We have been working with the Midi Music Company since 2003. The Midi Music Company is an innovative music education and talent development charity, based in Deptford, south London. Their mission is to champion excellence through educational programmes, nurturing the musical talent of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged 11-30, and empower them with the skills and confidence to seek careers in music and the creative industries. In collaboration with the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Music Bursary Award and London Borough of Lewisham four children from The Budding Musicians Club, aged between six and fifteen years old, were offered a year’s free, one-to-one instrumental tuition with us at the Conservatoire. The subsequent success of the bursary winners enabled us to increase the number of awards from four to ten per year with the financial support of the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial. We have since added to this partnership by introducing extended burseries for the bursary winners who displayed the highest level of commitment and talent, offering a further two years of tuition.
Past winner of the Midi bursary, Michelle O’Faith, won the ‘Women Make Music Award’ funded by PRSF, and expressed her gratitude to both the Conservatoire and Midi Music.