Give the Gift of Live Music

This February, almost two years after the start of the pandemic, around 13,500 young people from across the West Midlands will return to the concert hall to hear the CBSO perform live.


The CBSO is committed to inspiring a lifelong appreciation of live performance. Our schools’ concerts are central to this vision; they act as a crucial access point to orchestral music in the concert hall. This is more vital than ever following the devastating effects of the pandemic. Covid-19 has had a severe impact on us all, but no more so than on our young people. Research shows that 68% of primary schools and 39% of secondary schools reduced their music provision because of the crisis.

Let’s revisit just a few of the key benefits of live performance for young people.
Live music can:

  • Broaden children’s horizons offering the opportunity to hear world-class orchestral performances at an incredible venue on their doorstep
  • Expand knowledge in a fun and age-appropriate way by explaining the way an orchestra works and the context in which music was written
  • Act as a catalyst for wider exploration of music, becoming a gateway to different genres and highlighting their influence on contemporary music
  • Encourage wider educational attainment due to the many transferable skills promoted through music education
  • Cultivate personal development, including creativity, imaginative thinking, communication and confidence
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Delivering these specially tailored concerts costs over £160,000. Income from ticket sales and support from Services for Education covers just over half of this, but we’re left with around £90,000 to fundraise through trust and foundations and philanthropic individuals like you. 
Thanks to support from an anonymous donor, all donations towards our Schools’ Concerts Appeal will be matched pound for pound, enabling you to double the impact of your support. A donation of £150 could enable one class to attend a concert at Symphony Hall.

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'The impact of your work with schools is just incalculable. I remember bringing a class of year 7s to a concert and one of your musicians, who was presenting the concert, said to them: ‘This is your orchestra. This is yours. It belongs to you.’ That stuck with me and with my students, all of whom took that message away and held onto it. Thank you. The musical standards you achieve are phenomenal.'

- Prue Hawthorne, Birmingham-based teacher

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Because our appeal is match-funded, when you make a £5 donation, £10 goes towards offering another child the chance to hear the Orchestra perform. 

'In the younger year groups they were joining in on imaginary instruments, the older ones were conducting. A valuable experience that few will ever have again.'

- Headteacher, Water Mill Primary School


If you can help to give a child the gift of live music, you can donate online, by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch:
or call 0121 616 6510.

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