News from The Cherubim Trust

Wednesday, 12 April, 2017

Hot off the press: ‘Judith Rocke’ cello donated by Vanessa & Peter Mannering


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.

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Applications via our website are encouraged from suitably qualified young cellists.

New acquisition: 1756 violin by Johan Carol Kloz

Cherubim Music Trust has acquired a 1756 violin by Johan Carol Kloz, endowed by 
Carole Dale in memory of her husband ‘Keith Dale. This exceptional instrument will be loaned initially to Gabriella Jones, a postgraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music.

The Trust is immensely grateful to the luthier Eckhard Kropfreiter for his expert opinion and advice. We are presently seeking to enhance its versatility by purchasing baroque and early classical bows.

Gabriella and the Kloz

Monday, 3 April, 2017

Serafina demonstrates the Harp

As part of Cherubim’s continuing outreach programme in South Wiltshire, Serafina Steer visited Ludwell & Broadchalke School to demonstrate the harp. Here she helps a Year One pupil at Ludwell to play her first notes on a harp.

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Hannah Harding plays the Rothermere-Gosling

Hannah Harding played the Rothermere-Gosling bassoon for the first time as a member of the Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle this March, as part of the Windsor Music Festival.

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Hannah Harding

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Prize-winning awardee Heather Brooks

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Heather Brooks, our awardee of the Promenaders-Charles Steer Harp, has been on a winning streak . She has won competitions at the Purcell School to perform at Wigmore Hall on 22nd April 2017 and at St James Piccadilly 23rd June 2017.

Heather has also won Round One of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year.

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

BBC News: “Music could face extinction” in secondary schools


BBC News says that music “could face extinction” as a subject in secondary schools in England, researchers have warned as it is squeezed out by the new Ebacc, which is a measure in school league tables. A five year survey by Sussex University of 657 state and 48 private schools found that schools found that schools offering Music BTEC level 2 fell from 166 in 2012 to just 50 in 2016, and the number offering music GCSE falling from 85% to 79% over the same period.

Whereas music was compulsory in 84% of schools for 13- 14 year olds in 2012, four years later this figure had fallen to 62%. Furthermore 39% of the teachers reported cuts to music staff numbers, while only 17% reported increases.

In 30% of secondary schools the music department consisted of just one teacher, up from 22% five years ago, the survey found. NasUwt teachers’ union say that all non-EBacc subjects, including music, are being restricted, with specialist teachers having their hours cut, being made redundant or not being replaced when they left. Their general secretary Chris Keates said “Increasingly, where music lessons or activities are offered by schools, these are at a charge, thereby restricting access.” Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM urged ministers “to listen to the evidence before any more damage is done.”

Tuesday, 7 March, 2017

Meet Zachary Hayward – new awardee for our Paxman Horn

Monday, 27 February, 2017

Meet Hannah – the new awardee of our ‘Rothermere – Gosling’ bassoon

Hannah Harding

Hannah Harding

Hannah Harding is the new awardee of our ‘Rothermere – Gosling’ bassoon. Hannah studies with Catherine Millar at Berkshire Maestros, plays in the Bracknell Concert Band, the Corelli Orchestra, and the NYO Inspire Wind Ensemble. She is currently working towards her DipABRSM, and is considering the RNCM /Manchester University joint course.


Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

A new bow for the Trust

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One of Cherubim’s founding supporters Nigel Brodrick-Barker has donated a Richard Weichold violin bow which he picked up inexpensively at an auction recently. We have to wait for it to be re-haired to be able to assess its true quality; but it is potentially a very exciting find. Weichold was a respected Dresden bow-maker in the late 19th Century, who studied with Hermann Pfretschner, who had himself studied with the great Vuillaume in Paris. Weichold bows have fetched £1800 at Bonhams, and one was sold for $6000 in New York not long ago! Many thanks Nigel.


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A baroque violin for Cherubim


Mrs Carole Dale is endowing the purchase of a baroque violin in memory of her late husband, Keith Dale. This will be the Trust’s third violin, but differs from the other two as it will be gut strung, and a companion instrument for our 1828 Corsby cello. It’s first awardee will be Gabriella Jones, a postgraduate at the RCM.

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