After more than twenty years, it’s time, alas, to say goodbye. We are winding up our trust, with inevitable regret that our resources are now spent, but with our heads held high and proud of how much we’ve achieved. We could never have done all we did without your help, and we are hugely grateful for your generous contributions over the years, your support at our recitals and your  ever-welcome advice.


We set up the EFT in 1997 in memory of Elias Fawcett, a promising and passionate young musician, who died the previous year. Our aim was to help young musicians at school or college in London who were thinking of a musical career and wanted opportunities to perform.


We established a concert series at Lauderdale House in Hampstead and we worked closely with other music charities providing opportunities for performance, in particular the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, the Royal Over-Seas League Arts and Awards for Young Musicians. We gave yearly prizes and awards to young musicians. We supported schools, in particular Pimlico School where Elias was a student on the Special Music Course, as well as exciting experimental projects of now established orchestras such as the Aurora.

To see in detail how much we achieved with your help and to see names of many musicians who have gone on to make professional careers, click here.


To continue supporting music’s future, you can help our partner trusts: Awards for Young Musicians, ROSL Arts and CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.