Musical pair bring tunes to town

Published July 15, 2015 at 9:24

Musicians Philip McNally and Steven Smith are hoping to hit the high notes by launching their very own Music Tuition project.

The pair from Darwen have renovated a former clothing shop on Sudell Cross, Blackburn, to open McNally Music Tuition (MMT).

They will offer lessons in guitar, piano, keyboard, drums and singing over three floors and throughout five practice rooms.

The project has been given support and advice by Blackburn with Darwen Council through the property improvement fund which aims to help new businesses become established in town centre properties

Phillip, 29, currently teaches music in Manchester but has turned his attention to Blackburn to reignite a once thriving music scene.

He and Steven, who have known each other since childhood, began planning the project over three years ago.

Philip said:

One of the main reasons we wanted to do it was that there are so many musicians out there and they don’t have a place where they can meet and socialise with other musicians.

And something we’ve seen over the last few years is that there aren’t the opportunities for the kids coming through.

There doesn’t seem to be the same access to music tuition in schools that there once was and there’s so much to compete with learning instruments now, like computer games – it’s almost a forgotten art.”

The pair are quick to point out the benefits of learning a musical instrument from meeting people to improving social skills.

Steven, 28, said:

Even if you don’t end up in a band or become for an example a professional musician the pleasure and relaxation you get from learning an instrument is with you for life.”

MMT will open six days a week and will teaming up with Reidys Home Of Music to give students a chance to take part in showcase gigs.

They will also offer the opportunity to study for music grades although the emphasis will be on fun and grades are optional.

Philip added:

Most of all we want to create an environment for people of all ages and ability to enjoy themselves.”

Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

It’s great to see another new business coming into the town centre especially one that encourages creativity and develops talent in young people.”

There’s a real energy in the town at the moment with the regeneration that is taking place and a number of new businesses looking to locate here.

As a Council we work hard to attract businesses and to do everything we can to help them get established so that they are able to contribute to making Blackburn a vibrant place to shop and visit.”

MMT opens Monday, July 20 and will also be hosting a free open day on Saturday, August 15.

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