Trust gets £90k to jazz up music provision

Surrey Comet: Thanks Boris: Money from his music fund Thanks Boris: Money from his music fund

Budding musicians will benefit from a £90,000 grant from the Mayor of London.

The cash will help youth music projects across the capital, including Jazz Groves, a partnership between Richmond Music Trust, Kingston Music Service and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).

The group hope to develop jazz provision, establishing pathways and progression routes, move into more advanced provision and encourage access to jazz music, improvisation skills and chart reading.

Chief executive of Richmond Music Trust Christopher Cull said: “We’re very pleased to have been successful in our bid for funding for Jazz Grooves in partnership with Kingston Music Service.

“The project will not only enable some of our best young secondary school jazz musicians to rehearse and perform with NYJO, but a second phase of the project will see NYJO and our own teachers taking jazz into local primary schools across the two boroughs.

“It will create huge interest and excitement and hopefully inspire large numbers of children and young people to start playing jazz.”

Since 2012, Boris Johnson’s music fund, which is supported by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Amy Winehouse Foundation, has committed more than £1.2m to 18 partnership projects for seven to 18-year-olds in London.

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