Scottish musical invention inspires

  • Scottish Music Centre
  • 16 May 2012

Innovative Scottish musical instrument the Skoog, today joins The Songwriting Charity at Downsview School in Hackney to help create an original song for the Hackney School’s Sports Championships in July.

The project is part of UK Inspire Day. The Skoog is a radically simple, all-new musical instrument that gets more people playing music, particularly disabled people.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the Inspire program and more than 2700 exceptional projects like the Songwriting Charity’s Songwriting Marathon whose events and celebrations this summer will bring the UK to life.

The Songwriting Charity’s Songwriting Marathon is one of the exceptional projects to have been awarded the coveted Inspire mark and become part of the London 2012 Inspire programme that has already given 10 million people across the UK an opportunity to join in with Games-inspired activity and try something new.

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the The Songwriting Charity said: I am delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with Skoogmusic at Downsview School on UK Inspire Day. Skoogmusic and our charity share a vision to empower all young people through the art and craft of songwriting. And the Skoog is an amazing instrument to behold.

Mr Timothy added: We’ve worked with over 1000 children since we started the Songwriting Charity and now that Skoogmusic is in the creative process, we’re excited at how we can really encourage and empower all children to make music.

Dr Ben Schögler, Creative Director of Skoogmusic Ltd said: We are really thrilled to be working with the Songwriting Charity on this wonderful project. At Skoogmusic we believe in 'music for everyone' and more importantly that everyone has the right to make their own music.

The opportunity the Skoog offers for including all children in actively making music is unique. We hope we will be able to help more children, particularly those with disabilities or additional support needs, through the art and craft of songwriting

Aneurin Wood, Principal Equalities & Disability Inclusion Officer at The Learning Trust said: I am delighted that the pupils from Downsview have the opportunity to play an active role in the Hackney Schools' Sports Championships by composing the official anthem of the Hackney Schools' Sports Championships.

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