As part of Play Far Away Day this Saturday, music groups and individual musicians – from youth orchestras to community choirs, blues bands to folk duos – took to remote spots in North Yorkshire to make music, sharing photos and videos of their groups and performances on social media, and helping us to make the case that music-making should be an activity open to every child and young person, not matter where they live!
Support for the campaign came from across the county and beyond, with groups from Wensleydale to Scarborough, from Skipton to the North York Moors and Whitby, and more in between!
23 groups took part in the campaign from 16 different parts of the county, and many more supporters too, helping us to spread our fundraising message and raise money for new projects. Now you can help!
We’re raising funds for new children and young people’s music activities in North Yorkshire, and we need your support to help us reach our target. Please donate, and share the donation page with your networks. Any amount, big or small, will make a huge difference in helping us to bring more music to children and young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Donate at bit.ly/givetoplayfaraway
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Thanks for the support!
As part of the Play Far Away Day campaign, we’re revisiting the Calls to Actions from our research report on young people, music and rural isolation, Gone in the Air.
Published in January 2015, the report outlined the challenges faced by young people living in rural areas and the enormous benefits that participatory music can offer to their life chances, such as enhanced social and personal skills which influence their future employability.
Find out more about the findings of the report here.
Music for Two, Catterick Garrison
Dales Jam, Grassington
TOPS Orchestra, Thirsk
Musical Mums, Harrogate
Richmond Jam, Richmond
St Cecilia Youth Orchestra, Thirsk
Alverton Singers, Northallerton
Hut People, Reeth
Northallerton Music Centre