A ground-breaking programme backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber himself is bringing pupils in Bedworth the chance to learn classical musical.

In fact, Nicholas Chamberlaine School has become the first outside of London to benefit from the Andrew Lloyd Webber (ALW) programme.
Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) has partnered with the school, which is one of the largest in Warwickshire, with the aim of transforming young people’s lives through classical music education,

As a result, the school aims to establish the “Bedworth Proms” next year and have its own orchestra by 2021.

Louise Newman, headteacher of Nicholas Chamberlaine School, said: “Music as part of a wider focus on the arts is invaluable to the growth of a young person’s character. 

“The children of Bedworth deserve what is often only an independent school expectation. 

“This opportunity will have an immeasurable impact on these young people and their families, both socially and academically.

“MiSST is helping remove the financial barriers so that a quality music education is for all, rather than too often just for those who can pay.”

Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) is backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
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MiSST has also commissioned independent research with the University of East Anglia to study the impact of the ALW programme on resilience among young people.

Funded by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, and the Dame Alice Owen Foundation, MiSST has already given free, regular classical music tuition to more than 8,000 Key Stage 3 children and provided similar number of instruments.

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Rachel Landon CEO of MiSST added: “This is an exciting moment not just for us, but for possibly thousands of disadvantaged children across the country.

“It’s our first venture outside London and it will help young people from all backgrounds and abilities by unlocking hidden potential, building confidence, social skills and connecting them to the world of classical music in the best way possible – putting a musical instrument in their hands.”

Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth

Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth
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Ms Landon added: “Access to classical music should be for every child not just the few whose parents can afford it. There’s a crisis in music education and lack of diversity beyond school. We want to change that.”

MiSST also provides ‘Pathways to Excellence’ programmes for promising students, with access to ensemble and orchestral playing.

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