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Music at SRWA gets an £11,000 boost

Sir Robert Woodard Academy are delighted to announce that the school has been granted an £11,000 donation for the further development of music education by the EMI Music Sound Foundation in celebration of the charity’s 20th anniversary. The funding for 2018 includes the charity’s annual grant to the school, of £6000, with a further £5000 donation made in honour of the Foundation’s landmark anniversary. 

The expanded donation of £11,000 has allowed the school to offer composing workshops with professional musicians; purchase new instruments for the department and for Junior Band; contribute to the production of Godspell; allowed us to repair some of our existing instrument stock; support students to receive instrument and vocal lessons. The £5000 anniversary funding has enabled us to purchase a whole set of radio mics which can be used in shows and productions now and in the future. It has also helped us to buy technical equipment which has enabled us to stage big outdoor events such as this summer’s upcoming Woodardstock festival. Sompting Village, one of our primary partner schools has also benefitted from this funding enabling them to buy music technology equipment to support the teaching of music in the curriculum.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy has been part of the EMI Music Sound Foundation’s network of supported school since 2002 when the charity supported our specialist school’s bid to become a Performing Arts School with a grant of £25,000. With this we have been able to establish a reputation for ourselves as a school with an outstanding performing arts department giving opportunities for the students to take part in a wide variety of shows and performances within the academy and in the wider community.

Head of Music Laura Fauvel said: “We’re so pleased to be able to offer our students opportunities above and beyond what would normally be available in a school environment and this is thanks to the support of the academy and the generous funding from EMI.”

Adam Barker, Chair of Trustees, EMI Music Sound Foundation added: “We are proud to work with Sir Robert Woodard Academy. It is brilliant to see how the school supports and continues to inspire their music students and teachers. Since our inception in 1997, the EMI Music Sound Foundation has donated over £8 million in grants helping to ensure that the benefit and joy of studying music stays available to more students across the United Kingdom.”