Steph’s Churchill Fellowship Report

In 2009 Stephanie McCaw was able to visit community music projects in the UK, Finland and the USA thanks to a fellowship provided by the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. After visiting projects in London, delivering a talk at Cambridge University and visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall, she spent time observing the Big Noise project in the Raploch Estate, Stirling, a venture based on the highly successful Venezuelan “El Sistema” program. 

Finland, with its highly progressive education system that emphasises music from the earliest years, provided a contrast to the often restricted conditions for music education in the UK, while contact with the Harmony Program in New York provided further insight into El Sistema.

Read Steph’s full report here