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20 years of Woodgate Music Centre!

Funded on Spacehive 25 November 2020 Delivered 20 November 2021

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20 years of Woodgate Music Centre!

20 years of Woodgate Music Centre!

Drum and Brass CIC By Drum and Brass CIC

We’re crowdfunding an amazing concert in which diverse young musicians play together with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra. Help us take our rehearsals online so we can deliver a brilliant performance

Leicester Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 25 Nov 2020!

For the past 20 years, the music programme at Woodgate Resources Centre has supported young musicians from across the city, helping them to hone their skills at a range of instruments. Today, over 100 young musicians from diverse backgrounds in Leicester's inner-city access uniquely affordable and local music tuition. To celebrate the anniversary of the Music Programme, the Leicester Symphonia is working with the young musicians from the programme to put on an unforgettable concert in February 2021. This will also coincide with the birthday of the programme’s founder, Geoff Forse, who has worked tirelessly in service of the community. COVID-19 has put major obstacles in the way of this undertaking however, with many players missing out on vital rehearsals due to the lockdown and expenses rising all the time. We are therefore crowdfunding the costs of equipment to take rehearsals online so that we can make sure our young musicians are well-rehearsed for this amazing concert!

What we'll deliver:

  • Extra weekly rehearsals on and offline to up to 100 young musicians
  • Transport to and from the concert venue for up to 100 players
  • A digital platform to secure Woodgate's future as an affordable and diverse inner city music programme

Why it's a great idea:

The Woodgate Music Programme in the centre of Leicester is hugely valued by the community. Affordable instrumental lessons offer immense benefits to our young people and the concept should be cherished. The young musicians come from all backgrounds and enjoy Woodgate's inclusive environment. In a recent survey of young musicians, playing at De Montfort Hall was a shared ambition and we hope to realise this dream with the performance next year. It has been tough for youngsters during the lockdown and rehearsing together online is a way they can stay connected over the Winter months! The project will also increase Woodgate's capacity by offering online lessons to those who may not be able to reach the centre due to e.g. lack of transport. It will enable Covid-safe joint rehearsals and it will make bookings and communications easier for busy families.

Steps to get it done:

  • September 2020 - call-out for musicians to come and rehearse for the thank you concert
  • October 2020 - launch of the digital platform online
  • February 21st 2021 - the concert!

Here's what local parent Davina says about the Woodgate Music Centre: "Having violin lessons with Woodgate has made my daughter feel that being a musician is within reach". This concert will give the everyone involved in Woodgate Music Centre, as well as communities from across Leicester, something to look forward to over the coming months! Let’s show Geoff that the next 20 years of Woodgate's music programme are secure!


Location Leicester

About the space

Woodgate is close to the Highcross Centre in Leicester. The community is diverse and largely in low-paid work. The Woodgate Resources Centre offers a range of services to all age groups and the music service has been operating for 15 years.


Leicestershire County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,338

Management time x 3 months - £3,000 (56%)
Rehearsal x 40 hours @ £25/hour - £1,000 (19%)
Desktop computer - £799 (15%)
Online platform fees x 4 years - £200 (4%)
Travel to venue - coach - £170 (3%)
Other - £169 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Management time x 3 months
Rehearsal x 40 hours @ £25/hour
Desktop computer
Online platform fees x 4 years
Travel to venue - coach
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contribute towards venue hire
  • Upgrade tables and chairs for Woodgate waiting area

Total £5,338

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