The Trust is grateful for the skill and goodwill of our Trustees, who give so generously and freely of their time and effort. In some years, the Trust has made as many as 100 grants at a cost of £250,000 and Hilary Munster’s help continues to be invaluable in these times when education and training have to be paid for privately.
The Trust has a distinguished panel of trustees, which comprises specialists in all musical disciplines, representatives of conservatoires and a small group of informed non-professionals. This broad base of expertise ensures a balanced and knowledgeable group of adjudicators, which places the Trust in a unique position to identify the most likely candidates to succeed in the professional world.
Mr. Charles Alexander – ChairmanBA (Hon) Oxon
Sir Richard ArmstrongKBE, CBE
Mrs. Primrose Arnander
Professor George CairdMA (Cantab), FRAM, FRCM, FRNCM, HonFLCM, FRSA
Miss Imogen CooperCBE, Hon DMus (Exon), Hon RAM
Dame Anne EvansDBE, Hon DMus (Kent), FRWCMD
Mr. John FraserBMus (Hons), ARCM
Professor Jonathan Freeman-AttwoodBMus, MPhil, Hon RAM,FKC, FRNCM
Mr. Roger GrayMA, DipMus, AM
Miss Elaine PadmoreOBE, MA, BMus, LTCL, Hon FTCL, Hon ARAM
Mr. Antony PayMA (Cantab), FGSM, Hon RAM
Mr. Simon PurcellGTCL, PGCE
Dame Janet RittermanDBE, BMus, MMus, PhD, FTCL, DSCM, FRSA
Miss Louise WilliamsARAM
The Founding Trustees
Apart from Lady Munster who herself sat on the panel of Trustees until her death in 1979, the first Trustees included friends of Lady Munster, from the worlds of finance and music. They were:-
Gerald Coke, CBE – 1958-1979
Founder of the Trust and its first Chairman. Chairman of the Glyndebourne Arts Trust and of the Governors of King Edward’s School, Witley, his directorships included Rio Tinto –Zinc and the Royal Academy of Music. All these appointments were of considerable significance to the Trust. Other directorships included S.G. Warburg & Co. and the Royal Opera House. He was a serious collector of Handel memorabilia, which is now housed in the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury. He retired as Chairman of the Trust in 1978 but remained a Trustee until the following February.
Leopold de Rothschild, CBE – 1958-2005
Replaced Gerald Coke as Chairman in 1978. His appointments included Chairman of the Council of the Royal College of Music, of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Bach Choir. His directorships included the National Museum of Science and Industry, Sadler’s Wells (now English National Opera), the Glyndebourne Arts Trust, the Bank of England and his family’s bank, N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd.
These two men, who devoted so much time and energy to the Trust and to the young artists who benefitted therefrom, have been the major influences in the Trust’s history; both from the financial work, both possessed of a great and enduring love of music.
Sir Thomas Armstrong – 1958-1975
Educated at Keble College, Oxford, and at the Royal College of Music, he became organist at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1935-1955, and Principal of the Royal Academy of Music from 1955. He gave valuable support to Gerald Coke and Hilary Munster in setting up the Trust. He retired as a trustee in 1975.
Sir Malcolm Sargent – 1958-1967
Eminent conductor and close friend of Hilary Munster; he was Chief Conductor of the Proms from 1948 until his death in 1967 and of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1950-1957. He championed Gilbert & Sullivan opera and contemporary British composers. His debonair appearance and fondness for the social life belied his skill as a musician. Despite his busy schedule, he was a regular and valuable attendee at Trust meetings.
Flora Neilsen – 1960-1977
Mezzo Soprano, whose real name was Sybil Crawley, and who was a close friend of Hilary Munster. She specialised in Lieder and gave invaluable advice on assessing vocal candidates.
These founding Trustees were later joined by:-
|Sir Keith Falkner||1962-1975|
|Sir George Christie, CH||1967-2007|
|Raymond Leppard, CBE||1968-1977|
|Sir Anthony Lewis||1968-1982|
|The Hon. Mrs. David Erskine||1975-1998|
|Sir David Willcocks, CBE, MC||1975-1994|
|Dame Janet Baker||1976-2008|
|Sir Charles Groves||1976-1992|
|Jacqueline du Pré||1979-1980|
|Jack Brymer, OBE||1980-1995|
|Sir David Lumsden||1985-1994|
|Michael Gough Matthews||1985-1994|
|Sir John Manduell, CBE||1989-2004|
|Dr. Jane Glover, CBE||1993-2014|
|Dame Janet Ritterman||1994-present|
|Philip Jones, CBE||1995-2000|
|Hugh Bean, CBE||1997-2003|
|The Viscount Chandos||1999-2015|
(succeeded Leopold de Rothschild as Chairman in 2006)
|John Wallace, OBE||2002-2008|
|Imogen Cooper, CBE||2005-present|
|Dame Anne Evans||2009-present|
|Sir Richard Armstrong, CBE||2014-present|
(succeeded Nicholas Berwin as Chairman in 2015)