20th May 2019 — In January this year, twelve Music Department staff at Beechwood Park School came up with an inspired initiative; to learn an entirely new instrument from scratch, starting in January and ready to take Music Examinations in May. Apart from the challenge of the task itself, the objective was to raise money for the current Beechwood Park School charity; Build Africa whose mission is to help African children in deprived areas of Uganda and Kenya gain an education.
With the support of the Beechwood Park community of parents, family and friends, the Music Department has already raised an impressive £1,010 - in just four days! Jane Lodge, Director of Music at Beechwood Park commented ‘I am proud of all of the Music staff and overwhelmed by the response from the School community. Through our endeavours we hope to raise a significant amount of money for Build Africa who are fighting poverty through education to give children a more prosperous and healthy future, and help their entire community beat poverty and inequality’.
The range of instruments being learnt ‘ab initio’ is varied; Jane Lodge, who normally plays the piano and cello, selected the flute, whilst Music Administrator Louise Peck who normally plays the flute chose to master the xylophone, which she can just about squeeze into her Fiat 500.