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Christmas shopping?

It’s creeping up on us rather too quickly! Christmas shopping is often a last minute affair for the busy little Jessie’s Fund team, but we’ve had a bit of a start from our own ‘shop‘. Take a look at our offerings, many with a musical theme. Our cards are unique – designed just for us […]

Read More » | November 18, 2015 | 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 […]

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Training course

Autumn training courses

Our training courses this year are over, and we had some great feedback. Here’s what Nikki told us: ‘I just wanted to thank you and your team again for the training I attended on Monday and Tuesday this week. I had a really good time and learnt so much about how to use music with […]

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


We were a Proms 2015 charity

We’re were thrilled to have been chosen as one of the four Promenaders’ Musical Charities this year. A dedicated group of Prommers went to all the Proms concerts in the Royal Albert Hall and wielded collection buckets – this year they raised over £111,000, and we have received a grant of £20,520, which will help […]

Read More » | May 28, 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

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

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


Classic FM and Global’s Make Some Noise

Global’s Make Some Noise (GMSN) appeal has been launched, and we’re very excited to be one of their charities. 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. Jessie’s Fund will receive […]

Read More » | September 14, 2015 | Category: news | 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 […]

Read More » | August 3, 2015 | Category: news, Uncategorized | 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