encore: Online Lessons for Young Musicians B&H

Help young people feel connected through music making in Brighton & Hove

Who we are

We are encore  and we raise money for a Hardship Fund supporting young musicians who would otherwise be unable to access lessons at Brighton & Hove Music & Arts  (part of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival). 

Brighton & Hove Music & Arts teaches 4,000 young musicians and they have been working hard to ensure that lessons can continue online throughout summer term and beyond. They want to share their passion for music and to encourage young musicians to keep making music while they are at home.

Help us raise £5k for 500 lessons in 12 weeks!

We need your help to fundraise enough money to support families in Brighton & Hove who need music for their children and young people the most.

More and more of our families are finding it hard to prioritise music lessons for their children at this time, and now more than ever, music can be a bedrock for our young people’s happiness and stability.

We need music in our lives

Music energises and helps us cope with difficult times. Young people tell us that they see music-making as an essential part of their lives - it makes them feel worthwhile and helps them explore their emotions.

Well aware of how music affects their emotions, they draw on it as a tool to convey and reflect their feelings. Science has proved that music changes emotional states and helps to regulate moods.

The creative process of making music has a deep and profound impact on well-being and during this uncertain time, young people are feeling disconnected, unable to socialise with their peers. Our aim is to support them and get them through these difficult times through the power of music.

How money will be spent

Brighton & Hove Music & Arts have created online tutorials and help guides, and more importantly are providing young people with live online lessons with supportive teachers.

The good news is that a little goes a long way online:

For every £10 donated, we can give a 1 hour music lesson online.

And if you tick the Gift Aid this adds a whopping 25% to every donation.

Thank you!

Your help will give chances to young people who need a musical life-line and a safe place to navigate their emotions and moods at this time. All through the power of writing and playing music.

85% of young people say music made them feel happy

Music is vital for young people
Music is strength   
Music connects
Music lifts spirits

Help us to #KeepMakingMusic
 *stats and report findings from www.youthmusic.org.uk/music-powerful-contributor-young-people-wellbeing

I really enjoyed my online lesson. It was great to have face-to-face contact with my teacher again. I felt really supported in my playing and how to improve just like the lessons I am used to. I’m looking forward to my next lesson!
Ilyanna (young musician)

In these difficult and strange times, it's really important to find a focus that takes you away from your immediate surroundings. Online music tuition gives you a window into an extraordinary and rewarding world, allowing you to escape and soar above what's around you. Sign up today and get the magic started!
Charles Mutter (BBC Concert orchestra leader and past Brighton Youth Orchestra player)



  • Deshinder Gill 
    • £50 
    • 8 d
  • Sheila Jennings 
    • £10 
    • 10 d
  • Karen Watson 
    • £20 
    • 11 d
  • The Pebble Trust 
    • £3,500 (Offline)
    • 13 d
  • Jonathan and Nancy Burton Trust 
    • £500 (Offline)
    • 13 d
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Fundraising team: encore (5)

Bec Britain 
Stanmer, ENG
Registered nonprofit
Donations eligible for Gift Aid.
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Abi Sharp 
Team member
Emma Collins 
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Faye Polden 
Team member
Peter Chivers 
Team member
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