Extra music education hits high notes with Sheffield youngsters

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield which will be funded by the Arts Coucil, launches with a concert at the City Hall.
The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield which will be funded by the Arts Coucil, launches with a concert at the City Hall.
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ASPIRING music stars in Sheffield showed they were on song at the launch of a new service designed to nurture their talents.

Schoolchildren and college students gathered at City Hall for a special concert to celebrate a new £1.8 million ‘hub’ which will provide more opportunities to young people by connecting people, projects and events providing music.

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.

Sheffield-based songwriter and record producer Eliot Kennedy, who has worked with acts including Take That and the Spice Girls, has been appointed to oversee the service, dubbed the Music Education Hub.

He said: “Music is the backstage pass to everyone’s soul. Somehow though we have lost the emotional connection in the way we acquire music.

“My mission is to re-connect people emotionally with the music they love. It has become a huge part of my life.”

The concert featured choirs from Sheffield Cathedral’s Sing! project, student compositions performed by Music in the Round’s Ensemble 360 and a performance by the award-winning young musicians from Bents Green School

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.

High Storrs pupil Dane Townsend, aged 11, has already been benefiting from the music hub through weekly drum lessons.

He said: “I’ve always liked music- I tried guitar but it wasn’t my thing. I love the drums. They are fun and it’s educational at the same time and it makes me happy.”

Karl Townsend, his father, said: “As well as providing Dane with an important creative outlet, with drumming lessons he also benefits from opportunities to engage in physical recreational activities to improve his postural control, co-ordination and exercise tolerance, as well as providing opportunities for social interaction.”

“He and some friends have already formed a band. Good drummers are always in demand.”

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield was launched with a concert at City Hall.