Box Tale Soup is an award winning theatre company whose critically acclaimed productions have delighted thousands of people in the UK and abroad. The name comes from our signature style, packing whole handmade worlds into a vintage trunk with a delicious mix of puppetry, movement, theatre and music.
Since the company’s creation we have toured extensively both in the UK and abroad, receiving great critical and audience acclaim. Our touring calendar has included: the Lyric Hammersmith, Wilton’s Music Hall and the Wigmore Hall, London; Bridgewater Hall and Home, Manchester; The Broad Stage, California; and Long Fu Theatre, Beijing. We have also enjoyed multiple sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Founders are major sponsors of Box Tale Soup, alongside the Arts Council and Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. The group will perform for both Founders and Treloar's School as part of this funding. www.boxtalesoup.co.uk To date they have completed six commissions for the Everyman in Cheltenham, and one for the Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles, they have also produced collaborations with renowned choral ensemble, The Sixteen, and Guardian charity of the year award winners, Music Action International.
After a really tough year and following a rigorous assessment process, The Access Project has been approved as an official National Tutoring Programme (NTP) Tuition Partner. The NTP is a nationwide effort to help disadvantaged students catch up after the devastating impact of COVID, through high-quality tuition. The funding will advance our plans to help more young people in a new region. Our success in this bid is a real testament to the dedication of the whole TAP community to improving student outcomes.
The National Tutoring Programme subsidises high-quality catch-up tuition for partner schools. This contributes towards The Access Project’s fundraising targets. It enables us to press ahead with our exciting plans to work with schools in the Bradford area. We expect to increase the number of GCSE pupils we support by an additional two hundred.
TAP has been closely involved in campaigning for the National Tutoring Programme as a member of the Fair Education Alliance. We were one of only four charities to take part in a successful online tuition pilot over the summer which provided a blueprint for the NTP. Nine in ten young people said tutoring helped them feel more confident with their schoolwork, according to initial findings from the pilot. The NTP currently funds students up to GCSE. We know that a long term intervention works best, and that’s why we’ve been campaigning for it to be extended beyond a single year and to include A-level students too. Last month we met with the Chair of the Education Select Committee Robert Halfon to share our views and highlight TAP’s impact over time and from GCSE through to A-levels and beyond. Our amazing volunteer tutors are supporting more than 1300 students online this year, and they’ve already provided nearly 4000 hours of tuition this term.
I want to say a big thank you to the Founders for your unwavering support which has helped us to achieve this recognition. The Access Project’s mission can’t be achieved without you. Feedback from one of our parents says it all: “I am really grateful. I would like to encourage all tutors to keep doing the good work. I really appreciate their efforts, I can see the changes in my daughter's performance.”
SPCCT UPDATE- November 2020
Over the late summer and early autumn, we have been receiving the annual donations from many of the Livery Companies and other organisations who support the Chorister Trust. We are always grateful to you for your interest in the Choristers but your continued support has been more important than ever this year. Thank you!
The Trustees believe that the partnership between the Trust, the Cathedral, the Cathedral School and our supporters is vital for the survival and future strength of the choir. With this in mind we want to take this opportunity to update you on what the Trust is able to do thanks to your donations.
A bit of background
Since its inception, over 35 years ago, the Trust has been able to ensure that boys, from whatever background, have been able to be educated at the Cathedral School as borders. The Cathedral pays the School fees and the Trust assists with Boarding and other costs depending on the ability of the chorister’s family to pay.
Many of you have ‘link’ Choristers, who proudly wear the badge of their supporting organisation at Civic Services and other events. That link continues throughout the boy’s time as a chorister. If that link chorister does not need specific support, we are able to use the money for other assistance for individuals or the choir generally.
Recent Trust activity
In addition to the specific support mentioned above the Trust has recently made two major commitments to support the music at St Paul’s.
New Boarding accommodation at the Cathedral School
Anyone walking down New Change in the past year will have seen the work going on to create new boarding accommodation for the choristers. The Choristers are about to move in and the block will provide the modern facilities needed to replace the accommodation dating back to the 1960s.
The cost of this work was substantial and the Trust was able to help with a donation of £750,000.
Securing the immediate future of our world class choir.
You may already have heard that the Choir was recently listed amongst the world’s ‘Top Ten Choirs’. Like every other Cathedral in the country St Paul’s had to close its doors in March and was not able to re-open until the late summer. During November it will be open for private prayer but there will not be any Services. The Cathedral is heavily dependent on income from visitors and unsurprisingly numbers have only been a fraction of what is needed to fund the Cathedral activities. The Dean and Chapter have had to make some very difficult decisions and been forced to make savings in many areas. To help ensure that the Choir is not at risk whilst the Cathedral plans for the future, the Trust will be making a contribution to the Cathedral School towards the Choristers’ education.
Whilst we have been able to draw on money donated over the past 35 years to make these two large donations, the Trustees and the whole Cathedral community are very aware that none of this would be possible without your current support and we are immensely grateful, particularly as we know the financial pressures that your organisation will be facing at the moment.
Those two words are hardly adequate to express our gratitude for your past and current support. We hope that you will be able to continue that support for the future.
Secretary to the Trustees – St Paul’s Cathedral Chorister Trust
Treloar’s started in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a ‘Cripples’ Fund’ as his mayoral appeal. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. On 13 June of that year, he wrote in his diary that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra ‘came to Mansion House to open the Queen’s Fete in aid of my Cripples’ Fund’. In 1908, Sir William opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire. Since then, Treloar’s has steadily grown and developed, becoming one of the country’s leading providers of education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for disabled young people.
The Wye & Usk Foundation is a charity concerned with ecology and more specifically, restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. We are the largest rivers' trust in England and Wales in terms of output and a leader in our field, developing new techniques and delivering improvements for the aquatic environment. The Foundation was formed in 1995 due to the alarming decline in Atlantic salmon and that very little was being done to address the serious problems facing the rivers Wye and Usk. Since then, we have worked with a range of partners and the wider public in a series of projects to remedy these issues. This has been to the benefit a wide range of flora and fauna, along with local communities and the economy.
We are much more than just a lobbying charity. First and foremost, we are a "doing" organisation with track record in delivering results for the environment.
Through a series of partnership projects, we remedy problems affecting the two rivers such as habitat degradation, poor water quality and diffuse pollution, over-abstraction, barriers to fish migration and over-exploitation of our fisheries. We bring the economic benefits of our environmental work to local communities.