Charities We Support
Leith Hill Musical Festival
Branduin member, Ges Ray, is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Leith Hill Musical Festival, one of the UK’s most well known competitive choral festivals for amateur choirs. Founded in 1905 by Lady Evangeline Farrer and Margaret Vaughan Williams, whose famous brother, the composer Ralph, was Festival Conductor for nearly fifty years. Each year around two thousand singers take part over five days. Also a 2nd Bass voice in Dorking Choral Society, one of the participating choirs.
NewSPAL – New Surrey Performing Arts Library
Branduin member, Ges Ray, is a Trustee of NewSPAL. A registered charity, set up to establish a secure future for the Surrey Performing Arts Library, currently run by Surrey County Council (SCC). In the face of significant budget challenges, SCC had planned to close the dedicated performing arts library at Denbies Vinyard and split the collection, losing the integrity and sustainability of this unique resource, as well as specialist staff and knowledge. We have been campaigning and building support for pledges of skills and resources for the library to be handed over to NewSPAL to both run the library on a commercial basis and preserve this unique yet well used collection of music scores and drama scripts – 3rd largest in the UK – for the performing arts community in Surrey, Sussex and beyond.
Spark! – Kick Starting Careers
Branduin member Tim Seabourne works with Spark!, an organisation which is an Education & Business Partnership supported by Hounslow. Spark! find inspiring opportunities for young people to gain work experience, understand the labour market and develop confident enterprise and employability skills. Tim volunteers for them at events in schools usually in 2 ways – conducting mock job interviews for those about to enter the workplace, and taking part in Speed Networking events at Career days to answer kids questions about the world of work. Tim have done these events both in mainstream schools and a couple at a special needs school for children with autism and last year Tim was nominated for Business Volunteer of the Year for this work.
National Deaf Children’s Society
Branduin member Tony Ryan has been working with the NDCS since 1996. They are the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people, and are the only charity supporting the parents and families of deaf children (in addition to supporting the deaf children). Tony has taken part in a cycle ride abroad for them almost every year and has raised in excess of £100,000!