Huawei is supporting scholarships and bursaries at the Royal College of Music in London as part of a new commitment to backing the arts in the UK. Huawei is also funding a community project at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester that will involve up to 1,000 primary school children in the region.
The donations were announced today ahead of Huawei’s 3rd annual Winter Concert in partnership with children’s charity, the NSPCC. For the first time, this year’s event, “Winter Harmonies – A Celebration of Music” will take place at both the Royal College of Music and the Chetham’s School simultaneously.
The two venues will be linked through technology so audiences in London and Manchester will be able to listen to music from students at both colleges.
Victor Zhang, Huawei Vice President, said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce our support for Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and the Royal College of Music in London. Music, like technology, is about inspiration, creativity and passion. It is more vital than even that young people are able to experience this and reach their potential.
“The pandemic has been especially challenging for children across the UK, and doubly so far those who have been left isolated and disconnected by a move to remote learning. Businesses like Huawei must embrace the opportunity to inspire talent, and we are fully committed to continuing to invest in young people all across the UK.”
Mr Zhang added: “I am very pleased that yet again our Winter Concert is being organised in aid of NSPCC – one of the most respected children’s charities in the UK. At Huawei, we share the NSPCC’s ambition to help to change young people’s lives for the better.”
Today’s announcement marks Huawei’s first partnership into the UK arts and follows a series of academic partnerships in science and technology.
Huawei’s support for the Royal College of Music will see the company support four scholarships and three bursaries at the world-renowned school in 2022.
Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the RCM, said: “We are committed to attracting and nurturing exceptional musicians from across the globe by removing financial concerns through our scholarship and bursary programme. While the RCM is adapting innovatively and efficiently to the current climate, our capacity to provide the widest access to musical excellence is dependent on the philanthropic support of generous donors. Huawei’s vital support enables us to ensure that no talented and dedicated young musician is left behind through want of funds.”
In Manchester, more than 1,000 primary schoolchildren in 10 schools around Greater Manchester will benefit from workshops that bring together science, technology and music, held by the teaching staff at Chetham’s – the UK’s largest music school.
Huawei’s partnership with the NSPCC began in 2019, and was marked by the first Winter Concert in support of the charity. For more information, visit www.huawei.com