UK Friends of  Music  Fund

Promoting and fundraising to supply decent musical instruments to young people in countries in need


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Countdown to Claron McFadden!

Posted by paul43 on November 2, 2015 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We are now gearing up for the benefit concert at the Gresham Centre on 26th November.   As part of the promotion, we have now set up a facebook page for the event.

If you are on facebook, please visit the page, like it, express interest in the concert, and share it on your own page.

And just to remind you, that tickets may be purchased in advance at

We do hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Ronnie Scott's Instrument hoard has arrived in Belgium

Posted by paul43 on September 1, 2015 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (2)

We're delighted to report the safe receipt of over 70 musical instruments donated to the Ronnie Scott's Instrument Amnesty in July 2015.  These arrived by van in Music Fund's repair workshop a few weeks ago and are photographed here prior to their dispersal around the world.  A fitting end to the UK's first ever collection in aid of Music Fund.

Mittelmaier Clinic donates massage fees to Music Fund

Posted by paul43 on August 4, 2015 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Mittlemaier Clinic is Music Fund's newest London partner.  

It's founder and director Wolfgang Mittelmaier has decided to donate all the fees from one day of his clinic appointments (18th August) to Music Fund. 

If you know anyone in or near the City of London who might like to contribute to Music Fund and receive a first-class professional massage, please inform them of the opportunity. 

We are most grateful for this innovative way to bring notice and funds to the work of Music Fund.

Report from CSYO benefit concert

Posted by paul43 on July 26, 2015 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you so much to City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra for the opportunity to promote Music Fund to an enthusiastic audience at their summer 2015 concert at St John's Smith Square.

Under the inspired direction of their conductor Chris Gayford, the young players (aged 13-21) tackled enormously challenging repertoire, Walton's voluptuous Viola Concerto, and Vaughan Williams dark and brooding Symphony no 4.

We were able to introduce Music Fund to all present, and at the end we took a retiring collection which raised nearly £300 for Music Fund's work.

City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra is one of the world's leading youth orchestras, drawing on young musicians from Sheffield and the surrounding area. Over the past twenty years, they have developed a unique approach to rehearsal and performance, using a range of innovative techniques usually encountered in experimental theatre and dance.

When he heard about Music Fund, Thomas Hetherington, CSYO's leader was moved to write:

"When I was first considering playing the violin, at the tender age of eight, I was shown a picture of CSYO. Seeing these ‘grown up’ musicians in their dinner jackets and concert dresses made me sure that I wanted to start playing. 12 years on and I am now proud to be co-leading the orchestra. And I can safely say that, whilst we may not be all that grown up, playing in CSYO has been an absolute blast, and one of the firm highlights of my musical life. I am incredibly lucky to come from musical stock, my great great Grandfather was a violin maker and I spent my early musical career playing on one of his violins. But I realise how fortunate I am to have this luxury. The fact that many young musicians won’t even get a chance to realise their potential, because they don’t have access to an instrument, is awful. It seems only right that our concert will help other young musicians around the world who don’t have the opportunities that we do. I look forward to seeing you there."

In turn, we look forward to other opportunities to work together with this outstanding group.

Report from Ronnie Scott's Instrument Amnesty

Posted by paul43 on July 11, 2015 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The first instrument collection for Music Fund in the UK on 11th July was a resounding success, with more than 100 instruments collected at Ronnie Scott's Jazz club, ranging from brand new unplayed instruments on the one hand, to a clarinet that has sat in a cupboard unplayed for more than 40 years.  All will be assesed and those that are repairable will be sent around the UK and world to be played by a child or young person who needs it.    This is Christian Betram, one of Music Fund's instrument repairers, assessing a donated guitar.  We are very grateful to Ronnie Scott's for the organisation, hosting, and PR.   We hope it will be the start of a longstanding productive relationship.

