Reporter 460, 4 December 2000

A high note for Leeds youngsters

Leeds youngsters have plenty to sing about, thanks to musicians from the University.

Music students and professional players from Opera North, and the international concert season at the Town Hall are all involved in the Melody patnership.

Organised through the city and regional office’s campus connect, the project is designed to help musical education in local schools and to raise the aspirations of youngsters.

Sounds interesting: Music student Ben Oliver with year four pupils at All Saints’ Primary School

It targets pupils aged seven to 17 in local schools, says the project co-ordinator Liz Muge, and is being organised on four levels.

The first stage involves University students running workshops in primary schools while the second level is for pupils in after-school clubs.

The third level uses partnerships with the international concert season and Opera North to stage two grand-scale projects. The final phase draws on academics from the University’s music department and Leeds College of Music to run specialist workshops on composition, performance and alternative music to GCSE and A-level pupils. The project is funded until March 2002 by the National Foundation of Youth Music, with National Lottery money.

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