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Mystery Brass near York, 8 May

Mystery Brass is a quintet from York which has supported Jessie’s Fund on a number of occasions, and is doing so again on Sunday 8 May. The concert starts at 3pm, at Acaster Malbis Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, YO23 2UJ, and the programme is varied and fun: from Bach to Bohemian Rhapsody. Families are very […]

Read More » | May 2, 2016 | Category: news | Comments: none


Prudential Ride London 100 Mile Ride

We have one precious place for the Prudential RideLondon – a fabulous event which is a legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games. On Sunday 31st July, starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, thousands of keen cyclists will pedal 100 miles on closed roads through Surrey’s countryside, finishing with a grand finale up The Mall. […]

Read More » | April 26, 2016 | Category: news | Comments: none

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York Mini and Junior Run

We’ve been selected as the charity partner for this year’s York Mini and Junior Run. This is organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All, and takes place on Sunday 7th August. If you have a young runner in the family, we’d love them to run for Jessie’s Fund. Using the same start and finish line […]

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Classic FM (Margherita Taylor, John Suchet)

Classic FM and Global’s Make Some Noise

We have been very fortunate recipients of a grant from Global’s Make Some Noise (GMSN). GMSN was created by Global, the media & entertainment group.  As well as Classic FM, Global is home to radio brands Capital, Capital Xtra, Heart, Radio X, LBC, Smooth, Smooth Extra and Gold. As well as the fantastic grant of £40,000 […]

Read More » | September 14, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none

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Autumn training courses

We’ve already had a lot of enquiries about our popular two-day training courses, ‘Making Music with Special Children’, which take place in the Autumn. There’s a course in London (21st/22nd November) and one in London (24th/25th November). If you work with children with special needs and would like to get ideas about how to use […]

Read More » | August 1, 2014 | Category: news | Comments: none


Finding the right instrument

C is a little boy of about 7 who is severely affected by cerebral palsy. Jessie’s Fund has been working in his school for a day every fortnight this term, not only working with the children themselves, but also helping the music coordinator to increase her skills. C can’t communicate with words: in fact he […]

Read More » | November 18, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none


Soundtracks news

Soundtracks, our well-established programme of creative music projects in special schools has a new strand of work: one day ‘taster’ workshops. These enable schools to have a simple, affordable way in which children and staff can take part in making music, and there will follow an opportunity to book one of our standard five day projects, […]

Read More » | August 9, 2012 | Category: news | Comments: none

York Guildhall Orchestra with Jacob George

Concert: York Guildhall Orchestra

Many thanks to the York Guildhall Orchestra, whose concert on Saturday 10th  October at York’s Barbican formed part of our 20th anniversary celebrations. Conductor Simon Wright had invited Jessie’s family as the evening’s soloists – parents Lesley Schatzberger and Alan George in Bruch’s rarely performed Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, and her brother Jacob […]

Read More » | August 3, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none


DiscoMister’s new song for Jessie’s Fund

York teachers Robin Parmiter and Ian Wilson, aka DiscoMister, had a hit with their unofficial world cup anthem last year, and now they’ve released a single, ‘I am You’, to celebrate Jessie’s Fund’s 20th anniversary. The video, which is full of humour but with a serious core, was released on YouTube on Jessie’s birthday: 22 […]

Read More » | October 22, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none

Jane Armstrong

Jane’s High Tarn Challenge

For our 10th anniversary our friend Jane Armstrong swam 60 high tarns in the Lake District, raising a staggering £23,000 for us. Now, for our 20th anniversary, she set herself the even greater challenge of swimming 70 high tarns, climbing a combined distance greater than the height of Everest to reach them, and raising £25,000 […]

Read More » | June 1, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none