PILS was founded in November 2000 with the twofold objective of enabling all children and young people to have access to an orchestral instrument at a low cost, and to encourage the playing of more expensive instruments. PILS was set up with the very generous support of the Rex and Emmie Neate Fund, the Roger Raymond Trust, local businesses, groups and many individuals who have continued to support this initiative. The stock of instruments is currently over 170, and pupils in over 12 local schools benefit from the scheme. Three concerts are held at the Arts Club Centre each year, one in each term, to give the pupils an opportunity to perform to family and friends.
In addition to providing orchestral instruments for an annual hire fee of £20, PILS now offers financial support towards the cost of lessons for those learning the oboe, bassoon, viola, cello, double bass, horn, trombone and euphonium, plus a small sum to help buy music. Any PILS member taking an ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall exam Grade 3 or above, can apply for a grant to cover the cost of their exam fee, and pupils are rewarded for success in Grade exams with vouchers to assist with the purchase of new music. We offer a Family membership fee of £20 for the first child and just an additional £3 Arts Club Junior Membership fee for subsequent siblings.
To qualify for membership, pupils must be of school age and living or attending school in the Swanage and Wareham area, including Studland and the surrounding villages between the two towns. They must be attending lessons (or a teacher has agreed to teach them once they have their instrument).
To apply for membership, please fill in the APPLICATION FORM, taking a moment to read the Guidance Notes and Terms & Conditions of application. Return the completed form to Mrs Jay Buckle, 9 Bon Accord Rd, Swanage BH19 2DN.