25 Jun 2008 - Hayley is the ambassador for Classic FM's charity Music Makers
Hayley has announced her involvement as ambassador for Classic FM's charity Music Makers.
Classic FM Music Makers is the official charity of Classic FM and was set up in 2006 to raise funds to support music projects which help disadvantaged children and adults across the UK. Money is raised through on and off air events involving Classic FM listeners and corporate supporters and distributed in the forms of grants to other charity and voluntary organisations. Events such as the Christmas Auction appeal, film premieres, treks, runs and listener donations are the main source of income for Music Makers.
In its first year of operating, Music Makers gave away £146,000 to three charities - Live Music Now, Future Talent and The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts.
Hayley will launch the charity on 10th July with Classic FM in Mayfair.
Thank you for the amazing news. Just when we start to think she can't possibly do more than she currently does to help others, Hayley finds a way to prove us wrong! She's a real inspiration for all of us and I hope her action will raise a substantial amount of funds to help those in need.
Hopefully the launch will be coveraged by Classic FM or by the press in general.
I presume the launch on 10th July will be a private affair?
Hello Grant The answer is 'Yes, it was!'. There is now a brief report on the Classic FM website which you can read below.
Hayley Westenra, Charity Ambassador We are delighted to announce Hayley is the first official Ambassador for Classic FM Music Makers and the annual Supporter’s Reception was the perfect place to launch the partnership.
The reception was a lavish affair at The Arts Club in Mayfair, and was hosted by Classic FM’s breakfast show presenter Simon Bates.
Coming together to celebrate the good news was a variety of friends of the charity including artists such as cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber, Classical Brit Award winners Blake, and violinists Nicola Benedetti and Ruth Palmer.
Guests were entertained by an exclusive performance from Hayley and also The Raven Quartet.
We are delighted that Hayley has chosed to support Music Makers. Hayley says of the partnership " I am thrilled to be the first official charity Ambassador for Classic FM Music Makers. I have seen first hand the power which music can have in changing people's lives, and I can't wait to help all I can."
Over the next few months Hayley will be visiting some of the music therapy and education projects across the UK which Music Makers funds.
On the night Classic FM Music Makers also awarded a grant of £100,000 to The Prince’s Foundation for Children & The Arts. Chairman of the foundation Rick Wills, received the cheque from Simon and Hayley. The money will be used to fund the second year of the educational 'Music Quest' project.
Gosh, Hayley performed in a charity event in a United Reformed Church. I would love it if she came to ours. It is called Christ Church after all. But we can only seat about 200 at best, so I don't suppose it would be big enough! Even though we have one of the largest church buildings in the neighborhood! We do do charity concerts, but using local artists on a smaller scale.
Thanks for the clarification Richard. I have to admit that I would have expected any concert featuring a performance by Hayley to raise a much bigger sum than that! But it is nice to see that she supports these events.
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry