Thursday, 14 September, 2017
Last Saturday saw fifteen Cherubim Musicians take to the stage in Compton Marbling Barn as the high point of the Cherubim Youth Music Festival ’17. With music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Debussy & Ravel, and it was a splendid occasion. There were three exciting concerts last weekend given by the young musicians of Cherubim Music Trust in Tisbury:
On Friday, two stunning percussionists: Sam Wilson & George Barton gave a concert featuring a computer light show by Sam Steer and wide array of instruments, including an £18,000 five octave marimba loaned by Cherubim. They were joined by 17 year old Heather Brooks who plays a £20,000 harp loaned by Cherubim.
On Saturday, a capacity audience at Compton Marbling Barn in Fonthill Gifford responded enthusiastically to a concert given by the 20 strong orchestra of London music students who play on Cherubim Trust instruments. The Cherubim Chamber Soloists performed a classical programme of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Ravel, directed by local musician and former LSO violinist William Benham. Soloists included the Gillingham brother and sister Daniel Bovey & Octavia Lamb.
Finally, the highlight of Sunday was a sellout performance of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Marvellous Music to over 150 parents and children in the Victoria Hall Tisbury by Rebecca Kenny and the Magnard Ensemble.
Cherubim Music Trust is a charity directed by Tisbury musician Michael Maxwell Steer that loans professional-calibre orchestral instruments for five year periods to advanced music students, aged 15-25, who cannot afford one that matches their ability. This is the fifth year the Trust has organised a Festival featuring its instrumentalists performing accessible music to inspire young local musicians.
The videos will be uploaded when ready.
Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
Meet our new awardee: Katherine Sung. Belfast-born Katherine is embarking on her Masters at the Guildhall this term. She is the third awardee of our modern Krutz violin and Pierce bow for the next 5 years. Formerly a member of the NYO, Katherine is now in the Guildhall SO and also appears as an extra with the Ulster Orchestra and other ensembles including Michael Bublé’s touring band. She is a keen cyclist and rock climber.
Zachary Hayward enters the Guildhall this autumn on a scholarpship, having studied horn in the Junior Guildhall while a pupil at Lancing College. He is the second awardee of the ‘Gosling’ Paxman horn. In July Zac played principal horn in East Sussex Youth Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony; and was soloist in Strauss’s first horn concerto with Brighton Youth Orchestra – which went ‘stupendously’.
Bokun Wei. We are delighted that Bokun can join the Cherubim Chamber Soloists for our Festival as this will be his first and last performance for the Trust. Bokun is the third awardee of the ‘Manser’ flute. Having studied physics at UCL, Bokun will be leaving for a year’s exchange study at Washington U, as there is more flexibility for him to combine a physics major with a flute minor. He is still considering applying to music college at postgraduate level.
Hannah Harding recently gained her ABRSM Diploma. She also auditioned for and won a Robina Dallmeyer Award, which will pay for consultation lessons at the RCM with Sarah Burnett and Martin Gatt. She says “The Moosmann” has really helped me to go the next level with my playing and I absolutely love it!.”
Vicky Richmond has had a hectic time at RCM preparing for her technical and repertoire exams: playing Britten’s Metamorphoses and the Marcello Oboe Concerto. She very much enjoyed a Mozart project playing Symphony 35 – available now on YouTube!
Thursday, 8 June, 2017
David Ganderton and Jo Broad were elected to the Cherubim board as Trustees this week. Both are music lovers local to Tisbury. David has had contact with the Trust over many years, and Jo has an additional qualification as the mother of a professional musician.
We very much look forward to working with them to increase our reach both locally and nationally.
Monday, 5 June, 2017
We welcome Nina Kiva as the first awardee of the ‘Judith Rocke’ cello. This is a magnificent instrument presented to us by Judith Rocke’s family after her death.
After studying at the Purcell School, Nina is now a student at the RCM, and will be playing the Rocke cello in a performance by her piano trio at the Wigmore Hall in July 2017.
Thursday, 1 June, 2017
This summer Cherubim Music Trust is hosting a Summer Festival of three concerts featuring Cherubim Musicians in Tisbury Wiltshire. We’re very excited about this venture, and hope you can come along and meet our awardees playing our instruments.
