The Master's Charity

The Master’s Charity for 2022/2023 is Music Masters

Each Master designates a personal charity they wish to support during their year in office and the current Master, Stephen Gilbert, has chosen as his charity for 2022/23 Music Masters, which is a charity that champions diversity and inclusion in music education, believing that every single child should have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary power of music in their lives, no matter what their background.

Music Masters champions diversity and inclusion in music education, and believes that every child should have access to extraordinary, life-enhancing musical learning and opportunity.

The work begins in state primary schools where they can reach children of all backgrounds and abilities. Through Music Masters’ long-term Flagship School partnerships and highly trained teaching team they engage with over 1,200 children each year who participate alongside a programme of creative and performance opportunities supported by incredible Artist Ambassadors and artistic partners, and an ever-growing graduate programme, Champions.

The Pathways programme supports particularly committed and promising young musicians from backgrounds underrepresented in classical music to achieve their greatest potential. On top of group and individual lessons, children, aged 7-11, are provided with an additional programme of activity to support their musical journeys, with extra individual tuition, Conservatoire-level mentoring, Ambassador-led masterclasses, and creative and performance opportunities in venues including Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and the National Gallery. Most Pathways pupils graduate from Music Masters in Year 6 with at least Grade 5 on their instrument, and many continue their involvement with Music Masters as Champions and Graduate Ambassadors, returning to support and inspire their younger peers. Older Pathways graduates have been selected for London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Junior Artists programme, performed with orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

Music Masters recognises the impact an excellent, creative and inspiring music education can have on the lives of young people and are passionately committed to providing this advantage to the next generation on a national scale. Their vision is to build on its work to date to model what a truly inspiring, inclusive and excellent music education looks like, to up skill and support a generation of transformative music educators, and to become a greater voice of influence and a solution provider driving change across the UK within music, music education and social change sectors.

How to Donate:
By Cheque:
Payable to ‘The Plaisterers Charitable Trust’ and referenced ‘MUSICMASTERS’ on the back and sent to the Clerk’s Office at Plaisterers’ Hall; or

By BACS payable to:
Account Name: The Plaisterers Charitable Trust
Sort Code: 60 05 11
Account: 87314169
Reference: MUSICMASTERS

If you are a tax payer and are willing to complete a Gift Aid Declaration (obtainable from the Clerk’s Office at Plaisterers’ Hall) this will enable the Plaisterers’ Charity to reclaim and enhance your donation to Music Masters by a further 25%, which is both tax efficient and very worthwhile.

Thank you for your support.