Trust News

1st August 2019

Stephen Oliver Award 2019

We are excited to announce that the winner of this year’s Stephen Oliver Award is the composer, Tom Coult, for his chamber opera project, Violet.

Click here for full details of the Award.  More information about Tom can be found at his website



Philip Attard (saxophone) organised an Artist Venture with accompanist Christine Zerafa (piano) to Stanborough School near Watford.  A fabulous platform to introduce a younger audience to the world of music!

Philip and Christine chose a programme that covered a range of repertoire for saxophone and piano including Iturralde’s Suite Hellenique, Milhaud’s vivid Scaramouche, a selection from De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas and Iturralde’s Pequeñ Czarda.  Philip spoke about the history of the soprano and alto saxophone during the performance and also played an arrangement of Piazzolla’s Oblivion for clarinet and piano.  The pupils were thoroughly engaged and enthusiastic with their full attention on the performance!



Dates for your diary….

6th August
The Lake District Summer Music proud to announce that Kristiana Ignatjeva (cello) and Sten Heinoja (piano) will be performing at Ambleside Parish Centre at 11:00am.  Kristiana’s programme includes pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Firsova and Chopin.

20th September
Daniel Shao (flute) and his accompanist Joe Havlat (piano) will perform at the Leicester International Music Festival on 20th September. Their programme will include Mozart: Sonata in C major KV14, Simpson: New work for flute and piano (world première), Schubert: Variations on Trockne Blumen D802 21.


15th July 2019

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Neil Black Award 2019 is Hannah Condliffe, an oboist who will commence her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2019. Congratulations to Hannah.

The Neil Black Award has been established at the Munster Trust to provide a legacy for future generations of woodwind players, and to help keep alive memories of a great musician. For more details of the Neil Black Award, please click here.


10th May 2019

As previously announced, the Munster Trust is now helping to support to a number of outstanding young musicians in attending the wonderful LSSO courses, tour and Barbican concerts.  Another wonderfully exciting concert from the LSSO at the Barbican last night.  Conducted by Richard Farnes, the orchestra performed Verdi’s Overture from La Forze del Destino, Barber’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Elena Urioste) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony N0 6 “Pathetique”.  All the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2019 were playing – congratulations to them all – full details of the Scholars can be found here.

The next concert of the LSSO at the Barbican will be on Monday 23rd September – programme to be announced.


Jonathan Radford provided an  insightful, engaging and inspirational day of SAXOPHONE at the Horsham Music Centre with the West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra.  This event was organised through West Sussex Music

    8th January 2019

We are very excited to announce that, in a wholly new venture, the Munster Trust is now supporting a number of bursaries to school-age children to help out with the costs of attending the wonderful LSSO courses and Barbican concerts. More information about the first LSSO Munster Trust Scholars will shortly be available elsewhere on the website but, in the meantime, we would like to thank Peter Ash, the artistic director of the LSSO, for organising the Trust’s involvement with the LSSO and for the amazing concert last night at the Barbican Hall, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth with soloist Rachel Nicholls (soprano) (a former beneficiary of the Munster Trust). With an ambitious programme of Strauss and Wagner, the excitement of the young musicians was tangible and the performances were vibrant and thrilling. For more information about the work of the LSSO, please click here and for a review of the concert see, for instance, this from Susan Elkin for Lark Reviews.