Budding performers take to the stage in Middlesbrough after steel giant donation (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Budding performers take to the stage in Middlesbrough after steel giant donation
4:05pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
MUSICIANS have staged a comeback by revamping a church hall’s disused performance area with a handout from a global steelmaker.
More than 150 talented youngsters from Middlesbrough can now showcase their creative talents on their own refurbished stage after receiving almost £5,000 grant from UK Steel Enterprise’s Community Support Fund.
They are members of StarmakerZ, a not-for-profit community company, set up by professional musicians Paul Scott and Adam Sayers who meet at St Aidan’s Church Hall in Middlesbrough.
The group gives young people age eight and above the chance to play a musical instrument, dance, sing, act, write and record music.
“StarmakerZ is all about building confidence through creativity,” said Mr Sayers.
“With changes in the school curriculum and the fact that private drama and music lessons can be expensive we knew there were children out there being denied the opportunity to enjoy making music and performing.
“StarmakerZ provides courses, lessons and even instruments on loan completely free of charge and we are thrilled with the way our numbers have grown,” he added.
Mr Sayers said they were grateful for the cash windfall from from UK Steel Enterprise.
“It enabled us to refurbish the stage area including re-plastering, electrical work and decoration. It has transformed the un-used stage into a real performance area and the support has also helped us to secure additional funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
StarmakerZ holds an ‘open door’ session from noon to 2pm for potential new members, for details call 07788-831613 or visit www.starmakerzcic.co.uk
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