Following the death of composer Dr Richard Shephard in 2021, the Foundation was established with the mission of ‘bringing the experience and enjoyment of music to children and young people in Yorkshire and beyond’. The Foundation’s schools programme focuses largely on primary schools in disadvantaged or isolated communities.
The Foundation subsidises curriculum based primary music lessons. Children participate in both a music lesson and singing assembly at least once a week plus the opportunity to take part in a choir or music club. We also offer holiday clubs and run a Ryedale Primary choir during school holidays.