The Munster Trust and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra

Encouraging and widening participation in musical education and activities

Whilst the main focus of the Munster Trust is to support postgraduate students in pursuing their final years of education before embarking on their professional careers, the Trustees are very conscious of the need to encourage and widen participation in musical education and activities amongst much younger students as well.

The London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) has been hailed by Sir Simon Rattle as “an incomparable ambassador for the dynamism and excellence of British youth” and is one of the world’s best youth orchestras, aiming to give its members a complete experience of the orchestra repertoire. In 2021, the Munster Trust once again supported a number of outstanding members of the LSSO and provided financial assistance towards their involvement with the 2021 LSSO season. Normally the season would consist of three concerts, each concert preceded by an intensive week of rehearsals, with coaching from leading London orchestral players, together with a tour abroad.  

In 2021, the tour had to be cancelled, and a lot of the coaching had to take place online but the LSSO were delighted to perform at the Barbican Concert Hall on Monday 20th September with a programme featuring the world premiere of Eleanor Alberga’s new concerto Invocation with soloist Pacho Flores, together with Debussy’s Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Stravinsky’s Petrushka. For full details of the work of the LSSO, please see the LSSO website and for details of the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2021, please see below.

The LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2021

The LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2021 taking part in the concert on 20th September 2021 were:

Amara Harker – violin
Mina Hobson-Mazur – viola
Lydienne Horsford – double bass
Ishmael Human – trumpet
Leon Human – principal violin
James Jordan – cello
Masudi Juma – violin
Jamaal Kashim – harp
Hadessah Nanjo – double bass
Nnamdi Nnachi-Cole – percussion

Selection of the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars is made through the usual route for applications to join the LSSO, and not directly through the Munster Trust.