2020 Proms announcement

As music-lovers first and foremost, we welcome the news from the BBC that the 2020 season of Sir Henry Wood Proms will go ahead in an alternative format. We are in the process of determining what we can do to continue to support musical charities throughout the 2020 Proms season and will announce further details on this in due course.

2019 collection total and distribution

Following the recent Trustees’ meeting we are delighted to announce that the toal amount donated this year was a record breaking £121,842.95. The collection has been distributed as follows:

Help Musicians UK £43,990
CLIC Sargent £34,880
Richard House Children’s Hospice £17,405
London Music Fund £12,580
National Orchestra for All £12,580

We couldn’t have collected this magnificent total without the generosity of the Proms audiences or the hard work of our collectors, so thank you to everyone who played their part.

Please note that if you would like to make an application for support from the collections to be made at the 2020 season of the Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, we have recently added a more detailed Guidance page.

Last Night update

Update – the interim total after the Last Night of the Proms has surpassed £120,900! Thank you all.
The collection total has so far surpassed £115,000 pounds, which will be divided between this year’s charities:

With tonight’s collection still to go, can we pass £120,000 for the first time? [Update – yes!]

After the season we wait for the final bank statements to come through and deal with foreign currency that was put into the buckets. Then in October the trustees will meet to determine the final distribution of the money.

An update, and a small problem…

Problem now solved

As you may have heard on Radio 3 this morning, we’re unexpectedly low on the bags we use to send your donations on for bank processing. If anyone has some G4S CS05 bags they could spare (and a reasonable prospect of getting them to the Royal Albert Hall today or tomorrow), please contact us. Thanks.

This will not affect our ability to actually run the collections, just delay when the monies can be banked.

With two proms remaining of the 2019 season the total collected has surpassed £111,400.

Arena to Audience – Happy new season

We’re off again – almost. The buckets are labelled with details of this year’s charities and were delivered to the Royal Albert Hall a few days ago. We’ve made sure we’ve got enough coin bags and other sundries to get started, checked the badges etc etc.
This evening the trustee-in-charge will seek out collectors around the Arena. At the interval there will be the shout to remind everyone how much was collected last season. Then once the last notes of the first night die away the collectors will make their dash from the Arena to their allotted door (hoping not to find that the bucket left there for them has been used as a rubbish bin for a now melted ice cream…).
This year we’re also experimenting with cashless donation, with one card reader being available at Door 6. However, we still want to keep a close connections between the concerts themselves and the collection so there is still no online option.

2019 charities

Following the recent Trustees’ meeting we are delighted to announce that this year’s charities are as follows:

As ever we will also be collecting on behalf of Help Musicians UK and CLIC Sargent.

We and our yellow buckets look forward to seeing you at the Royal Albert Hall soon.

Catch up with Help Musicians UK

One of the charities we have always supported is Help Musicians UK (originally known as the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund). Last week our chairman, Lee, and trustee, Paul, had a chance to visit them and hear more about how the money you donate is used by them. Your donations all go to their Postgraduate Awards schema. In the past those supported by these awards have included trumpeter Alison Balsom OBE, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, violinist Clio Gould, cellist Guy Johnston, violinist Tasmin Little OBE and guitarist Miloš Karadaglic.

Two men in suits present a large cheque to three ladies and a man in a yellow shirt
Chairman, Lee, and trustee, Paul make the official cheque preserntation to some current award holders and staff of the charity (© Help Musicians UK)