Ben Parry and members of the National Youth Choir receive their cheque from representatives of the Promenaders' Musical Charities

17 November 2016

The Promenaders' Musical Charities has named NYCGB as one of the charities to receive a share of its 2016 collection.

A record total of over £116,000 was raised at this year's BBC Proms concerts, of which NYCGB will receive £14,250. NYCGB Director Ben Parry said:

We are hugely grateful to the Promenaders’ Musical Charities and to all the individual donors for their generosity. Our share of the proceeds is being allocated in full to our Bursary Scheme, which provides financial assistance to one in five of our young singers. That demand is increasing year on year, not least because of the work of our Widening Access & Engagement programme in partnership with schools and Music Education Hubs, which aims to get young people from the widest range of backgrounds singng with NYCGB and benefitting from all that we have to offer.

Best of all, this is a virtuous circle, because we know that many of the young people who are enabled to participate thanks to the Promenaders’ Musical Charities' generosity will return to the Proms in future years, both as performers and as Prommers!

Founded in 1968, the Promenaders' Musical Charities exists to support the Proms through a range of activities. At the famous 'Last Night of the Proms', the Trust provides carnations to all performers, and a laurel garland for the bust of the Proms' founding conductor Sir Henry Wood.

The other beneficiaries of this year's collection are Help Musicians UK, CLIC Sargent, Drake Music Scotland, and the Eric Thompson Charitable Trust for Organists & Organ Music.