Wiltshire Music Centre launched its 15th anniversary season with a party, where speakers paid tribute to the vision, hard work and Lottery funding which had turned a dream into reality.
Many of the volunteers who are the backbone of the Bradford on Avon centre were present to hear executive director Clare Jack announce a Legacy Campaign, which will ask all the centre’s supporters to remember it in their wills.
The campaign has been partly inspired by a legacy left by Joan Main, of Warminster, who was one of the driving forces behind the centre’s creation through her long-time role as a Wiltshire councillor.
Mrs Main, who died earlier this year, left money to the music centre. It will be used to start a fund to support young artists.
Her son, Andrew, said: “This is very, very close to my beliefs; helping young people in various ways, not just with money but with mentoring, so that people turning professional will have people they can rely on to help in that process.
“This legacy and this centre are all about people. The centre meant a tremendous amount to my mother.”
The 15th anniversary season begins on Sept-ember 21 with a concert by the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by clarinettist Michael Collins, who will also perform as part of the Trowbridge Arts Fest-ival tomorrow.
“It’s been a joy and a privilege to programme concerts and organise events here for the last 15 years,” the centre’s artistic director Keith Nimmo said.
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