News from The Cherubim Trust

Thursday, 8 June, 2017

New Cherubim Trustees appointed

David Ganderton & Jo Broad

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

Welcoming Nina Kiva – our latest awardee

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.

Nina Kiva & Rocke celo

Thursday, 1 June, 2017

Cherubim Trust Music Festival Summer 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

Maxwell gives long overdue organ recital

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

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.

Join our Club, and receive invitations like this to hear our young musicians perform informally. See the Donate page.

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.

Follow this link to hear more:

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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