Children in tune at singing workshop

CHILDREN were in fine voice at a free singing workshop in Stalybridge.

The Music Academy, Melbourne Street, hosted the hour-long event during the half-term holidays.
It was attended by 20 youngsters aged between four and 10 years.

“We only advertised the workshop one week before the event on social media and were delighted with the response,” explained Chris Caton-Greasley who runs the Music Academy with Drew Brunton-Turner.

Children were put through their vocal paces by Malachy Buchanan and Josie Caton-Greasley, two of the business’ 13 teachers, with a selection of fun songs.

Chris explained it was the first time they had held such an event and it was only made possible due to the extra space at their new home just across Melbourne Street in the former home of the Yorkshire Building Society. They moved less than two months ago.

“The workshop was a fantastic introduction to singing lessons, either one-to-one or as part of our singing group,” she said.

Chris continued: “We have been in Stalybridge 10 years and been searching all over for bigger premises, but didn’t want to leave the town.

“We couldn’t believe we found somewhere opposite where we used to be. Ironically we also banked there.”

The old bank has been converted to provide 10 teaching rooms, one recording studio and practice rooms.

They start teaching youngsters from the age of four and their eldest student is 87 and they cater for all genres – pop, rock and orchestral instruments.

Chris added there is considerably more scope as in their former premises they had to be mindful not to disturb their neighbours.

The Music Academy also provides lessons for English, maths, drama and singing up to GCSE level as well as for special educational needs and home education.

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