Northampton School for Boys

As a former pupil at Northampton School for Boys, Robinson Manufacturing CEO Simon Kidney credits the establishment with nurturing his early enthusiasm and talent for music, which he went on to study at University.

Now that he is in a position to do so, Simon has been working with Director of Music, Oliver Druker, to set up a Foundation Bursary Scheme to provide free instrumental teaching for pupils from less affluent backgrounds who show musical promise. The bursary is also available to support the ability pupils to take part in national and international music tours, including a forthcoming trip to LA, where pupils will visit the Griffith Observatory as well as perform in two High School concerts and take part in a masterclass at the Bob Cole Conservatoire.

Northampton School for Boys has an extra-curricular programme that rivals any other school provision and under Oliver’s leadership, various NSB musicians have performed on respective national stages to great acclaim including a recent performance with the BBC Big Band and have two ensembles through to the National Concert Band Finals next week.

“We are very grateful for Simon’s commitment to support Music provision at the school,” stated Oliver. “It’s lovely to have an ex pupil so keen to be involved and his bursary scheme will help many pupils to benefit from instrumental tuition and from taking part in our wider Music curriculum, including events and tours.”