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 £240,000 to young musicians to support the final years of study. The Trust also provides a small number of instrument purchase loans to former beneficiaries and runs a Recital Scheme.

Coronavirus update April 2020:  In the light of Government advice, we have cancelled all of the live auditions for the Munster Trust Study Awards.  Nevertheless, the Trustees have made it their priority to ensure that the Trust can still assist postgraduates in the coming academic year even if it proves necessary to adjust the amount of support available this year.  The assessment process for the Munster Trust Study Awards will continue, with applicants assessed on the basis of material already submitted.  Any applicant who has made it through to the second round of assessment will be contacted in June with the result.

News about the Munster Trust’s collaboration with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra can be found here.

Click here for information about the NEIL BLACK AWARD, established at the Trust to provide a legacy for future generations of woodwind players, and to help keep alive memories of a great musician. You can also find information about how to make a donation.