Anonymous Donor Gives Inner-City Students Musical Instruments

Thanks to an gift from an anonymous donor, 210 violins, violas and cellos were given to students at London's Highbury Grove school.(Photo: stevendepolo (Flickr))
Thanks to an gift from an anonymous donor, 210 violins, violas and cellos were given to students at London's Highbury Grove school.(Photo: stevendepolo (Flickr))

More than 70 percent of its students qualify to receive free meals. More than 50 languages are spoken among its students. Now, thanks to an anonymous donor, 210 more of its students have musical instruments.

According to the London Evening Standard, Monday all 210 students in year seven at London’s inner-city Highbury Grove secondary school were given violins, violas, or cellos, the result of a gift of “tens of thousands of pounds” from an anonymous donor who wanted the school’s students to learn how to play instruments. There are plans for all students in years seven through nine to have instruments and to learn how to play them.

Highbury Grove school follows El Sistema, the system of music education that has given thousands of underprivileged Venezuelan children a chance to learn how to play classical music. The school also now has a special music concentration curriculum, in which Fridays are devoted to solo and ensemble playing and learning fundamental music performance skills.

So I ask you, Columbus: What would it take to bring El Sistema – or something like it – to central Ohio?

Read more: The Inner-City School Where Classical Music Is the First Language (LES)

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