The Army Wives Choir | is among the many latest beneficiaries of the £ 1.57 billion Cultural Restoration Fund London Night Commonplace


Another 588 organizations across the country will receive a £ 76 million share in the latest announcement from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The London organizations on the latest list include the Military Wives Choir, which will receive £ 92,057 to find and fund rehearsal locations, pay music directors, hold weekly rehearsals and continue to provide safe rooms for thousands of women who are part of the group.

The Military Wives Choir was made famous by the BBC documentary series with conductor Gareth Malone and was recently the subject of a film with Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan.

( Somerset house /. PA )

Somerset House is being given £ 950,000 primarily to restart the Creative Careers Program and develop a limited cultural range.

Kings Place in Islington will receive £ 562,000 to support its hour-long socially distant performances as well as low-cost family events, talks and local walks. The Puppet Theater Barge – a 50-seat puppet theater on a converted barge – will receive £ 52,352 to be used to support a staged reopening, from digital productions to real-life shows.

Other organizations that are nationally funded are the Kneehigh Theater in Cornwall. The Whitby Gothic Festival in North Yorkshire will receive £ 249,833 which will receive £ 55,000 and the Hepworth Wakefield Trust in Yorkshire will take home £ 146,726 to support a free exhibition taken from its own extensive collection.

The Comedy Store, the UK’s largest employer of professional comedy performers, is receiving £ 964,252 to keep staff in both locations across the city – London and Liverpool – and to support more than 250 freelancers.

It was announced on Monday that £ 257 million would be donated to 1,385 organizations – including the London Symphony Orchestra, Wigmore Hall and the Finborough Theater in Earl’s Court.

( Visitors to the Whitby Gothic Festival which is one of the beneficiaries /. AFP via Getty Images )

All previously announced grants had a value of up to £ 1 million – the institutions were informed of this amount in due course.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This is more important funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts for recovery. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the largest investment in the arts to date in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already on the way to thousands of organizations. These awards build on our commitment to be there for culture in every part of the country. “

Melanie Nightingale, Director of the Military Wives Choirs, said, “This much-needed support enables the Military Wives Choirs to fulfill our mission of enhancing well-being through singing for our inclusive network of over 2,000 women in the military community and audiences across the country continue and abroad. We are very happy that this funding enables our 73 choirs to sing, share and support one another and to feel stronger together through music. ”