Message from Simon Cooke, Ronnie Scott's Managing Director

Posted by paul43 on July 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It's an initiative that is especially dear to Ronnie Scott's Managing Director Simon Cooke who said,


"We at Ronnie's are really pleased to lead this drive helping schools and education projects at home and around the World. Our standing in the jazz world puts us in a great position to ask musicians, our members and the public at large to help us help underprivileged kids by donating their unloved or used music instruments on July 11. This is the first of a few new charitable initiatives that the club will be embarking upon".


Donors are invited to book an advance appointment via and then pop in to the legendary Frith Street club anytime between 10am and 3.30pm on Saturday 11th July with the instrument they wish to donate. And while they wait for their instrument to be inspected and a tracking number issued - the donor is able to track their instrument to its final destination whether Newcastle, Liverpool or the war torn Middle East – they are invited to experience the iconic venue, perhaps rubbing shoulders with musicians who have graced the Ronnie's stage who will be dropping their instruments off too!


Ronnie Scott's isn't just offering a drop-off point for instruments though, as well as helping to collect and repair instruments, they will be working alongside the organisations both at home and abroad to inspire a young generation of aspiring jazz musicians. The club will arrange jazz workshops based on its hugely successful Big Band in a Day initiative that invites school kids into Ronnie's to work with world class musicians in forming their very own big band!



The club will only accept instruments that are in a reasonable condition and are unable to accept large instruments such as pianos and organs.

Newsletter - June 2015

Posted by paul43 on June 26, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

We’re writing with news of two exciting events in support of Music Fund in July.




We are delighted to announce a partnership with Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in Soho. On July 11th, between 10.00 and 3.30 the club will open its doors to anyone who wishes to donate an unwanted acoustic portable instrument (no keyboards or electrically powered instruments). The instruments donated will be divided between Music Fund and and the British charity Sistema UK.  Futher details at






Walton Viola Concerto

Vaughan Williams Symphony no 4


CYSO have generously donated a block of tickets to assist Music Fund's fundraising. We are selling them exclusively to Music Fund supporters (and their guests) at £20 each to include a free programme and an exclusive opportunity to chat informally with the orchestra's conductor and musical director Chris Gayford and some of his talented young players over a complimentary interval drink in the stylish crypt bar.


City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra is one of the world's leading youth orchestras, drawing on young musicians aged 13-21 from Sheffield and the surrounding area. Over the past twenty years, they have developed a unique approach to rehearsal and performance, using a range of innovative techniques usually encountered in experimental theatre and dance.


The performance at St John's, Smith Square on Saturday 25th July, will be preceded by an intensive rehearsal period at Stowe, drawing inspiration from the National Trust's finest landscape garden to perform two of the greatest pieces in the rich repertoire of British twentieth century music.

If you would like to order tickets for yourself and/or your guests, please send a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque for the requisite amount made out to “Friends of Music Fund (London)” to John Sloboda, 256 Highbury New Park, London N5 2LH, and we will mail tickets to you by return.





In other news, we are delighted to report on two successful Spring events, a benefit concert given by the London Conchord Ensemble hosted by Elizabeth and Bob Boas in their salon chamber series, and a performance by the City Chamber Choir at St Paul’s Covent Garden. The concerts together raised around £500 for Music Fund, as well as much welcome publicity, and new supporters for our work. We are very grateful to all involved.


The BBC documentary “Saving Gaza’s Grand Piano” released in March was seen and heard by many people around the world. As a result Music Fund has received several new supporters, eager to help the cause, and we are in good contact with them. If you haven’t yet viewed this moving film, it is available to view on youtube at . It is a very strong piece of advocacy for the kind of work that Music Fund does, and creates a powerful impression on anyone who watches it.


Looking ahead, we are excited to announce our very first solo promotion, a concert mounted by Music Fund itself, on Thursday 26th November at the Gresham Centre near St Paul’s in the City. The celebrated operatic soprano Claron McFadden will join with friends in a chamber concert with an intriguing improvisatory twist. Watch this space for more details.



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