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 aMusic 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 have provided many 7 year olds to concerts of talented musical children to see and hear what can be achieved. 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 in Tameside MBC and Salford MBC. 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. We hold Concerts at the Peel Hall with the support of Salford University
We pay children to have lessons, instruments and music from, the Music Support Service in Tameside and Salford. These children receive 34 lessons per year for three years and musical instrument hire for three years to match. They are selected from schools who would benefit from support after discussions with the relevant Music Team and Schools.
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 on an Authority wide basis.
We expect to begin introducing ourselves to some Primary Schools in Cheshire during 2017