In 1976, Lord Yehudi Menuhin was in Bermuda to perform in the Bermuda Festival. While here, his visit to the string group at Warwick Academy sparked his interest and out of it grew his idea to establish a string quartet on island that would provide instruction in stringed instruments to all of Bermuda’s school children. To take his dream to fruition, the Menuhin Foundation was created. Having been one of those students, hearing Lord Menuhin’s beautiful violin playing ignited a love and passion that has lasted a lifetime. I am as proud to honour his talent and accomplishments as I am to be chairman of this wonderful foundation.
The goal of the Foundation is to “foster and develop an interest in classical and other music and the playing thereof” and “to recruit teachers and organise and produce programmes and concerts and other forms of entertainment and musical education.” (The Menuhin Foundation Act 1976.)
Today we employ five talented string musicians who enrich the lives of our young students through group and individual tuition. The Schools Programme is in almost every government primary school. Additionally, our Saturday Centre provides three orchestras: The First Orchestra for beginners, as well as the Junior and Youth Orchestras. Students also take advantage of Theory and Aural instruction at the Saturday Centre.
Our Youth Orchestra performs at various venues throughout the year and all three of our orchestras perform in the Foundation concerts at Christmas and Easter. At the end of every school year, we have our summer concert where all our students in the Schools Programme and the Saturday Centre perform.
The services that we provide to island children would not be possible without the generous support of the people of Bermuda. Every year the Government demonstrates its belief in our mission with a grant.
The Menuhin Foundation also offers the West End Project, which endeavours to build on the experience of Bermuda’s introductory string P4 students. P5 and P6 students are offered the opportunity to continue learning their instrument through an after-school program. This program will be offered twice per week at Sandy’s Middle School, from 4 to 5pm, at a cost of $25.00 per 2 sessions. Students will learn additional techniques, music theory and history, the importance of exploration, collaboration, practice and more in small groups of 8 – 12.
We are fortunate to have the support of several businesses and of many individual patrons. Without the support of our patrons, we would not be able to continue our work with our children. If you would like to support our work in Bermuda, either by enrolling your children in our programme or by becoming a patron, please contact us today.
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