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AUT UMN 2014

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Mozart Weekender

of the nave. There are then a small number with excellent views in the organ gallery, and tribunes overlooking the sanctuary. Wardour Chapel is a remarkable rococo interior, built by the Arundell family as part of Wardour (new) Castle after 1770. Admired by Pevsner, it has fine acoustics and was used by genius loci Julian Bream for many of his recordings.

The Cherubim Trust Mozart Weekend is an exciting new initiative which offers Cherubim Young Musicians the opportunity to direct their own concerto performances. The programme includes several favourite concertos by Mozart, as well as Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik. Plus Vivaldi’s famous Spring concerto, Handel’s harp concerto, and a cello concerto by CPE Bach. The Mozart Concertos are on the first weekend in September (5th-7th) in Wardour Chapel, near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Additionally, Saturday 6th September features Mozart in Love – a gala evening of vocal gems given by

the distinguished coloratura soprano Elizabeth Webster, with baritone Francis Church and Jeremy Silver piano. The Trust is immensely grateful to Lady Rawlinson who hosts a champagne reception in Wardour Castle for premium ticket holders. Ticket sales have been most encouraging, during the discount period. The chapel has four categories of seating, with premium at the front, and standard at the rear

Cherubim sponsors Sir John Eliot Gardiner To publicise the Mozart Weekend Cherubim was offered an opportunity to sponsor Gardiner’s talk at the nearby Chalke Valley History. He spoke eloquently about his book Music in the Castle of Heaven about JS Bach. The talk was

introduced by Trust founder Deirdre Clancy Steer, who has collaborated professionally with John Eliot on productions at The Royal Opera House, and a large audience departed with flyers for the weekend.

The weekend has demanded immense preparations for the 26 piece orchestra over four days. We are tremendously grateful to Rosemary Buck for organising accommodation, to trustee James Scott-Clarke as ’transport colonel', to Toby’s Kitchen Garden for catering 340 meals, and to the other local supporters who are assisting in divers capacities. As well as Individual concerto sponsors,acknowledged in our brochure and programmes, Cherubim is grateful for substantial and continuing support from the Gosling and Rothermere Foundations, also the Peter Storrs and Simon & Philip Cohen Trusts. Tickets range from £9-55. Book online at:

News of Cherubim Young Musicians

Rebekah Reid Violin

Charlotte Read Patsy Todd clarsach harp

Sam Wilson Marimba

Rebekah is a member of the jazz ensemble Matt Gough & Strings, and played in his ‘Forgotten Fairground Project’ at Brighton Fringe Festival. In April she performed with the ACM Ensemble in a contemporary premiere at the RNCM. Rebekah was featured in Cherubim's Face The Music Quiz playing a Brahms sonata, and has led and co-led orchestras in Manchester as well as in London at LSO St Luke’s. This summer she’ll be in masterclasses with Viktoria Kaunzner in Germany, and Birgit Kolar in Austria.

Charlotte is a student at Junior Trinity. Three years ago she was struck by a rare neurological condition, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which prevented her using one side of her body. During a year of restricted movement the clarsach saved her sanity as she could still play with one hand. Despite pain and relying on crutches, Charlotte eventually gained a distinction in Grade 8 flute and good grades in her GCSEs. She is set on becoming a music therapist and this year was able to go on a school exchange to Germany. The family is now even considering a Christmas skiing trip!

Sam completes his masters at the Guildhall, performing seminal works by Xenakis and Georges Aperghis, with his own arrangements of Ligeti and Berio pieces, and a first performance of a work (written for dancemat and electronics) with his long-standing collaborator and friend Anna Meredith. Notwithstanding he performed in the BBC Thea Musgrave weekend at the Barbican, and directed the percussion for Britten's rarely performed Children's Crusade at the Aldeburgh Festival

Andy Atkinson-Dalziel Charles Steer tuba

Joseph Shiner Savile Club bass clarinet

Aisha Meade Manser flute

Andy, currently at The Purcell School, is preparing for music college auditions at the moment. He also played for Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band and Brass Band with performances in the National Festival Finals.

During his year with the LPO Future Firsts Scheme, Joseph made his London recital debut at St. Martin in the Fields, and enjoys a growing solo career around the UK, including winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize. He balances this with a second year’s private study in Paris with Patrick Messina funded by the Hattori Foundation. Future festival recitals include Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music and Two Moors, as well as exciting plans for his wind quintet ‘Magnard Ensemble’, during their Chamber Music and the Open Academy/Wigmore Hall Fellowships at the RAM.

