Our Charity

The Friends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs is a charity which exists to provide ongoing financial, administrative and staffing support  to the Ensembles in excess of that provided by Hampshire Music Service.  Staffing is provided by volunteers. We have no paid employees.    

Email the charity : friendsofbayoc@gmail.com

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Funding is regularly provided for

  • Uniform Purchase 
  • Instrument repair and replacement
  • Transportation
  • Concert Tours
  • Residential training weekends. 

During one fund raising campaign in excess of £8,000 was raised to pay for instruments and 2 years running cost, enabling the percussion group to be formed.


Charity Trustees 2017-18
David Woods - Chair and Past Parent
Paul Lock  - Treasurer & Current Parent  
Wendy Harding -  Secretary & Conductor
Karen Bentall  - Supporter
John Fuller  - Director & Music Service Representative  
Susannah Stanley -Past Parent
Niki Lee - Current Parent
Glenn Walton - Current Parent
Nicki Burton - Current Parent 
Andy Jackson - Current Parent  ( Resigned 8/2/2018)
Committee meetings are also attended by Conductors, assistants and other volunteers who form a trustees advisory group. Parents are encouraged to join this group or to put themselves forward as Trustees,

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