Enriching more lives in schools and communities

You will enable us to bring inspirational musical experiences to even more people, regardless of background or bank balance.

In the Recovery phase we are:

  • Continuing to adapt our work in care homes, ensuring it is Covid compliant, including our Cuppa Concerts series of digital concerts designed especially for older people and care settings
  • Taking music into schools. This summer we live-streamed 3 concerts for schools, reaching 10,000 children, and delivered 121 school visits and workshops, reaching more than 5,000 children
  • Launching a new programme of work in the community, CBSO: Out and About, to contribute – in our small way – to efforts to get society back on its feet after the pandemic

In the Renewal phase your support will enable us to broaden and deepen this work,  not least by opening the Shireland CBSO School in Sandwell, the world’s first non-selective, non-fee-paying school to be established in partnership with an orchestra.  We also hope to:

  • Support and enrich the musical lives of young people in local primary, secondary and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) schools 
  • Fund the creation of a new, annual, city-wide week of music in the community
  • Expand the support we offer to local people living with dementia
  • Maintain our  community singing initiatives, including SO Vocal and our annual Singalong.
Dementia workshop at ExtraCare Longbridge Village.
Dementia workshop at ExtraCare Longbridge Village.
Members of SO Vocal at a rehearsal.
Members of SO Vocal at a rehearsal.

"SO Vocal, the CBSO's community choir, isn't just about the singing, it's about a community of people coming together from all different backgrounds and abilities, bound together by sound.  It's amazing to feel part of something; to feel included and valued. I've suffered from highs and lows throughout my life and a lack of confidence at times. SO Vocal has been one of the most affirming things I've ever done. It's a huge boost to my confidence and my mental wellbeing, and I've seen the same changes in the SO Vocal friends that I have made"
Carl Marshall, a member of SO Vocal, the CBSO's community choir

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

Inspiring young people with special educational needs and disabilities

"Gosh, the partnership between the CBSO and Chadsgrove is just amazing. We’ve worked with the CBSO for 8 years now and the CBSO musicians who visit us each week are like extended members of the team; they’re part of Chadsgrove and everyone just loves them. It isn't just about the pupils’ musical development, it’s about their general development. Through the CBSO-led workshops we notice progress in the pupils that they might not otherwise have been able to demonstrate. It’s just so valuable. Music provides our children and young people with a totally unique medium to express themselves, there’s nothing else like it."  

Stephanie Wellings, Teacher, Chadsgrove School, Bromsgrove (a Special School for Pupils with Physical Disabilities)

Music & Ability project.
Music & Ability project.

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