How can you join High Park?
In the Beginning...
High Park was originally funded almost entirely from "ragging" - collecting of old unwanted clothing and textile items which were sold on to companies who specialised in recycling, or upcycling. Unfortunately the company who enabled us to get started has now gone out of business and the remaining ragging companies are much more picky about the items they will take and pay money for so we are no longer able to rely on ragging as a funding source.
We have been incredibly fortunate that a number of local groups have chosen to raise and donate funds for High Park which enables us to purchase instruments, music stands, and other equipment required for us to function, as well as going towards the cost of hiring the Scout Hut each week.
You will see further down this page some of the groups who have supported us in recent years.
We normally have one big intake of new children in September and invite youngsters to come to a try-out session where they can try clarinet, flute and saxophone to see which they would most like to learn and we can make sure that their hands are big enough to hold the instruments etc. If you would like to be contacted about our next try-out dates please use the contact info at the bottom of this page and we will add you to our waiting list.
Current Fundraising Activities.
What about if you already play an instrument?
If you are already learning to play Clarinet, Flute or Saxophone and would like to play in a band environment we'd love to hear from you (see contact details at the bottom of the page) and depending on where your playing level is currently you may be able to join one of our existing groups.
Who can join?
We often hold cake sales and busk in Wiveliscombe to help raise funds for High Park and are very grateful to the local people who are always very generous with their donations at such events.
High Park has an Easyfundraising account and is always very grateful to anyone who feels so inclined to sign up to this and choose to support our cause. It costs nothing and if you shop at online stores included on Easyfundraising each purchase will raise more funds for us.
We are always open to suggestions for other opportunities to help us raise the funds required to enable us to continue offering affordable music lessons and provide instruments to the children of the 10 Parishes.
We offer lessons to children from year 3/4 upwards, including secondary age - depending on them being big enough to hold the instrument and cover the keys. An interest in wanting to learn along with being able to commit to regular attendance at our Saturday morning sessions is all we ask.
We supply the instrument and teaching for just £2 per session.
Everyone listed below has been incredibly supportive and generous to High Park Music Project and enabled the purchase of instruments, sound-proofing, music stands, cover repair and room hire costs.
Wiveliscombe Consolidated Charities
Wivey has Jazz & Langley Marsh Social Club
It is also wonderful that people inspired by this initiative have donated pre-loved instruments so enabling the school to grow.
Instruments are maintained by instrument technician Gill Baker, whilst John Packer Woodwind has helped us with supplies of much needed reeds.
All this support is greatly appreciated, particularly by the children themselves, without which High Park would not be the success it is today.