Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Challenge: "to reach the less better-off children"

From The Wokingham Times in the UK:

For more than 25 years, young musicians across Wokingham and Bracknell have been honing their skills with Berkshire Maestros.

Now the trust is offering music lessons to encourage more young people to take up music.

Reporter Hugh Fort spoke with recently-appointed chief executive Philip Lichfield to find out more about the group.

Music should be available to everyone, whatever their age, ability or background – that is the message from Berkshire Maestros.

Formed in 1982 as Berkshire Young Musicians’ Trust, the charity helps young people across Berkshire make the most of their ability and, more importantly, enjoy music...

...The charity also offers a “sponsor a child” scheme, where people can pay to help a child or children from a disadvantaged background.

Mr Lichfield said: “One of the challenges we face is to reach the less better-off children.

“We have done well in reaching the better-off families, but now we want to give everyone the chance.”

Berkshire Maestros

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