The Trust is a registered UK charity (no. 1031783) and receives no public funding. Its status to date has been based almost exclusively on the endowments bequeathed by Lady Munster during her lifetime and in her will. Through careful management of the endowments, the value of the Trust’s portfolio of investments has appreciated considerably, sufficient to achieve a significant and sustained impact on the support of postgraduate students over the past 50 years or so. This support is recognised and appreciated by the nation’s conservatoires.
Unfortunately, with rises in the cost of education and low investment returns, the Trust’s resources are coming under increasing pressure and it may not be possible to continue all aspects of this important work, certainly not at such a significant level.
In the main, the income is used to support the cost of studies and/or maintenance of outstanding postgraduate students who merit further training at home or abroad and who aim to pursue professional platform careers.
The Trust also helps former beneficiaries at the outset of their professional careers with the cost of buying good instruments, by way of interest-free loans. This is in recognition of the problems facing so many young musicians who, following their years of studentship, have no capital resources to equip themselves with the quality of instrument vital to the advancement of their careers.
A third and highly successful facet of the Trust’s work is the Recital Scheme, which seeks to help some of its most outstanding beneficiaries to become known to a wider musical public and to give them experience on the concert circuit. This is done by sponsoring a number of young artists each year at selected music clubs, choral and orchestral societies and festivals around the country. This is a very important link between studenthood and the profession and, not only does it help the Trust’s beneficiaries, but it also provides essential funding for the music clubs around the country.
If you are interested in music and in the work of the Trust you might like to consider making a donation to the Trust or leaving a bequest in your will.
You can make a donation:
- by personal cheque, made payable to “The Countess of Munster Musical Trust” and sent to the Secretary at The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Wormley Hill, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5SG
- or by BACS transfer to the Trust’s bank account:
CAF Bank, Sort Code 40-52-40, Account No. 00006259
- If you are a UK tax payer, you might like to complete a Gift Aid declaration to enable the Trust to reclaim tax on your donation.
LEAVING A LEGACY TO THE TRUST
Please consult your solicitor about leaving a bequest to the Trust in your will.
If you would like to leave a legacy to the Trust, you can choose to leave either a specific sum of money or the residue of your estate. Alternatively, you may have a musical instrument the money from the sale of which you would like to donate to the Trust
The wording below may be helpful in drawing up a clause in a new Will:
1. Pecuniary (a specific sum of money)
“I give the sum of £……. to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust (registered charity number 1031783) for its general charitable purposes. I direct that the receipt of the Secretary shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors and Trustees for the said gift.”
2. Residuary (the remainder of your estate after all gifts, debts and costs have been paid)
“I give the residue of my estate (out of which shall be paid my funeral and testamentary expenses debts and any legacies given by this Will or any Codicil) to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust (registered charity number 1031783) for its general charitable purposes. I direct that the receipt of the Secretary shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors and Trustees for the said gift.”
3. Specific (a specific asset, for instance a musical instrument)
“I give my …………………… to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust (registered charity number 1031783) to be used for its general charitable purposes. I direct that the receipt of the Secretary shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors and Trustees for the said gift.”
If you have an existing Will and wish to add to it, please consider using this Codicil Form.
If you have decided to leave a legacy to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, we should be very grateful if you would inform us of your decision, if possible using this form.
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