The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Bring Aurora Orchestra into every classroom

From 29 November – 6 December your donation will be DOUBLED

Music education is essential for every child. It boosts creativity, confidence and wellbeing, and supports children’s learning across the curriculum. But many primary schools face barriers to offering high-quality music regularly, from spending cuts and squeezed timetables to a lack of support for class teachers, who may feel less confident teaching music and singing.

Here at Aurora, we want to put music at the heart of every classroom through our schools’ programme, Aurora Orchestra Learning – and now you can help by supporting our Big Give Christmas Challenge. For one week only your donation will be DOUBLED at no extra cost to you.

With your support, we can provide a programme of high-quality, accessible and inclusive music-making for primary and SEND classrooms, with in-built training and support for teachers. Your donation will help to create a new unit of the programme introducing children to orchestral and non-Western instruments, and increase the number of children learning through music across the UK, particularly in areas where music provision is limited.

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Aurora Orchestra Learning
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Watch a sample activity from Aurora Orchestra Learning

Your donation will help us to make more interactive classroom activities, like this one:


The Big Give FAQs

What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?
The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s largest online match funding campaign. For seven days from 29 November – 6 December, donations made to participating charities will be doubled (while match funds last).

How will my donation be doubled?
During the Christmas Challenge, donations from £5 to £5,000 will be doubled. So a donation of £5 will be doubled to £10, £50 will be doubled to £100, £500 will be doubled to £1000 – and so on! Your donations will be doubled by generous match funding from our supporters and our Big Give Champion, The Reed Foundation. We have £15,000 of match funding available, which means that if we reach our target, we’ll raise an incredible £30,000 for Aurora Orchestra Learning.

How long will the match funding last?
The first £15,000 of donations will be doubled. Once all our match funding is used up, donations will no longer be doubled but we can still accept donations until midday on Tuesday 6 December. If we exceed our target we will also be eligible to apply for a Big Give Award of extra funding for our schools’ programme.

Is there a minimum or maximum donation?
The Big Give is able to accept donations from £1 upwards; we welcome gifts of any size. The maximum single donation is £25,000.

Can I donate now?
Not just yet! You will be able to donate from midday on Tuesday 29 November until midday on Tuesday 6 December. Please note that donations outside this period will not be doubled. When the Challenge opens, a link will appear on this page to make a donation. If you’d like to receive a reminder please pledge your support on the form above.

Can I add Gift Aid to my donation?
Yes. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can add Gift Aid to your donation via the Big Give website. Please note that Gift Aid is not matched.

What payment methods can I use?
Donations to the Christmas Challenge can only be made online. The Big Give accept all major debit and credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. The Big Give do not accept donations made by cash or cheque. If you experience any difficulty making a donation, please contact Helen McKeown (020 7014 2816 / who will be able to assist.

Any other questions?
If you have any other questions, or would like to discuss a potential donation, please contact Helen McKeown, Development Manager (020 7014 2816 /