A charity set up in memory of the late composer and educator, Dr Richard Shephard, has been bringing music classes to primary school children across Yorkshire since September and it has recently launched its fifth partnership – with our very own Slingsby Community Primary School.
The Richard Shephard Music Foundation, which was established following the death of Richard Shephard in February, aims to help more children experience music in classrooms, and at events, across the region.
Over the last forty years, music education has declined dramatically in primary schools across the country. Now the Foundation is subsidising curriculum-based music lessons in primary schools, working with the education partner, Sing Education.
In addition, the Foundation has partnered with the prestigious Ryedale Festival to offer young people the chance to perform and attend events featuring professional musicians such as the Foundation’s patron, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.