Since Cis Berry's passing, Central has been working with her family to raise funds towards a scholarship or bursary for our voice students. We're so grateful for the donations we've received so far, and details of how to give can be found below.
Cis Berry had a very strong relationship with Central School of Speech and Drama: she attended the School as a student on the Teaching Course from 1943–1946 and then returned to the School in the 1950s to teach, which she continued for many years. “Central was the centre of my life in so many ways”, she said of her time at the School, and her incredible impact on the field of Voice Studies at Central and more generally cannot be overstated.
In 2012, Cis Berry was appointed Vice President of the School at an event to unveil her official portrait, which hangs alongside portraits of Central’s founder, Elsie Fogerty and Gwynneth Thurburn, Central alumna, eminent voice teacher, Vice-Principal, and, later Principal of the School. Berry commented at the time that to have her “portrait hanging beside Fogerty and Thurby could not be a greater honour”.
Scholarships are vital for Central’s students. Our training is intensive (a typical student day runs from 9am-6pm with rehearsals and performances). This means that it is difficult for our students support their fees and living costs by taking jobs alongside their studies.
Scholarships can reduce the financial barrier that deters some from training and working in the performing arts. Gifts for scholarships prevent the performing arts industries losing the talented people it needs to flourish.
Every single donation made will directly help our voice students to experience Central’s gold-standard voice education that Cis Berry played such a large part in creating.
We invite donations of any size made in memory of Cis Berry. All donations will go in their entirety towards a scholarship or bursary for our voice students.
Donate by Cheque in (£)
Donate by sending a cheque in Pounds Sterling made payable to ‘CSSD’, noting on the reverse that it is made in memory of Cis Berry, and send to:
Meg Ryan, Head of Individual Giving & Alumni Relations
Department of External Affairs
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
London, NW3 3HY, UK
Please complete a Gift Aid form if you wish us to claim gift aid on your donation.
Donate Online ($)
Donate today in US Dollars through British School and Universities Foundation.
Click on Donate Today, click on Donate by Credit Card, fill in "Royal Central School of Speech and Drama” when asked which Approved Institution(s), you would like to benefit from your gift; and complete the requested information. As the donor, you can claim a tax deduction for the full amount donated. When giving on line through Network for Good please note that Central is your preference.
(Network for Good charge 3% to process gifts so you may wish to give directly to BSUF who charge nothing so that Central benefits from your gift in its entirety.)
Donate by Cheque ($)
Send a cheque in US Dollars, complete the Donation Form, and send to:
575 Madison Avenue, Suite 1006
New York, NY 10022-2511