Our Friends

Friends of The North East of Scotland Music School

Chairman: Roger Williams   Secretary: Kathleen Haw   Treasurer and Membership Secretary: Jennifer Bonsell   Reg. Charity No. SC 014898

Please consider becoming a Friend of NESMS

The North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS) has existed for over 40 years and is a musical resource almost unique to a British city.  Instrumental and singing tutors from around the country are regularly brought to Aberdeen to teach North East students of all ages for a modest fee.  Many of these teachers come from Conservatoires and can thus bring students on to an advanced level of performance.

Much of the high standard of musical performance in the North East is directly attributable to NESMS and an enlightened Education Department.  Unfortunately, recent budget cutbacks have caused major attrition to music education in the area's schools.  The need to support NESMS now is really quite urgent.

NESMS is not an organisation with deep pockets.  It is a charitable setup very dependent on the generosity of donations and sponsorship.  Where possible, Friends attend and help with money raising activities and concerts.  Friends also endeavour to support pupils and provide performing opportunities.

Many different skills and backgrounds can be brought to bear and a close knowledge of music is not required.  Some volunteers accommodate visiting tutors thus saving NESMS significant hotel (and often taxi) costs.  This is greatly appreciated and those who participate will find that musicians make easy and entertaining house guests.

The annual membership fee is a very modest £15.  Please consider joining us.

Achievement of Objects in Financial Year to 30 June 2020

A report from the Friends' Treasurer in our 30th anniversary year:

a.  Encourage interest and enthusiasm among the public

We spread the word about NESMS to family, friends and colleagues
We produced and circulated a Friends newsletter in autumn 2019
We ran a Christmas card design competition and sold 1,000 branded cards

b.  Encourage support of NESMS by fund raising

Our net income was £2,461 from subscriptions, donations and product sales
We held the annual coffee morning and a composer afternoon

c.  Provide support for pupils, teaching staff and administrators

We donated a scholarship to NESMS to mark our 30th anniversary

d.  Assist in the promotion of concerts and recitals

Sadly, we had to cancel the Scholarship Concert scheduled for June 2020

Join the Friends and help us to educate

the next generation of top musicians

in the North East of Scotland

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