New music centre provides enrichment opportunities for Ormiston Bushfield students

In a successful collaboration between Ormiston Bushfield Academy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a new centre will open for young musicians this Saturday 8 October 9am-12.30pm and launch its specialist Saturday music school.


The Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians (PCYM) aims to enhance progression routes in music education, and will be open to young people throughout the area. It will also have a bursary scheme so all students have access, whatever their background.

During September a special open day was held so the local community could drop by and find out more about the centre, see the facilities and experience what a typical Saturday would be like at the PYCM. Guests were also entertained by a brass quintet ‘Guildhall Festival Brass’made up of former students of the Guildhall School of Music.

The collaboration forms part of OAT’s commitment to Enrichment, following the announcement of its ‘Enrichment Charter’ last year, which pledges to ensure that all of its 25,000 students will not only achieve a good academic start in life, but also have the opportunity to participate in at least one of a range of widespread cultural, outward bound and sporting opportunities.

Kirsten Barr, Schools and Centre Manager (PCYM), said:

“We are so thrilled to be working with Ormiston Bushfield Academy to open the Peterborough CYM, for young people aged between 7-18, which will offer targeted professional training and an opportunity to bring the city’s talented young musicians together. It is great that the young musicians will also be able to train locally with Guildhall School graduates and professors, who will provide expert workshop opportunities and masterclasses throughout the year.”

Dennis Kirwan, Principal, Ormiston Bushfield Academy, said:

“This is such an exciting initiative, and we are delighted to be supporting it. OAT’s focus on enrichment is all about inspiring young people to develop their skills, talents and character through a wide range of activities. This is a wonderful way to help young people – whatever their background – use their curiosity and creativity to find new ways of achieving their potential and to have the confidence, drive and resilience to follow their dreams, and we look forward to welcoming all the young musicians out there.”