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 was, until mid-2019, the chairman of its Board of Trustees.
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.
The Trust is interested in developing Opera Directors of the future, and is working with two institutions to promote this aim. The Royal Opera House provides a biennial one-day workshop introduction to opera staging for up to 15 young theatre directors, following which it offers five observer roles to shadow leading directors during the rehearsal process of major ROH productions. The Carne Trust co-funds this initiative with the ROH.
The National Opera Studio also each year offers five paid assistant director internships, giving individuals the opportunity to work with experienced directors on the Studio's collaborations with leading UK opera companies. The Trust provides the funding for these internships.