On 21 July the Master Cordwainer and Peter Horner, director of Brompton’s Auctioneers Limited, set out from the Royal Institution together with six violins and two ‘cellos with nine bows with all cases, to a total value of some £10,000 and personally delivered them to The Urswick School.
The instruments were formally presented on behalf of the Cordwainers and Brompton’s Auctioneers Ltd to Ms Rebecca Gough, head of the Music Department, and a dynamic member of head Richard Brown’s team which has propelled The Urswick School into the upper echelons of achievement in the state school sector.
The gift means that the school can now supply music students with instruments which they can take for practice outside school premises as well as relying on premises-only loans of violins and ‘cellos from Hackney Music Services. The Master thanks Brompton’s for the enormously generous support it has extended to the Urswick School. Thanks are also extended to J P Guivier violin dealers for subsidising the cost of the instrument cases and to fine instrument restorer Jim Hawkins for reconditioning and re-stringing the gifted instruments at an incredibly generous rate.
The Cordwainers are enormously proud of the achievements of The Urswick School, and this initiative follows in the wake of a successful set of student work experience placements initiated by and seen through in the week of 6-10 July last, to almost wholly successful conclusion, by Past Master Geoff Blanford with the cooperation of a number of London-based Cordwainers and Cordwainer friends, to whom the Master’s warmest thanks are extended.
And congratulations to The Urswick School chaplain’s forthcoming elevation in September 2015 to become Bishop of Edmonton.