Aisha performed in the world premiere of Emily Hall's Insert words here with Assemble at the QEH, and was a member of the Chicken Shed Orchestra for a production of Animal Farm. She has also been studying conducting at Morley college. Aisha graduates from Middlesex University this year, and previewed her final recital in a concert at Burgh House. She teaches and performs in schools, including the Minni Mozart nursery group.


Vashti Hunter, cello, plays extensively on the continent with Camerata Nordica and her own Trio Gaspard. In June she performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Filharmonica Brasov in Romania as well as performing and recording the Franchomme Variations with Göttingen Symphony Orchestra. Next year she will give the Schumann Cello Concerto with both the Bacau Philharmonic and Dinu Lipatti Symphony Orchestra. Vashti has given solo recitals in England and the Walton Cello Concerto with the Lambeth Orchestra, as well as performing in a Prussia Cover masterclass given by Steven Isserlis.

Bing Bing Li, piano, has formed the Rubis piano trio with whom she has performed at the Etchingham and Lake District Festivals as well as visiting Norway and Italy. She is now on the staff of Chetham's Summer School for Pianists, and this year returned to Beijing once again to teach in Central Conservatory of Music

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even playing a little myself since my musical friends took me to marvellous performances on traditional instruments and taught me songs as well as dances. It was also a pleasure and an ear-opener to attend concerts of the Brno Philharmonic, founded by Janáček, which confirmed for me that Czech orchestras bring a unique touch to their native composers which noonelse can match. My big project was learning the Schumann Cello Concerto which sounds splendid on the Rothermere cello, and I can’t wait to work on it with Felix Schmidt in London on my return. It was a wonderful year but I am not at all sad to be heading home at last.”

“However I could see From last year you immediately from can reduce the figures she inheritance tax on showed me that if I estates by 10% if you increased my give at least 10% to charitable bequests charity. Charity to 10% of the bequests in a will are estimated value of deducted from an my estate, then my estate before death duties are paid. children would only Normally these are be £19k worse off, charged at 40% after yet the charities Michael Ranson a tax-free threshold would benefit by an of £325k. Now however, if you additional £70,000. Something not to bequeath at least 10% to charity the be sneezed at. The family loses a little new rule allows inheritance tax to be bit, but the charitable institutions gain disproportionately, and the reduced to 36%. biggest loser is the tax man – which nobody can be sorry about!” Our attention was drawn to this by Michael Ranson. Michael is a longFinancial journalist Margaret Dibben standing supporter of the Trust who advises: it isn't necessary to draw up a recently went to his solicitor to draw new will to achieve this. Existing ones up a new will. When he mentioned can be amended by codicil to include that he wished to leave £30k to half a the 10% provision. The wording needs dozen charities, his solicitor asked to be precise enough to make donor’s him if he was aware of the Legacy 10 provision. “I hadn’t known about it, so wishes clear, but shouldn’t mention exact amounts because they won’t know the she explained it to me. While I size of their eventual estate. It’s also worth wanted to leave a certain amount to saying that even after the death of a charities I've supported, including Cherubim, I didn’t want to deprive my testator, a will can be changed by deed of variation to accommodate the Legacy. children of their rightful inheritance.

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Margaret Dibben writes the Mammon column in The Oldie, to whom we are grateful for permission to reproduce her advice.

Cherubim Music Quiz at the Savile Club

BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny

In March London supporters enjoyed a superb evening at the Savile Club at which the majority of Cherubim Young Musicians performed. Devised and expertly directed from the piano by Cherubim Chairman Felix Rigg, it was modeled on the 1980s television series hosted by Joseph Cooper. The genial host at our event was BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny who kindly volunteered his time and drove the proceedings forward with éclat. We were also grateful for virtuoso performances by tenor Stephen Aviss, and soprano Sally Silver accompanied by her husband Jeremy Silver.

Joseph Shiner receives the Savile Club bass clarinet from Michael Pater

The evening included the formal presentation by Michael Pater of the Savile Club bass clarinet to Joseph Shiner, who demonstrated the instrument’s remarkable capabilities by performing Bach. Cherubim is immensely grateful to Michael Pater who initiated the project and the 26 other Savilians who contributed.

See news page for further details about Joseph Shiner's career.

