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In March Britten Sinfonia launched the most urgent fundraising appeal in its history, Play On, aiming to replace the £1m it is losing over the next three years as a result of the 100% cut to its regular Arts Council England National Portfolio funding.

Donations received through the appeal have now passed £250,000, a quarter of the appeal’s target.

Britten Sinfonia Chief Executive and Artistic Director Meurig Bowen said:

“Over the last six weeks we have been deeply touched by all the messages of support and many hundreds of donations we have received - ranging from £10 to £10,000 and more - and coming from all corners of the UK, Europe, America and Australia.

This is a moment for us to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. The number of people who have stepped up to help secure the orchestra’s future is a demonstration of how many people care deeply about high-quality music making. If you have not yet donated, we ask you to consider contributing, so that we’re able to build on this excellent start to the Play On appeal.”

The orchestra still has £750,000 to raise to reach its target.

The appeal is supported by artists from across the classical music community, including composers Steve Reich, Judith Weir (Master of the King’s Music), Sir James MacMillan, Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly, singers Dame Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams, trumpeter Alison Balsom, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

Find out more about the appeal here.