The “Big Christmas Sing Concert” held at the Kings Centre on Wednesday 13th December heralded the newly formed Eastbourne Youth Arts Foundation (EYAF).

As a prelude to the launch, six local Schools came together to entertain the audience with a wonderful range of festive Christmas songs. In all some 200 pupils drawn from St. Catherine’s College, Hailsham Community College, Willingdon Community School, Lewes College, Pevensey and Westham School and Langney Primary School took part in what was a truly entertaining evening. The choirs were supported by the well-known Eastbourne based Angelica Vocal Academy.

The Eastbourne Youth Arts Foundation (EYAF) is an exciting new venture which will bring opportunity and funding to students with aspirations in the arts who may otherwise not have access to tuition, equipment, and instruments. In addition, the foundation plans to bring together a limited selection of equipment and musical instruments for hire at a minimal rent.

The current economic climate means it is increasingly difficult for children and young people from non-privileged backgrounds to gain opportunities to express themselves whether that be in drama, dance, singing or music. EYAF has been formed in response to this ever growing need to provide opportunities for young people who want to move into the performing arts but can’t afford the high costs associated with it. Formed by Lavinia Salisbury, well known in the town for her work in developing the choral talents of students within the community, the Foundation aims to enable the performing arts to be made accessible to young people, regardless of their background, and to nurture their talent to enable them to reach their full potential.

Lavinia said “In providing tuition EYAF seeks to assist children and young people with financial difficulties to attain a level in their chosen area which would enable them to apply for and obtain a scholarship to carry them forward towards a professional career.”

As a newly formed charity EYAF is currently raising money towards selecting its first group of students seeking tuition in one of the four arts sectors, singing, dance, drama and music. If you would like to know more about EYAF, please contact us through our website eyaf.org.uk The Big Christmas Sing raised £993 for the charity.

The next big fundraising event being planned by EYAF is – “A Taste of The Good Life” on Saturday 24th February at The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club – a nostalgic 3 course supper reminiscent of 70s dinner parties rounded off with iconic beats of a 70s disco. Tickets are £55 and can be bought from ww.eyaf.onlineticketseller.com/news&events.