The Trust is a long time major supporter of Classical Opera's Associate Artists Programme, where recently graduated singers receive expert voice coaching and significant performance opportunities at the start of their career. Past beneficiaries include Sophie Bevan, Allan Clayton, Christopher Ainslie and Jacques Imbraglio, while recent stars include Louise Alder, Anna Devin, Jonathan McGovern and Natalya Romaniw.
ChamberStudio is an exciting initiative which uniquely offers affordable coaching to postgraduate chamber music groups at the early stage of their careers. Masterclasses by eminent chamber musicians are held throughout the year, and are open to the public. The Carne Trust has been a major financial supporter of the organisation since its inception, and Philip Carne is chairman of its Board.
The Trust has been a long-time supporter of the chamber music programme at Trinity Laban, having funded for the last 10 years a Junior Fellowship for promising string quartets. Currently the Conservatoire appoints two outstanding Quartets in Residence: the Carducci String Quartet and the Smith Quartet, who visit the college each term to engage with student groups, perform in concerts and conduct masterclasses. A third ensemble, the Linos Trio, performs a similar role with student piano trios. The programme visits of all three groups are funded by the Carne Trust.