Music students support campaign against cuts to Redbridge Music Service

PUBLISHED: 15:24 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:39 18 February 2015

 Music school students  collecting signatures for petition against cuts in Ilford Town.

Music school students collecting signatures for petition against cuts in Ilford Town.


Young musicians took to the streets to drum up support to keep Redbridge Music Service’s council funding.

An online petition – called “Hands Off Redbridge Music Service” – has already collected just over 1,200 signatures as part of the campaign to protect the Barkingside-based centre and about 20 students rallied up more support in Ilford town centre yesterday.

Helen Watson, secretary of the centre, said: “As parents we are opposed to losing council funding.

“It is not acceptable that children should have to pay for what mistakes politicians have made with the economy.”

Redbridge Council is proposing to cut £185,000 of the service’s funding over the next two years, which goes towards instrument hire and lessons.

Speaking to the Recorder last month, Cllr Wes Streeting pointed out how the centre would not be closing down.

He said: “We have £70m worth of savings to find while trying to come up with the best way of safe guarding services.

“We would like to see a company take over the instrument hire centre so not only will we save money but the value and the quality of the service will remain the same.”

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