A School of Friends
Hunts Post Article
Clarinettist, CLAIRE JOYNER, a Hinchingbrooke sixthformer, says Huntingdonshire Music School is a great place to make friends.
AS I start my sixth year attending the Huntingdonshire Music School, I can see more clearly than ever what a fantastic place it is. Every Saturday morning during term time I go to the regional college to learn music. The music school is a very special place. It is the only institution in the area that offers everything necessary for a candidate to progress and achieve through the grades of musical ability in the space of just a few hours on a Saturday morning.
It also gives students the opportunity to play together in a variety of bands. There is something for everyone, whatever their musical interests.
I take clarinet and piano lessons, and attend aural classes every week. I’ve been tutored in theory and participated in some of the bands including the Senior Concert Band.
I’ve found not only that I’ve progressed immensely since I started coming to the music school, but also that it’s a great place to meet people. There’s always a very positive atmosphere all around the school. Colin Radford, a saxophone and (my) clarinet teacher, says: “It’s a place to meet and communicate with like minded people.”
Through the music school, I’ve achieved many great things. In 2002, I won the Huntingdon Male Voice Choir/Marriott Hotel £500 bursary. With the money I bought a superb saxophone, which I’ve since played in a quartet at a wedding. Over the past year, I obtained grade eight on my clarinet and grade seven on the piano. This year, I am hoping to carry on to do a diploma with my clarinet. I believe that had I not been learning at the music school, I wouldn’t have progressed so quickly, to a standard this high, and achieved so much.
It’s also a place where whole families come to learn different instruments. I’ve many friends who go to the music school with their entire family and everyone learns to play.
The only problem, however - as is so often the case - is money. The Music School has stopped receiving funding from the Government. Since this happened, the school has no longer been able to afford to include all the activities in one fee, and the main fee for lessons has increased. The increased charge must be affecting families’ financial situation and may stop some from attending. If this is the case, the purpose of the music school being a place where everyone can come and play together will be defeated. We all hope that won’t happen.
Article Copyright Hunts Post : originally published by the Hunts Post on 22nd September 2004. See Hunts Post website .