To all those who have contributed
so generously over the last year-and-a-half, thank you; and here,
finally, is some news of the students who are benefiting from your
We have been supporting six
students over the last year, all of whom have demonstrated much
enthusiasm and commitment both to their music and to the Department. We
hope to show this in a small concert at school in April – details to
follow. Here is a brief profile of our students.
is in Year 7, so has
just joined the school. He has already gained Grade III violin with
merit, and the Martin fund has enabled him to start 'cello lessons,
which he was very keen to do.
is an enthusiastic singer in Year 8 who needed
some extra funding just for this year.
is in Year 9 and is an accomplished 'cellist, who also needed support to
continue this year.
is a multi-instrumentalist in Year 10 who is
an excellent trumpeter and who has played in the senior jazz band since
he first came to the school (he also played in the marching band at
Martin’s funeral). He is one of our foremost musicians and needs support
to enable him to continue.
is a Year 11 pianist who is taking music in
the Sixth form next year, and has needed some support to enable her to
is a Sixth-former who is another
multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about folk music, and an
accomplished busker. The Martin fund has enabled him to have piano
lessons to complement his violin and viola studies.
Although the launch of the fund seems to have taken a little while and
has been somewhat low-key we are happy now that we are reaching the
right people. It is no doubt easier to work out whom to support in a
community school such as Farmor’s. Above all it has become increasingly
obvious that support for school-age musicians is increasingly
essential. Sadly, fewer families can support the cost of lessons and the
current political climate is having a demonstrably catastrophic effect
on the arts, and music in particular. The Martin fund seems to have
become far more necessary than we could ever have imagined at the time
of founding it.
With thanks again for your continued interest and support,
Nicky Turner and Louise Matley