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Classical music is about the pursuit of excellence and the transportation of the mind to a different place from the mundane.  This pursuit leads to creative genuis - those moments in a concert that we remember all our lives, that send a shiver down our spine.

To continue to grow and develop, we need to inspire creativity and excellence and learning in the young. We must engage a new generation - both to ensure an audience for classical music, and to discover and enable the musicians who will create those moments of magic for the future.

Southern Pro Musica is able to sustain an active programme of concerts and education work funded by grants we have already secured. But we need to create an endowment for the future to ensure this work develops and thrives for future generations.

Notes for the Future aims to raise 100,000 over the next three years.  Support us and together we can make a real difference to the development of musical talent and our art form.

Keeping Upbeat

Public subsidy for music in Guildford has been cut substantially in recent years and is likely to fall further.  In consequence of this, it would be understandable to expect the amount of music delivered to have fallen.  This is not the case.  With the help of our partners and with your help in the future, we are not only halting the decline of classical music but also are giving it a significant boost.  Audiences are enjoying our performances, the number of concerts given is up and the number of children experiencing our music is massively increased.   Our desire to enable as many young people as possible to enjoy classical music is reflected in our policy of offering free admission to everyone aged 18 or under.

Notes for the Future builds on significant work already undertaken.  Funding has already been secured from Guildford Borough Council and from our principal education sponsors, Strutt and Parker.  We have welcomed additional corporate support from companies such as Chapters Financial and numerous private donations from individuals and companies.  Our work could not be successful without the great support in kind we receive from venues such as Holy Trinity Church, volunteers who give their time looking after our concerts and the large support network across the Borough which underpins everything we do.


Wednesday May 8th, 2019

RGS Concerto Concert

Concertos performed by outstanding soloists from The Royal Grammar School, Guildford

Southern Pro Musica

Peter White - conductor

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

  • Watching and listening to the orchestra has made us want to play some more of the instruments ourselves.
    Family Concert January 2014
  • Coming to a concert and watching you play was far more exciting than listening to a CD in our Music Room at School
    Class 2B Guildford High School
  • We all wanted to conduct the orchestra and hold your magic baton.
    Family Concert January 2014

The First Movement

The Strings Project at St. Thomas of Canterbury was set up in 2011 in a partnership with the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.  All 64 pupils in Year 4 learn the violin or cello in groups of 15 under the expert tuition of musicians from the Southern Pro Musica.  A measure of the success of the scheme is that in Years 5 & 6 at the school there is a string orchestra of over 30 pupils, who have decided to carry on learning at the end of their initial learning in Year 4.  The String Project provision has attracted national attention and has been visited by the local MP, the Minister for Education and the Secretary of State for Education.

But we can only provide such activities for a tiny proportion of the pupils who might enjoy them and benefit from them.  With your support we can reach out more often to more pupils in more schools.

Increasing the Tempo

Our World Music Project was set up in 2013.  Working with partners Inspire Works, the orchestra has connected with eight primary schools in the Borough of Guildford.  Between September 2013 and June 2014, over 1,000 Guildford Primiary School children took part in one of our workshops, experiencing the sounds and thythms of either African Drumming, Brazilian Samba or Indonesian Gamelan.

Our goal is to increase the number of partner schools to 12 wthin the next two years and to double the number of children taking part in the World Music Project.

New commissions.  Many traditional classical audiences run scared at the thought of having to listen to new music.   But without the opportunity to be heard, how can the composers of the future develop their talent?
Critically, it is often new and experimental music that first attracts the young to 'classical' music.  The Southern Pro Musica is working in partnership with the composition students at the music department of the University of Surrey, and is keen to commission short works for inclusion in our concerts.  Our musical director, Jonathan Willcocks, is himself a widely-performed and published composer.

Our goal is to commission at least one new work and perform it within our 'Music for Guildford' season each year.

The Ensemble

Music making is a collective enterprise.  One desk of violins playing alone will never have the impact of a full orchestra, a full orchestra can never give a great performance to an empty hall.

We look forward to working with you to make our plans a reality and we hope you will be enthused by Notes for the Future.  Below, we suggest some of the ways in which you might be able to help us, but above all we welcome your support in whatever way might be most appropriate for you.

Where your money will go:

Southern Pro Musica is a registered charity (reg. 1148872) with very small overheads and no full time staff.  Every penny of your donation will be used to support the projects identified in Notes for the Future.  The money we raise will be spent with transparency and efficiency and all our donors are welcome to request more information on our activities at any time.

As a charity, we can claim Gift Aid on your donation, increasing its value to us at no extra cost to you.  If you are a UK Tax Payer, please complete the Gift Aid form in the paperwork accompanying your donation.

If you would like to support us in any of the ways outlined above, please contact:

Mary Hamilton
Southern Pro Musica, Unit 3A Kallo Building, Coopers Place Business Park, Wormley GU8 5SZ

Or email
Or call 01428 682158

How you can help us

In order to sustain the work of Notes for the Future, we are launching an ORCHESTRAL MEMBERSHIP SCHEME to encourage our supporters to give regularly in any one of the following ways:

100 per annum STRING FELLOW
  • Priority booking to all concerts
  • Listing in the concert programme
  • Annual drinks reception following one concert per season
250 per annum HEAD WIND

All the above plus

  • Invitation to attend one rehearsal during the season
  • Priority access to other Southern Pro Musica activities
  • The opportunity to meet the orchestra after the concert
500 per annum TOP BRASS

All the above plus

  • Your name attached to one concert during the Season
  • Priority access to arts events with Southern Pro Musica's partners
  • Invitation to meet the conductor and soloists after the concert

Should you prefer to consider a one-off donation, please consider any of the following options:


This donation would enable us to buy urgently-needed musical equipment for the schools in which we work, enabling our work to continue long after our workshops are over. It reduces the schools' dependence on hiring equipment and encourages a long-term respect for music amongst the children


A small consortium of music lovers with a particular interest in commissioning new work, the Circle will be closely involved with the selection, creation and performance of new work to be performed by Southern Pro Musica


Southern Pro Musica can attract soloist of the highest international calibre to perform with the orchestra. Your donation will enable us to bring some of the finest musicians to the Guildford Borough and give you the chance to meet them, listen to their rehearsals and become close acquainted with their performance.