02 Dec 2022
Hugely exciting times ahead for Scandinavian Cello School with generous support from amongst others Augustinus Foundation and the Danish Arts Council, securing over 750.000 kr. for development projects in the upcoming 3 years. Press release here.
Following a 2022 packed of activities, which saw Scandinavian Cello School (SCS) open their doors to almost 150 students, host Ukrainian musicians fleeing from the Russian invasion and bring music with outreach and village concerts to more than 1500 Stevns residents – the Danish Arts Council has recognised their mission and therefore rewards them with a grant from the ”Børn og unge – læringsmiljøer og talentudvikling” pujle of 200.000 kr. for further development in 2023. Their non-traditional methods of music education with focus on work-life balance have blazed a trail in the music industry, seen by 1.9 billion people the world over (Source: Hypefactors).
In 2022 students of SCS competed and won prizes at international competitions in Europe, USA and the Middle East, were accepted to major universities and played debut concerts worldwide. A generous grant from Stevns Kommune and support from EU funding (LAG) allowed SCS musicians to make concerts in old peoples homes, childrens centers and in other social places around Stevns Kommune in addition to workshops for students of Stevns Music School and numerous “village concerts” in the region, bringing their music to more than 1500 residents. World class education with vital concert experience is all part of the development progress – and more – that Augustinus Foundation will support with 3 years support of 450.000 kr. for “SCS elite program”.
An online fundraiser through SCS this summer, started with the aim to combat rising energy costs, help essential renovation works and reinstate lost economy from the summer period due to a long illness from founder Jacob Shaw raised over 120.000 kr. including a generous scholarship from Stevns Tourist Association of 40.000 kr.
Founder of SCS and Danish Radio P2 “Ildsjel 2022” Jacob Shaw was employed by Stevns Klint Experience (SKE) as Kulturchef from April of this year. As announced today in a SKE press release, their cultural program will be shut down effective immediately and Jacob Shaw will leave his position, returning to lead Scandinavian Cello School into their exciting future years as Executive Director. SCS will however continue to have a relationship with SKE, producing their own series of concerts taking place at the wonderful Klintesal featuring young talents in their “Fremtidens Lyd” program – a series hosted by SKE with support from the W. Hansen foundation, Dansk Musiker Forbund and PH Pianos.
Jacob Shaw: I am extremely excited for the future – a future where we can continue to educate the next generation of musical talents, whilst continuing our mission of bringing music out to the people of Stevns Kommune. I am of course extremely sad to see the cultural program shut down at SKE – but very happy that SCS will continue to have a partnership through bringing our own concerts hosted in their beautiful building in 2023. It is really an honour to receive recognition from the Danish Arts Council, Augustinus Foundation, and other foundations for our work at SCS and their pledge for our future plans. After a long illness this summer, I really feel extremely privileged to be able to continue doing what I love with full energy – based in the most wonderful surroundings here in Stevns.
For all the latest updates, news and future concert dates please consult Scandinavian Cello School social media pages or www.scandinaviancelloschool.com
Contact: Jacob Shaw / +45 42 76 55 40 / firstname.lastname@example.org