Volunteers call as music work starts

Owner John Shaw can't wait to get started with the tuition, as volunteer Stephen Wood (far left) gets on with the work.
Owner John Shaw can't wait to get started with the tuition, as volunteer Stephen Wood (far left) gets on with the work.
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WORK has started to transform Blackpool’s Music Academy into a haven for the resort’s talent.

Leaders at the community music school got the keys to their very own premises two weeks ago and work is now under way to transform it into a magical place.

Five volunteers have already come forward from the local community to help rip up carpets, apply a lick of paint and lend a helping hand at the Waterloo Road school.

But there is a long way to go according to founder John Shaw.

He said: “We are so pleased to have the school and incredibly grateful for the support we have already been offered. We want this academy to belong to the people of Blackpool and for this to be a facility they can be proud of.

“The help of the people of Blackpool is absolutely vital however as there is such a lot to be done.

“Some structural work is needed and we need electricians, plumbers and builders to come forward.

“Anybody with skills is desperately needed as we could potentially train the musical stars of the future here.”

The school aims to make learning a musical instrument possible for everyone – regardless of age and finances.

It is run on a not-for-profit basis and tuition is available in guitar, banjo, drums, keyboard and a whole range of other instruments. A builder, engineer and plasterer have already offered their services but building equipment is needed.

Mr Shaw is asking for donations of plasterboard, bricks, timber for joinery and even electrical cable.

He has pledged a lifetime of free advertising for any local companies on music school material and even plans to have a plaque installed acknowledging contributors.

He added: “We can’t wait to get our first music lessons here but a lot of work is needed first.

“We are working our way through the building doing what we can without any expert help but eventually this is going to grind to a halt.

“This is a really unique place and eventually it will mean learning a musical instrument is something everyone in Blackpool can do.”

To volunteer your services at the music academy, call John on 0788 7873309.