Skinners’ Academy is proud to have been awarded two awards at the Music Service Gala in November 2017.
With a music department that has gone from strength to strength in the past few years, this trajectory was highlighted when the Hackney Music Service awarded Skinners’ Academy the Instrumental Fund for Ensemble Development and Year 10 Abged Siddig (Grade 4 Piano ) won one of three individual pupil awards.
Rachael Adediran, Head of Music at Skinners’ Academy, said: “I just wanted to say how excited I am that our music department won the Ensemble Development Award. The whole team here are delighted to have had their hard work and their pupil’s progress recognised by this award.”
Acknowledging the talent across the borough, Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, added: “There are so many talented young musicians in Hackney, I am proud that we can provide financial assistance for music, as funding lessons, instruments and competitions can be very costly. Music and the arts are just as important as maths and English, and I’m determined that money should not be a barrier to any Hackney young person pursuing their dreams, fulfilling their passion for music, and appearing at national arts venues.”
Tim Clark, Principal of Skinners’ Academy noted “When I think about our highlights within the Skinners’ Academy community, that often involves performances of our pupils (and staff) and these awards will mean that even more pupils will have the potential to learn an instrument and work in a team as part of an ensemble. As a musician myself, I personally understand the value of instrumental and ensemble lessons for our students and would like to congratulate Rachael and her team on their impressive achievements.”
The ensemble development fund will go towards purchasing instruments including euphoniums, tubas and double basses which more pupils will soon be able to enjoy.