Call for council to rethink music service plans

By Thomas Seal

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Call for council to rethink music service plans

Musicians perform in support of the Isle of Wight Music Service. Picture by Peter Boam.

MUSICIANS came out in force to oppose plans to axe the Isle of Wight Music Service on Saturday.

Around 250 musicians and supporters filled St Thomas's Square, Newport, for a musical show of support for the service.

The Isle of Wight Council executive will vote next Tuesday on a report by executive member for children's services Cllr Richard Priest that recommends axing the service's council subsidy.

Musicians and supporters of all ages took part in Saturday's protest performance of Beethoven's Ode to Joy, singing and playing along on everything from woodwind to percussion - and even the accordion and the saw.

Ginny Kelly, a senior teacher for the music service, said the protest was a wonderful example of how music can bring the community together.

"I have spent the past 36 years teaching music on the Island, and many of the 250 people present on Saturday were colleagues or past and present pupils.

"The music service is a high performing aspect of education on the Island; how can we waste such a strong asset?"

Cllr Priest said: "I believe the proposals are the start of very exciting times for musicians on our Island and will provide a viable and sustainable way forward."


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by L Lockyer

30th April 2014, at 11:58:19

Maybe they will turn CEC into a big music venue now, with the help of ACE funding. They could transform the room where the public meeting was held, to be like the Sydney Opera House of Cowes. All the little classrooms with poor ventilation could be made into rehearsal rooms. One massive music-making facility could be created with the kind generosity of ACE. It's about time they did something significant & worthwhile for children outside of London for a change. Contact Pam Vision everyone. She works at ACE & knows people in the IOW music scene very well. As does her husband.

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by Richard Marlow

29th April 2014, at 23:10:45

How can the island musicians be at the start of very exciting times when they are having their council subsidy taken away. Oh, that'll be to help pay towards the CEC refurbishments then, will it?

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by alan naylor

29th April 2014, at 23:10:26

If MUSIC is not supported on the island it will be a very sorry day

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by John Smith

29th April 2014, at 22:26:20

Funny how 250 musicians turned up in St Thomas's Square yet only 110 odd people bothered to give feedback on the consultation.

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by L Lockyer

29th April 2014, at 19:28:05

Jacob Rodrigues is likely to know something about this.
His wife Pam Vision works in admin. for ACE. Ask them.

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