Follow this link – Cherubim Music Festival 2017 – for full details, and where to book your tickets.
Friday 8th September:
Compton Marbling Barns, Fonthill Gifford. SP3 6SG
1900. ‘Percussion at the Edge‘
Sam Wilson & George Barton, with Heather Brooks, harp, and light show by Sam Steer.
Saturday 9th September:
Compton Marbling Barns, Fonthill Gifford. SP3 6SG
1900: ‘Summer Music – Autumn Sunlight‘
Cherubim Chamber Soloists (directed by William Benham) with Daniel Bovey, guitar and Heather Brooks, harp.
Programme to include:
Handel Water Music #3
Dodgson In Search of Folly, and Pastoral Sonata
Vivaldi Mandolin/Guitar Concerto in D – Grandjany, harp solo.
Ravel Introduction & Allegro for harp and strings.
Bach Brandenburg Concerto 4, 1st Movt 2 Sonatas by Vivaldi and Platti
Sonata in D by Castelnuovo-Tedescho, Guitar solo.
MM Steer’s Lament for Jo Cox for string orchestra (first performance)
Bach, Solo Cello Suite
Debussy Danses Sacrée et Profane for harp and strings.
Sunday 10th September:
Victoria Hall, Tisbury High St, SP3 6LD
1600: Revolting Rhymes & Marvellous Music.
Rebecca Kenny and the Magnard Ensemble perform Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes with new music.
Wednesday, 24 May, 2017
Trust director Michael Maxwell Steer gave an organ recital – his first in many years, in aid of Cherubim Music Trust and St John’s Development Appeal last Saturday. It went over brilliantly to a large crowd and raised over £350 before expenses.
Michael used his Canon pro video cameras to live-stream his feet & hands to a screen in the body of the church – as can be seen on the videos at Maxwell Steer – and greatly added to the audience’s enjoyment. He was ably assisted by Clancy Steer and his former pupil Finn Murphy as stop drawers.
Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Fortunately it was the last day of good weather when our new Cherubim Musician Diogo Gomes came to Tisbury to perform on our new Majestic vibraphone with pianist Pedro Baiõa for a small audience of Cherubim supporters.
You too can enjoy their playing on our performance website.
Join our Club, and receive invitations like this to hear our young musicians perform informally. See the Donate page.
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Gabriella Jones put our 1756 ‘Keith Dale’ violin through its paces in an inaugural performance of Corelli and Bach at the Savile Club Aperitif Concert on Friday 5th May. Accompanied by Joel Sandelson on cello.
Gabriella effortlessly filled the concert hall with the beautiful sound of the instrument by the Mittenwald maker JC Kloz playing music by Bach & Corelli written less than 50 years before it’s manufacture.
Follow this link to hear more: http://vimeo.com/savile
Thursday, 4 May, 2017
We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of a new Majestic vibraphone for Diogo Gomes, an MA Jazz student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Diogo writes: “I plan on using the instrument on my personal projects, both solo and in groups, ranging from jazz to classical and contemporary music, This being my third year in the UK I have quite a few concerts arranged. I intend to use it extensively for personal practice in order to develop to the max during my time at the Royal Welsh. Nothing fulfils me more than to see a smile on people’s faces whenever I speak through my music. The vibraphone is my favourite instrument, and having full-time access to it will truly make my dreams come true. Since coming to the UK I have been working in retail and promotional events to pay my tuition fees and living costs – all whilst studying at college and performing at every chance I get – regardless of sleep! But it’s all worth it: my goals are bigger than any sacrifices I need to make.”
Wednesday, 12 April, 2017
Cherubim Music Trust is immensely grateful to Vanessa & Peter Mannering for the donation of their sister’s fine 19th Century cello and Buthod bow.
To be known at the ‘Judith Rocke’ cello, it seen here expertly demonstrated by Emily Burridge, with Trust director Michael Maxwell Steer and Peter and Vanessa Mannering.
Applications via our website are encouraged from suitably qualified young cellists.