We were asked to help the beginner and junior groups at this excellent orchestra. Strings are an essential part of the orchestra, but there was limited opportunities for children to learn the instruments in local school schemes.
We gave a Community Grant and a programme has now been launched to cater for “never played before” right through to Grade 3.
Children are able to have a free loan of an instrument and there are now 40 children in 4 ability groups.
Many of the young players have made sufficient progress to join the Symphony Orchestra and some have even successfully auditioned for the Halle Youth Orchestra!