The exciting and successful Make More Music in Derby project continues to provide a pathway for pupils across Derby to learn to play and perform an instrument.

Over 500 pupils who have been helped by the Council to learn to play a musical instrument have now received their own instrument with the latest school being Reigate Park Primary School in Mackworth.

With over 1200 pupils benefiting from free music lessons, the Council has met its pledge to ‘Protect free music provision for 1100 young people in Derby’s schools.’

In 2014, Cabinet voted for Derby and Derbyshire Music Partnership to extend music tuition to children aged 8 years of age in 20 primary schools in the most deprived Wards of the city.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills visited Reigate Park Primary School to watch the children perform.

Councillor Sarah Russell, said:

“This is a fabulous scheme and it is great for me to visit schools like Reigate Park to see the passion and sheer enjoyment on the face of the children when they’re performing. It is massively important for their confidence and their development, and I’m really happy that the council is supporting hundreds of children to learn to play an instrument.

In June over a thousand local pupils will once again be performing at the annual school concert at Derby Arena alongside the Hallé Orchestra.