Classic Concerts Trust has been promoting and supporting concerts and other musical projects in the UK and abroad for more than 25 years.

Sustaining high quality performances through innovative business models has been at the heart of our work from the very beginning, when we established orchestral concerts in venues all over south-east England with a combination of commercial sponsorship, local authority funding and sales revenue. More recent innovations have been experimentation with a donations-based model (RAVE), which through harnessing the added value of donations compared to ticket revenue produced substantial gains in net income, and an experiment with wholly online marketing.

More recent work has involved supporting the development of new generations of artists, through provision of training and career opportunities. The initial focus of this work was through the Conductors’ Academy, a project initiated with support from the legendary Russian maestro, Yuri Simonov.

In 2019 we extended our support for young artists through partnership with the New Generation Festival in Florence and we look forward to developing this relationship further in coming years.

New Generation Festival

In 2019, Classic Concerts Trust commenced a new partnership with the New Generation Festival and we look forward to the further development of this relationship in order to encourage the development of emerging talent.

The New Generation Festival started out as a platform for the finest young music talent from across the globe, showcasing rising stars of the opera, theatre and music industry in a unique and picturesque setting: the Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato in Florence, Italy. Subsequent to the huge success of this programme, the NGF is expanding rapidly, with projects in Switzerland (Andermatt Music) and Corfu (the Corfu Opera Music Festival, debuting in September 2020 at the Kopanous Theatre) as well as Italy.  

We are raising funds to increase opportunities through support for young artist development programmes implemented by the festival. To make a donation to support this work please use the button below.

UK taxpayers can increase the value of their donations by 25% with a simple declaration. Those who pay tax at higher or additional rate can also reclaim the additional tax paid.

With gift aid added and additional taxes reclaimed, the final value of the donation can be more than 80% greater than the net cost!

Conductors Academy

The Conductor’s Academy was formed in 2009 with the support and encouragement of the legendary Russian maestro, Yuri Simonov to further develop and disseminate knowledge about the development of the highest levels of conducting skills.

Projects have included masterclasses in the UK, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Estonia and Brazil, with students from every part of the world. Through online interaction the reach has extended to many thousands of people.

In 2017 the 1st Audite International Competition was a world first: a conducting competition with screened jury and judgement on the basis of sound. The idea was to help clarify that skilled conducting is not merely visible but also clearly audible.

Read more at conductorsacademy.org

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Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Classic Concerts Trust to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Classic Concerts Trust we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Classic Concerts Trust to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Classic Concerts Trust will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Classic Concerts Trust receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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About us


Our mission is to produce great musical projects and innovative solutions for sharing them more effectively.

We believe that artistic experience brings huge value to quality of life and that as our world becomes ever-more technologically oriented people become increasingly alienated and in need of experiences to provide a means relating both to themselves and to others. We also believe that music is relevant to people of all walks of life, cultural background and ability.


With over twenty-five years’ experience in the field, Classic Concerts Trust supports and promotes concerts, recordings and other musical projects of the highest possible quality.  The trust provides advice and consultancy concerning any aspect of concert promotion, direct grant support for concerts or associated activities and in some cases undertakes full-scale promotion or management of concerts or other projects. 

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Our story

Over the past twenty-five years the trust has produced concerts, masterclasses, workshops and other projects both in the UK and internationally through collaboration with partner organisations in Poland, Russia, Hungary and Estonia.

One of our objectives has always been to support innovation and generate activity in places where none existed before. Our starting point in the 1980s was creative partnerships – combining commercial sponsorship with local authority support to create funding for professional orchestral concerts in towns across south-east England where such a resource had never previously been possible. In the 1990s we moved into direct concert promotion with concerts at Blackheath Concert Halls and central London venues including the South Bank Centre and St John’s Smith Square.

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