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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

15 October 2018 We are delighted to have received a matched funding offer from Greenham Trust for the West Berkshire coaches for our Music Leads the Way appeal! Donations paid via The Good Exchange will be matched until the full cost of the West Berkshire coaches has been achieved. Thank you to them! MLW Greenham Thank you
10 October 2018 Today we are launching our new fundraising appeal to get members of our county groups to our Royal Albert Hall concert on 11 March 2019. Click here for full details. MLW fundraising
9 October 2018 We are delighted to have hit our fundraising target for our appeal for BYC to get to the Royal Albert Hall to help raise funds for SSAFA at Classic FM Live! tonight to sing at the premiere of Patrick Hawes' Great War Symphony. Thank you very much to everyone who donated! Great War Thank you
5 October 2018 We are very grateful to the Englefield Charitable Trust for their contribution to our appeal for support with getting BYC to Classic FM Live! to sing at the premiere of Patrick Hawes' Great War Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you very much to them! Englefield Trust
25 September 2018 Thank you very much to a husband and wife from Reading who have donated a piano to Reading Music Centre! We are always glad to see unwanted instruments being put to good use to enable more children to learn to play. Donated piano
18 September 2018 We are so pleased to have received another donation via the car recycling organisation who work to help raise funds for charities like us! Thank you very much to the original donor and to givecar for helping to boost our fundraising. Giveacar
13 August 2018 We are delighted that the Greenham Trust is contributing to helping BYC supporting SSAFA for Classic FM Live! by offering matched funding for donations made to the appeal via The Good Exchange! Greenham Trust will match donations submitted from individuals until we have reached our target. Thank you very much to them! Greenham Common Trust
8 August 2018 Please help BYC to support SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity by helping them get to Classic FM Live! to sing the premiere of Patrick Hawes' The Great War Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall. We are seeking contributions to assist with travel costs. To find out more please read our appeal on The Good Exchange here. BYC appeal
6 August 2018 We are delighted to have received a four figure donation from the car recycling organisation who take donations of unwanted cars and turn them into cash funds for charity. Thank you very much to the original donor and to giveacar!

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17 July 2018 We are very grateful to Reading Symphony Orchestra for their recent donation to support our double bass activities following us loaning them a double bass for one of their players. Thank you very much to them! Our lead teacher for strings is looking into how to invest their money. Double Bass Thank you
7 May 2018 Thank you to Bracknell Choral Society for donating the retiring collection from their recent concert to our Sponsor A Child scheme. We are delighted that they thought of us and we are grateful that they are supporting children from financially deprived families to be able to access lessons and ensembles. Thank you

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

Music Leads the Way to the Royal Albert Hall. Berkshire Maestros will be holding a gala performance called 'Music Leads the Way!' at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 11 March 2019. Approximately 1,900 children and young people from across Berkshire will participate in this special occasion at the most prestigious venue in the country! Working in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), the concert will feature performances from Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and Berkshire County Youth Choirs, and two massed choirs of school children (one from primary schools and another from secondary schools). We are fundraising for providing coaches to transport the children and students from the county groups (and some members of staff) to and from the Royal Albert Hall on the concert day. We will be running six coaches to go to the venue and three to return at a total cost of £3,500. For most of these students it will be their first experience of performing on this stage, making the event of huge importance to them musically and socially. Performing as a group enhances a musician's team-working and communication skills as well as boosting their confidence, and this will make them into better musicians and more well-rounded individuals as a result. Also they will really enjoy this opportunity and will gain precious life-long memories! Read our full bid on The Good Exchange here if you wish to find out more about it. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please either complete the payment details on our donation page to send your contribution directly to us, or submit a bid on The Good Exchange. Greenham Trust has generously offered to match fund donations received via The Good Exchange (less fees of 5% + VAT).

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.

Sponsor a Child at Berkshire Maestros

The Berkshire Maestros ‘Sponsor a Child’ fund exists to help provide a better future for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We believe that all children and young people should have access to music and music education. But even now, many miss out simply because of their financial circumstances.

It has long been recognised that learning a musical instrument can improve a child’s cognitive ability and helps them to improve their academic achievements at school. Playing in a group can also improve self-confidence and self-discipline as well as developing creative, team-working and communications skills.

At Berkshire Maestros, we believe that no child should miss out on these opportunities. We work to identify those children who are in need (be it short term or longer term) and provide help from the fund to enable them to continue their lessons.

Your financial support, great or small, can help support a child in need to fund lessons or membership of an ensemble. For young people with talent and potential this can provide a chance to make a better life for themselves.

Your sponsorship could therefore go a long way to helping us to teach children not only to be better musicians but to become more rounded and capable human beings!

You may contribute any amount to the fund – large or small - it will be gratefully received. It costs just over £300 to fund a child’s music education for one year and the number of children in need is growing, so we urgently need your help. Please give what you can.

To make a donation to our Sponsor A Child fund, please click here and use the appeal reference 3117VH. Thank you.

Our supporters include...

Arts Council England

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