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8-12thJuly 2020
Music & the Wider Community

Music & the Wider Community

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

Alongside our partnership with the Children’s Society, we also engage in local initiatives, supporting musical projects and hosting events, Nomad’s ukulele project being one of these.

Uke Group blog

Following the success of a pilot programme early last year, we have renewed our funding for Nomad's ukulele project. This project enables primary school students to learn to play the ukulele, taught by a qualified tutor and assisted by Nomad workers, it is an extremely fun way to engage students and learn a new instrument. The aim of this project is to boost self-confidence and communication, as well as being encouraged to keep up their practice by being gifted the ukulele at the end of the programme.

Nomad have recently updated us on the progress of this project, which has seen their students flourish into more confident children:

“We are very grateful for the continued support from the Henley Festival towards our work with young people and families in and around Henley. The funding has been used to run ukulele courses at a local primary school. This has consisted of two, ten-week beginner courses with five year 5 and 6 students. The students have all blossomed throughout the course and have grown in confidence. The staff to student ratio during the course is deliberately kept high (one ukulele tutor and two Nomad workers) so that the students benefit from lots of individual attention and informal mentoring around behaviour and good life choices. The relationships the Nomad staff have been able to build through the course mean that when the students enter secondary they are already known to us and if they do encounter difficulties we will be able to help them.”

At the end of the course the students have the opportunity to perform at a school assembly in front of their peers, teachers and parents. Our latest set of graduates loved this and rose to occasion with great enthusiasm.

This weekend we also have events with two local charities, one for the Over 60’s Club and the other at the Chilterns Court Care Centre. Tomorrow evening, on Friday 7th April, The Over 60’s Club will be joined by the incredibly talented Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet. On Saturday 8th April at Chilterns Court, the ensemble Tir Eolas will be playing for the residents.

For more information on our charity, click here.