Our fundraising charitable music foundation supports musical education projects as well as aspiring composers, instrumentalists and conductors who live in parts of the world where there is political strife or economic deprivation.
Our fundraising activities have included concerts, receiving gifts and donations. We also received a generous legacy, but we need more and we need your help to continue our work. You can help us by either by making a donation or by organising your own fundraising activities. Contact us for help and suggestions.
Our scholarships create musical opportunities for individual composers, instrumentalists and conductors. They have funded pre-primary school music materials in India and workshops that introduce classical music and instruments to rural schools in England. Our criteria is based on the selected category being applied for and is judged by professional musicians. Our annual awards range from €250 – €2,500.
In June 2022 support was given to the Leerorkest as they set up new children's orchestra in Bonaire
We are delighted to continue our support of the Leerorkest. Children receive music lessons so that they become proficient on an instrument. At the same time, the children also develop socially. The Leerorkest has previously established itself on Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, and soon it will also be available on Saba and St. Eustachius.
After a delightful meeting with Marco de Souza at the Leerorkest, we agreed to fund the purchase of 11 new instruments for the children’s orchestra in Bonaire.
Help us continue to sponsor young Iraqi, Kurdish, and Syrian musicians.
We walk into a heated room, flip a switch and the world lights up. What if one day we woke up in the cold, in the mud, in a tent all our personal possessions gone, and we had to start over from scratch not knowing when or where we would have our next meal? How would we gather the strength and courage to remake our lives? The young people we support have faced these obstacles. They have survived and live in hope that one day their lives will be better, maybe like it used to be. In cold, dark forbidding places, they find warm solace in their music. Often the music they play is barely audible so that disapproving neighbors will not report them. They practice on dilapidated instruments found in the rubble. They cling to their love of music and the solace it brings to their frightened, battered souls. Help us to find, encourage and support the idealism of these young composers, conductors and musicians who embody the best in a terror-filled and chaotic world.
Composition workshop for young people in Iraq aborted in August 2014. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Militants (Isil) occupation led to our ongoing concern for safety issues
Formed in 2009 by pianist Zuhal Sultan, the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is now made up of young musicians from across Iraq. Conductor Paul MacAlindin proposed that our foundation sponsor an intensive composition workshop in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq in August 2014. After months of planning and securing workshop leaders and purchasing flights, due to the ongoing crisis and the threat of ISIL moving in on the region of Sulaymaniyah, the concern for our workshop leaders became too great, and all our flights and wonderful project were forced to be cancelled.
Sponsoring Mister Finney de Opera
We were pleased to support via the Netherlands new Donemus Foundation, Composer Joey Roukens’s Mister Finney de Opera with Carel Alphenaar librettist. The opera is an adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Finney and the World Turned Upside-down by Laurentien van Oranje and Sieb Posthuma. The creative setting, inventive costume changes, and playful musical phrasing blended with popular and classical music genres captured the imagination of many children’s first operatic experience.
Supporting the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival education component
Our second Russell Braun and Carolyn Maule Scholarship was awarded to the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival. The festival was delighted that Classical Accordion player James Crabb participated in their 2013 Education programme. James has given over 150 classes and sessions under the Live Music Now scheme.
James visited an elementary school to introduce this unique instrument and its sound to local children. His two workshops enhanced the school topic for the summer term, ”What’s a performance.” These workshops gave the children a unique experience as well as showing them that classical music can be fun.