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Berkshire Maestros is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 284555). Charitable fundraising is a key part of our profile with a significant proportion of our charitable funds coming from Arts Council England.

If you would like to make a donation to us, please click here for further details on how you can do that.

Latest Fundraising News

Monday 30 September 2019 We have launched a new fundriaising appeal for Singing Cafes for those living with Parkinson's and dementia. We need to raise £1,460 to run weekly Singing Cafes in Bracknell throughout 2020. Read more about our appeal on The Good Exchange here. Singing Cafes
19 August 2019 We are very grateful to Cookham Festival for making a generous donation to us of £1,000! Their donation will be spent supporting our activities in the Maidenhead area and we are in discussions about which of our activities in the area will receive the funding. Cookham Festival
5 August 2019 We are absolutely delighted and hugely excited that Arts Council England has supported our Mini Maestros in the Community project by pledging £9,137 towards our target! This is half of the funding that we need to run this special Early Years project so we need to concentrate on achieving the remaining £9,137. Thank you very much to them for their support! Art Council England
1 August 2019 We are launching a further Mini Maestros fundraising project for 2020-21 by applying for grants to support the running of Mini Maestros classes in Children’s Centres. We are aiming to offer Mini Maestros to families on a low income so that we can ensure more babies and toddlers in more deprived areas can benefit from advantages and the fun of our Family Beats sessions. Children Centres
29 July 2019 We have joined forces with Spacehive to crowdfund for an exciting new project to bring Mini Maestros to 10 community locations around Berkshire. Please help us by making a small pledge to enable us to offer our Mini Maestros classes for free to the families of 0-3 year olds – read more on our crowdfunding page here. Mini Maestro Community
16 July 2019 We are very grateful to the Rotary Club of Wokingham for a £300 donation! Their contribution will be put to use supporting teaching at our Wokingham Music Centre. Thank you very much to them and all of their donors who contributed! Wokingham Rotary
25 February 2019 Read our latest Fundraising Newsletter here, covering updates on Music Leads the Way! Coaches, Music Leads the Way! SEND project, Reading Half Marathon, Reading Music Centre 24-hour Sponsored Play and Easyfundraising Double Donation Week! Fundraising news
18 February 2019 We are so pleased to receive a £600 grant from The Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust for our Music Leads the Way! concert on 11 March. Thank you very much to them! Payne Gallwey Charitable Trust
4 February 2019 Another fantastic donation of £1000 has been given to us by The Cardy Beaver Foundation to support our Music Leads the Way! concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you to them for this and all their support over the years. Cardy Beaver
31 January 2019 Wonderful news from the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust who have given us a grant of £3,000 to support the SEND project that we are running with the RPO as part of our Royal Albert Hall concert Music Leads the Way!. Thank you very much to them. D'Oyly Carte
24 January 2019 We are delighted to have received a grant of £435 from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Trust to fund the travel of our students from Windsor Music Centre to get to the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you very much to them! Louis Baylis
3 December 2018 We are very pleased to have received a grant from the Gordon Palmer Memorial Trust of £300 for our Music Leads the Way! fund. Their funding will help support the coach taking our county students from Bracknell and Wokingham Music Centre to the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you to them! MLW GPMT Thank you
29 November 2018 Thank you very much to Newbury Town Council for their grant of £250 towards our Music Leads the Way! fund to help students from our county groups travel to London for our Royal Albert Hall concert. We are very grateful! MLW Newbury Town Thank you
19 November 2018 We are delighted to have received a £1.5k grant from Greenham Trust to support the travel for members of our county groups travelling to the Royal Albert Hall for our gala event in March 2019. Thank you very much to them! MLW Greenham Thank you
29 October 2018 We are very grateful to the Englefield Charitable Trust who have sent us a further small grant to support our Music Leads the Way appeal. Their funding will be put towards running the coach from Newbury Music Centre to the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you to them! Englefield Trust
15 October 2018 We are delighted to have received a matched funding offer from Greenham Trust for the West Berkshire coaches for our Music Leads the Way appeal! Donations paid via The Good Exchange will be matched until the full cost of the West Berkshire coaches has been achieved. Thank you to them! MLW Greenham Thank you
10 October 2018 Today we are launching our new fundraising appeal to get members of our county groups to our Royal Albert Hall concert on 11 March 2019. We are seeking £3.5k to provide coaches from across the county to London. Click here for full details. MLW fundraising
9 October 2018 We are delighted to have hit our fundraising target for our appeal for BYC to get to the Royal Albert Hall to help raise funds for SSAFA at Classic FM Live! tonight to sing at the premiere of Patrick Hawes' Great War Symphony. Thank you very much to everyone who donated! Great War Thank you
5 October 2018 We are very grateful to the Englefield Charitable Trust for their contribution to our appeal for support with getting BYC to Classic FM Live! to sing at the premiere of Patrick Hawes' Great War Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you very much to them! Englefield Trust
25 September 2018 Thank you very much to a husband and wife from Reading who have donated a piano to Reading Music Centre! We are always glad to see unwanted instruments being put to good use to enable more children to learn to play. Donated piano
18 September 2018 We are so pleased to have received another donation via the car recycling organisation who work to help raise funds for charities like us! Thank you very much to the original donor and to givecar for helping to boost our fundraising. Giveacar

Our supporters include...

