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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!  


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Help young people feel connected through music making 


Welcome to encore, the fundraising network for East Sussex Music and all our ensembles. encore nurtures the next generation of rising musical talent.

East Sussex Music teach thousands of young musicians across the county and have been working hard to ensure that lessons continue online throughout the pandemic and beyond. We want to share our passion for music and encourage these young musicians to keep making music whether they are at home, in school or at our Music Centres.

What we need

We need your help to support families across East Sussex 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 want to ensure we can continue to provide bursaries and support to every family that needs it.

Why we need it

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. 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 these uncertain times, young people have felt disconnected and 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 donations are spent 

- Hardship Fund supporting young musicians who would otherwise be unable to access lessons at Brighton & Hove Music & Arts. 


- O360 inclusive ensemble working with children with special educational needs and their families across Brighton & Hove.

- Access to affordable instruments for young musicians, and purchase and maintenance of instruments for ensembles.

- New collaborative work and performances with professional musicians, embracing all our ensembles, and going on tour.

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

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

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