Local school that teaches classical music to disadvantaged students gets funding boost

A three-figure donation from the Benefact Group will go towards instruments for East London Music School students who cannot afford their own

Credit: East London School of Music

A local educational music charity has received a £1,000 funding boost as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards to support its work promoting classical music to disadvantaged groups.

The East London School of Music is a small, independent charity that teaches young people about classical music in deprived areas of the UK. The organisation provides opportunities and complimentary coaching to anyone who would love to learn the art of classical music but cannot afford it.

The £1,000 donation made as part of the Movement for Good Awards will contribute towards the purchase of musical instruments that will be loaned out to students who cannot afford their own and help disadvantaged students pay for exam and tuition fees.

The East London School of Music also hosts concerts and runs various projects throughout the year, the donation will help pay for tutors and staff to work with the children who sign up for the workshops.

Fiona D. Pacquette, managing director at East London School of Music has spoken out following the overwhelming support from the public: “We believe that classical music training should be accessible and affordable for everybody. The £1,000 donation made by the Movement for Good Awards will help us to continue offering our services to young people and allow them to experience a genre of music that they might not have even considered before. We’d like to thank each and every person who nominated us to receive this donation.”

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Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards is giving away over £1million to charities across the year and invites members of the public to nominate causes close to their hearts. 100 awards of £1,000 have been donated to charities across the UK and Ireland, including seven charities based in London. As well as East London School of Music, the Romanian Rescue Appeal and The Sick Children’s Trust are amongst those who have received an award.

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Benefact Group, said: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good Awards. Benefact Group is a family of award-winning specialist financial services companies and the third largest corporate donor to charity in the UK. Owned by a charity ourselves, charitable giving is at the heart of what we do. All of our available profits go to good causes and the more the Group grows, the more the Group can give.

“We are delighted to be able to donate over £1million to good causes each year through our Movement for Good Awards and are grateful to all our supporters, including the customers of the trusted insurer, Ecclesiastical, and the responsible and sustainable asset manager, EdenTree. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Benefact Group has donated over £200million to charitable causes since 2014 and last year was recognised as the third biggest corporate giver in the UK. The organisation aims to reach £250million in donations by 2025.

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