Published: 01 June 2020

Supporting local schools and the community during lockdown

During these unprecedented times people are going above and beyond to support their local communities during lockdown.

Dr Maureen Galea, Associate Tutor in the Department of Music and Sound Recording, has been sharing classical music in the hope of lifting spirits and inspiring young minds.

Maureen, who is also a trained concert pianist, is accustomed to regularly organising recitals and events at the University and in the local area. One of these annual events is an ‘Album for the Young Day’, which was due to have taken place at the University on April 26. The event was going to bring together students, amateurs and professionals to play pieces written for, or inspired by, children. And a children’s charity had been chosen as the beneficiary from donations and the sale of coffee and home baked cakes and muffins.

As this event couldn’t take place this year, Maureen generously decided to start an innovative online project called ‘Album for the Young’. Each day she has been recording a short piano piece, with pictures relating to the music posted on her YouTube channel. The link has been sent to various schools both in Windsor (where Maureen lives) and Guildford, inviting them to share the link to their students in lockdown as their daily dose of classical music, and the response has been very positive and humbling.

In total 41 pieces have been recorded so far, all of which are now available on Maureen’s YouTube channel.

Speaking about her work and creative initiative, Maureen said: “Many of my students were excitedly preparing pieces to play and it was a shame that they weren’t able to perform them this year. To keep them motivated, I recorded these so they could choose ones they liked and learn new repertoire. It’s keeping us connected, as music invariably does!”.

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