The Friends of the East Riding Youth Orchestras are celebrating 50 years of fund raising.
The Friends were formed in 1963 to support and raise money to benefit all members of the orchestras and ensembles of the East Riding Schools’ Music Service.
Since then the group has raised around £15,000 a year – an estimated total of £750,000 – through fund raising activities including raffles, bag packs, hampers, table top sales, quiz nights, donations from local business, sponsorship activities and community concerts.
The money has been used to benefit thousands of musical youngsters across the East Riding, funding 31 overseas tours and 19 UK residential tours and musical activities including attendance at festivals, trips, workshops and the purchase of instruments.
The group, which became a registered charity in 1966, is run by a committee of volunteer parents who have children in an ensemble or orchestra.
The Friends were this month presented with a volunteer achievement award by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s integrated children’s services management team, in recognition of their contribution.
Jamie O’Brien, head of the council’s schools’ music service, said: “As it is celebrating its 50th year this is a good opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work of this group, and the impact they have had on the lives of young people in the East Riding for the past five decades. Over 10,000 young people have benefitted from the hard work of the Friends of the East Riding Youth Orchestras over the past 50 years. The support they provide to the schools’ music service is truly invaluable.”