Spotlight On: Making Music Changing Lives

Spotlight On: Making Music Changing Lives

A column profiling organisations based in or working in Cardiff West

Since 2010, Making Music Changing Lives has used music to encourage participants to flourish, to develop an increased sense of self worth, confidence, raised aspirations, and an improved quality of life. It is based at 4 Grand Avenue, Ely.

The Making Music Changing Lives project was launched in 2010  by Ely vicar, Reverend Jan Gould, after she was inspired by a similar project in Venezuela called El Sistema. El Sistema began with 12 street children learning violin 30 years ago. Today that scheme has 500,000 members and 42 professional orchestras.

The scheme in Cardiff has grown to running three nights a week, as well as a summer school (details below), and now teaches brass, woodwind and string sections. Currently operating solely in Ely and Caerau, the long term aim is to take the El Sistema message across Wales.

At present children from Hywel Dda, Herbert Thompson, St Francis, St Fagans , Windsor Clive, Millbank and Coed Y Gof primary schools all take part in the project and they are taught by a combination of professional musicians and students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Summer School

From 21st – 25th July Making Music Changing Lives will be holding their annual Summer School. This is an opportunity to start learning an instrument and to make new friends.

Instruments offered are recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, cornet and trombone.

£5 per day or 25 Time Credits (an Action in Caerau and Ely initiative).

Making Music Changing Lives

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 07776262717

4 Grand Ave, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 4BL