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Harrogate Brigantes Rotary have received a £6,000 grant from Youth Music for their next ‘Kids Aloud’ project.

The group have been arranging bi-annual ‘Kids Aloud’ concerts since 2009.

The concerts allow primary school children to perform in front of packed audiences at Harrogate’s Royal Hall whilst raising money for international causes.

And Youth Music, a national charity funded by the National Lottery, has awarded the group almost £6,000 to continue the project.

Local primary school children will be help write the words and music to songs telling a newly-written story, The Last Dragon, performed in a series of concerts in Harrogate in 2023.

Project Director and author of The Last Dragon Guy Wilson said:

“News of the grant award is a great filip. It helps secure the project in these difficult times, ensures that many children in the Harrogate district will have the opportunity to create and perform music as part of Kids Aloud 2023, and gives us a firm base from which to launch a sponsorship campaign.

“We hope this will provide the remaining funding that we require to deliver top quality support that will enhance the children’s experience. Roland and I are now preparing to go into the schools next year and are both looking forward to working with the children and their teachers.”

The grant will cover all the direct musical costs and ensures that the project can go ahead.

Carmel Wake, the project’s musical lead and schools’ co-ordinator warmly welcomed the news.

She said:

“The last months have been tough for all of us in schools. As teachers we know how much the children have missed because of the lockdowns and other restrictions. Kids Aloud 2023 has been a bright beacon of hope in a sometimes bleak landscape.

“The news that Youth Music will be supporting us and helping us give many local children a wonderful experience of creation and performance is the best possible tonic for us all.

“We intend to make The Last Dragon our best show to date and can’t wait to get started.”

If you’d like to sign up your school, contact Harrogate Brigantes via their website here.

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