Founders' DayOur annual Founders' Day celebrates DaCapo's Founders and over 25 years at the forefront of music education with a concert, fundraiser and social evening. Founders Day 2017 will be on November 23rd at Rosslyn Hill Chapel.
Tickets are £10 and can be purchased in advance from www.jumblebee.co.uk/foundersday
Founders' Day 2016 was a huge success. Here are some words from one of the attendees:
"As dusk fell on the quiet splendour of London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb, around 70 people gathered into Lutyens’ magnificent St Jude’s Church for the inaugural Founders’ Day concert of the DaCapo Music Foundation. The twin aims of the evening were to celebrate DaCapo’s 25 years of innovative, child-oriented, music education and raise both awareness and funds for the newly formed Wessex Orchestra.The evening began with co-founder Jane Cutler outlining DaCapo’s ambition to assemble the resources, both financially and through instrument donations, to establish and maintain a 40-piece children’s orchestra with the pupils of Wessex Gardens Primary School in Golders Green. Jane’s address was then followed by a short film outlining DaCapo’s vision for the orchestra, showing interviews with tutors and pupils alike.
After fellow co-founder Michelle Groves had introduced a number of the other major contributors to the work of DaCapo to the audience, the evening concert began. Seated café style around small tables furnished with canapés and sparkling wines, those assembled were royally entertained by two varied and wonderful sets from DaCapo’s composer-in-residence, John Ashton Thomas, on organ and piano, and award-winning saxophonist and composer, Mark Lockheart. People were thrilled by the duo’s renditions of classical pieces, self-penned compositions, as well as pieces by McCartney and Bowie, all of which was further augmented by the wonderful setting and acoustics of St Jude’s.During the break, songs written for DaCapo by John Ashton Thomas and writer-in-residence Tracey Mathias were performed to great applause by soprano Elizabeth Menezes and mezzo soprano Camilla Cutts.
As the formal part of the evening came to a close, audience members gathered at the rear of the church to eat, drink and talk. The ensuing hubbub confirmed both the resounding success of the evening and the warmth felt by those in attendance towards DaCapo, its team and its vision for The Wessex Orchestra."
Paul McNamara, OBE
na-mara duo and DaCapo supporter