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There's a a few of us around Maestronet who cut our teeth at the Shoreditch Technical College, London College of Furniture, City of London Polytechnic, London Guildhall University, or London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass Department of Art & Design, or quite whatever it happened to be called at one or other time in it's tortured 111-year history. One merger after another has seen the resources of the college depleted as the university has looked increasingly to bums-on-seats than concerning itself with the responsibility of preserving a course that adds so much that is unique, vibrant and important to the cultural life of our society. It seems a century ago when there were lutes, viols, violins, early and modern guitars, all manner of woodwind, harpsichords, organs and early pianos being built and modern ones restored, but those are the workshops that many of us trained in quite recently! It's sad to hear that they won't be recruiting students for next year, and the course is set to be axed. Whatever the shortcomings of poor funding, it trained a good number of people across all the spectrum of the musical world, and gave many more people more confidence to believe in themselves than a classroom-based training could ever achieve. Even though violin making sloped off the curriculum five years ago, it's important to us all. There's a petition (for what it's worth) to see it saved. If increased awareness of it's demise isn't enough to save it, it may be enough to highlight how precious our remaining instrument making schools are to the world. I encourage you to sign it and share it in every way you can... Follow the link here: https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-closure-of-the-cass-instrument-makers-degree Thank you.