Noel Wentworth is a household name in Kelowna and has
touched the lives of so many families through his un-ending passion for music
and improving the community. As one of the owners and operators of Wentworth
Music, he and his teaching team has regularly put on the city’s largest student
rock concerts twice a year, selling out the 850-seat Kelowna Community Theatre,
with all proceeds going to kids health care at the Kelowna General Hospital.
Much more thrilling than the traditional recital format, 200+ kids get to
perform with full costumes, lighting and staging making them feel like they are
out on tour.
Noel puts in countless hours coordinating these shows,
teaching students, and promoting the concerts. Since its inception in 2007,
this concert series has contributed over $167,000 to the Kelowna General and
Vernon Jubilee Hospitals.
Noel has not only made great strides in bringing music into
the lives of youth in his home town of Kelowna but also the Province of British
Columbia. He brought the program Rockschool from the UK into Canada and it is
now accredited with the BC Ministry of Education for external high school
credit. This means for the first time all musical styles such as pop, Latin,
blues, rock, country and metal are recognized as educational. He has also
helped children at risk through his local Boys and Girls club and puts on
several musical “petting zoos” throughout the year to provide children who
normally don’t have access to musical instruments an opportunity to try out
drums, guitar, and piano for free.
“I feel very blessed
to have been recognized by Shaw for Canada 150,” says Noel. “Truthfully though, I feel that this
recognition is to be shared with everyone who has helped do what we do,
including our students. Bottom line, these concerts are all about kids helping