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Aldergrove fiddler gets music to kids, for free

Anne Guite - Submitted photo
Anne Guite
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Anne Guite of Aldergrove is passionate about playing her fiddle, whether as a part of old-time fiddling sessions or accompanying a wide range of performance styles. She also wants to share that joy with children in her community, especially those who can’t afford music lessons.

The Music Access Society, a Langley-based non-profit society, is looking for participants and sponsors for its free music programs, as well as guests to come out to the Christmas party fundraising event going on prior to the Aldergrove Christmas Parade this Saturday, Dec. 8.

The party will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 to 4 p.m. at Bob’s Steakhouse, in Aldergrove. Tickets, at $20 adult and $10 kids (under age three are admitted free), include meal and beverage, and among the silent auction items is a Canucks hockey helmet signed by the Sedin twins.

Music Access Society (MAS) is a newly-formed not-for profit initiative formed by local residents which recognizes that limitations in arts education combined with B.C.’s high cost of living leaves restricted-income families without the ability to afford music lessons for their children. MAS has recently created a sponsorship program for children and youth in Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Langley, and South Surrey/White Rock. Participants are offered free music lessons and access to musical instruments to take home for the duration of the lessons.

The Music Access Society was founded by John Briner, BAMus, LLB, LLM, a local father of four, a practicing lawyer and former private guitar instructor, and Anne Guite, BA, a local musician, along with a small group of music educators and supporters.

Anne Guite studied at Capilano University. She and her husband, Brandon Kereliuk, a guitarist, reside in Aldergrove.

Keyboarding is offered Mondays at the City of Langley’s Al Anderson Pool, close to the Douglas Park Area; and group guitar runs Thursdays at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, Aldergrove. Private lessons for seven low-income or otherwise challenged children and youth are offered in music schools closest to the student’s home. Musical instruments are supplied by local donors.

There are still seats available for interested children and youth. Thirty-three children and youth have, thus far, begun working with us on their musical journeys.

For inquiries about lessons for children and youth or to donate instruments or sponsor a student, visit:

www.musicaccesssociety.com

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