Great news today! To add to his ever growing portfolio of charities, Alfie Boe is now the patron and music champion of BD Music Hub (Blackburn with Darwen Music Education Hub). This is a collection of partner organisations who work together to ensure that that the children and young people of Blackburn and Darwen get as many quality musical opportunities as they can, both in school settings and in the community. Partners include BBC North, Blackburn Cathedral, Manchester Camerata, More Music Morecambe, and online instrument learning platform, Gigajm. Blackburn with Darwen Music Service is the lead organisation.
So why Alfie? Well for a start, he’s a Lancashire lad and hugely passionate about music education, not always having had opportunities when young (his autobiography mentions him not being allowed to do music at school as he didn’t play an instrument). In addition, his back story is one which resonates with many of the youngsters who would benefit from the programme. Famously, he was discovered singing in the TVR factory as a teenager and then successfully auditioned for the D’oyly Carte opera company. Alfie then went on to train at the Royal College of Music in London. A stint at the Vilar Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House followed, before the bright lights of La Boheme on Broadway beckoned.
Alfie openly speaks about how important music is in schools and how it is vital to give youngsters performance opportunities, both formal and informal – exactly what BD Music Hub are trying to do. Alfie is someone who has worked hard, taken the musical chances which came along and continues to be an inspiration for those who know him. As Music Champion, Alfie will act as a musical role model for the children and young people and inspire them to achieve.
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