John Bute pledges generous donation to youth facility in Rothesay Pavilion restoration project

Rothesay Pavilion charity has announced the receipt of a pledge of £117,000 for the creation of a new youth music and media studio within the Pavilion redevelopment. This substantial donation comes from the West Coast Foundation, which is John Bute’s personal Foundation

Situated within the Pavilion’s rooftop development, the donation will fund the building and equipping of a bespoke music and media facility led by and for the young people of Bute. Titled ‘45RPM’ (45 – the street number of the Pavilion, RPM - Rothesay Pavilion Multimedia), the new studio will be available to use for band practices and music lessons, as well as digital recording, filmmaking, photography and specialised training in stage and event management. 45RPM will also have access to the new second venue and other spaces in the Pavilion where the group will input directly to programming and event management.

 Building works on the rooftop of the Pavilion where the new music and media studio will be situated

Building works on the rooftop of the Pavilion where the new music and media studio will be situated

Julia Twomlow, Chief Executive of the Rothesay Pavilion charity said: ‘Music making is such an important part of the cultural life of Bute, for all ages, but there are very few facilities for young people living here. The West Coast Foundation’s donation is a huge boost to the Pavilion project, but more importantly, it provides real, tangible opportunities for the next generation as an outlet for their creativity, and to increase their confidence and skills.’

John Bute said: ‘I am delighted to support this important project. The success of the Pavilion is a key factor in the island's drive to improve the local economy. Mount Stuart Trust and Rothesay Pavilion Charity, alongside our community, are working together to maximise every available opportunity, to collaborate in a concerted and determined effort to ensure a successful outcome to our mutual aspirations.’

 Architect's visualisation of the 45RPM music and media studio

Architect's visualisation of the 45RPM music and media studio