A charity is fundraising to buy a double-decker bus to bring free music lessons to children in deprived areas.
The Music on Wheels project is being launched in to “fill the gaps” left by the cuts to the arts in education.
Charity Lycaeum Music, which was founded by Royal Academy of Music graduate Petru Cotarcea, is behind the initiative.
Lycaeum Music has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise £15,000, and will also contribute £1,800 from its own funds towards the project for every school month of 2019.
The money will be used to buy a double-decker bus and renovate it as a space for touring music lessons, workshops and concerts, visiting the most deprived areas of England.
Lycaeum Music estimates it will reach 8,000 children in 2019. The bus will make a mixture of one-off and recurring visits to locations.
Cotarcea, who is a violinist, said he aims to have two music tutors at a time on the bus and that he aims to offer lessons in every instrument used in orchestras.
“Music is very good for children even if they don’t become performers. As a musician who was born in Romania and spent half my life in Britain, music is a universal language, and it helps children to explore themselves in a new way,” he said.
He added: “Because of government funding cuts, many schools are closing their music departments and many children are left without the chance to lean an instrument because it’s too expensive.”