Musical protest planned in Brighton

Hundreds of young musicians will make their voices heard this weekend over another target for budget cuts.

Children aged between 11 and 18 are staging a mass busking protest at Churchill Square from 2pm on Saturday.

More than 3,000 people have already signed a petition against proposals to withdraw £107,000 from the Brighton and Hove music service as part of council budget cuts.

Currently 2,500 children across the city use the service each week, including 500 families from low-income backgrounds.

According to protesters the council’s planned cuts, along with reductions in central Government grant, will leave the service with less than half its current funding.

Campaigner Beth Randall, a parent and French horn player with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, said: “This is not just about providing music lessons to privileged children.

"Many of those who use the service are on low incomes and it provides an alternative youth service, bringing together and motivating young people from diverse backgrounds and parts of the city in a positive way.”

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11:34am Fri 13 Jan 12

NickBrt says...

Brilliant> Hope plenty of people go there. Much more worthwhile than those supposed 99% wasters.
Brilliant> Hope plenty of people go there. Much more worthwhile than those supposed 99% wasters. NickBrt

12:13pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Hovite says...

That’s nice, target the children.

Learning an instrument or anything performance related is a great way to channel kids self development and imagination.

Music has played a massive part in our evolution and it is every child’s right to have an opportunity to connect with their inner selves.

One word of advice to the organisers is make to sure this is videoed and use a tripod, not the classic dodgy hand help clip.

Good luck on Saturday.
That’s nice, target the children. Learning an instrument or anything performance related is a great way to channel kids self development and imagination. Music has played a massive part in our evolution and it is every child’s right to have an opportunity to connect with their inner selves. One word of advice to the organisers is make to sure this is videoed and use a tripod, not the classic dodgy hand help clip. Good luck on Saturday. Hovite

12:40pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

There's no mention at all in this report about what exactly the funding pays for. I for one would like to know, and I wish they had told us.
I am totally against any cuts that in any way prevent children from exploring the world of music.
It has been proved over and over again that children who play a musical instrument do better generally at learning, so this is so short sighted and stupid it beggars belief.
I really want those people who voted Tory to put their hands up and own up. If you ask anyone it seems no-one did.
There's no mention at all in this report about what exactly the funding pays for. I for one would like to know, and I wish they had told us. I am totally against any cuts that in any way prevent children from exploring the world of music. It has been proved over and over again that children who play a musical instrument do better generally at learning, so this is so short sighted and stupid it beggars belief. I really want those people who voted Tory to put their hands up and own up. If you ask anyone it seems no-one did. Ballroom Blitz

12:59pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Artificial says...

I had the chance to learn an instrument through the music service. My parents could never have afforded a French horn otherwise. I didn't keep it up but it was a great opportunity, plus studies have shown how studying music improves children's behaviour and ability to learn.
I had the chance to learn an instrument through the music service. My parents could never have afforded a French horn otherwise. I didn't keep it up but it was a great opportunity, plus studies have shown how studying music improves children's behaviour and ability to learn. Artificial

1:07pm Fri 13 Jan 12

GIVE UP says...

I HOPE RIZZLE KICKS,THE LEVELERS AND OTHER BANDS WHO BENEFIT FROM FESTIVALS WHICH ARE HELD IN THE CITY COME TO THE PROTEST OTHER WISE IT'LL BE ANOTHER PROTEST HI-JACKED BY THE SOAP DODGERS.BRIGHTON PETITION CAPITAL OF THE UK TOO MANY PEOPLE SIGN PETITIONS BUT DON'T COME OUT IN SUPPORT.
I HOPE RIZZLE KICKS,THE LEVELERS AND OTHER BANDS WHO BENEFIT FROM FESTIVALS WHICH ARE HELD IN THE CITY COME TO THE PROTEST OTHER WISE IT'LL BE ANOTHER PROTEST HI-JACKED BY THE SOAP DODGERS.BRIGHTON PETITION CAPITAL OF THE UK TOO MANY PEOPLE SIGN PETITIONS BUT DON'T COME OUT IN SUPPORT. GIVE UP

1:12pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Hovite says...

Artificial wrote:
I had the chance to learn an instrument through the music service. My parents could never have afforded a French horn otherwise. I didn't keep it up but it was a great opportunity, plus studies have shown how studying music improves children's behaviour and ability to learn.
Exactly Artificial;

You speak for many with this experience.

Ballroom Blitz;

I agree with most of what you say apart from blaming it on the Tories.

The whole reason why we and the world are in deep recession is because of Blair joining Bush in his illegal war.

This funding should be subsidised within a local level budget. When our council spend £7000 plus on a Gimmick Budget Simulator, it makes me question all the other decisions they are making.
[quote][p][bold]Artificial[/bold] wrote: I had the chance to learn an instrument through the music service. My parents could never have afforded a French horn otherwise. I didn't keep it up but it was a great opportunity, plus studies have shown how studying music improves children's behaviour and ability to learn.[/p][/quote]Exactly Artificial; You speak for many with this experience. Ballroom Blitz; I agree with most of what you say apart from blaming it on the Tories. The whole reason why we and the world are in deep recession is because of Blair joining Bush in his illegal war. This funding should be subsidised within a local level budget. When our council spend £7000 plus on a Gimmick Budget Simulator, it makes me question all the other decisions they are making. Hovite

1:15pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Hovite says...

