Oswestry charity, Music MOB (Music Matters in Oswestry and the Borderlands) was
originally started to support free instrumental and vocal lessons for children whose families
may not have the means to provide them. After less than two years of operation, Music
MOB can report that it is making significant progress.
In 2021 Oswestry’s fabulous and hugely well supported Youth Music Festival attracted
around 1,000 participants. Of course, it is wonderful to see how vibrant and popular both
learning and performing music is amongst the young people of the area. However, it is a
matter of sadness and concern that only 30% of those entries came from children who
attend state schools. Music MOB is working hard to redress that balance and encourage
participation from many of its own new learners.
In October 2021 Music MOB started teaching 24 children attending local state schools a
variety of instruments absolutely free and those numbers have grown to 95 children from
four schools. The charity also runs two choirs and a recorder ensemble. The children have
not just enjoyed learning their instruments but have also been involved in other musical
activities, such as the Songs for Ukraine Concert, the Whittington Festival in 2022 and the
Fron Male Voice Choir Christmas Charity Concert.
Music MOB is delighted to report that this year’s Youth Music Festival attracted 23 entries,
involving 50 children, taught by Music MOB. They performed in various classes including
strings, drums, woodwind and solo voice, along with group entries from a choir, a musical
theatre ensemble and a recorder ensemble. There were a pleasing number of successes
with children gaining Merits, Commendeds and one Distinction. Two first places were
awarded, one to the recorder ensemble and one to a saxophone entry. In total, the Festival
attracted its usual high number of entries but this year the percentage of entries from
children from state schools has risen from 30% to nearly 40% and this is a very healthy sign
that music is on the rise!
The work of Music MOB is supported by kind donations and grants from individuals, groups
and trusts, along with donations of instruments. Should you wish to learn more about the
charity or donate, then please do visit our website at www.musicmob.co.uk.
As said by some other world-famous musicians, Thank you for the music!
Music MOB musician, Bonnie, receives her winner’s trophy from Oswestry’s Mayor, Councillor Jay