By Lottie Woodrow
More than 80 young musicians showcased their musical talent at the first fundraising music marathon in Brighton this weekend.
The event was hosted by encore, a music fundraising network who worked with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to present the next generation of musical talent in the Brighton Dome foyer.
Bec Britain, fundraiser at encore, said: “The idea came from a parent who had been to a poetry marathon to raise money for refugees and she thought that was a really interesting format for how you can get a lot of people to do a little bit to make something really major happen.”
She said it was important for young people to get a professional platform to showcase their talent and this helps advocate what music means to them.
The music marathon was open to ten to 25 year olds.
However the majority of the performers were aged between ten and 14, with the day being many of their first performances in front of an audience.
Miss Britain said: “From an adult perspective, we know that music has a real impact on their development, their learning and skills base.
“From their point of view, it is a really exceptional experience which often helps them bond with other people.”
Throughout the day, there were several donation buckets, a website link and a text number which is open for another two weeks.
The money goes towards the hardship fund allowing young people who do not have access the tuition, being part of an ensemble, going on tour or having master classes the opportunity.
Miss Britain said: “It also pays for specialist instrument repair. Some goes towards O360 which is our inclusive orchestra for people with special learning and educational needs and disabilities and towards Spectrum which is the Dome’s next stage program for over 18s.”
To donate, text BDMM £3 to 70070 or online at: brightondome.org/donatemusicmarathon