Two decades ago in December 1997, Wiltshire Music Centre opened its doors for the first time. Twenty years and many thousands of performances and education projects later, we are delighted to be celebrating the Centre’s 20th Anniversary in 2018. We hope you can join in the celebrations with us!
Wiltshire Music Centre is a charity and a 300-seat concert hall of national significance, committed to supporting young people to reach their musical potential. Every year we produce a programme of over 150 live concerts whilst providing a home for community groups and children to rehearse and perform. At the heart of our work is our Creative Learning Programme for thousands of people of all ages and abilities across the region.
Throughout 2018 we invite you to to share your WMC highlights and look ahead to the future with us. We are launching an fundraising Appeal to raise £100,000 to support our Centre into its third decade.
We have three key priorities:
Over the past 3 years our Creative Learning Programme has doubled in size to 30 projects for 5,000 children across the region. Help us to raise £40,000 to enable us to develop this work; to take live musicians into primary, secondary and special schools; to deliver our monthly Zone Club for learning disabled young adults and to take 100 young musicians on tour to France in 2018.
Help us to raise £40,000 to maintain our live concert programme of the best musicians in classical, jazz, folk and world music, whilst investing in the future of music through new commissions. We are seeking funds to support our future artistic programme and new String Quartet Fellowship to nurture future talent.
Help us to raise £20,000 to upgrade to our auditorium lighting to LEDs, to reduce our energy costs and carbon footprint by 90% for a greener and more sustainable future.
Donations will be generously matched by the Coles-Medlock Foundation. That means that if you donate £20 they will also give £20!
When we opened back in 1997 we had incredible hopes and dreams for the Centre. I am really proud to say that the Centre has exceeded all of them.Keith Nimmo, Founding Artistic Director