ZEDRA partners with Guernsey Music Centre for second year
20 April 2023
We are pleased to announce that we’re partnering for the second year with the Guernsey Music Centre, a charity run by the Guernsey Music Service.
19 April 2023 – ZEDRA is pleased to announce that it is partnering for the second year with the Guernsey Music Centre, a charity run by the Guernsey Music Service.
The Guernsey Music Service supports the development of young musicians by offering individual and group lessons, running whole class music programmes which complement the curriculum offered by schools and colleges, and by creating opportunities for pupils to attend workshops and concerts. The Service works closely with schools, colleges and music groups on the Island, such as the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Guernsey Camerata and the Elizabeth College Summer Orchestral Course (ECSOC).
Over the course of 2022, ZEDRA donated £10k to the Service to support its operation. The funds were used to purchase four choral risers for the hundreds of children aged six to 18 which attend the Guernsey Music Centre on a weekly basis.
The announcement is in line with ZEDRA’s long-standing commitment to use music to provide equal opportunities for – and support the development of – young musicians to help them reach their full potential whist also preparing the workforce of tomorrow. It follows the firm’s 2020 partnership with World Heart Beat Music Academy, an Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms based charity which provides music tuition and performances opportunities or 350 young people each year outside of school hours.
Thanks to ZEDRA’s funding, the charity was able to create a jazz talent development programme for young musicians from underprivileged background aged 14 – 25 years.
Elaine Kennedy, Managing Director at ZEDRA, said: “It’s wonderful to see our support bear its fruit with tangible results. Music has always been important to us. We view it as a form of communication which can help bridge language and cultural barriers, but also as a tool to help young adults find their voice, build character and cultivate valuable traits, such as determination, perseverance and courage.
“We’re very pleased to continue supporting Guernsey Music Service and the wider Guernsey community, one of the world’s leading jurisdictions for the provision of financial services.”
Tim Wright, Head of Guernsey Music Service, commented: “We are very thankful to ZEDRA for their generous support which has enabled us to purchase choral risers for our pupils. This valuable equipment will be used in choir performances and rehearsals, contributing to our efforts in supporting the development of our students’ music playing and singing abilities, whilst also teaching important life skills, such as confidence, reliability, self-criticism and teamwork, and helping with their overall well-being.”
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For more information, please contact:
Jamie Brownlee / Eleonore Basle / Ana Reynaud / Sebastian Merrett
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About Guernsey Music Service
Guernsey Music Centre is operated and run by the Guernsey Music Service. The Guernsey Music Service was established in 1978 and now supports more than 1000 young musicians each week, offering individual and group lessons as well as supporting and enriching the music curriculum offered by schools and colleges. As well as teaching musical skills it aims to develop qualities such as confidence, self-discipline and self-criticism and help pupils to understand the importance of reliability and teamwork through their music-making. Many past pupils of the Music Service make up the rich cultural fabric of Guernsey’s bands, orchestras and choirs with some going on to have national and international musical careers.