News and events

Messiah for Jessie’s Fund


Our events celebrating our 25th anniversary last year had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but we are thrilled that some have been rescheduled. The performance of Messiah by The English Concert, directed by our Patron Trevor Pinnock, will be at 7.30pm on Friday 15th October 2021, at St...

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Calling runners and walkers

Virtual London Marathon

You can be part of the world’s first 100,000 person marathon by joining the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon. This takes place on the same date as the classic run – 3rd October 2021 – but you make your own walking or running route, with plenty of incentive from the...

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Music at Mabel Pritchard School

Mabel Prichard School

One of our last projects before the world was turned upside down by the pandemic was at Mabel Prichard School, in Oxfordshire. Mabel Prichard School is a community special school for children and young people with complex needs from the ages of 2 to 19. The school says ‘We believe...

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Music Nomad supports Jessie’s Fund

Music Nomad logo

Music Nomad is a music equipment care company located in the US. Their ‘One for Music‘ programme supports the music community by donating a percentage of Music Nomad’s yearly sales to organisations which use music to transform lives and communities. We’re delighted that they discovered Jessie’s Fund and decided to...

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Maxine Peake on TV with Jessie’s Fund

We’re delighted that Maxine Peake presented our Lifeline Appeal, shown on BBC One on Sunday 25th October 2020. This 9 minute programme gives you a glimpse of how we help children to communicate through music, and you can watch it here. You’ll see Caleb, who has his own way of...

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Katy and Una smash their target

This is what Jessie’s cousin Katy (right) and her friend Una look like after running a half marathon at the end of undertaking 40 runs in 50 days! They set themselves a modest target of £300 and were overwhelmed with the support they received for Jessie’s Fund, raising £1,250. Needless...

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Interactive videos

Our ‘lockdown’ videos, recorded by our musicians in their homes, are aimed at helping children, their families and teachers to make music, wherever they are. 20 – 30 minutes long, and free for you to watch, they offer an opportunity for playing along, listening and moving about. All the pieces...

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Gear4music partners with Jessie’s Fund

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Gear4music, who are supporting our work over the next 12 months. Gear4music is a large, well-known retailer of musical instruments and music equipment, and, like Jessie’s Fund, is based in York. They have customers ranging from beginners to professionals, and sell not only...

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Making music for Jessie’s Fund

We’re very fortunate in having lots of supporters who not only love music, but are also good at playing it! Cathy Ibberson is a music therapist who works with children at Martin House, the hospice which looked after Jessie. She’s also raised funds for us through her music, most recently...

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Time of Covid: update

Thanks to NADLAB UK and Masqonn we now have plenty of face masks available to keep our musicians and the children we work with as safe as possible once we can make music face-to-face with them again. Mike Sherwood, from NADLAB UK, says ‘We are donating masks to welfare charities...

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