The DaCapo Music Foundation is a registered charity, established in 1991. Our mission is to increase access to inclusive and child-centred music education.
In addition to our fee-paying Saturday Music Centre we work hard to provide high-quality music education to children and young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and to schools where music is valued but hard to deliver.
How we've been affected by COVID-19
These are very challenging times for the charity sector. COVID-19 has affected DaCapo’s income considerably. Despite this, we are determined to continue our valuable work - providing high-quality, innovative and inspiring teaching to our students and the schools we work with.
We are continuing to do this throughout the crisis - our amazingly dedicated teaching team is working hard to create online lessons of real value and we are receiving high praise for our online teaching programmes - and we are resolved to continue beyond the current crisis.
If you can afford to make a donation to protect DaCapo's future and help us continue this work, we would be very grateful for your support.
Our current charitable projects:
Our two current charitable projects are detailed below. We are also working on the survival and sustainability of the organisation.
In order to provide the rich experience of live music to children who may not otherwise access it, we visit schools with a group of high-calibre musicians to host concerts at assemblies and other school events.
This group of musicians care deeply about music in schools and want to share their passion with primary school children. These visits present a variety of musical styles and introduce children to musical experiences and instruments that may otherwise never be accessed.
The live experience is profoundly different to the recorded music that we are all so accustomed. We aim to help schools find affordable ways of accessing different styles of music that they can then explore in their teaching, and to help them provide this experience of live music as part of their education to children.
For those schools who want to extend the learning value of the visit we also create a ‘research project’ to extend the learning. The projects show children how to research the players, their instruments, the composers, and how to find live performances and recordings of the music that they have been listening to.
As part of our charitable work for 2020-2021 we aim to present many of these concerts when children return to school after the lockdown, giving many children a high-quality, feel-good and unifying experience after so many months in isolation.
We rely on grants and donations for this work. You can donate here:
Music on a Monday
Music on a Monday is a Monday evening music school based at Wren Academy. We are offering free places to young people over 11 years who are enthusiastic about music but would not otherwise be able to pay for the DaCapo programme. The scheme relies on donations.
To fund one teenager to learn music for a year costs only £150. You can support this project by donating any amount towards this.
Can you help a young person to access this music making opportunity?