Mayor’s Music Fund celebrates its first Scholars’ Graduation

40 talented young Londoners came together at City Hall on Wednesday 1st July to perform a specially commissioned piece in celebration of the completion of their 4-year Mayor’s Music Fund Scholarship.

The ensemble included young musician Spike Neye-Swift who attends Ealing Junior Music School and whose scholarship is mentored via Ealing Music Service.

Composed by Danyal Dhondy the performance of ‘Get Up On Your Feet!’ was conducted by Tom Seligman and took place in front of Mayor’s Music Fund supporters, representatives from all of London’s Music Hubs, family and friends. The renowned young clarinettist Julian Bliss also took part in the performance and spoke to the scholars and assembled guests.

The Graduation event and newly commissioned piece was sponsored by The Boltini Trust, with support from ABRSM.

The Mayor’s Music Fund provides four-year scholarships to primary school children across the 32 London Boroughs. The Fund currently supports 260 talented children in the capital through a 4-year programme that nurtures and develops their musical potential. As Mayor’s Music Scholars they receive over two hours of music-making and other developmental activities every week, plus lots of opportunities to perform in public and to attend concerts and live gigs. Crucially, every Scholar has a personal mentor, who is the link between the child and parent, school, Music Hub and the Fund.

Graduating Scholars’ achievements include gaining places at prestigious independent schools, representing the Fund in Simon Rattle’s ‘Young Orchestra for London’ and performing in the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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