How to apply to the Cherubim Trust

Cherubim exists to give talented young musicians access to instruments that match their performance needs. If you meet our criteria we warmly welcome an application, but it should be understood that our funding for acquisitions depends largely on the donations of our supporters, so applicants need to be aware that this can take months rather than weeks. It is in applicants’ best interest to make an attractive and convincing a presentation, including a good photo, that shows a proactive attitude.

Applicants should be:

  • Aged 15-25
  • First study instrumentalists resident or studying in the UK
  • Based within 200 miles of London

Please note:

  • Cherubim does not give grants or loan money.
  • Cherubim does not acquire /loan electronic equipment or instruments whose value depreciates rapidly.
  • For logistical reasons we don’t plan to acquire more pianos.
  • A loan charge is payable based on the value of the instrument: up to £3k – £10pcm. £3-7k – £15 pcm. £7-11k – £20 pcm. £11-14k – £25pcm. over £14k – £30 pcm. Application can be made to the Trustees on grounds of hardship.
  • An administration fee is also payable: £4 pcm for college students, or £10 pcm for postgraduates. There is no admin charge for pupils at secondary school.

pdfTerms & conditions apply to loans

In particular, Cherubim instruments may not be taken out of the UK except with the written permission of the Trust. For full details see PDF download.

Online Applications

Click here to go to Online Application Form
Click here to go to Online Teaching Reference

Postal applications

  • wordpdfApplication form – download as a PDF or as a Word document.
  • A good quality photo, ideally holding the appropriate instrument.
  • Letter of recommendation from your teacher or HoD.

Instruments currently available:

Altus  – Bass Flute
Horn – Besson double French Horn, ‘the Freer’
Horn – Paxman double French Horn, ‘the Gosling’
Piccolo Trumpet 
– Bb/A Selmer ‘the Budden’
Tuba – B&S F orchestral, ‘Charles Steer’
Violin – German Guarnerius copy with Weichold bow
Violin – the ‘Broderick’Barker’ and bow

We encourage applicants to apply for other instruments.

Instruments currently on loan:

Bassoon – Moosmann, ‘the Rothermere-Gosling’
Cello – John Corsby (1828)
Cello – Collin-Mezin, ‘the Rothermere’ & ‘the Curzon Trust’ case
Cello – ‘Judith Rocke’ attributed to G Corsby with Buthod Bow
Clarinet Bass – Buffet, ‘the Savile Club’
Clarinet Eb – Buffet RC, ‘the Mellor-Calvert’
Cor Anglais – Lorée
Double Bass – the ‘Gabriel Steer’
Flute – Muramatsu
Harp – Salvi Aurora, ‘the Promenaders – Charles Steer’
Marimba – Marimba One
Oboe – Howarth
Piano – Yamaha Upright
Piano – Yamaha Upright
Vibraphone – Majestic
Viola – 16″ WH Lee of Chicago, ‘the Storrs’
Violin – Harrison, ‘the Bonham-Carter’ and Knoll Bow
Violin – Johan Carol Kloz, the ‘Keith Dale’
Violin – Krutz Avant 850 violin & William Pierce violin bow

We welcome applications for instruments not on our list, which may feature in a forthcoming appeal.