Sound of the Future fundraising campaign exceeds £5m milestone thanks to successful match-funding appeal


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We are delighted and grateful that over £5 million has now been donated to the CBSO’s £12.5 million The Sound of the Future fundraising campaign.

The campaign was given a £200,000 boost after audience members and other CBSO well-wishers gave £100,000 in response to a matched-funding challenge. Two members of the orchestra’s campaign board generously offered to match all donations as well as new and upgraded memberships pound for pound up to this amount. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed.

The campaign, which was launched publicly on the centenary of the orchestra's very first concert in September, aims firstly to ensure the orchestra’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, and secondly to enable the orchestra to enrich even more people’s lives through music as it begins its second century.  

Our goal is to raise £12.5 million by 2025, and to secure 250 new legacy pledges to secure the orchestra’s longer-term future.

CBSO chairman David Burbidge CBE commented, 'We are delighted to have reached this major milestone in our campaign: in the current climate it is remarkable. On behalf of my fellow Campaign Board members and everyone at the CBSO I would like to express my thanks to all the individuals, charitable trusts and companies who have contributed so far – we are extremely grateful'.

CBSO Youth Orchestra in rehearsal.
CBSO Youth Orchestra in rehearsal.
The CBSO rehearsing ahead of the 100th birthday concert.
The CBSO rehearsing ahead of the 100th birthday concert.
A socially-distanced performance, later shared online.
A socially-distanced performance, later shared online.

Find out more about how you can support the CBSO through the campaign here or contact Eve Vines on evines@cbso.co.uk or 0121 616 6541.