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 2020, the Munster Trust is again supporting a number of outstanding members of the LSSO and providing financial assistance towards their involvement with the 2020 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 Trustees are very pleased to announce the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2020:

Sebastian-Benedict Flore – piano
Mina Hobson-Mazur – viola
Lydienne Horsford – double bass
Ishmael Human – trumpet
Leon Human – principal violin
Thatthep Kantangkul – cello
Min Suk Shim – viola
Zozi Sookanadenchetty – violin

The first concert at which the LSSO Munster Trust Scholars 2020 performed took place on Wednesday 8th January in the Barbican Concert Hall with a programme entitled “Music from the Dark Side”. The orchestra performed magnificently and dovetailed their playing superbly with narration from Dame Janet Suzman and solos from Fiona Kimm and three students from the Guildhall Opera School. The programme included readings from Milton, Marlowe and Goethe, and music by Penderecki, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Berlioz, with the second half of the concert focusing on Schnittke’s Faust Cantata.

Arrangements for the rest of the year have, of course, been disrupted by the pandemic but it has been possible for the LSSO to perform again, in September with a filmed concert at St John’s Waterloo, sadly with no audience and with only a few members of the orchestra taking part.  However, there are exciting plans for 2021 which will be the 70th Anniversary Season for the LSSO. More information will follow shortly but the first concert is planned for 11th January 2021 at the Barbican Hall in London.

Here are details of all the 2020 LSSO Munster Trust Scholars:

Sebastian-Benedict Flore: Piano

Sebastian-Benedict is a 17-year old pianist, currently studying Music at CYM on Saturdays and, during the week, A-Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Music at the Latymer School.  He aims to study Physics and Music at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music after leaving sixth form and move on to a professional career in both fields.

I am very grateful for having been considered by the Munster Trust.  It will help immensely with my LSSO experience this school year.  Thank you!


Mina Hobson-Mazur: Viola
I am currently in year 9 and from September 2019 I have been a pupil at Purcell School for Young Musicians.  I am studying Violin with Tony Cucchiara and Viola with Sarah-Jane Bradley, as a joint first study.  During my studies I have been generously supported by a grant from the Governmnent Music and Dance Scheme.  I joined the Centre for Young Musicians at the age of 8.  I have absolutely loved its atmosphere ever since and am still attending it every Saturday now.  I enjoy equally playing solo repertoire, chamber music and orchestral music an I am also a keen fiddle player.  I am hoping to become a professional musician and study Music at a conservatoire in the UK or abroad.

I am very grateful to have been awarded the Scholarship from the Munster Trust, which will enable me to gain invaluable experience as an ensemble player with one of the best youth orchestras in the UK. I hope to develop both my musical and instrumental skills and make like-minded friends for life.  Thank you.


Lydienne Horsford: Principal double bass

I’ve been part of the LSSO for three years, and every course has taught me something new, introduced repertoire I never thought I’d play, and hugely improved my technique and musicianship.  Thanks to the LSSO, I am now on my way to the Royal College of Music with an ambition to play the double bass professionally in the future.  My dream would be to play for ballet and opera, something I first experienced with the LSSO in 2018.

The funding I’ve received has allowed me to tour Europe and understand the cultural and historical influences behind some of my favourite composers, and to perform in some truly unforgettable venues.  Thank you!


Ishmael Human: Trumpet

Ishmael started his musical journey at Edmund Waller Primary School, initially on violin, before starting Trumpet in year 4. He played in the school orchestra, before receiving an MDS award to study at the Centre for Young Musicians.  He has played both instruments in many ensembles there and has recently gained a place in the LSSO.  He attends Haberdasher Aske’s Hatcham College where he is leader of the School String Ensemble and hopes to continue studying there for A level music.  Ishmael is indebted to his teachers Jim Howard (Trumpet) and Peter Thomas (Violin) for helping his development. Ishmael is also a talented footballer, and keen supporter of Arsenal.

“The generous support offered by the Countess of Munster Scholarship greatly helps my passion for music by allowing me to fully embrace the expereience I have been offered by LSSO.”


Leon Human: Leader of the LSSO 2020
Leon has just finished his A-Levels at Pendergast Sixth Form, where he took Music, English and Politics. Next year Leon will attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he will continue the violin with the amazing Stephanie Gonley.”I am extremely grateful for the support and funding from the Munster Trust. The LSSO has had a profound impact on my life, both musically and socially. Leading the orchestra has been an invaluable experience, and one which I will remember for the rest of my life. I have made friends that I know I will have for ever. The LSSO does an extraordinary job in bringing young people together to create something unique and special for everyone involved, and I can only thank the Munster Trust for contributing to this.”
Thatthep Kantangkul: Cellist

I am very thankful for the support and funds the Munster Trust provided last year as it gave me the opportunity to go on tour which was an amazing experience. This has helped me improve a lot as a musician and learn lots of new things.

I am even more than grateful for the Munster Trust supporting me this year again as it will provide me with lots of opportunities.  The tour is a wonderful experience and I appreciate the generosity of the Munster Trust.

Min Suk Shim: Viola

Min Suk enjoys being part of the musical community and actively participates in a variety of musical activities including Pro Corda and the National Children’s Orchestra. He has also previously attended the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department and Birmingham Conservatoire’s Junior Department.  He is currently studying at the Purcell School of Music with Sarah-Jane Bradley, and is always keen to partake in all the internal and external events with the School.  Min Suk is currently in  year 10 and his favourite subject is Chemistry

“Being at LSSO has already taught me so much as I continue to develop my orchestral skills.  It has made me realise how amazing it is to share music with like-minded musicians and I know that I will keep working with a lot of them in the future.  I am so grateful for your beneficial support as it enables my experiences and helps to prepare me for my musical career.”

Zozi Sookanadenchetty: Violin

“My name is Zozi Sookanadenchetty, I am a young violinist, I started when I was 7.  I study at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, prepping for my A levels and for auditions next year.  Although my absolute passion is opera singing I also love playing my fiddle with orchestras.  The thrill and anticipation of all instruments coming together to produce pieces of classical music is just spectacular.  Being part of it makes me happy and proud.  It also motivates me to practise hard.  Thanks to the Munster Trust for their support!”