£750,000 Music Centre Opened in Beverley

Councillor , the Chairman of , opened a new £750,000 education centre in Beverley today.

The , located on Coltman Avenue, represents a significant investment by the council to improve the facilities for East Riding children and the schools’ service. The opening ceremony takes place at 2pm.

Robert Mitchell, head of East Riding Schools’ Service, said: “ is such an important part of every child’s education and this new facility will give this area’s children a fantastic opportunity to turn into a lifelong passion. “We know that when is an integral part of children’s learning that they benefit from improved cognitive skills and enjoy greater confidence and social abilities. These are lessons for life.”

The Hexagon Centre is a highly imaginative remodelling and refurbishment of a former infant school and provides not only modern office but also a number of rehearsal and teaching spaces to encourage group making.

Mr Mitchell added: “The music service in the East Riding now has a home that can transform the experience of our young musicians.”

The Hexagon has already been filled with the sound of music making after a range of events during the first four weeks of this term. The centre has hosted master classes and workshops for the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and a workshop for the British Trombone Society.

Mr Mitchell added: “The Hexagon will also be the base for a number of ensemble rehearsals including the senior wind band, youth jazz orchestra and two percussion ensembles and there are plans to hold a number of youth orchestra rehearsals at the centre.

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“We can already see the value of the new building as a training, rehearsal and performance space. We are receiving enquiries from a wide range of potential users who are keen to experience the first class facilities that we now have available.”

Kate Leonard, Chairman, and Bob Mitchell, Head of The

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