News & Events


September concerts

London, York, and Goudhurst (Kent) are the locations for our three 20th anniversary concerts in September. On Sunday afternoon, 6th September, families in north London will be treated to three ‘pocket concertos’ by Mozart and Weber: more details here. The Duchess, York, will be the venue for rising star Laura Kindelan’s gig on Friday 11th […]

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


We’re recruiting

We’re looking for a self-motivated person, also able to work well in a small team, to take on a new role of Director of Soundtracks. Soundtracks is our programme of creative music projects in schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The Director of Soundtracks will further develop the well-established programme, with some […]

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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 York (9th/10th November) and one in London (12th/13th 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


We’re a Proms 2015 charity!

We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of the four Promenaders’ Musical Charities this year. A dedicated group of Prommers go to all the Proms concerts in the Royal Albert Hall and wield collection buckets – last year they raised £94,000! So if you’re going to the Proms this year, be sure to have […]

Read More » | May 28, 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

Davies Kenny

Iestyn Davies concert

We’re delighted that on Saturday 7th November countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny will give a recital for us. The programme is comprised of works by three ‘English’ composers praised by their contemporaries as the ‘Orpheus of England’ following their deaths: John Dowland, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel We experience Dowland’s gentle melancholy, […]

Read More » | February 27, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none

Jammin for Jessie's

Jammin’ for Jessie’s

Laura Kindelan is a young singer/songwriter from York who caught everyone’s attention when she burst onto the local music scene last year with a mixture of her own compositions and cover songs, which could best be described as acoustic-pop with jazz undertones. On Saturday 18th July she was joined by According to Eve, Panda Through […]

Read More » | July 9, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none

VW Swanee

The Jessie’s Fund Swanee Whistle Challenge

We’re very excited to be announcing the launch, by none other than our patron Victoria Wood, of the Jessie’s Fund Swanee Whistle Challenge. It’s a bit of fun through social networking, but with a serious purpose: letting more people know about Jessie’s Fund. You can see Victoria Wood’s video and find out how easy it […]

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

Amsterdam 300 team

Team Amsterdam 300 returns

We’re back from our sponsored bike ride – this time, 300 miles in four days, in Holland. That’s just flat, you may say, and you’d be right (not counting the 1000+ feet we climbed as we cycled across sand dunes). BUT, once the often high headwinds are factored into the equation, and the daily distance […]

Read More » | June 29, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none

Jessie smile

Beethoven’s Choral Symphony

On Saturday 27th June, at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall in York, there will be an opportunity to hear the magnificent Choral Symphony by Beethoven – considered by many to have changed the course of the history of music. In contrast to this mammoth work will be a performance of David Blake’s touching setting […]

Read More » | March 24, 2015 | Category: news | Comments: none