Music to their ears

10th October 2017

Children in west Cumbria have been given the chance to learn an instrument thanks to funding from the Cumbria Community Foundation.

The Carnegie Music Centre received £1,500 from the Lamont Pridmore Fund to encourage youngsters to play music, sing and undertake theory sessions to give them the opportunity to work towards a Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award.

Students have the chance to take part in the orchestra and choir, and play instruments such as the keyboard, guitar, saxophone, flute and steel drums.

Students also get the opportunity to perform on stage and attend local events.

The sessions are for children aged 8-18 and run by The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre in Workington every Wednesday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

The Fund was established by Lamont Pridmore, the leading family-run Cumbrian chartered accountancy firm, and aims to support small voluntary and community groups and organisations, helping them continue to expand their work including advocacy and service provision for people in the Workington area.

 Graham Lamont, Chief Executive of Lamont Pridmore, said: “We are delighted to support the Carnegie Music Centre with this project and create opportunities for young people in Workington to learn a musical instrument, be creative and gain confidence in performing with others. We hope to see many of the students gaining an Arts Award and discovering hidden talents and passions as a result.”

Annalee Holliday, Grants & Donor Services Officer at the Foundation, said: “Graham and his team really care about their community. They are a great example for how a local business can support the people around them.”

Funding contributed towards professional music tuition and has helped subsidise the cost to students. The Carnegie Music Centre received a further £3,500 from the Solway Fund and the Shepley Group Fund, also administered by Cumbria Community Foundation.

 To find out more information about the Lamont Pridmore Fund and how to apply, see our grants page or contact the team on 01900 825760.