GIVE UP;

DO YOU HAVETO SHOUT, I'M NOT DEAF!
GIVE UP; DO YOU HAVETO SHOUT, I'M NOT DEAF! Hovite

1:27pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Number Six says...

If it's £107000 per year then between 2500 students works out a less than £1 per week per student. That's not asking too much to contribute. Not sure where the Tories come into it. I thought B&H had a Green council
If it's £107000 per year then between 2500 students works out a less than £1 per week per student. That's not asking too much to contribute. Not sure where the Tories come into it. I thought B&H had a Green council Number Six

1:28pm Fri 13 Jan 12

GIVE UP says...

HOVITE; YOU MAY NOT BE DEAF,BUT I HAVE BAD SIGHT
HOVITE; YOU MAY NOT BE DEAF,BUT I HAVE BAD SIGHT GIVE UP

1:47pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Hovite says...

Ok thats funny!
Ok thats funny! Hovite

1:47pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Sarah Booker says...

GIVE UP wrote:
HOVITE; YOU MAY NOT BE DEAF,BUT I HAVE BAD SIGHT
You might find typing in upper and lower case easier to read as the brain processes the shape of the words.

Typing in caps is considered shouting in web etiquette.

Have you tried changing your screen resolution or using the control (ctrl) key and +? It will enlarge text in your browser window.
[quote][p][bold]GIVE UP[/bold] wrote: HOVITE; YOU MAY NOT BE DEAF,BUT I HAVE BAD SIGHT[/p][/quote]You might find typing in upper and lower case easier to read as the brain processes the shape of the words. Typing in caps is considered shouting in web etiquette. Have you tried changing your screen resolution or using the control (ctrl) key and +? It will enlarge text in your browser window. Sarah Booker

1:54pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Hovite says...

Good idea Sarah Booker but it should read;

HOLD CTRL AND PRESS + A FEW TIMES.
Good idea Sarah Booker but it should read; HOLD CTRL AND PRESS + A FEW TIMES. Hovite

2:17pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Andy R says...

NickBrt wrote:
Brilliant> Hope plenty of people go there. Much more worthwhile than those supposed 99% wasters.
Doh!!

The parents and kids who use the Music Service ARE part of the 99%.

Are you actually coming? I mean....since you seem to have designated it as a "good" protest consisting purely of people who wash regularly and have jobs and everything...
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Brilliant> Hope plenty of people go there. Much more worthwhile than those supposed 99% wasters.[/p][/quote]Doh!! The parents and kids who use the Music Service ARE part of the 99%. Are you actually coming? I mean....since you seem to have designated it as a "good" protest consisting purely of people who wash regularly and have jobs and everything... Andy R

3:05pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Busterblister says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
There's no mention at all in this report about what exactly the funding pays for. I for one would like to know, and I wish they had told us.
I am totally against any cuts that in any way prevent children from exploring the world of music.
It has been proved over and over again that children who play a musical instrument do better generally at learning, so this is so short sighted and stupid it beggars belief.
I really want those people who voted Tory to put their hands up and own up. If you ask anyone it seems no-one did.
I've voted Tory all my life and I'm proud of it, though I have no idea what this has to do with cuts to kids music imposed by the Green led-council, who are in a minority administration, and have turned down subsidies from Tory central Govt. designed to avoid council tax increases for the ordinary working person?

As for who votes Tory, according to the raw numbers, more people vote Tory than for any other party across England. Plenty of people across B&H did at the last general election, we appear to have two Tory MP's to prove it.

It is tough being a Tory and having to sort out the mess left behind by Labour and their usual socialist policies. If anyone is to be embarassed, it should be those who voted socialist for so many years without understanding the harm they were doing to the UK.
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: There's no mention at all in this report about what exactly the funding pays for. I for one would like to know, and I wish they had told us. I am totally against any cuts that in any way prevent children from exploring the world of music. It has been proved over and over again that children who play a musical instrument do better generally at learning, so this is so short sighted and stupid it beggars belief. I really want those people who voted Tory to put their hands up and own up. If you ask anyone it seems no-one did.[/p][/quote]I've voted Tory all my life and I'm proud of it, though I have no idea what this has to do with cuts to kids music imposed by the Green led-council, who are in a minority administration, and have turned down subsidies from Tory central Govt. designed to avoid council tax increases for the ordinary working person? As for who votes Tory, according to the raw numbers, more people vote Tory than for any other party across England. Plenty of people across B&H did at the last general election, we appear to have two Tory MP's to prove it. It is tough being a Tory and having to sort out the mess left behind by Labour and their usual socialist policies. If anyone is to be embarassed, it should be those who voted socialist for so many years without understanding the harm they were doing to the UK. Busterblister

9:17pm Fri 13 Jan 12

Bladesboy Returns says...

