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National award for Lichfield Cathedral School singing outreach project

A Lichfield school is celebrating after winning a national award.

Lichfield Cathedral School scooped the independent-state school partnership award at the TES Independent School Awards 2019.

The Music Share programme offers singing opportunities to children across dozens of links with state schools.

The award was accepted by the initiative’s leader Cathy Lamb, Rev’d Canon Andrew Stead and Jenny Mason from Entrust Music Service Staffordshire.

Lead judge, Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE, praised the project as a “sustainable initiative that has lasted over 15 years, but which is constantly evolving”.

She added: “Lichfield Cathedral School’s Music Share Programme is a stunning example of how collaborations between groups of schools can create opportunities to expose young people to profound creative stimuli, as well as enabling them to realise new ambitions and challenge gender stereotypes.”

Sue Hannam, headmistress at Lichfield Cathedral School, said: ”We are thrilled to have won this award. 

It is wonderful to be recognised for the huge amount of work we do with state schools throughout the diocese. 

“Music has the power to open minds and build confidence and we know from experience that this can positively impact all aspects of young people’s lives. 

“Music Share is truly inspirational because it can change people, and if you can change people, you can change the world.”

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