unfortunately that funding has now come to an end, and sadly another bid for cash was unsuccessful.

Now the group is appealing to local businesses or individuals who would be prepared to donate funds to sponsor the project to allow them to continue to use the services of the professional tutors and pay for the hall rental.

Lorraine Shand, chairman of Strike a Chord, said: “The young people have really benefited from the experience of having proper tuition and have bonded with the tutors.

“The kids themselves do not want to lose the tutors or for the project to close and are determined to help raise funds themselves to keep the group alive.

“They have in the past raised money for the project by busking, bag packing and carrying out sponsored walks to raise funds, and have also made a CD and jewellery to sell at concerts. The tutors themselves have shown great commitment and are providing their services during February free of charge.”

Charlotte Whittle, vocal tutor, is also intending to organise a concert to raise funds for the group.

Lorraine said: “The young people involved in the project have over the years gained in confidence and are now much more confident in performing at the group’s Christmas and summer concerts.

“The group wants to continue to create opportunities for young people to build confidence through the medium of music in a safe and friendly envioronment and would ask that local businesses pledge something to the project to enable it to continue as without support this may not be possible.”

If you think you can help the Strike a Chord Music Project, please contact Lorraine on 01592 712217 or 07512765234.