The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020



In response to the Covid-19 crisis, this year, the Academy successfully raised £100,000 to create and broadcast a series of online performances through the first phase of our Digital Campaign.

Our aim now is to raise a further £100,000 to fund a second year of digital activity in 2021. By taking part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge we aim to secure £20,000 in just one week to fund new studio recordings and a major new audio-visual recording with the orchestra and Academy Music Director, Joshua Bell. This is a competitive match-funding campaign: between December 1st and 8th, all donations will be doubled. 

Your support towards the campaign will allow us to continue to provide much-needed work for our artists, whose lives continue to be so dramatically impacted by ongoing restrictions, whilst also expanding our library of audio-visual recordings for our audiences.



The campaign is now live! Donate via the Big Give Christmas Challenge by clicking here

By post:

If you would prefer to make a donation by sending us a cheque rather than donating online, please send to our virtual office: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, 7 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR. Please note, donations made in this way do not qualify for match funding.



If you would like any further information about The Big Give Christmas Challenge or the work of the Academy, please contact Amy Scott, Senior Development Manager at


We would like to thank all our donors who supported the first phase of our Digital Campaign, and to those who have already pledged to support us in our Big Give Christmas Challenge.