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Raising money to support and inspire creative compositions



We're supporting the next generation of composers and music-makers through our Composition Challenges programme, but we need your help! Donate to us during the Big Give and your donation will be doubled through match funding, and have twice the impact.

We fundamentally believe that every young person - no matter their background or experience - should have the opportunity to access affordable high-quality musical opportunities, explore their creativity and compose their own music. 

Donate Now

You can start donating to the London Sinfonietta's Big Give campaign from 19 March. To donate please access our Big Give Campaign page to donate via the button below. 

Why do we need your support? 

Music education has taken a significant blow in recent years, especially since the pandemic. According to the reports by the Independent Society of Musicians: 

  • In 2023 there was a 12.5% decline in music GCSE entries and a 7% drop in year-on-year A-level entries.
  • Analysis shows that uptake of A-level music has fallen 45% in the UK since 2010. 

We're responding to this situation through our Composition Challenge programme, delivering in-school composition workshops across our partner areas and reaching thousands more through our Sound Out Concert at the Royal Festival Hall and online events celebrating compositions submitted by young people from across the UK.

What is Composition Challenges? 

Each Composition Challenge explores the work and approach of a different contemporary composer, supporting curriculum learning and helping young people engage with creative composition. Composition Challenges are designed to be easy to use, flexible and open to all, from complete beginners to those with more experience.

One of the highlights was catching sight of our lowest ability pupil, with a face of pure joy because they were able to join in just like everyone else. All the children were full of praise... we feel thoroughly privileged to have had the experience with you all! Year 3 Class Teacher

What do we want to achieve?

  • To increase levels of composition in state-school classroom, directly with 525 pupils, and indirectly as 105 teachers are better equipped to teach 2,625 children to compose. We will provide inspiration to teachers and students to actively compose and make music. 
  • To engage tens of thousands of children with the power and excitement of their first live contemporary classical music concert: 3,000 in person through the SOUND OUT concert at the Royal Festival Hall, 12,000 as they watch the concert digitally, as live, and 8,000 watching our celebration film.
  • To inspire young people to greater levels of achievement as they see their own compositions brought to life and performed by one of the world's greatest new music ensembles, instilling self-belief and boosting confidence. 


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