Dear Pledgers We wanted to give you a little update on our progress since you helped us hit our fundraising target. Artistes from The Philharmonia, our partners Music Live, and ensembles from the Bedford Music Co-Operative have all been identified and confirmed and the concerts will take place in March and April this year. The ‘Learning to play’ pack for parents has been signed off and is with the designers. This pack will go home with every Bedford Year 3 child after they have had their concert and supports the key goal of the campaign to encourage children to take up lessons. We were delighted to attend the Bedford Borough Learning Exhange this week to announce the success of the campaign and to let the Headteachers know that the booking forms will be going out via the Music for Bedford Borough office next week. We also sent a very special thank you to the children of Shortstown Primary School who, last year, took part in a ‘dress like a rock star’ fundraising day for the campaign. A rather heavy box was delivered to the school hall yesterday addressed to the students. Whilst rumours flew around the school that Justin Bieber was in the box it was in fact much better than that - Music Co-operative teacher Chris Hepworth emerged from the box this morning to give a pop-up rock concert! The enthusiasm and response from the children gave us a taste of how magical these concerts will be for the children of Bedford. Details of the lesson bursaries will be released to schools once they have booked their concerts, enabling the take up of music lessons for children in need of some financial support to do so. We will keep you posted once the concerts are rolled out to all primary and lower schools in Bedford in March, but until then, thank you, and keep rocking! The Gigs4kids team.