14.03.16 - ‘Press Play’ Concert Raises Cash for Charities

An impressive programme of rock, pop and jazz music performed by students and staff raised almost £200 to support two music therapy charities.

Friends and families joined staff and students in the school’s Birtill Hall for the ‘Press Play’ concert. The fund raising event was organised by our senior school students and staff in support of Lost Chord, a charity which supports people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and Jessie’s Fund in support of children with disabilities.

Year 12 student Farren Turner says: “Many of us have performed in concert venues before, but playing our own compositions in front of our families and friends was a first. It gave us a great sense of satisfaction knowing that so many faces translated into hard cash for our chosen charities.”

Tom Brooksby, Headmaster at Ockbrook School, said: “The concert was a huge success and I am extremely proud of everyone involved in both the organisation and entertainment. There was a real sense of community with many fellow students and their families supporting the event. And the music was a big hit with everyone.

“All the hard work our students put in truly paid off and we’re delighted to have raised almost £200 for Lost Chord and Jessie’s Fund.”

Lost Chord produces more than 1,300 interactive musical sessions a year in 130 care homes, designed to stimulate responses from people with dementia through the media of music, song and dance.

Jessie’s Fund is a UK charity helping children with additional and complex needs to communicate and express themselves through the use of music. The charity works with children in hospices, special schools and in other settings nationwide, giving them access to music-making and to music therapy.