Music workshop in memory of Rosa

ALWAYS SMILING: Rosa Simon, 3, from Hadleigh who died after being hit by a vehicle near her home in Canterbury Gardens. ANL-140107-142036001
ALWAYS SMILING: Rosa Simon, 3, from Hadleigh who died after being hit by a vehicle near her home in Canterbury Gardens. ANL-140107-142036001
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A fund set up in memory of a Hadleigh girl killed in a tragic accident in 2014 is hosting its second music workshop and concert for youngsters.

The Rosa Simon Music Fund has again hired Pete Letanka, an internationally-recognised jazz pianist and composer, to run a fun-packed workshop in the Hadleigh United Reformed Church on June 11.

Nearly 50 children between the ages of seven and 15 have signed up to practice both pre-prepared pieces and to learn some brand new music – all of which will be turned into a performance at 3.30pm the same day for the concert.

Letanka has lead projects for the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Portrait Gallery and is also the music director of Glyndebourne Youth Opera and artistic director of Aldeburgh Music’s Group A.

Karen Harman, the event organiser and a trustee of Rosa’s Fund, said: “Last year’s workshop and concert by Pete Letanka was an extraordinary event.

“I’m sure that everyone who attended will still remember just how inspiring and enlivening an experience it was.

“To have Pete coming back again is an exciting prospect and explains why all the available places have been snapped up.”

Nigel Crisp, a fellow trustee, added: “The poignancy of the fast-approaching second anniversary of Rosa’s death will be lessened by the excitement of this workshop and concert being held in her name. It is a privilege to be part of a team of volunteers who have worked so hard to bring this special day to fruition.”

Paul Simon, Rosa’s father, said: “This workshop and concert is all about giving children and young people new chances to learn music, to perform in public and to witness at first-hand an audience’s positive reaction. This is what Rosa’s Fund is all about.”

The Rosa Simon Music Fund was inspired by Rosa’s character and life and has raised more than £19,000 to give young people the chance to learn music and perform, regardless of family circumstances. The fund has already contributed almost £8,000 in supporting nearly 30 projects.