Newsletter - Summer 2018

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Cherubim loans £18,000 marimba to BBC Young Musician percussion finalist Toril AzzaliniMachecler

Want to see what we’re putting on next? PAGE TWO

Are you wanting to borrow an instrument? PAGE 11

How to donate? BACK PAGE

News of our awardees MIDDLE PAGES

Our new appeal A professional flute for RNCM student Grace Callaghan. PAGE FIVE

What is TV star Pippa Haywood up to? PAGE THREE

Forthcoming events MidSummer Song Friday 13th July On 13th July Harry Bradford brings his eight voice Chetwynd Consort to give an a cappella concert of MidSummer Song in Compton Marbling Barns, Fonthill Gifford, which ranges from Byrd to the Beatles. A quartet of the Chetwynds riveted everyone at our Reception for the Lord Lieutenant in March. So when they offered to return as part of a tour we seized the opportunity to invite the Consort back. It wasn’t merely the impeccable singing you’d expect from ex Cambridge choral scholars, their programmes are also a wonderful blend of the profound and the impish. Come and bring a picnic party. Book online:


Between rock and a soft space An excitingly different evening of contemporary song and ambient instrumental featuring Tisbury-born composer Finn MurphyCM and his Guildhall colleagues Jamie Farrington & Simon Norris, with the outstanding jazz vocalist Lucy Hayes, to include music by Ludovico Einaudi, and a live performance of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports. Sponsored by the S&P Cohen Trust.


Friday-Sunday 14-16th September




Behind the Façade


Contemplative Choral Concert

Four concerto movements: Octavia LambCM in Malcolm Arnold Flute Concerto; Gabriella JonesCM in Bach Violin Concerto; Josh SalterCM in Vivaldi Cello Concerto; Diogo GomesCM in Séjourné Vibraphone Concerto – with the Cherubim Chamber Strings conducted by Harry BradfordCM.

Kirsty McLean leads songs from Frozen and the delightful de Brunhoff/ Poulenc Babar the Elephant in arrangements for Cherubim Chamber Soloists by trustee Felix Rigg, who also introduces popular instrumental solos.

We welcome Greg Skidmore back after his brilliant Gabrieli Weekend. Here with his exceptional group, the Lacock Scholars, to perform a selection of Bach arias and choruses with obbligato solos by Gabriella JonesCM and Josh SalterCM, coupled with the exquisite a cappella polyphony of Byrd Five part Mass and Bruckner, concluding with the first performance of The Quiet Spaces, settings by Michæl Maxwell Steer of the 20thC mystical poet Sally Purcell.

In part two the Cherubim Chamber Soloists accompany TV’s Pippa Haywood & Martin Vander Weyer as narrators in the wonderful, quirky Sitwell /Walton entertainment Façade. Sponsored by NFU Mutual

Supported by the Co-op & Clementine’s Shop

Cherubim is most grateful to our genial hosts Solveig & Humphrey Stone for their gracious hospitality at Compton Marbling Barns, Fonthill Gifford, SP3 6SG

Cherubim Appeals Friday – Between rock & a soft space An excitingly different evening of contemporary song and ambient instrumental featuring Tisbury-born composer Finn MurphyCM and his Guildhall colleagues Jamie Farrington & Simon Norris, with the outstanding jazz vocalist Lucy Hayes, including music by Ludovico Einaudi, and a live performance of Brian Eno’s Ambient Music for Airports evening. Sponsored by the S&P Cohen Trust.

We made Annie’s dreams come true Violinist Annie Pullar is a recent graduate of the Royal Welsh College where she led the second violins of the RWCMD Chamber Orchestra and now freelances as a violinist. During her final year Annie began playing a College viola. “I slowly realised I had really fallen in love with the instrument, and now want to return to college to undertake a Masters; but I can’t afford a second instrument.” Lucy Gould wrote: “I was Annie’s teacher. To hear she is after a viola comes as no surprise. I remember a performance by her string quartet in which she was playing viola. Not having known

she could play the viola I was struck with how the instrument suited her.” Who should come to the rescue but Cherubim’s faithful friend Nigel BrodrickBarker? Seen here with Annie. Reading that she was looking for a viola he phoned to say he had just bought one and would Annie like to borrow it? Would she? Annie arrived from Cardiff a few days later as a violinist, pronounced herself delighted with the instrument, and left as a violist.


