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‘We’re brassed!’ School’s plea for music studio kit

William Ellis to get new studio but need instruments and equipment

29 March, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Staff and student musicians at William Ellis School

A SCHOOL that is building a new arts centre is looking for help to kit it out after being squeezed by funding cuts.

William Ellis School, in Highgate Road, is currently creating a new two-storey drama and music department. The purpose-built block will provide room for new music studios, a classroom, a drama rehearsal space and a recording studio. But with budget cuts hitting school resources, it needs to raise funds to kit the rooms out.

The school is looking for donations ranging from buying drumsticks to larger pieces including a triple-glazed window to separate a recording studio with a mixing desk. They are also running an instrument “amnesty” – where people can donate instruments they no longer have use for.

Recent statistics show that the number of young people taking music at GCSE has fallen dramatically, partly due to a lack of equipment and lessons. But staff at William Ellis are determined that this trend will not spread to their school.

Headmaster Sam White added: “Music at William Ellis School bucks the national trend with increasing numbers taking it for GCSE. Classes are full and very popular at Key Stage 3. We have an extensive extra-curricular programme in music, despite quite limited facilities.”

He added that by installing a recording studio, pupils will be able to learn music technology, but the budget cuts mean they cannot fund the recording studio.

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