All of us at the Pro Youth Philharmonia hope this message finds you in good health and spirits at this most difficult and challenging time for the arts.
In spite of having been awarded a spectacular grant of £20,000 in January 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to plan for tours and raise further funds; the PYP trustees have therefore taken the very difficult decision to wind up PYP with immediate effect. With the lockdown in March this year, it became impossible to continue ongoing fundraising activities due to trusts’ and foundations’ priorities shifting to existing organisations most severely hit by the Coronavirus. Our particular model of bursary payments for our members, coupled with our very international membership, made us particularly vulnerable during these very uncertain times. As a relatively new and specialist organisation, PYP was not going to be able to compete in trying to raise funds, even if we had been able to plan effectively. However, with most major venues closing for unspecified periods of time, we were unable to source any concerts for PYP during 2020 or 2021.
We realise this will be disappointing news for the dedicated musicians who were hoping to join PYP again in the future and we would like to thank everyone who was part of the wonderful energy that led to six terrific concerts in 2018 and 2019… we shared some truly special moments together.
We would like to thank PYP's General Manager, Derek Warby, and trustees, Aleksander Szram and Hussein Dbouk, for the work they have done on behalf of PYP over the last three-and-a-half years. Our gratitude also goes out to our special advisor to the board, Nicky Goulder of Create, for the expertise and guidance she has given us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave us encouragement and support and helped to make PYP’s two tours in 2018 and 2019 so successful. We are only sorry that our fruitful relationship turned out to be so short-lived, although I am sure that the ‘Method Called Love’, which was the spark that ignited PYP, will live forever within our hearts and our every deed… and help create a warmer, kinder world.
See the short documentary about PYP HERE.