Welcome from the Managing Director
Welcome to the Encore Enterprises CIC website!
Encore was formed in July 2012 as a Social Enterprise. We are managed by a Board of voluntary Directors which includes myself as the employed Managing Director. Encore is a ‘not for profit’ Community Interest Company, mainly (but not exclusively) specialising in Music in Herefordshire. Like a charity, any ‘profit’ that we make is reinvested into our services for children and young people and adults. Encore has a small management and business support team of 7 colleagues, along with 9 employed teachers and over 70 self-employed freelance teachers and artists.
Our Vision: To be the best provider of high quality cultural education services in Herefordshire and beyond
Ensuring access for all
Networking and forming stronger partnerships
Continuously striving for higher quality and improved services
Organising a broad range of activities and ensuring value for money
Reflecting upon and evaluating our services
Enjoyment for everyone in the community
Encore manages Herefordshire Music Service, which is the County Music Service. With over 60 professionals delivering high quality services to over 3000 pupils every week, alongside supporting another 2,000 young people, we are quite a big organisation! We are also responsible as the Lead Organisation for the Herefordshire Music Education Hub, which includes not only delivering our own services, but working with and commissioning other organisations for a strategic county wide approach to music education.
Encore also manages Herefordshire Youth Music, which you might know as the county bands and orchestras. However, over the last few years we have added a County Youth Choir and a Ukulele Ensemble. We have also formed many partnerships to provide even more services for young people e.g. a partnership with Hereford College of Arts to offer a rock and pop programme and a partnership with Hereford Cathedral School to offer residential and other courses. We have other great partnerships where young people regularly get to perform with The Band of The Household Cavalry, English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, 3 Choirs Festival etc. I could go on!....
We are absolutely thrilled that The Music Pool (Herefords’ Community Music Charity) has recently joined the Encore family of services. During the second half of 2019, all of these services will transfer to Encore (as will the majority of their staff and community musicians). This means that we will be offering Early Years/Pre-School services, services to special schools and services to adults (particularly those with physical and learning disabilities, mental health problems and older people). Do keep an eye out for developments on our website. It is certainly a busy time!
Encore has a range of funders, whom without which we would not be able to exist. We will be developing a page on our website listing them all. On behalf of all of our service users in the community we do thank our funders sincerely for all of their support. We also have a good level of traded income to help support ourselves too.
We welcome your feedback on our website and on our services. With limited funding, we do our best to provide high quality services whilst ensuring good value for money. We are here to support our community, so please do send us your comments – both positive or negative! If you have any questions or can’t find the information that you are looking for, then please do drop us an email or give us a call…we are here to help!