The Irish Baroque Orchestra has won a £1,000 Movement for Good Award from Benefact Group thanks to nominations from the public.
The IBO has been selected to receive a £1,000 donation as part of Benefact Group's Movement for Good Awards, which is giving over £1million to charities for the fifth year running.
This grant will go towards our 2024 Apprentice Programme, which offers musicians at the start of their careers the opportunity to work closely with our experienced musicians. Through this pathway they have a chance to gain invaluable experience and insights into the inner workings of a professional orchestra, as well as lessons, coaching, education and participation experience, professional development sessions and one-to-one support.
Members of the public were invited to nominate good causes and winners, including us, were drawn at random.
Aliye Cornish Moore, CEO of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, said: "We are delighted to receive this grant from the Movement for Good Awards, and we want to say the hugest thank you to everyone who nominated us. This support will make a huge difference to us in delivering tailored and impactful professional development work with IBO musicians of the future. Thank you to the Benefact Group, and all of our fabulous supporters!"
Image: 2023 Apprentice Jeannette Bogado encourages a young musician on her first steps with a violin
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Benefact Group, said: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good Awards. Benefact Group is the third largest corporate donor in the UK and has an ambition to be the biggest. Owned by a charity, all of its available profits go to good causes, and the more the Group grows, the more the Group can give. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”
Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group.