The Trust was set up on 1st September 2011 to help the work of Sylvia Swiffin continue. Sylvia, who died in July 2011 from Pancreatic Cancer after a short 11 week illness, was a truly professional lady. She spent 28 years working for the Salford Music Service as a Class Music Teacher.
She believed music offered children a magical chance to enjoy working together and to enjoy the wonder that music can bring to them.
The trust is managed by her husband and two sons, but we will be adding further trustees as the work increases.
We started with money donated from friends and family. We wanted to develop a Music Trust for Children and after some time we decided to formally create the Trust.
The workload at the beginning meant that the focus would be on Primary Age Children Only, the main area Sylvia worked in. One of a small number of Music Graduates to work in Primary.
We started by arranging two concerts for many 7 year olds. The performance at the concerts of talented musical children allowed our 7 year ols to see and hear what can be achieved.
We where able to have children from The Junior Northern College of Music.This aspirational approach works well with children. Most in the audience want to beat them and play like them, and the rest seem to just enjoy it.
We work mainly in Tameside MBC. From 2018 we become the partner charity to The Tameside Music Service..which has proved a great match..... We would hope to arrange many concerts over the next years. Our first was in Hyde for 271 children, another in Hyde was for 300 children.
Alongside Tameside Music Service we have supported concerts in The Royal Northen College of Music and Stoller Hall at Chetham's Scholl of Muisc.
We provide an large number of accompaniments for the Tameside Music Service and support as amny concerts and events as possible.
We provide prizes for "Outstanding Performance" and "Outstanding Progress". Some children at the Juniour RNCM receive prizes and Tameside Music Service are now intruducing them.
We award an annual Shield (with monitory additions) to the Primary School that achieves a high quality of music education throughout the year.
Because of COVID-19 we are planning long term and will be working just as hard as soon as we can resume our mission safel. We are of course trying to encourage continued and new donations.