Blessed William Howard

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Students raise over one thousand pounds with 11 concerts


Eleven Year 11 music students at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School have arranged 11 concerts and 2 art exhibitions in just four months.

Each concert has raised money for a different charity with a total of £1102 being raised by the students.  Charities helped include Help The Heroes, The Brain Tumour Charity, Dalit Freedom Network as well as The Scout Jamboree and the school’s Lourdes Pilgrimage fund.

Organising and producing concerts forms part of the students’ course, a special Gold Arts Award qualification that they are taking alongside a BTEC certificate in Music.  All of the students have already secured high level passes at Music GCSE.

The concerts started in December when Ellie Gilbert (15) organised a concert in Rowley Hall Nursing Home.  Lucy Palmer, Aaron Brown and Emily Hancock (all 16 years old ) also worked independently to arrange concerts that brought musicians, actors and dancers from many external groups into the school.

 “These are truly remarkable students and deserve to get a great deal of recognition for their hard work,” commented Mrs Anita Helliker, teacher of music at Blessed William Howard.   “They have not only helped many charities with their fundraising, but have demonstrated excellent leadership qualities, as well as an ability to work as a team.  The concerts showed just how talented they are at organising, managing, delegating and communicating – very professional at every level.”

The final concert will take place at The Gatehouse Theatre in June as part of ‘Celebrating Music 2014’.