Help us to provide access to high quality musical development opportunities for talented young orchestral players across our rural county and donate now to our West of England Youth Orchestra Travel Fund. We need to raise an extra £3,000 to provide essential bus services for WEYO players to get to and from orchestral courses at Wiltshire Music Centre in August and December 2021. 

Could you Buy a Seat on the Bus?

About WEYO

The West of England Youth Orchestra is a full-size symphony orchestra for talented young musicians aged 11-18 from across Wiltshire and beyond. Each year over 50 young musicians come together for three intensive courses at WMC directed by Tim Redmond, Professor of Conducting at Guildhall School, London and Musical Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. WEYO gives young musicians a rare opportunity to perform alongside leading soloists including Alexandra Dariescu, Peter Moore and Matthew Trussler. Through this programme, musicians develop their orchestral skills to an advanced level, which provides an essential stepping stone to national progression routes, conservatoires and higher-level music education. There is no other provision like it in the area.

The WEYO Bus

We are committed to removing barriers for young people to access this unique offer, and our annual fundraising programme ensures that we are able to maintain high quality provision that is affordable, providing a range of additional support for families.

Each year, as part of this support package, we offer subsidised travel to enable young people from across our rural county to get to and from rehearsals at the Centre. Of the 20 young musicians who use our dedicated bus service, 100% say that without it they would not be able to attend. However, with concerts cancelled and ticket income decimated during the pandemic, we need to fundraise an additional £3,000 to ensure we can continue to offer this vital service.

It’s been a very challenging year for the Youth Orchestras, with virtual projects the only means of connecting and performing together. Now, we need your help to bring our young musicians back together for their 2021 Summer and New Year courses. Please consider buying a seat on the bus or making a donation of any amount towards our WEYO Travel Fund.

How to Support

Buy a seat on the bus - £180
The average cost per participant to provide travel to and from each WEYO course is £180 after family contributions. Help us to fund a place on the bus for one of our amazing young musicians.

Match-fund a family contribution - £30
Families of the participants utilising our dedicated bus service each contribute £30pp per course. Help us make their contribution go even further.

Fuel our talented young musicians’ journey with a donation of any amount - £___
Every donation made will make a big difference to enabling us to offer vital travel support for our Youth Orchestra musicians. Thank you!

All Donors Will Receive

  • A personalised thank you card from a WEYO musician utilising the dedicated bus service
  • Acknowledgement in the WEYO Summer and New Year Course concert programmes (optional)