Search

Ham&High readers pledge to buy Highgate boy his own cello

20:05 29 September 2011

Jahleel Weisser with a new book of beginners cello music in readiness for his new cello. Picture: Polly Hancock

Jahleel Weisser with a new book of beginners cello music in readiness for his new cello. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

Generous Ham&High readers have stepped in to buy a cello for a four-year old boy whose free music lessons were axed by his children’s centre the day before his birthday.

The show will go on for Jahleel Weisser of Holy Lodge Mansions on the Holly Lodge Estate in Highgate, after readers pledged more than £500 towards getting him the new stringed instrument.

It comes after this newspaper published his appeal to raise the much needed funds to buy his own cello after Archway Children’s Centre cuts his free music lessons and instrument loan.

Delighted Tamatha Weisser, Jahleel’s mum, said she was “overwhelmed” by the response.

“I can’t believe it, this is amazing,” she said. “The speed of the response and the level of generosity is just unbelievable.

“It will just take the pressure off me trying to find some form of funding. It felt like I kept hitting a brick wall because of his age.

“I really felt this year was the window of opportunity to devote himself to the cello before he goes to school. And now he will get to do that.”

The four-year-old first picked up the stringed instrument last year at the children’s centre, where he so impressed the two cellists who ran the class that they agreed to give him free lessons and loan him a cello.

But they have been forced to withdraw the loan after Islington Council ruled that no child outside the borough’s borders could go to one of its centres – even if it is their nearest one.

Jahleel had to hand back his cello last Saturday (September 24).

Single mother Ms Weisser said: “He is going to get so much pleasure from this. You don’t know if he going to take it to the highest levels, but it is enriching in and of itself. It is amazing for him to experience.”

One of the donors, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “No child should have to do without music once they have developed a passion for it.

“I am pleased Jahleel has found such a love for this instrument, and wanted to do what I could to help him continue with this.”

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 19:08

West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has lost her appeal and had her five year sentence in an Iranian jail upheld by an Iranian court.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A group including MP Kier Starmer’s wife Victoria set off this morning from Kentish Town tube station to join thousands on a solidarity march through London in the wake of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Henrietta Barnett consultation has sparked debate on whether the famous grammar school should give priority to Hampstead Garden Suburb pupils

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Camden police officer has been sacked for dishonesty.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Emergency services have rescued a woman trapped under a Porsche after it crashed into a cafe in West End Lane in West Hampstead.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Virginia McKenna, actress and founder of the Born Free wildlife charity, is the latest to sign a 4,500-strong petition to create a haven for swans on the island on Hampstead Heath’s model boating pond.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Camden Council’s leader has said the prime minister’s commitment to removing the UK from the EU’s single market is “deeply concerning” – and pledged to push for the “greatest possible access”.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A plan to resurrect the Old White Bear pub in Hampstead by sharing its upper floors with a school has been given the go-ahead.

Breaking news

Yesterday, 19:08

West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has lost her appeal and had her five year sentence in an Iranian jail upheld by an Iranian court.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now