Incredible 8-Hour Playathon

In this incredible first for BMS, we are excited to announce we will holding a monster, incredible, 8-hour playathon! When? Sunday 29th October 2017 Time? 10.00am – 6.00pm Where? Claremont High School, Kenton. Be part of this exciting event!! Get in front of an...

Friends of BMS Now a Registered Charity

We are very pleased to announce that Friends of BMS is now a registered charity, number 1171792. This is fantastic news as it means we will now be able to start raising money in earnest - having online donations on which we can claim Gift Aid and benefiting from...

Vote for Us

Unbelievably, it's half term already. The new term will be an exciting one for us as we'll be kicking off our fundraising plan in earnest. Here's how you can help. As many of you already know, your children’s membership fees provide us with only 25% of the funding...

Daniel’s Estate Agents Support Friends of Brent Music Service

We are enormously grateful to Daniel's Estate Agents for their sponsorship of our publicity for this year's Brent Makes Music. They generously sponsored the placement of advertising boards throughout the borough, helping to raise awareness of the Wembley performance...

Friends of BMS is IN the building!

Welcome to Friends of BMS, the charity working to keep live music happening in schools in Brent. Brent Music Service has provided outstanding music education for Brent children for many years. Unfortunately its funding from Brent Council has been dramatically cut this...

About Friends of BMS

Welcome to Friends of BMS, the charity working to keep live music happening in schools in Brent.

Brent Music Service has provided outstanding music education for Brent children for many years. Unfortunately its funding from Brent Council has been dramatically cut this year, leading to a shortfall of many tens of thousands of pounds.

Friends of Brent Music Service has been formed to help address the shortfalls in funding specifically for the Evening Ensembles and groups. These are groups of school children who come to together to play music in Concert Bands, Woodwind Ensembles, Orchestras and choirs throughout the year. We currently have 600 children benefiting from these groups, children who may not normally get the opportunity to play music in such a high quality group environment.

The success of these groups is amazing. The Brent Concert Band played with the Royal Philharmonic at The Royal Albert Hall in March 2015 and was invited back again in 2016. The concert Band is a platinum rate band and has been invited to play at the World Championship in Germany in July 2017 But this can only happen if the quality of teaching, access to instruments and practice facilities can be maintained.

We are in the process of building our Trustee Board, and of applying to become a Registered Charity. We are looking for more volunteers and members to ensure that Brent’s school children can continue to have wonderful opportunities to perform and learn. If you can offer skills, experience or time to help us raise awareness, publicise, or fundraise, please use our contact form to get in touch.

How To Help

Easy Fundraising

easyfundraising does what it says on the tin – you can raise funds for Friends of BMS without giving any of your own money. Head over to the easyfundraising page to sign up and start giving today.

Bake Cakes for sale

Our end of term concerts are a good opportunity to bring cakes and refreshments for sale to raise funds. If you can bake, or organise a cake sale, get in touch!

Volunteer

Maybe you have a great fundraising idea? Or you could put posters up in your child’s school to raise awareness? Or ask your company for match funding or a local business for sponsorship? Whatever it is, we’ll be pleased to hear your ideas. Email us on info@friendsofbms.org.uk. We’ll be very pleased to hear from you.