News from The Cherubim Trust

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

Maxwell gives long overdue organ recital

Trust director Michael Maxwell Steer gave his first organ recital for 50 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

Diogo and Pedro perform at Tisbury

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.

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Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

Gabriella puts the ‘Keith Dale’ violin through its paces

Gabriella and the Kloz

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.

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Thursday, 4 May, 2017

A new vibraphone for Diogo!

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.

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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

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.”