Award-winning Classically Yours programme receives more Arts Council England funding

Tue 14th March 2023
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East Riding of Yorkshire Council, in partnership with Orchestras Live, are celebrating the news that their award winning programme, Classically Yours, has received a grant of £60,000 from Arts Council England to allow it to continue until Summer, 2024.

This means that the pioneering work to bring classical music to venues and communities which would not normally be able to enjoy and benefit from it can continue in various locations across the East Riding.

The next phase of Classically Yours builds on work with orchestra, promoter and local music partners in the coastal areas of Bridlington and Withernsea, targeting those least engaged in cultural activities and developing new audiences for orchestral music activities.  The programme will offer a wide range of orchestral experiences for people who have never engaged with music before. 

The programme continues the grassroots work in Withernsea with Manchester Camerata and new work for a Relaxed Concert led by the Halle Orchestra aimed at those living with dementia and their carers and families.  There are new events for families and schools. 

Councillor Mike Medini, portfolio holder for culture, leisure, libraries and customer services,said : “Congratulations to everybody involved in the council and at Orchestras Live for their hard work in bidding for this new grant, and my sincere thanks to Arts Council England for awarding us this money.  This is wonderful news, and I look forward to another hugely successful year.”

Arts Development Officer Nicola Dixon said: “I am absolutely delighted that we are now able to continue Classically Yours for another year, and build on the great achievements of the last 12 months, when we took classical music into care homes, schools and concert venues.”

Full details of the concerts and community programmes will be announced in due course.

Just Beverley