The Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians - There are more opportunities now for young musicians than ever before - but these come at a cost which in many cases can pose real problems. It is a tragedy if a young person is denied the chance to develop a promising talent because he or she cannot afford to have regular lessons, to be a member of a performing group, to take up a college place or to buy a decent instrument.
This is where the Trust can help - and where we can help them to make a real difference. Their purpose is to promote, improve, develop and advance education in and the appreciation of music in all its aspects for young people under the age of 21 resident in or educated within Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole with a particular view to assisting those in financial hardship. Their firm belief is that in this way they will enable young people to develop precious talent, for their own benefit and that of the community.
Swing Unlimited Big Band Group have actively provided support of the Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians, either by specific benefit concerts or collection buckets. We have also been able to collect and pass on instruments from sponsors. Use this address for more information about the Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians. (http://www.therichardelytrust.org.uk/)
Help For Heroes - Swing Unlimited Big Band are proud to have been able to stage and participate in a number of major fundraising events for this worthwhile charity. This has included a number of sell-out shows at the Regent Centre. Our September Highcliffe Castle open-air event was also instrumental in fundraising for the good cause.
The Dorset Blind Association - Our annual Highcliffe Castle open air event and Swing Unlimited Big Band concerts in the Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne have supported this local charity.
The Alzheimer’s Society - The Swing Unlimited Community Band monthly concerts at the Churchill Public house in Upper Parkstone have supported this memorable charity with a bucket collation for several years.