Arts Council England

Greenham Common Trust Garfield Weston Philip Brown Violins The Earley CharityAndrew Lloyd Webber FoundationEnglefield Logo Normans Music Shop Shanly Foundation Wokingham Rotary Club Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust (PGCT) RPO resound RNCM Ernest Cook Trust BBC SingersThe Louis Baylis The Gordon Palmer Memorial Trust Galaxy Hot ChocolateThatcham Town Council

Haines Hill Charitable Trust Artswork

Purcell School

D Oyly Carte

The Stevenson Family's Charitable Trust

Newbury Town Council


Cookham Festival

Donate To Berkshire Maestros

We are always grateful for donations for any of our projects or for any general aspects of our service. Below you will find details of some of our current fundraising appeals for specific projects. If you have any other ideas for what you would like your donation to be spent on then we will be delighted to discuss it with you. If you don't have any ideas then we are always in need of new instruments so your contribution could be spent on new instruments.

To make a donation to us using credit or debit card please click on the 'Donate to Us' buttonand enter the appeal reference code (if you know it) when asked. If you would like to make a donation via any other form of payment then please get in touch with our fundraising officer using

Gift Aid on Ensemble Membership Fees

We are able to reclaim Gift Aid on invoices for ensemble membership fees at no extra cost to you. This will enable us to reclaim 25p for every £1.00 from the government and it won’t cost you a single penny more! If you are paying ensemble membership fees please complete a Gift Aid form and return it to us. Please click here to download the Gift Aid form and return it to our finance department at Stoneham Court. Thank you for your continued support of us.





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Current Fundraising Appeals

Mini Maestros in the Community
Commencing in January 2020, we aim to offer Mini Maestros classes for children aged 0–3 years for FREE for ten weeks in ten local areas across Berkshire. Mini Maestros will bring quality music-making to our local communities which will nurture a love of music for life. Children and their grown-ups will experience singing fun action songs, playing inspiring percussion instruments and also moving with colourful scarves. To enable us to run this project we have joined forces with crowdfunding specialists Spacehive; they work in partnership with Arts Council England to audit proposed projects for quality artistic objectives and sound project management. We are seeking £18,211 to run the project and since launching the initiative, Arts Council England have offered to contribute 50% of our target if we can secure pledges for the remaining funding! Please help make this magical opportunity a reality in your local community and make a difference for local families by pledging your support. You can contribute as much or as little as you like, and no money will be taken from your bank account until December (and even then only if we have achieved our target). Read more and place your pledge on Spacehive here.

Singing Cafes
Following our successful pilot project, during 2020 we will be running Singing Cafes for those who are living with Parkinson's and dementia in the Bracknell area. Alternating weekly sessions for those with Parkinson’s and those with dementia, people living with the illness and their carers will join Berkshire Maestros qualified vocal teachers to sing together. Participants will undertake singing activities aimed at growing vocal strength, stimulating memories and improving their sense of wellbeing. The Parkinson’s Singing Café will enable the participants to improve their swallowing mechanism which is a life threatening issue. Further songs will be sung to improve mobility, fitness and breathing. We will also provide CPD training opportunities for local specialist healthcare staff so that they can observe, share and experience the activities and the benefits that they can bring to the patients. Our pilot was eye-opening - dementia patients arrived unable to verbally express that they wanted a cup of tea, but then sang songs repeatedly without impingement. We need to raise £1,460 for this project to go ahead. We will be submitting bids to five potential funders; you can read more about this project on The Good Exchange here.

Mini Maestros in Children’s Centres
We are seeking funding to run Mini Maestros classes in various Berkshire Children’s Centres during 2020 and 2021. We will deliver music sessions for 0-3 year olds with their parents/carers, in four children’s centres that have been identified as being in the lowest 30% most deprived areas of Berkshire. Sessions will focus on songs and activities that strengthen interaction between the children and their parents/carers. In addition we will be providing CPD training to Children’s Centres staff to ensure an ongoing legacy of music-making in the centres so that families in the future will continue to benefit. We will be submitting grant applications to various trusts and foundations to raise the £11,806 that we need to make this project a reality. Please stay in touch with us to hear further news on this project.

Sponsor a Child at Berkshire Maestros

The Berkshire Maestros ‘Sponsor a Child’ fund exists to help provide a better future for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We believe that all children and young people should have access to music and music education. But even now, many miss out simply because of their financial circumstances.

It has long been recognised that learning a musical instrument can improve a child’s cognitive ability and helps them to improve their academic achievements at school. Playing in a group can also improve self-confidence and self-discipline as well as developing creative, team-working and communications skills.

At Berkshire Maestros, we believe that no child should miss out on these opportunities. We work to identify those children who are in need (be it short term or longer term) and provide help from the fund to enable them to continue their lessons.

Your financial support, great or small, can help support a child in need to fund lessons or membership of an ensemble. For young people with talent and potential this can provide a chance to make a better life for themselves.

Your sponsorship could therefore go a long way to helping us to teach children not only to be better musicians but to become more rounded and capable human beings!

You may contribute any amount to the fund – large or small - it will be gratefully received. It costs just over £300 to fund a child’s music education for one year and the number of children in need is growing, so we urgently need your help. Please give what you can.

To make a donation to our Sponsor A Child fund, please click here and use the appeal reference 3117VH. Thank you.


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