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New patron Rupert in tune with charity
A BUCKLOW Hill man has been announced as a patron of a budding musical-based charity, The Songwriting Charity.
Rupert Hine, a music producer and songwriter, follows in the footsteps of Guy Fletcher, who joined as patron this time last year.
The national charity works with children and young people of all abilities to generate creative energy around issues that impact on their lives, through songwriting and performance. “I fully endorse the charity’s vision and look forward to helping to expand their reach in any way I can,” said Rupert, pictured.
“In the world of music that has put TV spectacles, such as Pop Idol, The Voice, X-Factor etc, that simply glorify the craft of singing, so far ahead of the far more important aspects of artistry – the musical compositions themselves.
“The Songwriting Charity is the only entity to help redress that balance in the young fertile minds of today’s potential artists.”
In a career spanning more than 35 years in the industry, Rupert has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Tina Turner, Bob Geldof, Chris De Burgh, Dusty Springfield and Stevie Nicks. By lending his name and support to the charity, Rupert hopes to raise the profile of the charity and help it expand in the future.
The Songwriting Charity has so far worked in 450 schools around the country. The charity aims to positively impact on the well-being, self-esteem and confidence of young people, and has touched the lives of more than 12,500 young people since it was established in 2011.
To date, 460 songs have been written by young people for young people, covering concerns such as bullying, world peace and friendships. Nathan Timothy, chief executive of the songwriting charity, said: “This is another landmark in our charity’s young life.
“Rupert shares my passion for developing artistry and for using songs and songwriting to positively change the lives of people all over the world. “I’m so proud that Rupert has agreed to become a patron and I’m delighted to welcome him as part of the team, as we celebrate the charity’s second birthday.”
To find out more about the charity’s work, or if you are interested in the songwriting charity visiting your school, visit nathantimothyfoundation.org.
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