Can we make Grace’s dreams come true too? Grace Callaghan is third year BMus flute student at the RNCM. She writes ‘My tutors tell me that to progress further it’s vital that I have a flute of a professional standard. But I don’t have the means to buy a better one with my student debt now rising to £69,000.’ Principal flute in the RNCM Wind Orchestra, Grace also plays in their Symphony and Chamber orchestras. Her professor, Laura Jellicoe, writes: ‘Grace is a lovely musician, very suited to an orchestral career. But her very basic instrument puts

her at a disadvantage, and her family is not in the position to help.’ Grace is currently on placement, coaching at the Junior RNCM, and in a range of community music-making, including school assemblies for Bradford Music Service. Can we help her? A professional Altus flute of the kind Grace needs costs £9,730. One of our supporters has already chipped in £1,000. We’re going to make Grace’s flute the focus of Cherubim Youth Music Festival ’18: and hope for a miracle.

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News The Trust was honoured by a visit from the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton on 16th March. It was an opportunity for supporters to gather informally and enjoy a sparkling evening in the library at Compton Marbling Barns by courtesy of Humphrey and Solveig Stone. In addition to a witty selection of songs by

Harry Bradford’s Chetwynd Consort we heard some exquisite solo Bach from Gabriella Jones. Cherubim

Over 40 singers signed up for our Gabrieli Weekend under expert choral director Greg Skidmore on 7/8th April. This was a pilot project at growing our support base which far exceeded our musical and financial projections. As well as expanding our Wiltshire audience we wanted to develop a vocal resource to complement our instrumental performers. On this occasion the singers were accompanied by Resonate Brass, organised by our irrepressible webmaster and tubista Colin Dance; but next year when we feature a different composer we shall hope the orchestra will largely comprise Cherubim Musicians.

made a lot of new friends that evening, who thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant musicianship on display. Violinist Bill Benham is a generous friend of Cherubim; and recently organised a fund-raising concert in St John’s Tisbury where he and tenor Xavier Hetherington performed popular arias and violin classics with Robert Thompson.

New Trustees

One of our greatest supporters is Dr Charles Gabriel Steer, who has been donating regularly to the Cherubim Club since the Trust started. So the trustees felt it was appropriate to honour his contribution by naming our new double bass for him. Here he is with the excellent Daria Lalji, for whom it was bought.

We warmly welcome two new trustees: retired High Court judge, Sir Raymond Jack and Richard Budden who was MD of companies within Coats Viyella Plc, and then of Wellman International Ltd, Europe’s largest PET bottle recycler; before becoming an advocate encouraging listed companies to measure and manage environmental impacts.

Awards for Young Musicians

A new bequest.

Cherubim is linking with AYM and have issued this statement: Awards for Young Musicians and Cherubim Music Trust share a passion and commitment towards enabling talented young musicians to achieve their potential – with both organisations providing essential and complementary support at varying stages of student musicians’ progress.

Fran Heley & Stephan Brown are musicians in Leeds who are arranging to leave parts of their extensive collection, acquired for performing and teaching, to Cherubim.

AYM’s programmes offer funding and a range of tailor-made assistance to individual young people aged 5 to 17 to help them overcome the barriers many face to achieving their musical goals.

We would show you a picture but Stephan says “Neither Fran or myself do selfies”. So our collective breath will have to remain bated.

The two charities share a common aim of making a transformational difference in young musicians’ lives at these crucial stages in their development. Both secure funding from a variety of sources to help the rising generation find pathways into making music that can enrich both their individual lives and society as a whole.

Cherubim – past and present Josh Salter Corsby cello

Nina Kiva Judith Rocke cello

Jenni Moss Mellor-Calvert clarinet

Nina was selected by the RCM to perform at the British embassy in Delhi in concerts sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover.

