The Parabola Foundation supports a number of important charities.

The Foundation

The Parabola Foundation was established to further charitable and cultural projects that will bring benefit to the public. Brief introductions to the charities we support are below.


Through the Big Noise programme this charity targets and works with some of Scotland’s most challenged communities. Big Noise kicked off in Scotland at Raploch (Stirling) in April 2008, with six musicians supporting 35 young schoolchildren. Big Noise now runs four centres and works with over 2,800 children and young people across Scotland.

Parabola has committed 5 years of financial support, starting in 2021, to this wonderful charity.

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PRF is a small charity operating in north-western Tanzania concentrating on providing clean water and classrooms for rural communities.

To date PRF has funded the construction of 238 wells & pumps in rural areas of Kagera, Geita & Tarime regions of Tanzania. 15 new classrooms have been built. Around 500,000 now benefit from clean water and almost 1,400 children are now receiving an education.

Our main objectives are to improve the lives of those who live in poverty by providing funds for the following.

  • The installation of wells, water pumps and rain water tanks to provide clean water to communities
  • The construction of schools to provide communities with better learning environments
  • ‘Revolving Loans’ to groups of women

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Clean water for 500,000


Featuring a host of world-class guest artists, this remarkable five-year chamber orchestra series is built around the first complete cycle of Mozart’s 27 piano concertos ever to be staged in concert in the UK. The Parabola Foundation has supported Aurora Orchestra’s residency at Kings Place since 2016.

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A world-class chamber orchestra series


The Parabola Foundation is supporting Hawthorn Primary School in Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne; one of the most deprived wards in the country; with its In Harmony programme. This enables every child to learn a musical instrument, with lessons, ensembles and in an orchestra for up to four hours a week.

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Enabling music


Hexham Book Festival is a small and dynamic festival, based in and around Hexham, featuring high profile authors’ talks, a platform for emerging authors, creative writing and poetry workshops, a book stall and related exhibitions. Our aims include encouraging and promoting the written word for people of all ages and abilities, creating and enhancing a positive regional image nationally and internationally while positively contributing to the local economy.

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A vehicle for words


We established Kings Place Music Foundation to run the music spaces at Kings Place. offering creative spaces and activities at affordable prices for all. Alongside a rich and busy music and spoken word programme, KPMF nurtures young and up-and-coming music talent and offers vital opportunities to learn and perform, working with fantastically committed partner organisations.

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Music for all, photo by Nick White


Based in the Ruwenzori Mountains of Uganda, the foundation hosts artist residencies that are designed to cross-fertilise expertise and inspiration. The centre now employs 18 trained people and provides strong bonds with communities by funding roads, access to clean water, a clinic and environmental restoration.

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Sculpture to shape a community


Bowel Cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK. Prevention of bowel cancer and earlier diagnosis are essential to improving outcomes for this disease. The Parabola Foundation is generously supporting life-saving research in the North East of England, led by Newcastle University and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.

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Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail

More than 150 statues of the beloved character Oor Wullie will be exhibited around Scotland before being auctioned off to raise money for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, the world’s biggest fundraising event of its kind. Parabola are proudly sponsoring one of the sculptures. “We are over the moon that Parabola have decided to support us,” says the charity’s project manager Hannah Biddulph. “They have helped us to ensure that our children in the hospital are a child first and a patient second.”

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