Sponsor Nicola's Half Marathon!

Help us to raise £500 for 50 lessons

Violin teacher Nicola Bates is now running the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 10 October 2021 for encore's Hardship Fund, providing bursaries for young musicians across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.  Having taken the reigns from Lisa de Simone, who is no longer able to run, Nicola is adding to her busy teaching schedule with getting outside to run and remains positive about her training schedule:


Nicola says "Since the lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic fitness has become a lifeline for me and I am now a qualified Personal Trainer (PT).  Much like music, it helps me reconnect with the world and improves my mental wellbeing. Like Lisa, music and running has shown me that with determination, hard work, consistency and passion you can get far. Even as far as running a half marathon of 21k, at fairly short notice! I've not done a lot of running over the last year as I prefer lifting heavy weights, but I'm hoping determination and persistence will help me run the half marathon."


"I am delighted to raise funds for Encore to support young players. The joy of learning a musical instrument will help them develop strength, determination, passion and self-esteem, all good things in life! No one should live without music: that’s a daily mission I take seriously as a violinist and passionate music educator."

Nicola's target is to fund 50 lessons, so she needs to raise £38.46 for every mile (or £23.80 for every kilometre) she runs!  

Every £10 you give buys a lesson for a young person who wouldn't otherwise be able to access music tuition.

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Support the next generation of musicians

Make a donation

Donations of any size are very welcome and will contribute to our Hardship Fund ensuring music tuition is accessible to any young person.  If you select Gift Aid, your donation is worth 25% more to us when we claim tax relief.

DONATE ONLINE: Use the button below to make your donation direct to us online.


PAY BY CHEQUE:  Made payable to: Brighton & Hove Music & Arts

With reference ENCOREF written on the back

Sent to: BHMA, County Oak Avenue, Brighton BN1 8DJ


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Become an encore member


encore has a great community of music lovers and supporters.  Not only do they support our work, they come together to enjoy the incredible talent of our past and present students at a series of bespoke events each year. We offer three levels of membership with a variety of benefits, all available with monthly payment options. With all memberships you’ll be invited to 5 encore concerts a year with a guest, receive acknowledgment on our publicity and free tickets to special events (such as BYO concerts at Brighton Festival and the Schools Christmas Concert). We’ll keep you up to date with news about our work and let you know what we’ve achieved at the end of each year.

Overture Membership £120 per year.


Concerto Membership £500 per year, with naming rights for bursaries, and the opportunity to support specific young musicians in our orchestras and ensembles.


Symphony Membership £2,000 per year, with opportunities to work closely with Brighton Youth Orchestra and other ensembles to develop new programmes and activities, naming rights for seats in the orchestra, and naming rights for bursaries.  You’ll be able to support specific young musicians in our orchestras and ensembles, including opportunities to engage individual members to perform at your own private events. 

Join using the button below: complete the registration form and follow instruction on the form for payment

Host a concert for encore

We can squeeze into a small space to suit your home! We regularly hold fundraising concerts featuring our outstanding String Ensemble and past players from our orchestras in private homes.  Invite people you know and help the encore network to grow.  Email encore@brightondome.org to express your interest and we can create a bespoke concert to suit your home.


Are you a past player and still an active musician?  Several of our past players have hosted their own concerts and donated the proceeds to encore, ensuring other young people get the same opportunities and experiences they did.


Raise sponsorship

Running a marathon or taking on another challenge?  Whether it’s running, baking or a car boot sale, talk to us if you have a fundraising idea that could support encore.  We can help you to get organised, spread the word and raise more money. Email encore@brightondome.org to express your interest.