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Capital Campaign 2015 - 2020
Music is an expression of culture, of the very nature of culture. We express our national identities, our personal identities and our group identities in music; unlike a painting or a book, it's something that everyone can experience together at the same time. It is a celebratory art form that enables us to connect, reflect, and to communicate.
Music not only teaches you how to stand up in front of other people and project yourself, it also trains you in your ability to work with others collaboratively and fruitfully. Learning how to work as part of a team is a vital aspect of music-making, where everybody is able to make suggestions and compromise for the good of the group as a whole, whilst taking responsibility to pull their own weight. Learning the intricacies of musical notation and understanding how written music is supposed to sound also allows for an eye and an ear for detail, which are crucial for further study and careers in later life.
Music is an organised sound; a sound created by musicians and enlivened by the acoustic qualities of its surroundings. Well-trained musicians react to their surroundings and change the way they play according to the acoustic properties of the space they are performing in: the better the design of an acoustic space, the more sensitive the musician can become.
"The new centre will provide the environment to achieve full potential as a musician, providing state-of-the-art facilities and the space for more rehearsals and individual practice, in an atmosphere suited to all musical capabilities."
Lynden G. Nicely, former Music pupil
At the moment, we can't accommodate those who wish to practice on their own due to the fact that all of our rooms are used, all of the time. Because we have so many pupils who learn instruments, we have over 400 individual lessons taking place every week, and lack the space to have any more pupils practicing. This means we're at full stretch in terms of any pupils wishing to take up an instrument, and are rapidly reaching the stage whereby we will have to turn people away from learning their instrument of choice.
The new centre will change all of this. We will have properly designed acoustic spaces for everything, with enough storage space to support full learning as well as extra-curricular activities for pupils, and also the wider community. In a state-of-the-art, purpose-designed performance space, I know that there will be opportunity to raise the game to be able to play to the quality of the surroundings.
Dr. Lionel Steuart Fothringham, Director of Music