Diocese of Manchester

    Music school is a big hit

    Christ with All Saints Church in Heaton Norris runs a free Saturday morning music school for children who would not be able to afford lessons.

    The endeavour, which received A Church for a Different World Award from Bishop David, has made the church more accessible to families and has doubled Sunday church attendance.

    Philip Waddington, Music School Coordinator, explains: “As part of our Mission Action Planning we looked at the needs of our parish, one of which is lack of educational opportunity. As musicians, we set up a Saturday morning music school aimed at providing free tuition to local children who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

    “This school has now run for over two years, and is led by members of the church choir and volunteers from the Royal Northern College of Music. We teach 28 children every week on vocals, organ, brass, woodwind, piano, strings and guitar. We have also been lucky enough to have donations of instruments to enable each child to practise at home. 

    Music school award winners

    Philip added, “The success and growth of the music school has led to the creation of a children’s choir, consisting of 28 children who sing and play at the monthly all-age service, bringing their parents and families. This service now regularly attracts over 60 and sometimes as many as 100 people. A new brass band has been set up, drawing its members from both adults and children.”

    Jane Cawsey, who teaches at the music school and is training to be a Reader, said, “We have seen the children grow in confidence as they learn an instrument. The parents are very supportive and many stay to take part. Children and parents are getting involved in the life of the church and as well as playing at the service, are eager to take part in the worship by doing readings and leading prayers. We have even set up a new Sunday School.”

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
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90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400