A PROJECT in memory of a Tameside councillor that aims to introduce children to music and the Arts has hit the right note with MP Jonathan Reynolds.
The Sylvia Swiffin Trust – set up in memory of former music teacher and Tameside councillor Sylvia Swiffin – aims to fund a series of events that will introduce children to music and art.
It already supports a number of youngsters who take part in music lessons through the Tameside Music Service. And recently it held a concert for more than 270 children from Hyde primary schools, showcasing talented young musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is so impressed by the work of the Trust that he has agreed to become a Patron.
“It is really important that children have the opportunity to develop their talents, whether that’s in sport, drama, music or design," said Mr Reynolds.
“This project has already given hundreds of children their first taste of classical music. And it may well inspire many of them to learn how to play an instrument.
“The Trust is a fitting legacy to a woman who has clearly dedicated much of her lives to others, as a teacher and as a local councillor.
“I am delighted to have been asked to be the Trust’s first Patron – and I wish them all the best for their future projects.”
Sylvia, who died at home in Romiley aged 69, had been a Newton councillor in the 1970s and 1980s and had taught music in Salford.
Her husband John set up the Sylvia Swiffin Trust in her memory, with the aim of raising money to fund a series of events that would introduce youngsters to music and art.
He said: “Sylvia loved being a teacher, was a graduate of the Northern College of Music and she was Hyde born and bred. She felt that classical music opened up a whole new world for children and she would have loved the idea of this concert.
“The trust has received some wonderful support from a number of people in the community, particularly Newton councillor Peter Robinson, John Sullivan, Maureen Leigh and Jane Moore from the Tameside Instrumental Music Service and Karen Humphreys from the Junior RNCM.
“We are so very grateful to them and others for helping us to put an event that will help children understand and appreciate music.”
Details of the trust can be found at www.thesylviaswiffintrust.co.uk
Published 12 June, 2012