News from The Cherubim Trust


News flash: Daria Lalji rejoins London Schools SO

Cherubim awardee Daria Lalji (Double Bass) has rejoined the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and will be playing in their concert at the Barbican on 9th January 2018. She has had a busy Autumn term which included playing in the orchestra for her school musical Oliver!, and in the Chamber Orchestra accompanying professional soloists in Mendelssohn’s double concerto. Daria also obtained a Grade VIII Distinction in November. Many congratulations!




Awaredee Octavia Lamb wins English National Opera ‘evolve pathway’ place

Great news about our Cherubim awardee and flautist Octavia Lamb: she has won the place of 2017/18 flautist on the English National Opera’s ‘Evolve Pathway scheme’. Octavia plays in rehearsals for ENO and is mentored by their principal flute.

We wish her every success in this exciting new role.


New violin bows for The Trust

Cherubim has acquired two new bows to complement the 1752 Klotz violin given in memory of Keith Dale. One is a baroque bow, the other an early classical design. Both are modern copies made by the young Israeli bow maker Eitan Hoffer.

Eitan Hoffer bows

David Ganderton succeeds Felix Rigg as Chair of the Trust

The trustees thank Felix for his staunch service over the last five years and wish him well as he hands the role of chairman to David Ganderton. David is a lifelong music lover who has recently come to live in Tisbury. He approaches his new responsibilities with an equal measure of enthusiasm and trepidation.


Visit and subscribe to our new YouTube Channel

We’ve uploaded many of our videos of Cherubim awardees playing Cherubim instruments to our new channel on YouTube. We need you all to subscribe to our channel in order that we can have our own domain name. This will run alongside our current site on Vimeo, but will eventually replace it.

Spread the word please? We need 100 subscribers to be able to choose our own domain name.

Here’s the link to follow: Cherubim Music Trust on YouTube


Cherubim Music Festival hailed as a great success

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.


News of awardees new and current

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.

Katherine Sung


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!


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.



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


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.




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