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                     Andrew Wilkinson – Yamaha Music School, Boldmere / 0121 250 2020


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Students from the Yamaha Music School based in Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield have raised a donation of £235 for Childline, the free helpline for children provided by the NSPCC, with a sponsored practice. As part of Yamaha’s highly acclaimed ‘Childline Rocks’ campaign, the school’s owner and principal teacher Andrew Wilkinson came up with the novel idea of how to get the children to practice their chosen instrument and raise money at the same time. Andrew told us, “We decided to encourage the students to do a sponsored instrument play. All they had to do was collect as many sponsors as possible, do half an hour’s practice every night for one week, collect the money and bring it into the school.”

The students who raised the highest amount of money for Childline were Sarah Dodd aged 16 who plays keyboard, Marie Sadler aged 16 who plays guitar, William Jobbins aged 13 who plays both guitar and drums, Kyra Flynn aged 9 who plays guitar and Jamie Faultless aged 10 who plays drums.

Jamie Faultless who is one of the schools youngest drum students commented, “Andy Wilkinson teaches me drums and he is a really good teacher. I really look forward to my lessons”.

And the practice is paying off with some outstanding exam results! - Dom Lawson is the school’s Yamaha trained guitar teacher. Dom has achieved grade 8 in guitar and has proved to be an incredible asset to the team, gaining 100% pass rate in student exams, with the majority of students passing with either merit or distinction.

Yamaha Music School Boldmere are currently offering group sessions for the Yamaha Guitar Encounters (age 9 to adult), Yamaha Junior Play for Keeps (keyboard aged 5 ½ to 7) and Yamaha Play For Keeps (Keyboard aged 8 onwards) courses at an introductory price of 4 lessons for £10.

Yamaha Music School Boldmere also offers one to one lessons in bass guitar, keyboard and piano.

Musician supporters and ambassadors backing Yamaha Music Schools’ ‘Childline Rocks’ campaign that also offers a free first taster lesson in return for a voluntary donation include Paolo Nutini, Joe Bonamassa, The Enemy's Tom Clarke, double Grammy award winning producer and Sting band member Kipper and long time ChildLine advocate Thunder's Luke Morley. They are joined by Jazz-ace Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and drummers Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse), Skunk Anansie's Mark Richardson and Andrew Small from Massive Attack.

The campaign aims to make a significant contribution towards raising funds for ChildLine, which is currently able to answer just two thirds of the 2.3 million calls it receives every year from children and young people in distress.  As part of the NSPCC’s ‘Child’s Voice Appeal’ £50 million is needed to ensure that every child’s call for help gets answered.

If you would like more information or to book lessons please contact the school based at 30 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield on 0121 250 2020 or visit


Picture by Patrick Shelton

L-R  Sarah Dodd,  Jamie Faultless, Marie Sadler and William Jobbins with  school owner and principal teacher Andy Wilkinson