Winnall Rock School moving house!

Winnall Rock School in Winchester has gone from strength to strength over the last year, with over sixty young people from the neighbourhood making amazing progress with their music skills and bringing loads of energy and enthusiasm to the project, thanks to the National Foundation for Youth Music, the Local Network Fund and Children's Fund, Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council.

Following a fantastic show at the Theatre Royal in June, the Rock School members, all aged from 10 to 18, Music Leader Tobin Thomson and his dedicated team of volunteer and professional musicians are full of plans for even more exciting work to be done in 2006.

Young people from other areas of the city are keen to get involved, and there is a strong interest in adding some music technology tuition to the music and performance activities. There are even ideas for a rural rock bus to reach young people isolated in the District's villages.

But all this will need some cash from funders, and while the fund-raising work is done by the Rock School's steering committee with advice from the two local Councils, the regular Tuesday evening sessions will be moving into the local Primary School in Garbett Road, Winnall, as from November, thanks to a clear welcome from the staff and governors there.

Winnall and Highcliffe is rightly very proud of its budding young musicians and everyone is looking forward to a successful and noisy 2006!

For more information please contact - Marilyn Michalowicz, Winchester City Council Arts Development Officer, Tel: 01962 848 175; email
or Chris Pines, Chair, Winnall Rock School, Tel: 01962 852 709