Students from the UK visit Kampala
Students from Latymer Upper School in West London have taken Musequality's work to heart. After a few months of spectacularly successful fundraising, a party of 30 pupils flew to Uganda in June 2013 to visit Musequality's projects in Kampala. The school runs an Activites Week each summer after exams, and competition for a place in "Team Uganda", led by Deputy Head Richard Niblett, was intense! The team visited M-Lisada, Mummy Foundation, the Good Shepherd Home, the Bethlehem Orphanage, and Musequality's first project at the Tender Talents Magnet School. They had a fantastic time, and did some useful work as well. Richard envisages a long-term relationship between Latymer and some of the projects, and the students will decide just what they would like that relationship to involve. All very exciting!
London school explores Uganda Links
In November, Richard Nibblet, Deputy Head of Latymer Upper School, travelled to Kampala to visit music projects supported by Musequality. He is now raising funds to return with pupils in June to meet and work with the children of the Tender Talents School and M-Lisada. The thirty talented senior-school musicians will work with the children during their visit and perform a concert in the new concert hall at Tender Talents. They will also visit other orphanages and learn how music is helping street children.
To fund the trip the Latymer group have already organised several events, including a sponsored bike ride and a concert. Meanwhile, they are planning Skype and FaceTime chats with their counterparts in Uganda.
‘We are looking forward to a long a sustained relationship with our new friends in Uganda,’ Latymer’s Deputy Head Richard Niblett wrote. ‘ Latymer was founded as a school in 1624 for 'eight poore boyes of Hammersmith' and has 100 children attending the school in 2013 on 100% means-tested places. Our students would like to help children in Kampala to go to school by sponsoring them in a similar way.’
Skydiving into the Money
Indefatigable Latymer Upper School has arranged for two teachers and 14 year-twelve children to take part in a tandem skydive to raise money for Musequality. The jump is booked for the 19 May 2013, subject to weather conditions. Latymer arranges two skydives a year. So far 67 students and six staff have skydived, raising £12,000 for charities including Whizzkids, The Teenage Cancer Trust, Hope HIV and Childhealth Advocacy International. The skydiving is organised by Latymer teacher Barry Bladon history teacher and a keen musician, who says this will be his seventh jump with the school for charity.
Two west London schools entertained Christmas shoppers as they busked to raise money for Musequality. Children from the Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School, led by Natalie Simmons, performed inside Waterstones in Chiswick. The choir raised oved £200.
The choir of West London Free School, in Hammersmith sang outside the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith in the Christmas Choir Competition.
Singing in the rain
Pupils from the choir of Grove Park Primary School in Chiswick, London, sang in pouring rain at Bedford Park Green Day to support our World Busk record attempt. They also performed in their school playground and spent a day dressed up as their favourite musician to raise money for Musequality.
Making the grade
Children at the North London Collegiate Junior School raised an astonishing £4,172.61 through a range of activities that included a fortnight of sponsored music practices.
Sixth formers at Latymer Upper School in west London created their own arts festival, including film screenings, a ‘big draw’ with pupils adding illustrations to a giant canvas, and stand-up poetry sessions. They also turned the school’s atrium into a bohemian café hosting solo music performances.
Rebecca Leyton, cello and piano teacher in west London, raised money for Musequality at her end of term mini-concert with her piano and cello students aged 5-17.
St John the Baptist Primary School in Ruyton-XI-Towns, Shropshire, donated £620 in memory of Andrew Radford, the school’s music-loving former deputy head.
Jane Ingamells, Head of Strings at the Portsmouth Grammar School, taught violin at the Tender Talents Magnet School for Aids orphans in Uganda in summer 2010. She has also raised funds through a sponsored tandem ride and staging a classical concert at the school. Follow her blog.
Jamie Mills O’Brien from St Paul’s School, London, climbed to Base Camp, Mount Everest, and raised over £700 for Musequality.
Key to success
Churchers College Junior School in Liphook, Hampshire, raised money to help us buy a keyboard and amplifier for Embu County Primary School in eastern Kenya. Sue Bint organised a sponsored practice fortnight and a ‘Strings on Saturday’ event.
The Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, London, helped us pay for music teachers’ salaries at the Koforidua School for deaf and handicapped students in East Ghana.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College invited David Juritz to talk about Musequality as guest speaker at the school’s prize-giving day.
The joke’s on London
The Royal College of Music Students’ Association took music to the streets of London during its traditional charity fundraising Rag week. A brave band of RCM professors joined in by taking Grade I music examinations after just one week’s tuition on a new instrument.
Pupils at the Arts Educational School in Chiswick, London, and at Amery Hill raised money through dress-down or mufti days, giving donations for the privilege of not wearing a uniform.
Librarian Nelia Beyers from Newton Preparatory School, Battersea, London, invited David Juritz to the school to talk about his round the world busking trip and the work Musequality does with children in the developing world. And to play his favourite violin party piece, Ferdinand the Bull.
Aid from Aberdeen
Michaella Wiedermann, a violin teacher in Aberdeen, has been sending Musequality donations at regular intervals, including the proceeds of spontaneous busking by her pupils after concerts.
Teachers at James Allen’s Saturday School for the Performing Arts (JASSPA) in Dulwich, London, gave a sell-out concert to launch their sponsored music practices. Cellist Bettina Lawrence’s performance of The Swan, sponsored at 10p a note, raised over £300 – a noteworthy performance in every sense of the word.