The eighth running of the BPI Classical Committee’s ever-popular classical music charity quiz, held in association with PPL, took place in Central London last week (23/11).
It raised a total upwards of £6,000 for two special charities to share – regular beneficiary Nordoff Robbins and, for the first time, the Ukrainian Bursary Student Scheme set up by the London Performing Academy of Music (LPMAM).
The quiz, hosted by question-master Mark Wilkinson and with around 20 teams participating, was won by BBC Music Magazine, ahead of runners up Universal Music.
As in previous years the Committee supported music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins to continue its vital work with people of all ages and conditions, transforming lives by drawing on the power of music – see video here. However, it was felt that an amazing initiative from the London Performing Academy of Music (LPMAM), providing a bursary for Ukrainian students, was also an important cause to back at this time. LPMAM are supporting 80 Ukrainian music students, with 51 refugees safely crossing the border so far and more waiting to be matched with UK Visa sponsors – see video here.
Quiz co-founder & organiser, Ben Hogwood, Group Manager PPI & Neighbouring Rights Naxos Music, said:
“It was heartening to see everyone together, answering questions on subjects ranging from Birtwistle to the Pavarotti and the Spice Girls! We are delighted to pass on the funds raised to such wonderful and worthy causes. On behalf of the BPI Classical Committee, I thank everyone that took part and contributed in some way – all the teams and organisers, our QM Mark Wilkinson, and, of course, everyone who so generously donated raffle prizes, including Bowers & Wilkins for the star prize of PX7 S2 headphones.”