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Dorothy Croft Trust

for Young Musicians

Past Beneficiaries

During the first five years of its existence, the Dorothy Croft Trust has helped more than 30 young musicians further their musical education. Grants have ranged widely in value - from £220 to pay for the upkeep of an instrument to a £2,000 contribution to the cost of an international summer course of study. Wherever the need, the Trustees stand ready to help young people further their musical education, enabling them to participate in competitions, perform on professional grade instruments and work with tutor's who can help bring them closer to musical maturity.


Since the Trust was initially founded, the number of students seeking assistance has grown rapidly. Each year, the Trustees have a very difficult task sifting through these applications to determine the final awards, but we are assured by all the musicians whose training and development we have assisted of the tremendous debt they owe to the generosity and inspiration of the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians.


Below are just three of the excellent musicians who have benefited from the Trust’s support since 2011 and, in their own words, they explain how the intervention of the Dorothy Croft Trust has helped them advance.

William Kunhardt

William is one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world today.


After winning the James Conlon Conducting prize at Aspen Music Festival in 2014, William became the first Conducting Fellow ever to be immediately engaged as a guest artist by the Festival.


Over 3 short years, William made international debuts with orchestras in Europe, Asia and America. Most recently, he has conducted the Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Romanian Radio Orchestra and the Hallé in Manchester.

Daniel Petrica Ciobanu

Daniel is a multi award-winning young pianist. taking 1st Prize in numerous international music competitions, including the Moray Piano Competition in Scotland (2010), the Bromsgrove International Competition (2014), the UNISA International Piano Competition (2015) in South Africa, and the Sheepdrove Piano Competition (2015) in the UK.


This year, Daniel has taken part in the Arte con Anima Piano Festival at the inspiriational Palace of the Grand Magister in Greece.


Without the help and support of the Dorothy Croft Foundation it would have been impossible to take up my place on the programme - they helped me with the very expensive flights and related expenses which I could not afford myself. I would like to sincerely thank everyone at the Trust for making such a big impact on my career by allowing me to take up this amazing opportunity to grow and develop as an artist.


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William Kundardt, 2015


I can't thank the Trust enough for it's support. I'm so grateful for your help, this is a great aid towards my music! I couldn't have participated in this course without your bursary, and the experience is amazing. Many thanks again for making this opportunity possible!!!

Daniel Ciobanu, 2015




Ben Goldscheider

Ben has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation.


Ben has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth and next season, will make his debuts with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.


In April 2016, Ben Goldscheider won the BBC Young Musician Brass Category Final.


I can’t thank your trust enough for this support. I honestly wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without you. As you can imagine, the experiences that you have provided me the funding for have completely changed my life in the last couple of months. My solo career is flourishing and I will sing the Dorothy Croft’s Trust praise whenever I can.


Ben Goldscheider, 2016


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