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Founders' Day

Our annual Founders' Day celebrates DaCapo's Founders and over 25 years at the forefront of music education with a concert, fundraiser and social evening. Founders Day 2017 will be on November 23rd at Rosslyn Hill Chapel.


Tickets are £10 and can be purchased in advance from

Founders' Day 2016 was a huge success. Here are some words from one of the attendees:

"As dusk fell on the quiet splendour of London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb, around 70 people gathered into Lutyens’ magnificent St Jude’s Church for the inaugural Founders’ Day concert of the DaCapo Music Foundation. The twin aims of the evening were to celebrate DaCapo’s 25 years of innovative, child-oriented, music education and raise both awareness and funds for the newly formed Wessex Orchestra.The evening began with co-founder Jane Cutler outlining DaCapo’s ambition to assemble the resources, both financially and through instrument donations, to establish and maintain a 40-piece children’s orchestra with the pupils of Wessex Gardens Primary School in Golders Green. Jane’s address was then followed by a short film outlining DaCapo’s vision for the orchestra, showing interviews with tutors and pupils alike.

After fellow co-founder Michelle Groves had introduced a number of the other major contributors to the work of DaCapo to the audience, the evening concert began. Seated café style around small tables furnished with canapés and sparkling wines, those assembled were royally entertained by two varied and wonderful sets from DaCapo’s composer-in-residence, John Ashton Thomas, on organ and piano, and award-winning saxophonist and composer, Mark Lockheart. People were thrilled by the duo’s renditions of classical pieces, self-penned compositions, as well as pieces by McCartney and Bowie, all of which was further augmented by the wonderful setting and acoustics of St Jude’s.

During the break, songs written for DaCapo by John Ashton Thomas and writer-in-residence Tracey Mathias were performed to great applause by soprano Elizabeth Menezes and mezzo soprano Camilla Cutts.

As the formal part of the evening came to a close, audience members gathered at the rear of the church to eat, drink and talk. The ensuing hubbub confirmed both the resounding success of the evening and the warmth felt by those in attendance towards DaCapo, its team and its vision for The Wessex Orchestra."

Paul McNamara, OBE
na-mara duo and DaCapo supporter

Thank You

We would like to thank everyone who came along to our Founders’ Day event last year or donated to the cause – we are delighted! We have now raised over £2000 for the Wessex Orchestra!

If you can spread the word or have helpful thoughts about the orchestra we would be grateful and pleased to hear.

You can read the Founders Day speeches here. And, check out our film about the Wessex Orchestra to get an idea of this worthwhile project and what it means to the children involved.


The Wessex Orchestra Donations page will stay open so do please donate if you can to help this wonderful project become a reality.
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Please get in touch if you have instruments you would like to go to a good home - they will be gratefully received!

The DaCapo Music Foundation

Head Office c/o Wren Academy

Hilton Avenue, North Finchley

London, N12 9HB. 

Tel: 07342 134924

Saturday Music Centre based at Wren Academy, N12

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