During the first six years of its existence, the Trust helped 196 young people further their musical education. Grants ranged from £20 to pay the travelling expenses of a student attending a European music competition to the complete cost – including pocket money – of maintaining a young pianist at the Moscow Conservatoire for over two year. The Trustees helped young people to go for further education to most of the musical centres of the world, but many remained in this country to carry on with a teacher who had already brought them close to musical maturity or to complete a postgraduate year or two at one of the colleges of music, at the London Opera Centre, or elsewhere.
During the 50 years since the Trust’s inception, the numbers of students seeking assistance from the Trust have grown enormously and, with over 250 applications received each year from British and British commonwealth students and now students from the EU and other countries as well; the Trustees have a very difficult task sifting these to audition around 125 students each year. The Trustees are assured by many of the musicians, whose advanced training was assisted through the Trust’s awards, of their awareness of the tremendous debt they owe to the generosity and inspiration of Hilary, Countess of Munster.
If you wish to see a full list showing those musicians who have benefited from the Trust’s support since its inception in 1958: