Who we are
What we do
Who we are
The Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society was founded in 2013 to secure the future of Music on Thursdays at LMC and Wednesdays at Christ Church lunchtime concerts in Leatherhead's Churches.
The Society's trustees bring a broad experience of musicianship, business and charity management, and represent different expressions of faith.
Each year surplus funds, beyond retained reserves for LCAS and for its work with Leatherhead Trinity Primary School, are distributed to the hosting churches in proportion to the events hosted.
LCAS has raised funds for and directly donated to NewSPAL: New Surrey Performing Arts Library as it prepares to take over management of the SPAL collection.
September 2013: HMRC approved LCAS under Ref EW02213 (meaning we are able to claim Gift Aid on qualifying donations)
April 2016: LCAS became a registered charity in England & Wales No 1166764
Charitable objects (as registered with the Charity Commission)
Leatherhead Concert and Arts Society is a Christian organisation which aims to advance, promote and encourage the study and practice of the arts of music, dance, speech, literature and drama, in particular through the organisation of concerts, recitals and other events in Leatherhead Surrey and surrounding areas.
What we do
LCAS runs 12.30 lunchtime concerts in Leatherhead's Churches, each week from April to November.
Music on Thursdays runs mostly chamber concerts in Leatherhead Methodist Church, and Wednesdays at Christ Church is a series of monthly organ concerts.
Concerts usually last 35-40 minutes, although some can be a little longer, depending on the artiste and the repertoire they have chosen.
LCAS puts high quality musical performance within reach of those who perhaps no longer have evenings out, or for whom the cost of a London concert ticket, plus the fares, are just out of reach.
The performers are students of the Royal Academy of Music, recent graduates of London's internationally renowned music conservatoires, or local musicians who have reached that same level of study and performance.
Sometimes we add in extra concerts, for example, an evening concert on International Make Music Day - June 21st.
The final concert in September each year is titled Jazz on Thursday, introducing a young performer from the Jazz department of one of London's music conservatoires, or perhaps a recent graduate.
Each October our concerts are part of the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival which brings together up to 100 performing and creative events through the month.
Each school term we invite musicians to introduce their instruments to the pupils of Leatherhead Trinity Primary School. This gives the pupils an opportunity to experience live music - something they probably do not find in their daily lives.
Their individual responses can be remarkable, and we hope this work may inspire some pupils to take up playing an instrument when the opportunity arises either at Trinity, or when they reach their secondary school.
Over their 7 years at the School pupils will encounter at least 21 instrument combinations - piano, strings, woodwind, brass, reeds, and voice.
Leatherhead Trinity has representatives of each of Leatherhead's covenanting churches on its Board of Governors - Anglican, Methodist, and United Reformed. It is one of Surrey's largest primary schools.
LCAS has been pleased to donate to and to raise funds for the charity NewSPAL: New Surrey Performing Arts Library. NewSPAL has been approved by Surrey County Council to take over management, and ultimately ownership, of the county's collection of music, drama, dance, and film resources.
The SPAL collection is used by the county's amateur and professional musicians and teachers and so is key to the work of local choirs, orchestras, drama, and play-reading groups.
Being the third largest such collection in the country SPAL is also a cornerstone of the nationwide inter-library loans service for sets of musical scores and play-scripts.
Leatherhead's Lunchtime Concerts, run by LCAS, are always free to enter, with a retiring collection to cover costs. This is our principal source of funds, so we are basically self-funding. We suggest donations in the range £6 to £10 per person per lunchtime concert. That helps to cover for those who are on benefits and want to enjoy a concert.
Additional support has come from three further sources. We claim HMRC Gift Aid on qualifying donations, we have been pleased to welcome sponsorship by local law firm Julie West Solicitor, and LCAS has a small but dedicated group of subscribing Members.
LCAS' membership of Making Music gives the Trustees access to favourable rates for public liability insurance, practical help preparing our annual Performing Rights Society return, and access to much online and seminar-based advice.
Surplus funds are donated to the hosting Churches, at a level agreed at each AGM, in recognition of the facilities they provide for us.
We welcome new Members. The cost is just £20 for three years - which is clearly NOT enough to fund three years of concerts, but does give you a say in the running of the Society, through its Annual General Meeting at which the Trustees are elected each year.