Give us an academy boost!

The Blackpool Gazette is launching a campaign to raise �20,000 to save Blackpool Music Academy shop and school on Waterloo Road.'Pictured is student Kerry Strongwick.'7th April 2015
The Blackpool Gazette is launching a campaign to raise �20,000 to save Blackpool Music Academy shop and school on Waterloo Road.'Pictured is student Kerry Strongwick.'7th April 2015
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Some of Blackpool Music Academy’s brightest young students have backed The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune campaign to help give children the gift of music.

Kerry Strangwick, 11, of Bromsgrove Avenue, Bispham, has been playing music under guidance from the Academy’s tutors for four years.

After attempting to play the cornet and flute, she is now a fully fledged guitar player – counting stars including Paloma Faith and Kelly Clarkson among her favourites.

The Montgomery High School student said: “I first started playing after I saw an advert for the Academy in The Gazette.

“The event was about having a go on a couple of instruments at Springfield Methodist Church in Bispham.

“I tried the cornet, the flute, but soon realised the guitar was so much better.”

Kerry visits the Academy every Saturday for lessons and plays every day in her free time.

She said she is very supportive of the The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune campaign, which is asking readers to donate instruments and help raise £20,000 to assist subsidising music lessons for students.

Kerry added: “(Playing) has made me more confident.

“It has given me the confidence to go out and try something new.

“The campaign helps people who do not have the opportunity to try out instruments.”

Kerry’s mum, Tracey Strangwick, 49, added: “Music is a good thing for her to do.

“Kerry likes writing her own music and tapping into background pieces during writing.

“She loves making up her own tunes.

“In February, she played at a festival at St Bede’s School in Lytham where she came second in a music competition – she has a talent.”

Famous names includ-ing DJ Danny Howard, singer Little Boots and West End star Jodie Prenger have all thrown their support behind our campaign.

If £20,000 is raised it will help subsidise 10 classes of six musicians for a year, with lesson fees which normally cost £10 dropping to £4 per person.

Anyone interested in sup-porting our Give Us A Tune campaign can drop instru-ments off at the Academy in Waterloo Road, Blackpool.

To donate money to the Academy, visit www.black-poolmusicacademy.com or for more information contact (01253) 695398