Pro Corda Trust

Pro Corda Trust is a music and educational charity established in 1969 founded by Pamela Spofforth MBE and Elizabeth Hewlins MBE and its purpose is ‘to provide for and conduct the education of young persons and others in the whole art, philosophy and theory of music, particularly chamber music’. Pro Corda is the largest music organisation of its kind and is recognised as the UK’s centre of excellence for ensemble training.

Pro Corda is the only youth music organisation in the UK providing a continuous and progressive programme of education through the medium of chamber music and ensemble training from age 5 to 24.  Although Pro Corda’s home and administrative base is at Leiston Abbey, it offers national provision and opportunity all around the country, including courses and workshops in Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.  All Pro Corda courses employ leading international artists and musicians at the forefront of their fields.

In addition to “core” courses for talented young musicians, accessible only through audition, Pro Corda has pioneered an innovative life-changing course for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, using the power of ensemble training to benefit personal and social progression. This programme serves SEND schools and units across the country. 

Pro Corda’s work employs a holistic approach and is based on the core principles of ensemble training the person and his/her social interaction as well as the musician. Our central mission is to unleash the wider social benefits of chamber music in terms of participation, access and learning. 

Pro Corda has a passionate belief in equality of access and opportunity in the arts.  Our aim is to assist all young people to access, experience, and participate in the highest quality professional performances and music making opportunities.

Pro Corda's audited accounts to September 2015 can be downloaded here.

Pro Corda's summary 5 year business plan for 2014-2018 can be downloaded here.

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New Anglia LEP

Suffolk Community Foundation

Lottery funded

Supported by Children in Need

Arts Council England