2020- 2021 will be a time that most of us will not forget as restrictions to our lives due to the Covid pandemic affected us in a way which we were not used to. Many people suffered mentally as we were isolated and confined to our homes.

Thanks to the £10,000 National Lottery- Awards for All grant we received, Blackpool Music School was able to make those who were restricted in care homes continue to feel connected to the outside world by providing the equipment, set up and Zoom based entertainment shows. In addition to this we were also able to continue with many music lessons via Zoom for our members that would usually attend the school. This helped to provide some normality especially for those who have no family living with them.

One such example was The Willows Care Home, Blackpool. We received a review from them and soon will be doing a live show for them at their care home.

 

“On behalf of our residents, their families and staff at The Willows Care Home, Blackpool, I would like to acknowledge our sincere appreciation to the Blackpool Music Academy for 8 months of superb weekly live entertainment brought to us via zoom.

When John, Academy Chairman, first approached us with the concept, we were in the middle of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We had not had live entertainment at The Willows for some time. It didn’t take much convincing to sign up to the project. John arranged for his IT specialist to come to The Willows and set up our equipment so that we could connect to Zoom and he provided cables and a camera. Later John even loaned us a laptop as well.

From our weekly conversations with John, whose commitment and professionalism shone through his outgoing personality, to the cruise ship quality performances from all the entertainers, we all embraced and thoroughly enjoyed the varied entertainment program.

Our residents and staff would gather each week in the Day Room, residents had their favourite alcoholic beverage and space made for dancing, we even had percussion instruments to join in with the performances.

We especially loved the interaction with John and his entertainers during their performances, we really felt as though they were in the room with us.

We could also see other care homes enjoying themselves to and we really did feel part of a community event.

We, at The Willows Care Home, would like to say THANK YOU, to John and everyone at The Blackpool Music Academy for providing first class entertainment.

We have kept in touch and John and The Academy are providing a two-hour live entertainment music festival type show for our first garden party since before the lockdown in 2020. Our residents, their families and our staff can’t wait to welcome them into our home and say THANK YOU in person.”

 

Julie Critchmoor, Activities and Wellbeing Co-ordinator,

The Willows Care Home, Blackpool. June 2022

Blackpool Music School is proud to be going out into the community and presenting a music variety show at Stanley Park bandstand Blackpool on 29th May 2022 at 1pm. This is a free event run by the Friends of Stanley Park. Please come along and support us.

 

 

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Blackpool Music School is pleased to welcome Debbie Smart as part of the team. She will formally take over this postition on 26th April 2022.

Debbie has come from a varied managerial and administrative background and will be able to put this experience to good use in the day to day running of the school. Debbie is thrilled to be part of this wonderful, community based music school and hopes to be here for many years to come.

Blackpool Music School is going out into the local community. This new and exciting project is called ‘Entertainment for All’ with our first concert being scheduled at Stanley Park Bandstand on Sunday the 29th of May, 1pm-4pm. There will be a variety of artists, including our very own Rock Star and Youth Band. It is a fantastic opportunity for the school to show case some of our many talented students, as well as other artists.

This is one of ten concerts the school will be performing, and we would really appreciate your support.

Hopefully, the weather will be in our favor, and everyone can enjoy some great entertainment in the sunshine.

See you soon!

Blackpool Music School would like to sincerely thank the Dulverton Trust Fund for their kind donation of £5,000.00.

We are starting a new project this spring/summer  ‘Entertainment for All’ which takes our students and entertainers out into the community.

Students will learn how to perform in front of a live audiance at various venues, and will also benefit from learning the technical side of setting up a show.

This money will help with costs involved with this project.

THANK YOU!

We would like to express our appreciation to the Vera Wolstencroft Children’s & Animal Trust.

Blackpool Music School received the sum of £18,335.89 in October 2021, which will be used to set up a new project.

NEW PROJECT  – Entertainment for All.

We have used this funding to purchase the necessary equipment and a new trailer, so we can take entertainment out in the community.

This will give our students a chance to do live entertainment, as well as learning the technical side of things.

We are hoping to get this project under way by this spring/summer, doing ten events per year at various venues.

Watch this space!

Blackpool Music School will be closed after classes on the 19th of December and will return on the 4th of January 2022.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Christmas.

 

We would like to thank the Albert Hunt Trust for their donation of £1,000, which was used to help support our Variety Show 2021.