Lanarkshire musicians receive grants from Eilidh's Trust

North Lanarkshire-based Fever Pitch Academy is among the Lanarkshire recipients of funding from Eilidh's Trust
-Credit: (Image: Contributed/Hamilton Advertiser)

Six community music groups from across Lanarkshire are to benefit from this year’s round of funding being issued by the Eilidh’s Trust charity.

Groups including Clydesdale Community Concert Band, musical theatre group Fever Pitch Academy and Lanark and District Pipe Band will all benefit from grants to support their work.

The charity was set up in honour of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod, the talented young musician from Barra who died in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017. It has now been running for six years and the latest awards take the funding granted to more than £100,000.

Carluke-based Clydesdale Community Concert Band will use their £1000 grant to purchase all the sets of music needed for players in both its senior and junior bands for the next year, and say they are “extremely grateful” for the support.

A group of 100 youngsters from North Lanarkshire-based Fever Pitch are getting set to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in August and thanked the charity “from the bottom of our hearts” for the support, saying: “The money will be extremely helpful in taking local children to make memories that will last a lifetime, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Bothwell Futures are also among the grant recipients to extend their music-making classes, and chair Kevin Moore OBE said: “We have been working with our young people to encourage them to become engaged in the community whilst also raising their self-esteem through active involvement in music.”

Successful grant applications were also made by Lanark and district pipe band, Coalburn brass band and Croy silver band.

The Lanarkshire recipients are among 52 groups and individuals across Scotland sharing more than £43,000 after this year’s highest-ever number of applications to Eilidh’s Trust, which supports music education for young people and aims to remove “barriers to participating in lessons and music activities”.

Charity founder Suzanne White said: “We are beyond thrilled to make this funding available to support 2000 young musicians across Scotland – the funding will make a considerable impact to the skills and confidence of those we are supporting and have a positive impact on the future of Scotland’s music scene across many disciplines and genres.

“We are a small grants charity and to have gone through the £100,000 barrier is more than we ever imagined when we set out in 2018. We are delighted that we are able to do this for her.

“This just shows that Eilidh’s story has the power to make a positive change in the future. We’re delighted to be a part of that and building Eilidh’s legacy through these young people and ensuring financial barriers to tuition are being reduced or removed all together. “

* Don't miss the latest headlines from around Lanarkshire. Sign up to our newsletters here.

And did you know Lanarkshire Live is on Facebook? Head on over and give us a like and share!