Media Coverage

These are examples of recent press coverage about the Concertina Charitable Trust.


“This seems to have been the month for concerts: Concertina – a charity set up 10 years ago from a kitchen in Campden Hill Road, celebrated their tenth anniversary with an amazing concert performed at Chelsea Old Town. The charity goes from strength to strength raising funds to bring music to the elderly in hospitals, care homes etc across the country."
Lucy Elliott Editor


“Concertina celebrates decade of support for the Elderly
Concertina, a charitable trust which makes grants available to provide musical entertainment for the elderly, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a gala concert at Chelsea Old Town Hall on November 11. Titled ‘The Triumh of Time’ the gala begins at 7.30pm and will feature Concertina’s patron, harpist David Watkins, violinist Michael Bochmann and two young counterparts – Giles and Verity Thirkettle (violin and harp) – who will perform a programme including music by J S Bach, Handel and Massenet. There will also be the world premiere of Watkins’ work Concertina.


In the last decade the trust has granted funds to more than 50 organisations across England and Wales including residential care homes, day centres and hospices. Found Simon Baynes said: “Our valuable work is needed more than ever as people live longer and family separations leave many isolated. With continued support, we hope to widen the reach of our work.”
Thomas Lydon

"County Times", Montgomeryshire, Mid-Wales.

In March 2006 PAVO News, the Newsletter for the Voluntary Sector in Powys, reported the following:

Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and well-being.

Concertina is keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, it has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England And Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. The following Powys charities have benefited form the Trust's support in recent months:


* Bethshan Sheltered Housing, Powys - to provide a variety of musical entertainments on a regular basis
* Leighton Handbell Ringers, Powys - to replace gloves for handbell ringers who provide musical entertainment to elderly people, mainly in Residential Care Homes but also in Hospices, Healthy Living Groups for the elderly and Women's Institutes
* The National Cycle Collection, Powys - for provision of afternoon entertainments for the elderly.

Charities are invited to make an application to the Trustees on the form to be found in the grants section of They need to provide details of the charity's objects, its financial position, the sector of the elderly community which benefits, amount sought and proposed cultural activities or related facilities it intends to provide.

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