The Munster Trust and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra

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 2019, the Munster Trust is supporting a number of outstanding members of the LSSO and providing financial assistance towards their involvement with the 2019 LSSO season which consists of three concerts, each concert preceded by an intensive week of rehearsals, with coaching from leading London orchestral players. For full details of the work of the LSSO, please see the LSSO website. 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.

The next LSSO concert at which the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2019 will be performing will take place on Monday 23rd September 2019 at 7.30pm in the Barbican Concert Hall.

The Trustees are very pleased to introduce the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2019:

Leili Farzan: 1st violinist

Leili is in Year 13 at City of London School for girls studying A level French, Maths and Music. She is planning to study modern languages at university. She will either study at Bristol University who have offered her a place or take a gap year. During her gap year, she plans to work in Paris, France.

On the weekends she attends the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music. She has been playing violin since the age of 4 and previously has attended the Royal College of Music junior department.

“I am extremely thankful for the support of the Munster trust this year. The LSSO has had a huge positive impact on my life, leading me to amazing friends and experiences. The tours abroad are a wonderful opportunity to develop musicality as an instrumentalist. LSSO courses and the tours have undoubtedly made me a better musician and I am eternally grateful for the wonderful time I’ve had so far being involved with such a talented orchestra. Thank you!”


Lydienne Horsford: Principal double bass

  “I’m 18, currently studying A-Level music with Trinity Laban, and aiming to study at conservatoire in a year’s time! I hope to become a professional double bassist, and would especially love to play in the orchestra pit for ballets and operas.This funding enables me to access amazing tutoring and orchestral experience that will launch me into a career in the music industry. Without it, I couldn’t take part in the unforgettable concerts and tours that I do today! Thank you!”

Leon Human: Leader of the LSSO 2019

Leon is currently in year 12 attending Prendergast School. He is studying Music, English and Government and Politics. Next year he will continue his A level studies and hopes to go to music college in London or University to study Music.

“Thank you very much for your kind donation. It means a lot and will help considerably with LSSO which is an invaluable experience. The tour is also such a great opportunity so your support is much appreciated.”

Thatthep Kantangkul – Cellist

“I am currently in sixth form year 12 at Westminster City School doing A-Levels in Maths, Economics and Chemistry. In the future I would like to do something related to finance/Business and also will be carrying on with playing the Cello and Piano as music is my passion. I’m hoping to get into a good university and head towards the finance route but that won’t be the end of music for me as I’ll definitely still be playing in an orchestra in the future.

I am very grateful to receive funds from the Munster Trust as their generosity would help me reach my full potential and improve me as a musician by playing in the LSSO. I have improved on many skills that are required for playing in an orchestra and learnt to blend in my sound with the rest of the orchestra to create a sound as a whole rather than individually.”

Shesh and Sana Abu-Jabir: Double bassist and percussionist

“We are very honoured to have been awarded the Munster Scholarship and are more than grateful for the opportunities it will provide us with.

Music is a major part of our lives: we have both played multiple instruments from a very young age and are currently studying at Junior Guildhall in London, which we both love. Playing with orchestras such as the LSSO gives us the opportunity to play with other like-minded people and it is also amazing to have the time and tuition with some of the best instrumental teachers.

Your support is helping us to work towards a possible career in music and we will continue to work hard and always go on paying it forward whenever we can.”

Sana is a Music and Academic Scholar at Felsted School. She is currently in year 10 studying for her GCSEs and is very passion-ate about music with a keen interest in science. She hopes to go to university to study music and science.


Shesh is a Music, Art and DTE (Design Technology and Engineering) Scholar at Felsted Preparatory School. He is 13 years old and currently in his last year in Felsted Prep School and is looking forward to joining Felsted Senior School next year. When he is not doing music he is a keen artist and engineer with a strong interest in biomedical engineering.