Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Music group creates video to urge Moray Council music fees backtrack

A music group with performers from all over Scotland and England have created a video urging Moray Council to change their minds about increasing music tuition fees.

The Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra are renowned all around the United Kingdom and run two special shows in Moray a year, the popular Let it Snow Christmas concert and a Let’s Be Frank Sinatra tribute concert.

It consists of some of some of the brightest jazz musicians in the UK and includes Elgin-born Martin Thomson.

The video shows some of the band members reminiscing about their music lessons in school and then performing a tune called “Hello Everyone” which they all learned through music tuition.

Mr Thomson hopes the video can raise awareness about the importance of the service throughout Scotland, with Moray Council poised to raise fees by 20%.

He said: “We decided to create it as an attempt to raise awareness, because everyone in the band received music tuition and we wouldn’t be where we are without it.

>> Keep up to date with the latest news with The P&J newsletter

“David Swan arranged the piece as we all learned it in primary school.

“The video is also not just about Moray Council as this problem is popping up all over the place with other councils also talking about raising fees.”

The music video is included with the hashtag #changethetune, which is being used UK-wide by children who want to protect the music tuition service.

Moray Council initially wanted to raise music tuition fees by 85%, but were heavily criticised and reduced that to 20%.

Head of the music tuition service John Mustard resigned due to the original increase and stood by his decision after that proposal was altered.

He said: “The increase just continues the erosion of the service by price increases that has been ongoing for several years now, and 20% will still be a deal-breaker for some families. Therefore, I have no intention of changing my mind.”

Moray MP Douglas Ross also raised the importance of affordable music tuition during a House of Commons adjournment debate.

He said: “I know that, as a result of the public outcry, the council has backed down and now proposes a 20% rise in fees, but that still risks a big drop-out from the service that reaches more than 800 young people in Moray.

“This misguided rise in tuition fees threatens to cut short many of our young people’s joy and passion for music.”

A decision will be made today by Moray Council.

Already a subscriber? Sign in