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. Since 2019, the Munster Trust has supported a number of outstanding members of the LSSO and provided financial assistance towards their involvement with the LSSO season which consists of three concerts, each concert preceded by an intensive week of rehearsals, with coaching from leading London orchestral players.  

Following interruptions to the normal schedule in 2020 and 2021, the LSSO were back at the Barbican Hall in January 2022 when they performed a programme including Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. In May 2022, the LSSO will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a joint concert with the Centre for Young Musicians (celebrating its 50th anniversary). More details of this concert will be added shortly.

 For full details of the work of the LSSO, please see the LSSO website and for details of the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2022, please see below.

The LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2022

The LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2022 are:

Amara Harker – violin
Mina Hobson-Mazur – viola
Esther Human – cello
Ishmael Human – trumpet
Masudi Juma – violin
Jamaal Kashim – harp

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.