One of the UK’s brightest musical talents is the latest famous name to throw her support behind The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune appeal.
Blackpool-born singer Rae Morris is supporting our bid to leave a lasting musical legacy in the resort.
We want Gazette readers to donate 50 musical instruments as well as £20,000 to help subsidise lessons at Blackpool Music Academy.
And, following support from the likes of musical star Jodie Prenger, singer Little Boots and DJ Danny Howard, Rae is the latest big name to back our campaign, which has already seen a number of instruments donated.
The 22-year-old said: “I think it is a wonderful idea. Generally, there is a huge lack of resources out there for young people to get into music.
“I was really fortunate my mum and dad had a piano. If you do not have something like that, you do not have a starting point.
“I went to school at St George’s School and was lucky there was a building on site called Blackpool Music Service.
“I used to go to the orchestra there, called the Blackpool Youth Orchestra. I also got to play a saxophone – it gave me first-hand experience. You can’t just buy one for £800.
“If it was not for school lessons I would not have done it.I had to pay for lessons, but it is another concern for families who can’t pay for lessons.”
For nine years the academy has helped people of all ages to learn music. Despite sizeable donations to support the centre, the academy needs help to continue teaching others – something Rae is very supportive of.
“For a long time I was not aware of the importance of learning an instrument. When you are a kid, unless you are from a musical family, you do not understand the worth of it,” Rae added.
“If you play the piano, you could be the next Chris Martin off Coldplay. Kids need to relate to someone. Show them the greats, someone to aspire to.
“I hope people can go on and show their talents.”
n To support our Give Us A Tune campaign, you can drop instruments off at the Academy on Waterloo Road, Black-pool. The academy can collect items from homes if required.
To donate money to the academy, visit www.blackpoolmusicacademy.com. For more information, contact (01253) 695398.