City’s young will be on song

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MAKING sweet music will be made easier for young people in Sheffield following an investment of nearly £2 million.

The city council has unveiled plans for a new education ‘hub’ made up of people, projects and events, to open up opportunities to schoolchildren and college students across the city.

It is estimated that The Hub - its official name - will benefit around 62,000 young people.

Funding for the service, which involves Sheffield Council, schools, teachers and parents, has been awarded by the Arts Council. The £1.8m will be used to provide youngsters with singing and instrumental lessons, put on events and create ensembles, among other things.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “This is an exciting new initiative. By working together in partnership we can ensure that all young people have the opportunity to make music together, regardless of where they live or who they are.

“Music can play an important part in helping us achieve our ‘big ambition’ - that is ‘every child, young person and family achieves their full potential by raising expectations and attainment and enabling enriching experiences’.

“Music can build confidence, inspire all, and create pathways for employment and career opportunities for all.”

The official launch of The Hub takes place at Sheffield City Hall at 3pm on Sunday. There will be a performance of combined primary school choirs and award-winning musicians from Bents Green School.