Musicians hope council takes note

By Thomas Seal

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Musicians hope council takes note

Louis Henry, chair of the Isle of Wight Music Centre Friends Association. Picture by Peter Boam.

MUSICIANS are to demonstrate their backing for the under threat music service with a performance in St Thomas' Square on Saturday.

It has been organised by musicians, teachers, students and supporters across the Island in response to the Isle of Wight Council stating it will be unable to subsidise the music service in future.

A consultation on the future of the music education hub, including the music service, ended on Tuesday.

Musicians will stage a 'pop-up' group, gathering at 1:45pm for a 2:15pm performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, 'Ode to Joy.'

If it rains, the performance will take place in Newport Minster.

On Tuesday, demonstrators were invited on Facebook to 'come play your musical instrument or sing to make a joyful noise and speak out for music education on the Island.

'The Isle of Wight Music Service is under threat. Keep quality education in music available to ALL Island children, not only the privileged few.

'Anyone on the Island is welcome to come play or sing, including current pupils, past Isle of Wight Music Service pupils, church musicians, and amateurs and professionals of any age.'

Louis Henry, chair of the Music Centre Friends Association, woodwind teacher, and acting head of the service from September 2006 to July 2008, said: "The Isle of Wight Music Service does really well in national comparisons, quality and quantity, so to dismantle it when schools are struggling to get anywhere near the national average is crazy."

Those interested in taking part can e-mail


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