Career support

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The Trust also gives limited financial support to outstanding individual musicians after graduation, to help their career development in areas such as ongoing tuition, competition travel expense, language coaching and living costs. Such individuals have included Rhian Lois, Natalya Romaniw, Jonathan Bloxham and Ben Baker.

We also contribute bursaries, prizes and tuition support to a number of organisations, festivals and competitions which promote the welfare of talented young musicians. These include YCAT, Orpheus Sinfonia, MusicWorks, British Isles Music Festival, Highgate International Festival. The Trust provides the first prize in the annual London Handel Festival, first prize in the biennial London Welsh Singer of the Year, and the prizes in the biennial competition to select Wales’ representative in the biennial BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

The Trust sponsors a regular series of 4 lunchtime concerts each year at St James's Church, Piccadilly, before an appreciative audience of over 100 people. We select the participating musicians and chamber groups, and pay them a performing fee. A similar arrangement exists for 3 annual recitals with the Bath Recital Artists Trust, performing at locations such as the famous Pump Room and the Old Theatre Royal, Bath.