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17 October 2012, St Michael and All Angels Church, London

The Fitzwilliam Quartet

Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)

Leslie Pearson (Piano)

The internationally renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet and one of the world's most outstanding trumpet players, Crispian Steele-Perkins, performed to a packed audience at St Michael and All Angels, London, playing music by Mozart, Handel, Stradella, Schostokovich, Bernstein, Glenn Miller and Stanley.


The Fitzwilliam Quartet is one of the few quartets that can switch from period instrument to modern in the same concert. They played Mozart Quartet in D Minor K421 on instruments of the type used in the 17th century, then changed to modern after the interval for the Shostakovich Quartet No 7 in F sharp minor.


Crispian, as well known for his purity of tone and subtlety as his wit and enthusiasm, showed how the trumpet developed through the ages with a collection of instruments from a type of trumpet known to Bach to present day instruments.

Dorothy Croft Trust Launch Gala

20 February 2011, Cadogan Hall, London

Will Kunhardt (Conductor)

Melvyn Tan (Piano)

Cynthia Fleming (Leader)

The Croft Orchestra

The Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians’ thrilling UK launch, featured pianist Melvyn Tan, Cynthia Fleming and the Croft Trust Orchestra.


Some of the most exciting young musicians in Britain performed alongside principals from London’s most celebrated orchestras including the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic Orchesta, the London Symphony Orchesta, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia.

Celebratory Concert for Dorothy Croft

13 February 2010, Odessa, Texas

Cynthia Fleming (Leader)

Marko Pop Ristov (Violin)

Florian Rago (Violin)

Rowan Bell (Violin)

Arun Menon (Viola)

Winnie Wu (Piano)

This concert in Dorothy Croft’s West Texas town, Odessa, served as both her Celebratory Memorial Concert and the launch of the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians. Of the five performers, four (Rowan Bell, Marko Pop Ristov, Arun Menon and Florian Rago) were examples of Dorothy’s benevolence during their student days at the Royal College of Music and all are now successful professional musicians.


The fifth violinist in this concert was Cynthia Fleming who began her studies with Dorothy at the age of five, completing them in London on a four year scholarship with the pedagogue Bela Katona, formerly of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. For the past ten years Cynthia has been the Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra.


The pianist for the concert was Winnie Wu, international soloist and chamber musician.

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An Evening of Chamber Music

17 January 2013, Leighton House Museum, London

Simon Roland-Jones (Viola)

Miranda Playfair (Violin)

and The Aoyama Trio:


  Katherine Bicknell (Flute)

  Nicholas Bootman (Viola)

  Keziah Thomas (Harp)

Whether it was young musicians about to start their fledgling careers or seasoned concert-goers, this concert was an inspiring event for everyone who was lucky enough to be there - 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 outstandingly beautiful venue and highest calibre musicians combined to make a truly memorable evening's entertainment for everyone involved.

Passion Appassionato

21 March 2015, St Michael & All Angels, Chiswick, London

Daniel Ciobanu (Piano)

Yulia Chaplina (Piano)

The large audience at St. Michael’s & All Angels was well rewarded for braving the cold winter weather as they listened to a shared concert given by two international, multi-prize winning pianists, Daniel Ciobanu and Yulia Chaplina. Both artists have their own unique style of playing, yet both blessed with phenomenal technique and musicality which left the audience practically speechless.

The Dance & Music of Ancient Eygpt

17 February 2013, St George's Church, Bloomsbury London

Suzanne Lax-Bojtos

Suzanne Lax-Bojtos, professor of Egyptology at Birkbeck, University of London, delighted and captivated her audience in the beautiful setting of St George's Church, Bloomsbury.


Armed with a dazzling cornucopeia of images and artifacts, she posited theories with humour and lightness about how instruments of the day may have been used, and demonstrated the central and venerated position of music and dance in this lost civilisation that continues to delight and intrigue us to this day.

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Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata

11 March 2013, Queens Gate Terrace, Kensington, London

Colin Scobie (Violin)

Gordon Back (Piano)

Colin Scobie gave a sparkling performance of Beethoven's most monumental of sonatas last night at Queens Gate Terrace in Kensington.


Partnered by internationally acclaimed pianist Gordon Back, their performance showed great insight and depth, as well as breathtaking drive and virtuosity. The audience were enthralled.


Roderick Swanston, the much-loved BBC Radio 3 and 4 broadcaster also gave an insightful talk before the performance, bringing the work's colourful history to life .

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Egyptian-lecture Fitzwilliam

The Dorothy Croft Trust team took to the waves last Sunday to raise funds for the Trust. The team boarded the 'Marinero', a 46 foot Swan Class yacht, skippered by Mike Stevens for a day of sailing on some of England's most beautiful and historically interesting rivers. The day started with coffee and bagels before spending three hours in the Solent, then on to the Madine River for a quiet picnic lunch before sailing past the spot on the Hamble River where the great flagship of Henry V the 'Grace Dieu' of 1420 spent most of her life, tragically struck by lightening and sunk in 1439.

A Yacht, the Solent and a Day of Sailing

Sunday 19th August 2012, Southampton

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Revolution & Romance

16 July 2013, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

William Kunhardt (Conductor)

Clare Howick (Violin)

and The Croft Orchestra led by Miranda Playfair

On a balmy July evening The Croft Orchestra, led by Miranda Playfair, conducted by William Kunhardt, with violin soloist Clare Howick enthralled a packed St Martin-in-the Fields audience with the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Samuel Barber.


The events which inspired the writing of the Egmont Overture and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 made clear the ‘Revolution’ theme of the concert, while the ‘Romance’ was beautifully brought to life by the impassioned playing of soloist Clare Howick, whose warm tone conveyed the deeply felt emotions of one of the most loved concerti in the violin repertoire.