Guernsey education cuts 'will not affect music support'

Bob Beebe Mr Beebe said the popularity of the service would ensure future support

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The chairman of the Friends of Guernsey Music Centre has said support for young musicians in the island will continue in spite of education cuts.

Bob Beebe said: "If there was a change, I still think there would be a very strong support for the music service."

Education Minister Robert Sillars has confirmed the Schools Music Service is under review as his department looks to make £7m of savings by October 2014.

The budget cuts are part of the States Financial Transformation Programme.

'Fabulous show'

The five-year programme has been designed to find a total of £31.8m of recurring savings to erase the island's annual budget deficit.

Mr Beebe highlighted the public enthusiasm evident at a recent open morning at the Guernsey Music Centre at the Grammar School, where "close to 1,000" young musicians performed.

"It was a fabulous show of what music we have in the island at the moment," he said.

Mr Beebe said the Friends charity supported the music service with between £10,000 and £20,000 each year and he believed there was sufficient good will in the community to ensure it would continue.

The service provides music lessons for pupils and operates a grant scheme which pays for the hire of instruments.

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