Josh gave two recitals at the Barnes Festival, playing Bridge, Britten and Beethoven on his modern cello in the first, playing the Corsby in the second with harpsichordist Julian Perkins (seen here) in a birthday concert for Cherubim supporter Jane Clark Dodgson. He is looking forward to performing with the Academy of Ancient Music in June for the first time on the Corsby, as well as playing a Vivaldi Concerto at Cherubim Youth Music Festival ’18.

‘Although performing on an outdoor stage was a little cold’ she writes, ‘we really enjoyed the performances, and the audiences were extremely grateful and complimentary. It’s definitely made me want to return to India.’ In March Nina gained a place in the EU YO and joined them on a tour to Italy, Dubai, Austria and Romania. A further five week tour follows in the Summer.

Jenni’s year started excitingly when she arranged and led the ensemble for Siren Opera’s Seven Deadly Sins – devised and produced by her colleague at the Royal Welsh, Marienella Phillips. It comprised arias and pieces representing each of the sins performed by Marienella and singers from the RWCMD in different locations around Cardiff – from a coffee shop to a ‘gluttonous’ Christmas performance at the Mansion House in aid of Music in Hospitals – for whom Jenni also ran the Cardiff Half Marathon. On top of that she reached the semi-final of the RWCMD concerto competition.

Heather & Fern Brooks joint awardees of the Promenaders–Charles Steer harp After being offered places with scholarships at all the London colleges, Heather felt that studying with Imogen Barford at the Guildhall was her next step after leaving the Purcell School, where she had excellent support from her current teacher Daphne Boden.

Fern devoted part of her holidays to performing at local care homes where she played in their rooms to individuals too unwell to join the main concert. She really seemed to touch and delight the residents – and her proud parents.

Daria Lalji Gabriel Steer double bass

This year she is visiting Romania twice: once leading the bass section of the Trinity School (Croydon) SO playing Dvorak’s IX Symphony, and once with the London Schools SO. After achieving a distinction in Grade 8, Daria played principal bass on the Marryat Players Easter course.

Julia White Cherubim alumna [right, with Jane Beament] One of our earliest awardees, Julia recently received a personal rave for ‘an exquisite cantabile performance’ of the oboe part in Le Tombeau de Couperin with the new Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia conducted by Rebecca Miller. Julia is now often on the high seas performing on P&O and Cunard cruises – this year touring to Hawaii, the Med, and Iceland. When not afloat Julia plays in the intensive care ward at St Mary’s Paddington for Music in Hospitals & Care project: ICU Hear. She says ‘some of the encounters there are among my most moving experiences as a musician.’

Focus on the ‘Keith Dale’ violin Gabriella Jones writes

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Instruments Donating to Cherubim Cherubim relies entirely on public support. There are several ways you can donate to the Trust. One of them is by memorial donations. Where a sufficient sum is raised to purchase an instrument it bears the donors’ chosen name. Donations of professional-quality instruments are also welcome. Where these are part of an estate, the value of the instrument counts as a bequest to charity and thereby raises the Inheritance Tax threshold. Please note that Cherubim can only accept instruments classified as professional models in first-class playing condition. If you wish to donate an instrument of student standard the Trust can recommend educational institutions.

Cherubim has these fine instruments currently available. Would one of them suit you?


Altus Bass




Besson, ‘Freer’


The Trust is especially grateful to principal benefactors Gosling Foundation, Promenaders’ Musical Charities, Rothermere Foundation, Peter Storrs Trust, Simon & Philip Cohen Trust, Nigel & Elizabeth Brodrick-Barker.

Paxman 20M ‘Gosling’


Piccolo – ‘Budden’ Thanks also to Tony Fry of PBF Partners for accounts (available on our website), Harry Sutherland Hawes for brilliant design, our webmaster Colin Dance. Recent donations also acknowledged from M&R Baker, R&L Budden, Q&M Edwards, Catchpole Law, P&S CraigMcFeely, Dorrit Cohen, N&B Gompels, Christine Kneeshaw, Yvonne Horsfall Turner, Raymond Jack, Patrick Magill, Sean Moran, Michael Ranson, Tim Smith, G&J Steer, Deborah Steer, Trudy Steer, Judy Weston.


B&S F orchestral, ‘Charles Steer’


Guanerius copy ‘BrodrickBarker’ & Weichold bow

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