encore is very close to reaching its 2015 target of £10,000 which is a great achievement for their first year. The money has come from a number of sources including the very successful house concerts, donations from Overture and Concerto members, bucket collections at concerts and grants from trusts and foundations including The Pebble Trust. It is planned to double efforts in 2016 and to pull in £20,000 for encore.
The Christmas 2015 campaign is being led by ex BYO member and encore ambassador Richard Durrant who has kindly agreed to donate £1.50 to encore from every copy of his new CD ‘The Girl at The Airport’. Richard played the title track with the String Ensemble at the launch event for encore back in April and it really is a wonderful piece of music. You can pick up a copy at the Schools Christmas concert on 7 Dec or order it online for the discounted price for BHMA and encore members of just £10 (RRP £12) with £1.50 going to encore. Please use the promotional code ‘encoreChristmas2015’ to get the discounted price. The funds will be earmarked for a new ensemble involving children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities).