TRBC founders Don & Ann Monro pictured with the ‘Heart Hero’ trophy from the British Heart Foundation, awarded in recognition of support to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Charity partners

At every one of our Royal Albert Hall concerts The Really Big Chorus works with a partner charity which benefits exclusively from the sale of programmes, sales of their own merchandise, programme advertising and bucket collections.  Amounts raised vary from £3,000 to £10,000 at each concert; our singers and audiences have probably raised over a quarter of a million pounds since the first Messiah from Scratch in 1974.

Over the years we have helped to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, the Children’s SocietyCLIC Sargent, Combat StressGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Sick ChildrenLeukaemia ResearchNational Autistic SocietyNSPCCRoyal London Society for the Blind, St John Ambulance, and WaterAid.

Our most long-standing partner is the British Heart Foundation, with whom we have worked annually at Messiah from Scratch® since the early 1980s. In February 2010, Don and Ann Monro accepted, on behalf of The Really Big Chorus, a ‘Heart Hero’ award from the British Heart Foundation in recognition of our support over almost three decades.

For our trips abroad we seek out a local charity to support through collections taken at our performances. This can be as much as £1,000 from each concert, a sum which often has far greater value when converted into the local currency than it would do in the UK. Charities include the Children in Danger Foundation (Prague) and Nazareth House (Cape Town).