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Northfleet music group finds new home

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 July 2018

The group was facing being homeless before a media appeal. Picture: Knights Academy of Music and Performing Arts

The group was facing being homeless before a media appeal. Picture: Knights Academy of Music and Performing Arts

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A Northfleet music group has found its new home after a media appeal proved successful.

The group were put in touch with Northfleet School For Girls, where they are now running their twice weekly rehearsals from. Picture: Knights Academy of Music and Performing ArtsThe group were put in touch with Northfleet School For Girls, where they are now running their twice weekly rehearsals from. Picture: Knights Academy of Music and Performing Arts

The Knights Academy of Music and Performing Arts was facing being homeless for the first time in its 26 year history after being moved from their long-standing practice space to make way for demolition and re-building.

They moved temporarily to Shears Green School but after July, had nowhere to go until they were put in touch with Northfleet School For Girls, where they are now running their twice weekly rehearsals from.

Musical director Paul Richards, who himself learnt to play music with the group when it was a marching band, said: “It was quite a worry for a little while there, not knowing where we were going to rehears from.

“Finding a replacement venue was tricky because we didn’t want too much impact on our young musicians’ journeys to us each week.

The group were put in touch with Northfleet School For Girls, where they are now running their twice weekly rehearsals from. Picture: Knights Academy of Music and Performing ArtsThe group were put in touch with Northfleet School For Girls, where they are now running their twice weekly rehearsals from. Picture: Knights Academy of Music and Performing Arts

“Our new home at the school offers us a large hall to play ensemble, plus classrooms to use for brass, drums and music theory too – it’s just what we need.

“We must thank Shears Green though, for homing us temporarily – enabling us to keep the group running whilst we found somewhere permanent.”

The group holds lessons twice a week to teach youngsters aged from 6-15 how to read music and play a variety of musical instruments.

The volunteer teachers are themselves musicians, either in their spare time or by profession and run the group at an affordable level for most youngsters who want to join them.

Paul added: “We’re teaching them not only how to play music and music theory, but life skills – confidence, team work, participation, attention, listening and respect.

“By playing music together, they learn that we’re stronger together – brass, drumline and percussion.

“It’s really satisfying to see them develop and progress.”

The group is regularly booked for events and has already taken part in this year’s Northfleet carnival and several summer fetes.

They are also booked for some Christmas performances across Gravesham.

For more information of the group contact Paul Richards on 07875 415852 or info@knightsacademy.org.uk.

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