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Professionals and beginners enjoying the rhythm 


Fun learning to conduct at Britannia Primary

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An exhilarating blend of saxophones and strings at Exning Primary School


The SPO's Principal 2nd Violin plays among student players in a full day workshop at Kesgrave High School.


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The Education Fund

"My pupils enthused for WEEKS afterwards!"

"They need role models to aspire to and learn from. This workshop was most successful in meeting those needs”.

John Rednall, Britannia Primary School, Ipswich

The Education Fund pays for our work to draw children into the orbit of world-class music with equality of opportunity.

This is at the heart of SPO ethos.   The Government, in its 2012 review The Importance of Music said: “It is important that music education of high quality is available to as many as possible: it must not become the preserve of those children whose families can afford to pay for music tuition. While music touches the lives of all young people, the disadvantaged can benefit most.”


SPO players go into schools - small village primaries as well as big senior schools - to enrich children's experience by opening windows on the world of music and to encourage music skills. The visits offer a plethora of opportunities: sometimes children play their own instruments alongside professionals, or in small group workshops, sometimes the whole school have a mini concert. Older children have the opportunity to consult musicians about GCSE music and how best to develop as young players.  Musicians will work with talented young people to rehearse and even perform in a shared concert. An open, flexible approach in planning meetings with head teachers means that the activities are closely tailored to the needs of those particular children.

The most advanced young players (probably years 12 and 13) are given the unique opportunity to play ‘Side by Side’ with the SPO's professional musicians during the full blown orchestral rehearsal on the day of a full-scale SPO performance in a major venue - and then they can watch that evening concert free.  SPO often make the occasional playing of a piece by a young composer a feature of a major concert at the performance venue.  These are unforgettable experiences for the young people concerned.  With support from the SPO Education Fund, performance tickets for those aged 18 and under can be kept as low as £6.  Please help SPO continue to instil in children, from all backgrounds, a passion for music and the opportunity to make music with others, or be inspired to progress to the next level of excellence if they wish.


“Music… gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error - Plato



Our Community, Artistic Excellence, and Education Funds are for those businesses, philanthropists and passionate donors able to give at £1,000-2,000 Major Donor level to choose the area of support which most interests you and pledge your support. 


As an individual Major Donor at this level we would be delighted to offer you all the benefits of Platinum Friends’ membership, together with some lovely invitations to pre or post performance drinks with the musicians and conductor.  As a sponsor at this level, we would be only too delighted to discuss and devise a package of benefits tailored to meet your need.

If you would like to find out more, do get in touch with our Fund-Raiser Julia Read by clicking this box:

“I loved it because it was so real.  On DVDs you don’t see how hard they try and what I saw was incredible.”



“I wondered just how long it took them to get so good.” Harry.