Four Ely College students given ‘rocking opportunity’ thanks to funding boost

PUBLISHED: 16:08 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 05 September 2018

Jan Dietrich, Ralf Dodd-O’Brien, Tom Rees and Wyatt Sharpes-Edwards with staff and tutors at the launch of the project. Picture: Ely College

Jan Dietrich, Ralf Dodd-O’Brien, Tom Rees and Wyatt Sharpes-Edwards with staff and tutors at the launch of the project. Picture: Ely College

Ely College

Four Ely College students have been given the opportunity to form a band after they showed “potential and willingness to develop their interest in learning and playing a musical instrument”.

The Year 7 students selected for the Ely College music project. Picture: Ely CollegeThe Year 7 students selected for the Ely College music project. Picture: Ely College

Starting this term, a handful of Year 7 pupils will come together to form a band thanks to funding from The Lloyd-Reason Foundation who will pay for weekly tuition as well as providing each student with an instrument.

The pupils will learn to play together over a series of workshops, and will be given the opportunity to record in a professional recording studio, shoot a music video and play a live performance.

Richard Spencer, college principal, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Lloyd-Reason Foundation on this exciting project. Their generosity will hopefully spark a great collaboration.

“We are keen to encourage even more of our students to take up a musical instrument, and look forward to watching these students develop as individual players and, hopefully, as a great band.”

Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason said: “The Lloyd-Reason Foundation aims to give disadvantaged young people access to music tuition, instruments, recording studios and live performance.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ely Standard. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ely Standard