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London Music Masters launches the first instrument recycling campaign for London children - LOST & SOUND

03 Jul 2012
London Music Masters (LMM), a music charity providing music education to inner-city primary schools and violin awards for young emerging professionals, launches the first London-wide musical instrument recycling campaign  - LOST & SOUND. The campaign is a rallying call for supporters to donate disused violins, cellos, trumpets, flutes and clarinets for distribution to LMM Bridge Project children aged 5-9, in some of the capital’s most deprived boroughs.

 LMM believes that every child deserves a chance to play a musical instrument. By launching a London-wide initiative, LOST & SOUND aims to bring greater awareness to the importance of music education in primary schools and breathe life into old instruments. The initiative will help LMM to save money on instrument purchase and hire, allowing the charity to focus its resources on high quality teaching.

Initially the instruments will be loaned to Bridge Project children in the three primary schools in Lambeth and Westminster where the Bridge Project is currently active. Surplus instruments will be offered to local music services, hubs and other relevant charities. LMM will aim to work with its creative partner organisations (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Southbank Centre, Royal College of Music and Wigmore Hall) to raise awareness of the campaign.

 Anyone interested in donating an instrument should contact Rachel Wadham, Bridge Project and Marketing Manager, on 020 7267 7982 /

 London Music Masters Bridge Project

 LMM’s Bridge Project was established four years ago to demonstrate the positive impact of a sustained high quality cultural and musical education when it is placed at the heart of the school curriculum.  Its goal is to make music accessible to all through high quality tuition at an early age and interactions with exceptional musicians, from the London Philharmonic Orchestra to inspirational young professional soloists.  The Project has had remarkable results not only in nurturing musical skills but also a wider impact of enhancing:

academic results    discipline     confidence
social skills motivation concentration

These essential life skills channel the children’s innate enthusiasm and creativity, raising the aspirations of the children as well as their parents.

London Music Masters demonstrates that music education can be both cost-effectively and comprehensively delivered to schools in even the most deprived areas of the UK. Over 360 children from Jessop, Ashmole and Churchill Gardens Primary Schools are currently involved in the Project, the students of which reflect the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the boroughs of Lambeth and Westminster. Lambeth is one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK (in the bottom 5% nationally) and English is the second language for 86% of children at Churchill Gardens.

Over the past four years, the Bridge Project has placed music in the weekly school curriculum at these three schools and continues for the duration of all students’ primary education. Provided by specially-trained educators, the programme begins with musicianship training including singing and movement from the age of 4 years, followed by high quality violin tuition in groups and pairs for 5-11 year-olds, with the option for some students to try other instruments as they get older. This is supplemented with a range of innovative performance and workshop opportunities.  LMM also provides instruments for all students. 

The students benefit from LMM’s extensive partnerships with leading musicians and partners including the Wigmore Hall, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal College of Music and the Southbank Centre. The Bridge Project provides opportunities for its young students to interact and perform with the exceptionally talented LMM Award Holders, LMM Ambassadors (Elliott Carter, Colin Currie, Anthony Marwood and Tai Murray), LPO and RCM musicians, and composers such as Martin Suckling and Charlotte Bray.  Furthermore, LMM organises regular trips for the children to hear professional orchestras, sitting amongst the players of the LPO and participating in their rehearsals.

Recently, Bridge Project students in Year four (some still only eight years old) took their ABRSM Silver Music Medals; all passed, with 86% giving performances described as ‘excellent’ – the highest possible achievement category. After just a short period of time, analysis also suggests that involvement in the Bridge Project has led to improved academic results: a higher proportion of children taking part in the Project achieved the nationally expected grade or above at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) than a control group who did not participate.

“LMM is hugely in favour of the emphasis on high quality music education which comes across strongly in the National Plan for Music Education, with the word ‘quality’ recurring no less than 55 times throughout! The Bridge Project gives an example of what ‘can’ be done, not just what ‘should’ be done in order to create a truly high quality musical experience. We hope that government, politicians and schools will recognise the value of placing music and culture at the core of curriculum” - Claire Samson, Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director, London Music Masters

"Without a doubt, music inspires creativity, confidence and a healthy desire to stand apart. The Bridge Project shows only too clearly how stimulating classical music can be and I am committed to working with excellent projects like this across the capital.” - Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Anyone interested in donating an instrument should contact Rachel Wadham, Bridge Project and Marketing Manager, on 020 7267 7982 /

For further information, please contact:

Nicky Thomas Media | 02072077810 | 07768 566530


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