18th Mar 2021

Barratt and ECO launch new partnership to bring music into local communities

​Leading housebuilder Barratt Developments PLC (Barratt) has launched a £100,000 partnership with the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) through its new charitable foundation, to bring musical education projects into the local community.

The new partnership will reignite the orchestra’s Close Encounters programme, allowing them to deliver tailor-made musical outreach projects in schools and community settings across the UK – including collaborations with some of the other charities Barratt supports.

A highlight of the partnership will be a charity gala concert, hosted in 2022 to promote and support NHS Charities Together, which will include a new commission composed in dedication to the NHS Heroes who have done so much throughout the pandemic.

Paul Wing, General Manager of the English Chamber Orchestra, said:

“We are delighted to have established this new partnership with the Barratt Foundation. This allows us to hugely increase our work with Close Encounters, facilitating our work in schools and communities, with the homeless and in addressing mental health issues. The patronage of the Barratt Foundation will also support the orchestra’s concert giving, including a fundraising gala for the NHS.”

Jeremy Hipkiss, Group Head of Sales and Marketing for Barratt Developments PLC, said:

“Music has countless benefits, from the positive impact on health and wellbeing, to preventing loneliness and isolation. The last 12 months have been challenging for all of us, and we need music in our lives and communities now more than ever – which is why we’re really excited to be launching this new partnership with the ECO.

“Through the partnership, we’ll be able to bring music to those struggling with the challenges of homelessness or mental health through our charitable outreach programme, as well as promoting skills and educational opportunities through the Close Encounters programme – all while bringing music into the local community, which has huge benefits for mental health.”

The £100,000 donation will be made through the Barratt Foundation, a new organisation which draws together all of the charitable work that Barratt does into a single body. The new Foundation provides a long term strategy to support charities on a national and local level across the UK, helping Barratt to leave behind a powerful legacy in the communities in which it operates.

The Barratt ECO partnership will be formally launched during ECO’s next concert which is being streamed on 2nd April 2021 as part of the Live From London Spring Festival.

For more information about the Festival, or to buy a ticket to watch the virtual concert, please follow this link here

For more information about the Barratt Foundation, visit the website here