Drumming up support

Musical Instrument Anmesty'Marion Long, Vice President, Alnwick Rotary Club and Niamh Callanan - Head of Music at DCHS.
Musical Instrument Anmesty'Marion Long, Vice President, Alnwick Rotary Club and Niamh Callanan - Head of Music at DCHS.

A MUSICAL instrument appeal is being held to drum up support for a school.

After finding out that the music department at the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick was coping with the bare minimum of equipment, Alnwick Rotary Club vice president Marion Long decided to do something to help.

Marion visited the school and found that it only had around five keyboards on which the students could learn.

Other instruments were either damaged or non-existent. And with school budgets having to be spent on other items, there aren’t enough funds to replenish the department.

So Marion decided to launch an appeal to help.

“We want anyone who has an instrument collecting dust at home to donate them to the high school,” she said.

“A lot of people have bought them in the past, used them for a few years and given up and it would be nice to see them put to good use.”

Headteacher Maurice Hall said: “Cost of musical equipment has increased significantly over the last few years and this, coupled with the increasing need to have access to expensive computer software programmes for GCSE and A-Level students as well as musical instruments, has meant we have found it difficult to fund our successful music department with all it needs.

“Any support from our local community to improve the resources we have would be of huge benefit not only to those students taking music exams but also to those who support the school in its excellent extra curricular programme.”

Marion added that anything from a tin whistle to a trombone will be welcome as long as they are in working order. They don’t need to be in tune as that can be done by the school.

Anyone wanting to donate their unused instruments can do so at Penrose’s electrical store on Bondgate Within, Alnwick.