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Music unites communities

Music has been used to bring communities together with a major initiative in the Kingston borough.

The major music project involved 40 free taster workshops being run for members of the public, covering everything from singing and songwriting to vocal and carnival music.

The Kingston Sound Communities workshops took place throughout October and were open to residents aged 19 and over of all musical abilities.

The aim of the project was to bring people together to enjoy learning and making music, with support from community musicians and volunteers. Music groups will now be formed and run by volunteers.

Professional musicians Kim Perkins and Phil Mullen ran the workshops in partnership with Kingston Adult Education (KAE). The project was made possible thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Skills Funding Agency as part of a new Adult and Community Learning Fund.

Over 2,500 organisations applied to the fund and the Kingston Sound Communities project was one of only 49 successful applicants.

Kingston Borough Councillor Liz Green, executive member with responsibility for adult education, said: “We are thrilled to be able to launch this project, which aims to unite communities and inspire people to get involved with music.

“The groups will give residents the chance to learn new skills, and have fun making music with their friends and neighbours. We want adults across the borough to get involved in the development and running of these valuable community groups, to make a real difference in their area and make The Big Society a reality in Kingston.”

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