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Patrons scheme

Patrons enable Music for Life. This has grown and developed into the biggest and most diverse programme for young people organised and funded by any music society in the country.

Music For Life Website
More information (pdf)

The Society wishes to thank all Patrons for their continuing support of its Music Education Programmes.

List of current patrons
2020 Annual Report (0.3MB pdf leaflet).

Talented young musician support

Our Patrons will be interested to know that through your generosity we are supporting four very talented young musicians this year. Thank you for making their support possible. Details and pictures

More information about the Peter Chase Award

School concerts and workshops

Each year almost 4,000 children at 32 Primary Schools (including 2 Special Schools) participate in concerts and workshops

Educational visits

To broaden children’s musical horizons and to acknowledge the enthusiasm and support of schools, a school is selected each year for a visit to The Sage.


Teaching staff whose first subject is not music ask Sowerby Music for help and support as they extend aspects of these concerts and workshops within their schools.

Free concert tickets

Children have free admission to all Sowerby Music’s Concerts.


Funding School concerts and Teacher Training each cost around £300 per event. A Sage visit for 60 children around £500 and up to £1,000 to help a talented student for a year.

Apart from a helpful contribution from participating schools, the great majority of the funding for Music for Life comes from Sowerby Music’s generous members through the Patron Scheme. But more money means we can do even better for our young people.

Please join us in one of two ways to share in and grow our success …

1. By becoming a Patron

To become a patron, please mail your details with your donation or Standing Order mandate.

For a form you can print Click here, email Graham Merriam or telephone him on 01845 597058

2. By becoming a Business Partner

We would value the support of businesses who recognise the value of Music for Life and would like to demonstrate their help for young people in our community. Lots of options exist for publicity or staff involvement if requested. Businesses can choose to have their names associated with specific concerts, schools, visits or talented young musicians. To discuss any aspect of business partnership please email Graham Merriam or telephone him on 01845 597058.