2019/2020 update


Activities this year were dominated by the failure  of the Kirkman harpsichord to perform satisfactorily. Built in Genoa, many deficiencies were found which needed to be rectified. After almost a year of investigation and negotiation, Michael Parfitt, the conservator of the early instruments collection at the Royal Academy of Music, will undertake a rebuild which among many other things will result in an entirely new keyboard and mechanism. It is hoped that the instrument can be presented to the National Gallery later in 2021.

Grants were made to the following music charities: La Nuova Musica, La Serenissima, ENO Harewood Artists,The Purcell School of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, English Touring Opera.

Further small grants were given to support individual musicians, to the HandsUp Foundation, Syria, Listening books, Homeless Children and the Otter Survival Fund as well as to TREES Amazon Conservation.