A charity that supports musically talented disadvantaged children and young people has launched in Greenwich.

The Greenwich Music Trust , chaired by Carolyn Roberts at Thomas Tallis School, will provide scholarships for talented youngsters whose families cannot afford one-to-one instrumental tuition.

At a launch event on Thursday, January 28 at Blackheath Halls young musicians played for the crowd, including Jane Hammond, a student at Thomas Tallis School, who has won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music from September 2016 and Mayor’s Fund scholar Naara Neto from Harris Academy.

The key note speech was given by BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey, CBE and the charity’s patron Jools Holland delivered a pre-recorded speech.

Jane Hammond

In it, he said: “Although I cannot physically be with you this evening – I am totally with you in spirit, as your patron - and wish you all well at this launch event of the Greenwich Music Trust.

“The Trust is doing very important work in its endeavour to financially support - musically talented children and young people – so that they can benefit from one to one musical tuition and grow as musicians. I do hope you can support this work in whatever way you can – because learning an instrument is a lifelong gift.

Shannon Mahoney

“It gives a child a chance to succeed, to believe in themselves and to express themselves creatively – whatever their background.”

The trust works closely with the Royal Greenwich Music Hub which provides a range of services, including instrumental tuition, classroom music and a range of extra-curricular activities to over 5,000 young musicians in the borough.

Singer Dr Claire Mera-Nelson

Among the Hub’s partnership are Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Stretto Music and Trinity Laban.

Although the initiative has received funding from the Mayor’s Fund, there is still more money needed and the trust is campaigning to raise funds to meet this need.