How to complain about Classical Sheffield

Classical Sheffield is committed to working in an open and accountable way that builds trust and respect. We view complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve, as well as a chance to put things right for the person or organisation that made the complaint. Therefore we aim to ensure that:

  • making a complaint is as easy as possible;
  • all complaints are taken seriously;
  • we deal with complaints promptly, politely and confidentially;
  • we respond appropriately - for example, with an explanation, or an apology where we have got things wrong, and information on any action taken;
  • we learn from complaints, use them to improve, and review annually our complaints policy and procedures.

We recognise that a complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction that requires a formal response.

All complaint information will be handled sensitively, telling only those who need to know and following any relevant data protection requirements.

In some circumstances , particularly where a third party is involved, it may not be possible to maintain confidentiality, in which case the situation will be explained to the complainant.

We are not able to respond to anonymous complaints, and we are unable to deal with matters for which we are not directly responsible. In such instances we will refer the complainant to the appropriate person or organisation.

Informal Procedure

  • Many concerns will be raised informally and can be made verbally, by telephone, by email or in writing to the Classical Sheffield Coordinator at
  • We aim to resolve informal concerns quickly, keeping matters low-key while addressing the issue.

Formal Complaints Procedure

If concerns cannot be satisfactorily resolved informally, then the formal complaints procedure should be followed. This is intended to ensure that all complaints are handled fairly, consistently and wherever possible resolved to the complainant's satisfaction.

How to make the complaint

  • Email or write to the Chair of Classical Sheffield at or 4th Floor, Sheffield Central Library, Sheffield S1 1XZ. If your complaint concerns the Chair, then you should write to the Chair of the Finance and Fundraising Sub-Group at the same address, or email
  • You should set out the details of your complaint as clearly and fully as you can, the consequences for you as a result, and the remedy you are seeking.
  • Please bring your complaint to our attention within 8 weeks of the issue arising.

How Classical Sheffield will respond

  • Classical Sheffield will acknowledge the complaint in writing within 2 weeks.
  • Our aim is to resolve all matters as quickly as possible, so you should get a response and an explanation within 4 weeks.
  • However, some issues will be more complex and therefore may require longer to be fully investigated. If a matter requires more detailed investigation, you will receive an interim response describing what is being done to deal with the matter, and when a full reply can be expected and from whom.
  • Whether the complaint is justified or not, our final reply will briefly outline the action we took to investigate the complaint, our conclusions, andany action we will take to resolve the problem and to make sure it doesn’t happen again

What to do if you are not satisfied

If you are not satisfied with Classical Sheffield’s response, you can refer the matter to one of the following regulators:

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