Welcome to encore, the fundraising network for supporters of Brighton Youth Orchestra and all the city ensembles managed by Brighton & Hove Music and Arts. encore keeps young musicians in touch and supports the next generation of musical talent.


Brighton & Hove Music and Arts (BHMA) provides high quality, inclusive music and arts education with performance opportunities for children and young people across the city.  This includes music lessons, ensembles, special projects, workshops, orchestras and summer schools. 


Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble (BYOSE) is an award-winning ensemble for string players working for grade 8 and beyond. Over an impressive 65 years, the ensemble has trained thousands of talented students. They have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Japanese Embassy, Inveraray Castle and delivered an hour long live performance for Classic FM. They have shared the stage with a host of stars including Evelyn Glennie, Joanna McGregor, Nicola Bernadetti and Laura van der Heijden, and helped launch the careers of Richard Durrant (guitarist and composer) and Jon Sevink (The Levellers).


With your help, encore supports the next generation of talented Brighton & Hove musicians. We also encourage players and supporters to stay in touch, hosting network events, performances with past players and an image archive. Working with all our ensembles and past players we are raising funds to provide:


The Hardship Fund for young musicians who could not otherwise afford to be involved in music making and lessons.  This includes attending orchestras, ensembles and going on tour.


Orchestra 360 inclusive ensemble with specialist teaching, adapted instruments and performance opportunities.


Master-Classes offering talented young musicians individual tuition that could make all the difference to their future career.


Specialist Instrument purchase and maintenance for all our ensembles.

A special thank you to the Pebble Trust who will be supporting our new House Music Classics programme and to all encore members and supporters.


Thanks to all our supporters:


The Meta and John Wells-Thorpe Bursary, supporting young musicians to participate in the BYO annual international tour.

Concerto members: Dr Glynn Jones OBE, Vaughan Rees OBE, Conrad Brunner, Pam Stiles, Jenny & Martin Toomey, David Jordan, The Kemp Town Society, Danny House, Leanna Toltz, Roger & Irit Abrahams and John Hird.

Overture members: Peter Comley, Siriol Hugh Jones, Will Scotland, Maureen Chowen, Dharmavasita, Paul Hudson, , Elizabeth Lamb, Jackie Lythell, Adrian Wood and Katherine Travis


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