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Sophie Ellis-Bextor unveils new look at Music House for Children

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Image captionImage 1: From left to right, H&F Mayor Daryl Brown, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Music House for Children founder Emma Hutchinson

After nearly a quarter of a century of providing music education to young people, Music House for Children has been given a major makeover.

Set up in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, in 1994, the centre was beginning to look frayed around the edges.

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Image caption: Image 2: Music House guitar pupil Karim Hussein Madani, six, cuts the giant red ribbon

“Yes, 25 years of serving local families, schools and nurseries had taken its toll, visually, on our beautiful music school,” said Emma Hutchinson, founder and director, who set up the resource as a not-for-profit body to nurture musicality in early childhood.

Now the Music House, which runs workshops, concerts and special musical projects for babies and young people, has relaunched with a fresh, new image thanks to a grant from Hammersmith & Fulham charity supporter The Daisy Trust and the hard work of volunteers from the Walt Disney company in Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith.

The Music House also counts pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and comedian Bill Bailey among its patrons.

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Image caption: Image 3: Music House for Children’s founder Emma Hutchinson, far left, with pupils, parents and staff

Now the teaching rooms and waiting area has been transformed, recarpeted and revamped, with H&F Mayor Cllr Daryl Brown joining Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Music House guitar student Karim Hussein Madani to perform the official reopening.

“We were delighted that our pupil Karim and his family were present to cut the giant red ribbon and relaunch the refurbished school,” said Emma Hutchinson.

Among the other guests present were Francesca Smith, head teacher of Jack Tizard School in South Africa Road, Shepherds Bush, and her colleague Dori Seregely, as well as parents and pupils from the area.

“So it’s onwards and upwards for Music House for Children into the next 25 years,” said Emma.

Music House for Children is at 306 Uxbridge Road. For more details, visit:

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Image caption: Image 4: H&F Mayor Daryl Brown behind the drum kit

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