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Cherubim goes to town – 10 years on Cherubim Music Trust holds a press reception in central London this January to announce three new awards and to make its work known to the musical world. We’re joined by two luminaries of the classical music world, the renowned international violinist Tasmin Little, who recently won a Gramophone Award for audience innovation, and also the acclaimed baroque specialist Trevor Pinnock CBE whose reputation as harpsichordist and conductor places him at the forefront of British music. By the generous invitation of a supporter, the venue is a private room at the Savile Club in London’s Mayfair.

We’ll be taking the opportunity to review Cherubim’s successes such as the generous and energetic fund-raising Trevor Pinnock concerts given by coloratura soprano Sally Silver and her conductor husand Jeremy Silver which have benefitted not merely their daughter Charlotte’s horn but contributed greatly to the Trust’s ongoing overheads. We are currently planning to mount a new appeal starting later in the year to meet the number of outstanding applicants who deserve Cherubim’s support, in order to progress in the challenging world of professional music. Clancy Steer with Jeremy, Charlotte & Sally Silver Tasmin Little

Do you know of a fine instrument that isn’t being used?

Cherubim’s Fine Instrument Loan Scheme enables owners to place instruments with the Trust for an agreed period, so that they can be used by talented young musicians who would not otherwise have access to one.

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News Two great fund-raising evenings Cherubim patron Trevor Pinnock CBE gives solo harpsichord recital

On February 19th Trevor performs music by Bach, Rameau, Froberger and Couperin at a gala Tisbury Music Café in Nadder Hall, Tisbury Wilts. Booking details and feature in Wiltshire Life other information about the Trust on We are grateful to the gala’s sponsors Casawara & Brodrick-Barker & Co, as well various other Tisbury businesses who have collaborated, notably DeLiz Delicatessen. There has been a tremendous local excitement about this evening, and a great evening is promised. As a result we are looking to arrange another musical evening for Cherubim supporters later in the year at Philipps House, by kind invitation our trustee Cristina George and her husband Andrew.

This will be similar to the very enjoyable evening given by Philipps House, Dinton Sally, Jeremy & Charlotte Silver in London at the Stone House, by kind invitation of Jonathan & Yvonne Horsfall Turner last October.

Gillian Bradtke is commissioning a new violin from Andreas Hudelmayer, with Cherubim’s support

Why a new violin? Every musician needs an instrument that complements her playing. In my second year at Trinity College of Music it dawned on me that the reason I couldn’t create the sound I wanted was simply because my violin was no longer good enough for what I was able to do. So I began the search … What’s so special about Hudelmayer violins? Initially I went to see him in Clerkenwell Green on the advice of my violin teacher, John Crawford. Andreas had two violins for me to try, and immediately I played them I realised they had a much wider range of colour and expression than anything else I’d tried. After thought, I asked to go on his waiting list. I’m hoping it’ll be ready this spring.

What will it do for you? Im positive it’ll serve me in my career as a professional musician and I would like to thank the Cherubim, without whom it would be impossible for me to make this essential investment. How much will it cost? £10,000 Tell us about yourself: At Trinity my activities are extremely varied, including solo performances in recitals and playing in the various Trinity orchestras. I study chamber music with my piano trio, The Bradtke Trio, which performs at TCM and elsewhere. Outside college I perform with the Young Musicians SO, City Side Sinfonia and Helios Orchestra. In July I was chosen to play in the Aurora Festival masterclass in Sweden.

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People The Cherubim team When Cherubim’s founder, Clancy, asked her husband, Michael Maxwell Steer, to take over the reins due to her professional engagements abroad, he agreed provided it was temporary as he is he is a busy composer and musician. So far he has been in the post for a year, and overseen recent developments intended to raise the profile of the Trust. He hopes to continue for another year before Michæl Maxwell handing back the reins. As a former BBCr3 producer and Head of Steer 20thC Studies at the Junior Royal College of Music he understands both the needs of aspiring musicians, but also that of audiences; and the successful format of Tisbury Music Café is one result of his lifelong quest to reconnect art music with the general public. Cherubim is extremely fortunate to have a strong board of trustees who lend wise and much valued assistance. We thank our founding trustees Mary Jane Gibbons and Deborah Steer, as well as Simon Foster, Sarah Kidner and Cristina George who have joined more recently.

Simon Foster

Sarah Kidner

Deborah Steer

Cristina George

News of some Cherubim Young Artists Detta Danford

Cherubime bass flut

Cherubim bow

“The bass flute has allowed London Flutes, the quartet in which I play, significantly to widen our performing opportunities, commissioning new works from several British composers that explore the gamut of the flute family – including a collaborative dance piece for the 2006 Place Prize. We are presenting a flute day at Kent Music Academy in the spring. I also uses the bass flute with Jetsam, an eclectic ensemble that performs at London’s Vortex Jazz Club and elsewhere.

Rebekah Reid A violinist from 3, Rebekah joined the Croydon Youth Orchestra at 12, and begun studies at the Junior Royal Academy at 14, playing in the first violins of the Junior SO. Now at the RNCM, where she has use of the Cherubim bow, Rebekah is studying with Jia Zhang, who was the first awardee of the bow during her own studies. Rebekah recently gave the premiere of a solo violin piece Havisham, by a composition student at the Royal Northern. She is now working towards the 2010 RNCM concerto auditions for the Prokofiev second Violin Concerto. Vashti Hunter

Cherubim cello

After concluding her Masters at the Guildhall, Vashti was invited to Sweden to play duets with cellist Mats Lidstrom and pianist Bengt Forssberg at the Aurora Festival. Subsequently, she toured Europe with the EU Youth Orchestra under conductors Andrew Litton and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Then it was back to Sweden for a series of concerts with Camerata Nordica. Currently Vashti is based in Hannover for a four semester soloists’ course directed by Leonid Gorokhov.

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The Cherubim story

Clancy Steer writes: Our daughter decided to take up the harp, aged seven. During her school career she had access adequate instruments, but when she was due to go to music college, we were faced with buying her a £10,000 instrument to meet her needs. For us a genuine fairy godmother appeared and provided one. This led us to see how a trust like Cherubim could help others in similar situations. Thanks to the benevolent interest of Sir Don Gosling, Cherubim Music Trust was born in 2001 with an initial donation from the Gosling Foundation. Since then we have received further generous support from the Rothermere Foundation and PF Charitable Trust as well as many private individuals to assist in providing help for young musicians.

Clancy Steer, Founder & Chair of Cherubim:

“All of us who run the Trust do so because of our love of music. If you love music and

enjoy contact with young musicians, why not organise a fund-raising concert where you live. We can provide the advice and support you’ll need. Give me a call and I’ll explain how this can work together to make Cherubim a musical power for the future. ”

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Newsletter - Spring 2010  
Newsletter - Spring 2010