About us

The Cherubim Music Trust (charity #1088403) owes its existence to Clancy Steer, who founded it in response to her personal experience and keen understanding of the needs of young musicians:

“Our daughter Serafina chose to take up the harp aged seven. After the VIth form at Chethams Specialist Music School, where she had access to a first-rate concert harp, in 2000 we were faced with buying her a £10,000 instrument for music college – but as we had only recently moved house a further loan was out of the question. For us, a genuine fairy godmother provided a suitable instrument, so the ground was laid for Serafina’s later successes as a harpist and songwriter.”

To help others in similar situations Clancy created Cherubim Music Trust in 2001 with the aid of the Gosling Foundation. In the decades since, the Trust has grown steadily by purchase and donation and now holds 30+ instruments worth over £200,000.



Deirdre Clancy Steer

Clancy founded Cherubim and has been tirelessly involved in its growth. She has played a key role in the development of modern theatre since 1966. From her seminal years at the London Royal Court Theatre, where she designed all the early Edward Bond plays, she has collaborated with many of the world’s leading theatre, opera and film directors, designing nearly 200 productions on all over the world. Among her awards are two Olivier Best Costume Awards and a BAFTA-Film Best Costume Award for Mrs Brown.


Michael Maxwell Steer

Clancy’s husband is currently directing the Trust. A former BBC music producer and Head of 20thC Studies at the Junior Royal College of Music, he composes and teaches in Wiltshire while maintaining a career as a performer.


David Ganderton

David took over the position of Chair from Felix Rigg in 2017. He is a lifelong music lover who has recently moved to Tisbury. He approaches his new responsibilities with an equal measure of enthusiasm and trepidation.