The School has been fortunate to have received significant funding from the Department for Education (DfE) over the years. This has provided much of the capital required for our Building programme, but the School has ambitious plans for future development and these plans are unlikely to be met by government funding.

The opening of the state-of-the-art New Music Centre by School patron Sir Simon Rattle in 2007 saw the completion of the first stage of our goal to provide world class teaching and performance facilities. This Music Centre has transformed the lives of our young musicians and teaching staff and we shall be forever grateful to the many friends and benefactors whose generosity brought the fundraising project to life.

Following this, 2011 saw the opening of two new boarding houses that help to ensure no musically gifted child is barred access to the School through lack of suitable boarding accommodation.

Since 2010, we have also refurbished the other two boarding houses, Avison and Sunley. We are now looking to make some much-needed improvements to the buildings around the School. Our strategic plan highlights the need to improve the facilities of Britain’s oldest music school and to ensure they are fit for purpose continuing through the 21st century. However, we will be unable to see these plans to fruition without significant financial support.

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If you would like to know more about our building plans, or discuss a donation, please contact Chris Harbour, Head of Development and Philanthropy, on 01923 331131 or at