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Berkshire Maestros launches crowd-funding appeal to deliver high-quality music experiences for 300 babies and toddlers

4th November 2019

Berkshire Maestros launches Mini Maestros in the Community, an ambitious crowdfunding appeal to deliver high-quality music experiences for 300 babies and toddlers in 10 new locations across Berkshire.

The music education charity is seeking over £17,000 from individuals and local businesses to deliver baby and toddler sessions free of charge across January to March 2020. The appeal has already received over £12,000 in donations, including pledges from over 70 individuals, £9,000 from Arts Council England as part of the ‘Our Music Crowd’ movement and major contributions from a local IT firm, Newbury and Windsor Music Centre Parents and Friends Associations and Barnes Coaches.

Bringing high quality music-making direct to local communities across Berkshire, Mini Maestros in the Community will enable families to nurture a love of music for life. Children and their grown-ups sing fun action songs, learn through a wide range of resources, play inspiring percussion instruments and move with colourful scarfs.

Dawn Wren, CEO Berkshire Maestros:

“This is one of the biggest and most ambitious projects that Berkshire Maestros has undertaken in recent years but one which is significant to parents and their children within the community. Music-making should start from birth and we hope that this opportunity will supply many parents with an outlet to immerse their children in a weekly music session and provide the foundations for a life-long love of music. The finishing line for our campaign is now in sight and we need the county’s support to help us achieve our goal!”

Mrs M, parent in Crowthorne:

“I’ve always enjoyed music growing up, and it’s important to me that my children have the opportunity to have fun with music. I am delighted that Berkshire Maestros is offering this fantastic initiative and that there is an opportunity in the community for my son to enjoy the joys of music from such a young age in a unique setting. We are excited to begin these classes in the new year.”

If you would like to make a pledge to the appeal, you can do so online: