West Norfolk Music Center based at King’s Lynn’s Springwood High School launches campaign to encourage more children to get into music

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A campaign has been launched to encourage more children in West Norfolk to discover and develop an interest in instrumental music and singing.

The West Norfolk Music Center is launching its new campaign for young members attending primary and secondary schools, as it says teaching music has been recognized as beneficial to wider education.

Aspiring musicians are not required to have passed any exams or go through an audition process, all that is needed is enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and a love of music.

West Norfolk Music Center encourages more young people to learn musical instruments. Photo: Ian Burt

Courses offered include piano and keyboard, woodwinds, brass, strings, guitar and ukulele, vocals, music theory, drums and percussion, and the center is also the base of West Norfolk Youth Choir.

The West Norfolk Music Center is a registered charity which has facilitated Saturday morning music education in Lynn for over four decades and is supported by the Norfolk Music Hub.

It is based at Lynn’s Springwood High School, which is a member of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, which emphasizes the promotion of music.

Edward Mellor on trombone.  Photo: Ian Burt
Edward Mellor on trombone. Photo: Ian Burt
Finlay Meehan, right, on keys with another musician.  Photo: Ian Burt
Finlay Meehan, right, on keys with another musician. Photo: Ian Burt

The center offers instrument rentals, music lessons, and opportunities to join bands and choirs, and many of its staff and administrators have had ties to the center for decades, many of them having moved on. first involved in their own children’s music lessons, and having stayed connected long after they were gone.

One such person is the center’s president, Derek Stringer, whose wife and three children all learned to play an instrument at the center, and who has been involved there for 25 years.

“What I love most about the center is that it gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to get involved and discover the joy of playing with others,” he said. .

“Anyone who cares about music is more than welcome to come see where they fit in. Seeing people make the journey from being confronted with a new piece of music at the start of term to being able to perform it at the end of the concert. year-end, is a joyful experience for all of us, and that’s the beauty of music, and especially why it can be so good for children.

Lessons offered include piano and keyboard, woodwinds, brass, strings, guitar and ukulele, vocals, music theory, drums and percussion.  Photo: Ian Burt
Lessons offered include piano and keyboard, woodwinds, brass, strings, guitar and ukulele, vocals, music theory, drums and percussion. Photo: Ian Burt

In the new school year, the Center aims to visit as many local schools as possible, get the word out directly to young people, and following this, it will be hosting an open day in October, with details to be confirmed soon.

“Music is all around us and can be a life companion for happiness, learning and socializing,” he said. “It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that can bring this into people’s lives, so please come join us.”

The West Norfolk Music Center meets Saturday mornings in Springwood. For details visit wnmc.org.uk or call 07752 181781.



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