With less than 2 months to go until Tees Valley Youth Orchestra depart for America on what will be their biggest tour to date, the fundraising target to ensure the tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience has been reached.
In early 2018, following the confirmation of TVYO’s tour to New York, the Friends of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra (FTVYO) set a goal of raising £30,000 in order to subsidies the total cost for parents and grant every member of the Orchestra with the opportunity to be a part of the 50th Anniversary Concert.
This was an ambitious aim and a benchmark that could have easily been seen as unrealistic to hit. But due to the tremendous support from members, their parents and supporters of the Youth Orchestra, donations quickly started to come through.
Throughout 2018 and right up to May 2019, special fundraising concerts were held, raffles were organised and memorabilia such as celebratory calendars and bespoke event programmes were designed, professionally printed and sold.
TVMS also launched the Sponsor a Seat and Broadway to Broadway campaigns to contribute to the fundraising effort. These campaigns offered individuals and local businesses the chance to become official sponsors of TVYO. As part of their package, sponsors were offered complimentary tickets to all TVYO events in their 50th Anniversary Year, promotion across all of TVMS’ digital channels and a photo opportunity with the complete orchestra.
The fundraising campaigns were very successful and in February 2019 the total amount raised surpassed £25,000!
But despite this momentous achievement there was no attempt to slow the campaigns down as Tees Valley Youth Orchestra were determined to hit their original target so the fundraising continued.
And on the evening of Sunday 6th May at the Sage Gateshead it was announced, in front of an audience of parents, families, sponsors and supporters that £30,000 had been raised for Tees Valley Youth Orchestra’s tour to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall.
TVMS Service Manager Susan Robertson invited Chairman of Friends of TVYO, Mark Douglas and the Treasurer of FTVYO, Ann Savell, on stage to display the cheque.
Mrs Robertson also commended the fundraising efforts and the support from local businesses and individuals who’s involvement was instrumental in securing the funds for the tour to go ahead.
Susan concluded her speech by praising the Youth Orchestra members for their “talent and dedication”. “Thank you to every member of the Orchestra for your commitment. The performance at Carnegie Hall will be truly magnificent and it is great that we have these young ambassadors to our region.”
The cheque was presented to conclude the 50th Anniversary Galla Concert at the Sage Gateshead on Sunday 5th May.