New orchestra being set up for children with special needs
Children with special needs in Cheltenham will get to be part of an orchestra thanks to a £100,000 grant.
The National Foundation for Youth Music awarded a £100,000 grant to the Bristol-based MUSE project, which supports children in the spa town.
It aims to transform the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities by using technology to help them with music.
Ran in partnership with the Colston Hall, South West Music School and musicians from the British Paraorchestra, it will set up orchestras in Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham.
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Barry Farrimond, technical director for the MUSE Project, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received the support.
“We work with young people who often face very significant barriers to active music making.
“Very few special education schools have an orchestra that can cater for children and young people with profound physical disabilities.
“Thanks to the support of Youth Music and our partner organisations, we are now able to set up three.”
Matt Griffiths, executive director of Youth Music added: “We are delighted to support this project as it will provide such a valuable experience for the young people taking part.
“We know that through music, many young people find a new focus in their lives and in this way, the MUSE project will be providing them with a life-changing experience.
“We wish the organisers every success in getting this very worthwhile project off the ground.”