She shall have Mend Laura Bowlby won use of Cherubim’s Rothermere cello in a competition three years ago. Having been a student at Purcell and Junior RAM she decided to do a first degree in German and Czech at Oxford before going to music college. But realising there might be a way to combine her two main interests she applied for an Erasmus Scholarship for European study. Here’s the exciting result. “As a result of being awarded an Erasmus Scholarship in the autumn of 2013 I and the Rothermere cello travelled to Leipzig to spend six months at the Hochschule für Musik Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. As my previous two years had been entirely academic apart from weekly cello lessons in London with Felix Schmidt, the transition to full time music coupled with the move to Germany was a complete gear change. The elation of not having weekly essays was equalled by the joy of endless chamber music, extraordinary concert opportunities and getting to know many wonderful colleagues. Speaking German, there was no language barrier to getting the most out of the college. However two years had passed since I last harmonised a Bach chorale so I struggled a bit there, but made a good progress in adapting to the German approach. My lessons with Professor Peter Hörr were marvellous and offered a valuable perspective on my playing. He was dedicated to technical improvement, and gave me many studies to memorize alongside challenging performance works. Towards the end of my time with him I played Lutoslawski’s Grave in concert. In addition to solo work I was in two piano trios where the focus was on early Beethoven, and we performed the complete Op.1 /3 in the Great Hall of the college. The highlight of my winter was performing with the Hochschule orchestra in the legendary Leipzig Gewandhaus in a programme that

naturally included Mendelssohn. Working with renowned conductor Matthias Foremny was an honour and the acoustics of the exceptional venue made for a spectacular experience. That evening ended with the orchestra enjoying a huge amount of local beer. Subsequently I moved to Brno in the Czech Republic for a semester at Masaryk University. The train journey across the border was one of the most challenging trips I ever hope to take, as a cello and two large cases cannot be moved in a hurry. Unfortunately, the famously efficient German rail network assumes equal efficiency in its passengers, so does not make any allowances for those weighed down with a large instrument and many, many books. However, I managed it somehow and

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was very happy to have another new city to explore. Thanks to the flexibility of the Erasmus scheme, I could make courses for academic musicians part of my official studies at the university. As a result, I could join the main orchestra and indeed was made principal cellist. My first weeks in this role were extremely challenging, as my Czech is much fluent than my German; so not only was I leading a section that knew each other and trying to integrate with them musically, but was also the only foreign

student in the entire group. However, everyone could not have been more welcoming, especially the conductor Dr Mazánek, My desk partner would help with translations when necessary and as the weeks flew by I fully settled into the group and became quite fluent in musical Czech. The Czech approach to rehearsal was very different. We worked steadily in weekly rehearsals rather than the concentrated two week ‘project’ I’d been part of in Leipzig. A few months into the semester, we had an intensive weekend of rehearsals in

the town of Křižanov, a short train journey from Brno, where I had the challenge of leading sectionals with the cellos and basses. Luckily my colleagues were exceptionally patient and I succeeded, only occasionally lapsing into German or English when words utterly failed me. After this expedition, our weeks focussed on our forthcoming concert of Beethoven and, of course, Mendelssohn – the ‘featured composer’ of my year abroad! Aside from that I very much enjoyed learning about Moravian folk music,

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The Cherubim story Cherubim founder Clancy Steer explains: “Our daughter decided to take up the harp, aged seven. At school she had access to a good one, but going to music college we were faced with buying her a £10,000 instrument. For us a fairy godmother appeared, but realising this was a widespread need, thanks to the support of the Gosling Foundation I was able to create Cherubim Music Trust in 2001; since when it has offered a musical lifeline to increasing numbers of young musicians.”




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The Trust is especially grateful to some exceptional benefactors, including Gosling Foundation, John Manser CBE, PF Charitable Trust, Promenaders’ Musical Charities, Rothermere Foundation, Douglas Spence and Peter Storrs Trust. Philip Hooker, Simon & Philip Cohen Trust. Thanks also to Tony Fry of PBF Partners for auditing, and Harry Sutherland-Hawes for design. We also gratefully acknowledge donations from (alphabetically) JD Abrams, Peter Clive Allinson, Jeremy Barlow, Graham Benson, Alan Cameron, John & Gill Campbell, Paul Carton, Robin Chapman, Dorrit Cohen, Jane Clark Dodgson, Richard Cresswell, Baroness Julia Cumberlege, Steven Dalton, Stephen Ginn, Robert Harding, Steve & Katie Harrod, Gavin Henderson CBE, Richard Herner, Philip, Hooker, Jeremy Hornsby, Jonathan & Yvonne Horsfall Turner, Philip Humphreys, Karen Hutchings, Andrew & Anne Jacobs, John Manser CBE, Clare Martin, Michael Pater, Martin Pick, Trevor Pinnock CBE, David Price, Richard Price, Neville Punchard, Jeremy Quarrie, Clive Randall, Michael Ranson, Felix Rigg, Michael Ross, Harry Salmon, Philip Sober, MM Steer, Waitrose Ltd, Judy Weston. Cherubim accounts are available for inspection on our website.

Newsletter - Autumn 2014  
Newsletter - Autumn 2014