Taunton School music scholar Anthony Knight received a county award for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ukraine Appeal

Taunton School music scholar Anthony Knight, 16, received a county award from the High Sheriff of Somerset Jennifer Duke after raising over £6,000 for the Ukraine Appeal by playing violin recitals at 27 churches.  He says: “It has been a wonderful experience travelling around Somerset and meeting lots of interesting people. Everyone has been so generous”.

“The combination of Anthony’s incredible musicianship and his dedication to supporting people in need was such a positive and creative response to terrible injustice,” says Toby Carden, the school’s Director of Music. “We are immensely proud of Anthony’s achievements. As a young person he showed that we can all make a positive difference to our society and the world.”

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Anthony is a music scholar and used his talent to raise funds across the county by playing after church services

Anthony, from Minehead, began offering to play 15 minutes of Bach at the end of Anglican church services after he was moved by the plight of the Ukrainian refugees. “I wanted to help them out in some way,” he says. “I figured that I couldn’t fly over there and help them on the border, so I thought I would use my talents to help them out through raising money.”

Anthony is studying A-level Music at Taunton School and leads the school’s symphony orchestra and a string quartet. He was also winner of the Taunton Young Musician of the Year in 2022.

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