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Crispian Steele-Perkins, Leslie Pearson and The Fitzwilliam Quartet

Weds 17th October 2012

Trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins performed with the Fitzwilliam Quartet and pianist Leslie Pearson at St Michael and All Angels Church in West London. The first half of the concert featured Crispian and the Fitzwilliam Quarter playing Handel, Stradella and Mozart, while Crispian was accompanied in the second half by Leslie mixing their classical repertoire with thoroughly entertaining show tunes from Leonard Bernstein and Glen Miller. For the finale The Fitzwilliam Quartet returned for a mesmerising performance of their much-celebrated interpretation of Shostakovich's 7th Quartet.

Trustees Announce the Launch of 'Donate an Instrument' Campaign

Mon 5th September 2012

The Dorothy Croft Trust has announced the launch of a new 'Donate an Instrument' campaign to support the focus on funding in 2013. The trust seeks to raise funds by auctioning instruments donated by members of the public. Any instruments that would be useful to young musicians in the early stages of their development would be part of a permanent collection, less valuable instruments will be loaned to schools starting music programmes and others will be put in auctions to raise money for the Trust. If you have a musical instrument lying around at home, please visit our webpage here or contact us at: info@dorothycrofttrust.co.uk.


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An Evening of Chamber Music at Leighton House Museum

Weds 23rd January 2013

Whether it was the young musicians in their fledgling careers or the seasoned concert-goers, this concert was an inspiring event for all lucky enough to enjoy it, and a triumph for the trust. The sparkling and diverse performances of a programme ranging from Haydn to Debussy rang out in the halls of the beautiful Leighton House. The truly unique venue and outstanding calibre of the musicians combined to make a very atmospheric and memorable evening's entertainment for everyone involved.


Click here to see video excerpts from evening.


Sharing the Music with Acton High School

Fri 28th March 2013

The music room at Acton High School just got a little busier and a lot louder with the arrival of a second-hand drum kit courtesy of the Dorothy Croft Trust's Share the Music campaign. The equipment, kindly donated by David Nicklin from Hertfordshire, was assembled in double quick time by a group of eager young musicians who were keen to put it through a noisy and rigorous testing process!


David was delighted we'd found a new home for his drum kit, saying "Not only is my instrument going to a good home but the people running the trust are obviously committed and passionate about making sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy music, something that's especially pleasing. I cannot recommend their services highly enough."


Click here for more information about the Share the Music campaign.

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William Kunhardt Wins James Conlon Conductor Prize in Aspen

Mon 18th August 2014

We're immensely proud to announce that William Kundhardt, who received an award from the Dorothy Croft Trust in 2013, has just won the James Conlon Conductor Prize in Aspen, Colorado.


Only fourteen young conductors were selected for this intense conducting course which was led by Music Director Robert Spano, Director of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival and School.


The prize carries with it an invitation to return to Aspen in summer 2015 as an Academy Conductor on fellowship.


Dona Lee Croft says "It is wonderful William has been recognised by this coveted international prize as he is one of the most outstanding young British conductors today."

BBC Young Musician of the Year Finalist, Juliana Myslov, performs for the Trust

Fri 6th December 2013

Brilliant young harpist, Juliana Myslov, captivated the audience at St George's Church in Hanover Square last night with a beguiling performance of "Danse sacree et danse profane" by Debussy.


Juliana was performing with the Croft Orchestra conducted by William Kundhardt.


Click on the link below to see Juliana's enchanting perfomance on YouTube.

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