City drums up musical appeal

The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield which will be funded by the Arts Coucil, launches with a concert at the City Hall.Pictured is young drummer Dane Townsend
The new Music Education Hub for Sheffield which will be funded by the Arts Coucil, launches with a concert at the City Hall.Pictured is young drummer Dane Townsend
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A MAJOR project to get more young people playing music has been launched in Sheffield.

The Music Education Hub – an umbrella group to encourage music opportunities across the city - was launched at a concert at the City Hall on Sunday.

It follows the council receiving a £1.8m grant from the Arts Council.

The initiative brings together the council’s music service, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and young people to promote musical ensembles, singing, instrument lessons and events.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said the Hub could transform music in the city. “Music can build confidence, inspire all and create pathways for employment and career opportunities for all.

Musician and producer Eliot Kennedy, who has worked with the likes of the Spice Girls, Bryan Adams and Lulu, is to be the Music Hub ‘ambassador’ for Sheffield.

He said music changed his life, thanks to inspiring secondary music teacher who completely turned his life around and got him started on his career.

Already High Storrs pupil Dane Townsend, aged 11, has has been having drum lessons through the music hub.

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