My daughter was a member of SYM from 2006 to 2014. She benefited from excellent music tuition, firstly on Saturday mornings and then on Friday evenings with the South Suffolk Youth Orchestra. She went on to play for the Suffolk Wind Band and the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, touring in Europe each summer for 5 years. This experience helped her to develop her musicianship to a very high standard; it also developed many of the "soft skills" she required to enter the world of employment, e.g. self-confidence, collaboration, leadership, perseverance, resilience. After completing her degree at the University of Manchester, she was offered a position with the Royal Northern Sinfonia management team at Sage Gateshead.
I am also the headteacher of Sidegate Primary School. I believe that all children and young people should be able to access the opportunities that were afforded to my daughter and, as such, purchase Whole Class Ensemble Teaching for the pupils at my school. This gives them the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and continue to play the instrument beyond these lessons, should they so wish. We also have a school band and choir. The Arts form an essential part of our school curriculum and I want to make sure that the young people of Suffolk have every opportunity to develop their talents and excel.