The Countess of Munster Musical Trust

The Trust was founded in 1958 by the Countess of Munster (Hilary Wilson), who devoted her life to music and who was herself a pianist of considerable talent.

Lady Munster’s generous endowment, from which the Trust’s annual income is derived, currently provides awards totalling up to £230,000 to young musicians to support postgraduate studies. The Trust also provides a small number of instrument purchase loans to former beneficiaries and runs a Recital Scheme.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust is pleased to announce the recipient of the first NEIL BLACK AWARD, which is being established at the Trust to provide a legacy for future generations of woodwind players, and to help keep alive memories of a great musician. The recipient of the 2018 Neil Black Award is the oboist Manou Rolland.  For more details of the Award and how to make a donation, see Neil Black Award

A concert to raise funds for the Award was held at Wigmore Hall on Thursday 6th December.  The concert included performances by the Endellion String Quartet, Roderick Williams (baritone) and Jonathan Kelly (oboe). The Munster Trust is extremely grateful to the artists for their wonderful performances and to everyone who helped to make the concert such a success.