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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

13 February 2018 We are immensely grateful to the Greenham Trust for making us two fundraising offers to support our Mini Pantomimus project to bring music and movement to pre-school children in West Berkshire. They have offered us £2,000 initial grant and also up to £2,226 by way of matched funding. Thank you very much to them! You can read more about the Mini Pantomimus project on The Good Exchange. Greenham Common Trust
9 February 2018 Are you running in the Sage Reading Half Marathon? Would you consider running in aid of our Sponsor a Child scheme to enable children from financially disadvantaged families to receive a discount on their lessons and ensembles? If you would like to find out more please e-mail Feet image

31 January 2018 Thank you to all of you who have given that little bit extra when buying tickets for our concerts through our online box office TicketSource by topping up yourr ticket purchase with a donation. All those extra one, two or three pounds on your ticket purchases have enabled us to raise a fantastic £174.33!

11 January 2018 Thank you very much to the Asda stores in Tilehurst and Lower Earley, and the Sainsbury's store in Calcot for hosting BYSO and Acer Minor for fundraising days of busking and bag packing just before Christmas! Thank you also to those who donated. In total we raised £831 for the BYSO tour, and £212 for the Toby Davies Memorial Fund! BYSO fundraising
30 October 2017 We are so pleased to have been donated £600 by the Rotary Club of Wokingham. They have asked that some of their donation be allocated to our Sponsor a Child scheme, and the rest will support Wokingham Music Centre. Thank you! Rotary Club of Wokingham
17 October 2017 We are absolutely delighted to have been donated £1,000 by Cookham Festival - thank you very much! In consultation with Windsor area staff, we are looking into how we can spend this money on a project in the Cookham/Maidenhead area. 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' button below and 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

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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.

Current Fundraising Appeals

Mini Pantomimus. We are appealing for financial support to help us put on a series of shows and educational sessions bringing music and movement to 0-4 year olds in West Berkshire. These innovative shows and workshops will use music, rhythm and movement to introduce Early Years children to a series of life skills, including communication, relationship building, secure bonding, self-esteem and confidence. The show is an interactive musical experience that will encourage the children to sing, move and play basic percussion instruments whilst learning about the adventures of our musical mouse character Max Maestro. Berkshire Maestros has secured the continued partnership and collaboration with West Berkshire Family Hubs to provide venues, access to hard-to-reach families to achieve a common goal of improving access to life-enhancing opportunities for this age group. The workshops will take place at the local authority's Family Hubs and have been developed together with the Early Years team based at the Thatcham Family Hub. The Family Hub team will also identify and nominate those children who will most benefit from this activity. The children will come from a range of cultural backgrounds and will have varying language skills and educational needs. To read more details about this project please have a look at our bid on The Good Exchange. Appeal reference – 1831000MB.

Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra Tour to Italy. During July 2018 we will be taking around 70 children and young people from across Berkshire to the Cesena Province of northern Italy for a concert tour. The tour will provide our young musicians (aged between 12 and 18) with an amazing opportunity to experience Italian culture and gain new perspectives on music-making internationally. Our young learners will also have a chance to develop their social skills, build new friendships and enhance their knowledge and understanding of foreign history and culture. As we are an inclusive service with the objective of offering opportunities to everyone regardless of personal circumstances, we are seeking funds to help those students who are financially disadvantaged and would otherwise be unable to afford their place. We propose to set up a bursary scheme to cover half of the costs to those students whom we have identified as experiencing financial difficulty. We also propose to use this fund to help those families who have more than one child who will be participating in the tour so that there is not an excessive financial burden on such families. Appeal reference – 1115918JB.

Sponsor a Child at Berkshire Maestros

By joining the Berkshire Maestros Sponsor a Child scheme, you’ll be helping to provide a child from a disadvantaged background with a better future. Together we can help such children to improve their self-confidence and self-discipline as well as develop their performing, creative and appraising skills. It has long been known that learning a musical instrument improves a child’s cognitive ability so you will also be helping them to improve their academic achievements at school as well as their musical attainment.

Berkshire Maestros will identify those children who are in need of financial support to be able to continue their lessons. Some will have short-term needs (such as a parent being temporarily too sick to work) or long-term needs (such as the family is permanently on a low income). We can either partially fund or fully fund a child’s tuition through Sponsor a Child. The financial support could fund their instrumental lessons, either individually or as part of a group, or fund their membership of an ensemble. Your sponsorship could therefore go a long way to helping us to teach children to be fully-rounded and capable musicians.

There are no limits to how much you could offer to the Sponsor a Child scheme but, as a guideline, fully funding a child’s lessons within a group for a year starts at just over £300. Appeal reference – 3117VH.

Our supporters include...

Arts Council England

Greenham Common Trust Garfield Weston Philip Brown Violins The Earley CharityAndrew Lloyd Webber Foundation 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

The Stevenson Family's Charitable Trust


Cookham Festival

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