We were delighted to resume after our summer break with a talk from Tim Arnold.
Tim has been involved for many years in the promotion of music for younger people in the Purbeck area and especially in local schools. Seeing the problems specific to our area in terms of a shortage of both teaching resources and instruments, Tim, together with representatives of Purbeck Art Weeks, Swanage & Purbeck Rotary, the Purbeck Instrument Loan Scheme and other educational organisations, has set up Purbeck Youth Music in order to try and help and encourage young people in our area to take up music.
And early results are very encouraging. To date there has been a healthy take up by youngsters interested in leaning brass instruments which has resulted in a series of brass beginner groups. There are now plans for similar presentations for strings and woodwind to schools across the Purbeck area throughout the autumn.
Tim’s passion is very apparent and it is hoped that this initiative will help to stop the decline in young people taking up music in our area and identify hidden talent that can be nurtured in the years ahead.
Anyone interested in learning more about PYM and how they may be able to help should go to their website for more information.