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“The fee for bringing EPOC to our school for an ‘arts’ project seemed expensive but our Music Coordinator was determined. If she had told me that the outstanding work that EPOC was going to do was going to turn our year 5’s into a socially cohesive, mutually supportive group and that their parents were all going to engage with their children’s achievement I would have happily (if I had it) paid five times the amount. Thank you.”

Headteacher, Lambeth Primary School

Can I help?

Always! Without central government funding, we are always seeking ways to spread the word and raise funds to enable more children to be able to take part, especially in areas of greatest need.

EPOC raises funds to support its work from a variety of sources. Roughly 40% comes from ‘earned income’: from schools, music services and box office recepts. For the remaining 60% we depend on a range of generous individuals and organisations keen to support the work we do: trusts and foundations; donations; sponsorships; government agencies; and friends of EPOC.

How can I help?

Spread the word

Pass on the news – to your friends, to a school, through Facebook or on Twitter. Or just register - by registering, you will be able to access the resource section for teachers as well as receiving the EPOC newsletter and advance notice of forthcoming projects, performances, news and special offers.

Volunteer

We are always looking for people to help with all aspects of the company’s work, whether it be working in the classroom, stuffing envelopes, or helping in the office. Give us a call if you would like to help.

Make a small donation

Every little helps!  Click on the icon to find out more.

Make a big donation or sponsor or school

Find out about sponsoring a school of your choice, funding a project or commissioning an opera by clicking on the icon.

Why should I help?

According to the Families of Schools  index, the majority of the schools that we work with are classed as being in the 25% most deprived in London.  Pooles Park Primary School for instance, where EPOC is based, falls in the most deprived category and is situated in Finsbury Park, one of the most disadvantaged  areas in the UK.  

In most of the schools we work with, resources are limited whilst challenges are great.  It is not uncommon in these schools for:

  • over 50% of the pupils to be from refugee or asylum seeking backgrounds;
  • over 80% of the children to have English as an additional language; and
  • more than 30 different languages to be spoken in any one school– and in some, over 100.

EPOC is based in an inner city London school. Understanding the school’s community and challenges informs and guides our work.  We seek to address these challenges by creating programmes that: help to develop a sense of belonging and identity; are designed to achieve broad educational and social impact; and build capacity for long-term sustainability. Our projects serve to develop friendships and facilitate integration and are therefore of particular value to pupils who are new to their school and local community. 

EPOC makes a special effort to targets its efforts towards those who are denied full access to the most universal and binding of all languages – music.  We undertake to offer opportunities to:

  • musically gifted and talented children unable to access advanced music education;
  • schools and communities in socio-economically deprived areas that are not able to fund a music provision;
  • children from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds;
  • children for whom English is a second or additional language.