Regenerating and re-establishing
In 2011 the Executive Committee of Elmbridge Music proposed that the society should be focussing its fundraising efforts on achieving the objectives and aims of the charity, namely to nurture and promote music in Elmbridge and the surrounding boroughs. With this in mind, ‘Elmbridge Music Grants Scheme’ was set up to provide financial and mentoring assistance for music related activities, and since 2011 all proceeds from performances and concerts have been put into the grants scheme. Re-named in 2012 to the much more dynamic ‘Get Music Going!’, the grants scheme has provided grants of more than £14,000, funding numerous and diverse musical projects, from piano lessons for a 7 year old to drum lessons for a 70 year old, and from woodwind tuition for a youth marching band to electric guitar lessons for an up and coming rock guitarist! One of the many grants applications received resulted in the setting up of Surrey Music Thula Mama, a weekly music group run by leader Ali Graves, which enabled new parents to come together to learn to sing, harmonise support each other and make new friends.
During that same year, when Surrey Music was asked by Surrey County Council to help with a pilot project at Cobham Day Centre to establish music activity sessions for adults with learning disabilities, there was no shortage of volunteers from within the Society. A group of our members, ably led by Freda Collins and organised by Sue Scott, soon had their weekly visitors engaged in fun and enjoyable musical activities, calling themselves 'Elmbridge Music AllStars'!
.After a while it became apparent that society members and the grants applications were coming from an area much wider than Elmbridge, and in some ways the name ‘Elmbridge Music Society’ was self-limiting. It was therefore unanimously agreed that the name be changed to reflect the far-reaching interests of the society, thus the charity’s proud renaming in 2012 to ‘Surrey Community Music Society’ - or 'Surrey Music' as it is more colloquially known,