CBSO joins Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise money for Schools' Concerts


We are taking part in the UK's biggest match funding campaign, The Big Give Christmas Challenge, to raise money for our programme of Schools' Concerts.

Now in its 12th year, the Christmas Challenge launched at midday on Tuesday 3 December (Giving Tuesday) and runs for seven days, until noon on Tuesday 10 December. Throughout the week, all donations will be matched pound for pound through the generosity of CBSO Chair David Burbidge and his wife Sandra, together with the Reed Foundation, up to a total of £7,500. 

The CBSO is passionate about bringing music to audiences of all ages. The orchestra’s Schools’ Concerts range from spectacular Key Stage 2 and 3 performances in Birmingham Symphony Hall to relaxed concerts designed especially for those with special education needs. The concerts have a truly lasting impact on the pupils who attend and for many are a once-in-a-childhood opportunity to hear an orchestra playing live.

Stephen Maddock OBE, Chief Executive of CBSO, says: “Throughout our 100-year history the CBSO has always looked at ways of bringing music alive for audiences young and old and inspiring the next generation of musicians. Each year we present around thirty concerts especially for children and young people, and this fundraising will help us continue to deliver these life-changing experiences for young people.”

A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far. At the halfway point of the campaign we have raised a fantastic £5,470 of our £15,000 target! There is still time to support the campaign and have your donation doubled via the Big Give website here.