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New project hits the right note

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Gino Lathom on guitar and Sonny Dunn on the drums Gino Lathom on guitar and Sonny Dunn on the drums

Budding young musicians in Liverpool are being encouraged to pen their own songs with a little help from an award-winning singer/songwriter.

Funded by housing association Riverside, Music Maestros is a programme of guitar classes, recording lessons and song-writing workshops run by Gerry Murphy at Edge Hill Youth Club.

Winner of the Performing Right Society’s John Lennon Award, Gerry has played all the major stages in Liverpool and performed on BBC and ITV television as well as local, national and international radio.

Anne Devin, Youth Centre Manager, said: “We have previously had Gerry in for taster sessions and the young people loved the experience so much so that they have been asking when he’s coming back. Until now we haven’t had the funds to secure him for an extended period.

“Riverside’s donation has enabled us to run a 12-week course and invest in some new guitars as well as some strings for our current guitars and some music books.”

Lisa Shearwood-Vingoe, Riverside’s Community Investment Officer, added: “Music shouldn’t be limited to those from privileged backgrounds but the fact of the matter is, instruments are expensive. Music provision in schools has been cut as result of slashed government budgets so without extra-curricular clubs like this, many children would never have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.

“Studies have found that learning an instrument has wide-reaching benefits to young people from increasing their concentration and attention to improving their memory and coordination. It’s also a great hobby to keep young people off the streets and prevent them from falling into anti-social behaviour.” 

The young people will be given the opportunity to record their original songs onto CD and the project will culminate in an event to showcase their talents to their parents and the wider community.

The classes take place every Monday at Edge Hill Youth Club on Durning Road. For more information contact Anne Devin on 0151 263 2921 / 07968 261765 or edgehillyc@btopenworld.com.

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