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Charities supported

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, sale of their own merchandise, programme advertising, sponsorship from singers, and bucket collections.  Amounts raised vary from £3,000 to £10,000 at each concert, and so our members and their supporters have probably raised close to a quarter of a million pounds since the first Messiah from Scratch in 1974. 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. Over the years we have helped to raise money for the Children’s Society, the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children (now CLIC Sargent ), the NSPCC , the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children , the Royal London Society for the Blind and (abroad) the Children in Danger Foundation in Prague and Nazareth House in Cape Town. For future concerts, the benefiting charity will be listed on the information page for that event as soon as we have the information, but there are links below to our most recent and long-standing partners.


Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them. The Society was our partner for our summer Singdayconcerts between 2007 and 2009

British Heart Foundation

National charity working to create a better future for all those with heart disease now and in years to come. The BHF is our longest-standing partner, particularly for Messiah from Scratch.

Leukaemia Research Fund

The LRF is the only charity in the UK dedicated exclusively to researching blood cancers and disorders including leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and other lymphomas, and myeloma.  We worked regularly with the LRF up until 2006.

The National Autistic Society

The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They first partnered us in 2012.

St John Ambulance

Familiar to all through the ubiquitous presence of its first-aiders at national and local events, St John Ambulance was our partner for The Really Big Chorus for July 2010 and July 2011.