What is the Recital Scheme?

Giacomo Susani at Witney Music Club

In the 1960s, aware of a lack of performance opportunities for young musicians, the Trustees initiated concerts for the benefit of young soloists with the English Chamber Orchestra under Raymond Leppard, who was himself a Trustee at the time. From these beginnings the idea of the Recital Scheme developed, with immediate and lasting success.

During the auditions in the Spring, the Trustees consider who, amongst the beneficiaries of the Trust, would be most suitable for the Recital Scheme, selecting outstanding performers. In September details of the chosen artists are made available to the clubs and societies who are members of the Recital Scheme. The club or society can then contact the artist directly to arrange a booking for a recital or concerto performance for which the Trust pays the artist’s fees.

The benefits of the Scheme are twofold: not only does it provide young musicians with experience of the professional platform and exposure to audiences throughout the country, but the music clubs themselves also benefit from introductions to talented young musicians and the sponsorship that the Trust provides. Over 200 music clubs and societies are members of the Scheme.