UK Friends of  Music  Fund

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


Newsletter - June 2015

Posted by paul43 on June 26, 2015 at 10:40 AM

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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