The main story of our Winter 2014/15 newsletter is the purchase of a platinum flute for Octavia Lamb. Octavia is a former National Youth Orchestra first flute, and is now a scholar at the Royal College of Music, and really needed an instrument loan to further her career.
Her flute professor Gitte Marcusson wrote “As one of the most talented students I have ever taught (including principal flutes of the LSO and the RSNO), Octavia has all it takes to have a remarkable career”.
Octavia fell in love with the Muramatsu platinum flute when she tried it out in Sweden when visiting her teacher. Its list price was £14,000, but as the handmade flute remained unsold the vendor was willing to reduce it to £12,000. A decision was made to purchase it at this bargain price, and since it will have a life of at least 40 years, it will benefit many more flautists after it has given Octavia the key to open new doors in the next few years while on loan to her.
The Cherubim Music Trust is very grateful to the Ronus Foundation of California for donating £6,000 towards the cost of the flute. We are still fundraising to cover the other half of the flute’s price. Anyone wishing to donate towards this sum is encouraged to contact us.