At last a positive story where good people are trying to do good things, for the right reasons and now just need support.

Fantastic, I will be there supporting you tomorrow and will ensure many of my mates and my bird are there as well.

Good luck on the day!
At last a positive story where good people are trying to do good things, for the right reasons and now just need support. Fantastic, I will be there supporting you tomorrow and will ensure many of my mates and my bird are there as well. Good luck on the day! Bladesboy Returns

7:20am Sat 14 Jan 12

george smith says...

I apologise for being reactionary, but is this not for aspiring middle class parents, and in there dire times when old ladies die alone in filth, do we not need to reprioitise?
I apologise for being reactionary, but is this not for aspiring middle class parents, and in there dire times when old ladies die alone in filth, do we not need to reprioitise? george smith

7:42am Sat 14 Jan 12

Bladesboy Returns says...

george smith wrote:
I apologise for being reactionary, but is this not for aspiring middle class parents, and in there dire times when old ladies die alone in filth, do we not need to reprioitise?
You don't need to apologise as the question is a good one, although suggests lowest common denominator thinking.

I would have thought that the answer can be found in a larger prioritisation exercise starting with stopping all benefits.
[quote][p][bold]george smith[/bold] wrote: I apologise for being reactionary, but is this not for aspiring middle class parents, and in there dire times when old ladies die alone in filth, do we not need to reprioitise?[/p][/quote]You don't need to apologise as the question is a good one, although suggests lowest common denominator thinking. I would have thought that the answer can be found in a larger prioritisation exercise starting with stopping all benefits. Bladesboy Returns

1:37pm Sat 14 Jan 12

Hotbeans says...

More people who thought the unsustainable boom was fuelled with magic money from nowhere. Busts follow booms and if you didn't complain about the value of your house going up, you can hardly complain about any cuts that arise from a government desperately trying to clear up the imprudent mess of the previous one.
More people who thought the unsustainable boom was fuelled with magic money from nowhere. Busts follow booms and if you didn't complain about the value of your house going up, you can hardly complain about any cuts that arise from a government desperately trying to clear up the imprudent mess of the previous one. Hotbeans

2:56pm Sat 14 Jan 12

moronslayer says...

Stop the press. Petition identifies 3000 morons.

So cutting £107,000 "will leave the service with less than half its current funding"?

That means there is another £107,000 that needs to be cut immediately.

You want little Tarquin to play the trombone? You pay for it.

It appears that one-fifth of recipients are from "low income families". Surely that means that 4/5 should be completely ashamed of themselves for expecting this to be funded by others.

Disgraceful.
Stop the press. Petition identifies 3000 morons. So cutting £107,000 "will leave the service with less than half its current funding"? That means there is another £107,000 that needs to be cut immediately. You want little Tarquin to play the trombone? You pay for it. It appears that one-fifth of recipients are from "low income families". Surely that means that 4/5 should be completely ashamed of themselves for expecting this to be funded by others. Disgraceful. moronslayer

6:39pm Sat 14 Jan 12

Hotbeans says...

Bladesboy Returns wrote:
At last a positive story where good people are trying to do good things, for the right reasons and now just need support.

Fantastic, I will be there supporting you tomorrow and will ensure many of my mates and my bird are there as well.

Good luck on the day!
Erm, have you fallen through a wormhole in time from 1975? 'I will ensure my bird is there?' lol
[quote][p][bold]Bladesboy Returns[/bold] wrote: At last a positive story where good people are trying to do good things, for the right reasons and now just need support. Fantastic, I will be there supporting you tomorrow and will ensure many of my mates and my bird are there as well. Good luck on the day![/p][/quote]Erm, have you fallen through a wormhole in time from 1975? 'I will ensure my bird is there?' lol Hotbeans

5:41pm Sun 15 Jan 12

Andy R says...

moronslayer wrote:
Stop the press. Petition identifies 3000 morons. So cutting £107,000 "will leave the service with less than half its current funding"? That means there is another £107,000 that needs to be cut immediately. You want little Tarquin to play the trombone? You pay for it. It appears that one-fifth of recipients are from "low income families". Surely that means that 4/5 should be completely ashamed of themselves for expecting this to be funded by others. Disgraceful.
You don't need such a long username. The "slayer" bit can be dropped. Please tell me that you and "bladesboy" are in fact the same person. The idea that there could be two like you is too depressing to contemplate.
[quote][p][bold]moronslayer[/bold] wrote: Stop the press. Petition identifies 3000 morons. So cutting £107,000 "will leave the service with less than half its current funding"? That means there is another £107,000 that needs to be cut immediately. You want little Tarquin to play the trombone? You pay for it. It appears that one-fifth of recipients are from "low income families". Surely that means that 4/5 should be completely ashamed of themselves for expecting this to be funded by others. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]You don't need such a long username. The "slayer" bit can be dropped. Please tell me that you and "bladesboy" are in fact the same person. The idea that there could be two like you is too depressing to contemplate. Andy R

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