The Stradivari Trust was created by Nigel Brown OBE in September 2004 to support various musical and literary projects, both in Cambridge and nationally.
There are dozens of charities and organisations who support arts in one way or another but few who offer opportunities to both students and professionals alike. The Trust has supported the Endellion String Quartet (most recently funding their Beethoven cycle recordings), Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and the Cambridge Wordfest. It also acts as a channel for charitable donations made to Nigel Brown’s Syndicated Instrument Trusts, which over the last two decades have provided fine string instruments for musicians such as Nigel Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, Natalie Clein and Jennifer Pike.
The Stradivari Trust is currently seeking funds to support a variety of projects, details of which can be found by following the links below. If you require further information or would like to make a donation, please contact us.
- The Nigel W Brown Music Prize
- The Endellion String Quartet
- Syndicated Instrument Trusts
- The Trustees
- Contact Us
Nigel Brown becomes Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Musicians
Nigel Brown has been invited to become and Honorary Member of the RSM, in recognition of his work in support of musicians.
The Royal Society of Musicians is a charity for musicians run by musicians. The Society provides grants and support to professional musicians and their families in need because of accident, illness or old age regardless of whether they are members or not. Founded in 1738 as the Fund for Decay’d Musicians, early members included Handel, Arne, Boyce and Sammartini. Today this historic and vibrant Society maintains its tradition of responding swiftly to the needs of colleagues.
Clare Hammond seeks funds for new CD
Pianist Clare Hammond, winner of the Nigel W Brown Music Prize 2005, is in the process of raising funds to record a CD of études by composers Unsuk Chin, Claude Debussy, Karol Szymanowski and Nikolai Kapustin. Clare recorded the études by Unsuk Chin, written between 1995 and 2003, for BBC radio, and you can listen to samples and see more information about this project on her website.
Alicja Smietana releases debut recording
Violinist Alicja Smietana‘s new CD, sponsored by the Stradivari Trust, has just been released. The CD is available from Naxos and Solo Musica and includes works by Bach, Gould, Previn and Pärt; the disc also features pianist Evelyne Berezovsky. Alicja plays a Camillus Camilli violin recently acquired through a syndicated instrument trust.
Alicja plays a Camillus Camilli violin recently acquired through the Stradivari Trust established by Nigel Brown OBE.
New management company Percius launches website
Percius manages and develops artists and projects. Founded by Nigel Brown OBE, Libby Percival and John Willan in August 2012, Percius offers superb international contacts, a formidable skill-set and a wealth of experience. Visit their website for further information.
Violinist Alda Dizdari releases CD
Alda Dizdari has released a new live CD of her recent Wigmore recital, ‘Eastern Europe: A Musical Journey’. The disc features works by Janacek, Enescu, Bartok and Brahms. For more information and to buy the CD visit www.aldadizdari.com.
A concert at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, featuring over thirty musicians supported by Nigel Brown during the last two decades, raised over £30,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Download the recent Strad magazine supplement celebrating 25 years of Nigel Brown’s syndicated instrument trusts.