Alison Cox OBE, travelled to Barbuda today to make a presentation of musical instruments to the Holy Trinity Primary School. Alison is the Founder and Chair of Trustees of The Commonwealth Resounds, an organisation that promotes music and musicians across the Commonwealth through collaborative events worldwide with a particular focus on young people and the developing world.
Having watched television coverage of the devastating impact Hurricane Irma had on Barbuda, Alison mobilised students in schools across the south of England to hold hurricane appeal concerts to raise funds to support music education on Barbuda. The money raised was used to purchase a consort of quality recorders which were donated to the primary school on Barbuda.
Alison was accompanied by High Commissioner Karen-Mae Hill who has been a guest at several of the hurricane concerts in the UK. She expressed thanks to Alison on behalf of the Government for this gift of instruments. She challenged the school to care them and to take the necessary steps to ensure that students are given the opportunity to benefit from all of the proven advantages associated with access to a quality musical education.
Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda was also present for the presentations along with Geoff Parkin, the Artistic director of the Royal Over-Seas League. Barbuda Council Chairman Wayde Burton also attended the short presentation ceremony.
Alison and Geoff are visiting Antigua as part of a music exchange programme with the ABYSO.