Thursday, 9 October 2014

Museum Friend’s Trust to support young musicians

Above: An anonymous portrait of the child Mozart, possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni, painted in 1763 on commission from Leopold Mozart when the boy was six years old

The chances of discovering a young musician prodigy like Mozart are pretty slim, but you never know...


Friend of Fairlynch Museum Roger Bowen, pictured here, is well known in Budleigh Salterton as a former town councillor, and as a founder, among other ventures, of the Budleigh Music Festival. 
Having retired as Festival Chairman he is now devoting his energies to helping young people in Devon discover music through the charitable trust which he chairs.

Set up in 2012, the Budleigh Music Education Trust is intended to benefit a range of young musicians rather than seeking out musical prodigies.  “We are not dedicated to the pursuit of excellence though we will gladly assist those with a special gift,” says Roger. “We will look at most levels of ability including those with disability. There is a huge range of talent out there and we believe this should be encouraged at whatever level possible.”

Providing musical instruments on loan, building up contacts with the county’s music teachers, and raising funds to sponsor an individual young person are all ways in which the Trust is hoping to provide what it describes as “that  priceless asset - a lifetime of music appreciation and performance.”

For more information about the Budleigh Music Education Trust, click here

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