PAST PROJECTS

ORCHESTRAS & ENSEMBLES

AURORA ORCHESTRA

For three years we made a major commitment to the Aurora Orchestra, now an established and successful part of the London music scene. We were major supporters of their “New Moves” series at LSO St Lukes. The Aurora explore fresh ways to present the classical repertoire without sacrificing the music.

ARENSKY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Between 2011 and 2015 the EFT helped the Arensky Chamber Orchestra put on several imaginative, multi-media concert series at Cadogan Hall. We also supported them with various of their recording projects. All the musicians in this orchestra are successful performers in their own right outside their orchestral work with the Arensky.

ENSEMBLES

The following list is by no means exhaustive but includes those who we supported with funds or with recitals and who weren’t prizewinners of our awards at ROSL and the CAVATINA Intercollegiate competition.

  • The 12 Ensemble
  • The Reverie Choir
  • The Artea Quartet
  • The Albany Trio
  • The Lawson Trio
  • The Tavec Quartet
  • The Rautio Trio
  • The Max Quarter
  • Opera Danube
  • Concert Theatre
  • The Salomon Orchestra
  • RCM 125th. birthday concert

FESTIVALS, COMPETITIONS & PARTNERSHIPS

LAUDERDALE HOUSE SUNDAY MORNING CONCERT SERIES

We supported over 176 recitals at Lauderdale House in Highgate at its Family Friendly Classical Concert Series by young professionals and students from London’s music colleges. These concerts gave over 558 musicians the chance to perform to a listening audience and over 7000 members of the public the chance to listen to young musicians!  The EFT usually had two “Specials” a year for our chosen musicians – often prize winners of our other awards.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of musicians who played at our EFT Special Concerts Series at LH over the years:

  • Trio Anima
  • Jubilee String Quartet
  • Daimon Quartet
  • Castalian String Quartet
  • Arensky Chamber Orchestra Soloists
  • 03 Piano Trio
  • Kallisto String Quartet
  • Halcyon String Quartet
  • Brooks Ensemble
  • Erato Piano Trio
  • Jane Gordon & Jan Rautio
  • Linos Wind Quintet

GREENWICH INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET FESTIVAL

In 2009 and 2011 we supported an experimental quartet performance, an experimental dance piece by Laban students with music by a series of young quartets (the Marathon Project), and a composition competition for young composers performed by young quartets.

LONDON INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Between 2000 and 2009 we gave educational award to young pianists at the competition.

SOUNDS UNDERGROUND

From 2004 to 2011 the EFT partnered with Sounds Underground, set up to promote new music. We helped commission music and put on performances including festivals and concert series at The Warehouse, Bishopsgate Institute and the Louise Blouin Foundation.

SCHOOLS and COMMISSIONS

PIMLICO SCHOOL

We had a long relationship with Pimlico School and in particular with the Special Music Course when under the direction of David Murphy.  We supported many concerts –  orchestral, choral and chamber. We donated musical instruments and equipment such as lighting for their music stands. We supported the composition of music for films at one of their public concert series.

COMPOSITIONS

Andy Scott: Crossing Waves for solo harp, commissioned for Keziah Thomas in 2010

Jonathan Woolgar: Ponderous Planets of Unwaning Woe commissioned for the Jørgensen Piano Trio in 2015

Freya Waley-Cohen: The Rope and Glass Between Us, a site-specific piece installed into the Pepys exhibition space at the National Maritime Museum 2015

James Long: Four Nocturnes for string quartet commissioned for the Halcyon String Quartet May 2010

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

South Haringey Junior School: we provided funds for them to acquire new musical instruments.

St. John’s Highbury Vale C of E Primary School: we made a generous donation towards the music provision at the school by enabling the purchase of musical instruments.