CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust:  We continue to award the Second Prize at the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition held at the Royal Academy of Music.The competition is open to the public and is for quartets and trios in alternating years. The last competition was held on May 6th 2015 and trios from all eight UK conservatoires played Beethoven Op. 1 No. 2. The winners of the First Prize were the Morisot Trio from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The winners of the EFT Prize were the Jørgensen Trio from the Royal Academy of Music. Check to see all the CAVATINA projects.

Lauderdale House:The EFT provides financial support for Lauderdale House in its Sunday morning Family Friendly Classical Concert series by young professionals and students from London’s music colleges. The trust usually has two “Specials” a year for our chosen musicians – often prize winners of our other awards. The last EFT Special was on March 1st. when the Vuillaume Quartet played Haydn and Schubert. This spring’s series will include The Alauda Quartet (March 29) The Landseer trio (April 26) A piano trio recital with Jamal Aliyev (May 17) and a viola recital with Lisa Bucknell and Chad Vindin (June 21). Check the Lauderdale House web site for details.Learn more about Lauderdale House here.

Royal Over-Seas League Arts: we continue giving our annual award in the Royal Over-Seas League highly acclaimed Music Competition. The prize goes to an outstanding young player or group in the London area. The 2014 award went to the Zelkova Quartet. The 2015 section competition took place in February and March with the final at the QEH on June 1st. In 2015 the EFT prize was not awarded. Read more about the The Royal Over-Seas League Arts here.

Awards for Young Musicians: we have helped AYM launch a brand new orchestral chamber music programme, in collaboration with the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO). This is the first formal ensemble opportunity for AYM awardees.ECO musicians coach and rehears separate, distinctive chamber music ensembles. The young musicians rehearse and perform in the same way as a professional chamber ensemble: combining concentrated rehearsal time, personal practice and a lot of fun in the process.Each of the projects features a different instrumental combination.  The next will take place in autumn 2015 – check  for more details of what they do

The Lawson Trio: in support of their Echoes of World War One project performed at King’s PLace and The Forge.

Concert Theatre: founded by An-Ting Chan to develop works interweaving music and drama. We contributed to the ten public performances of their project The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet at the Cockpit Theatre and the Greenwich Theatre in February 2015.

Opera Danube: a new opera company founded by Andrew Dickinson and Jonathan McGovern to provide a performance platform for young singers. They provide performance opportunities and masterclasses for the young singers including a performance of Die Fledermaus at St. John’s Smith Square in October.

The 12 ensemble: a wonderful energetic and talented group of twelve string players who have formed a chamber ensemble. We’ve supported several of their performances in the last few years. Keep an eye out for them and find out more about them at

The Arensky Chamber Orchestra: we’ve helped support their Residency at The Forge in Camden. On May 27th they play Wagner & Strauss at the Purcell Room and on June 2nd they give their final performance in this season at The Forge. All conducted by William Kundhart.

Firefly International: we supported the musicians at their fundraising concert in November.



Since 1997, the EFT has supported young musicians in the London area in a variety of ways. We have sponsored recitals and school concerts, commissioned music, given educational prizes and helped young musicians acquire instruments. Below is a list of some of our past projects and some of the musicians who have benefited from our support.

The Albany Trio were awarded a small grant to help them travel to Banff for a two week winter residency. This gave them the time and space to study and collaborate with other musicians in preparation for their July 2014 ‘Women in Music’ Festival in London which included a new commission by Charlotte Bray. To learn more and go to their concerts go to

The Aurora Orchestra is by now quite established as the leading young orchestra in London. In 2014 the EFT continues to support their New Moves series which takes place at LSO St. Lukes. The series involves a collaboration with an emerging artist in another art form or musical genre; programmes are eclectic and risk-taking, and attract new young audiences in ever-growing numbers. New Moves aims to reach new audiences for classical music and break new creative ground.

The Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition: here’s the list of past recipients of our prize:

2001 / Helena Woods – Violin

2002 / Inon Barnatan – Piano

2003 / The Tempest Saxophone  – Quartet

2004 / Jane Gordon – Violin

2005 / O’Duo – Percussion Duo

2006 / James Baillieu – Piano

2007 / Catherine Hopper – Voice (Mezzo Soprano)

2008 / Rhodes String Trio

2009 / Brooks String Quartet & accordionist Ksenija Sidorova

2011/ The Fields String Quartet

2012/ Trio Anima

2013/ Notus Winds

2014/ The Zelkova Quartet

Lauderdale House Sunday Morning Concert Series: since 2001 Lauderdale House has held over 150 recitals by young musicians supported by the EFT.

The Arensky Chamber Orchestra:over the years we’ve supported this young ensemble founded in 2009. It has given concerts at Cadogan Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre as well as recording and broadcasting for Classic FM alongside soloists such as Jennifer Pike and Benjamin Grosvenor. Their focus is on creating immersive and theatrical productions of orchestral music, using lighting design, dramatisation of a work’s context, creative venue use and fresh and unusual programming concepts.

Sounds Underground: founded in 2004 by musician Rose Hankey, SU formed an orchestra, gave performances, commissioned compositions and encouraged contemporary music in London in many ways. The EFT supported many concerts and new compositions including ones by Gregorio Zanon, Dylan Pugh and Henry Ng.

Trinity/ Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: in 2009 and 2010 the EFT gave substantial support to the Greenwich International String Quartet Festival held in the spring at Trinity/Laban. Amongst other things we supported a performance by the Elysian Quartet and a composition competition.

London International Piano Competition: we made education awards to pianists at the competition in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2009.

As well as the above we have given several travel awards to individual musicians, held concerts in private houses and given instruments to schools (both primary and secondary)

In September 2010 we supported a new composition for harp by Andy Scott  premiered by Keziah Thomas to great acclaim at The Forge in Camden.

In December 2010 Fred Gibson and the Illumination Orchestra gave two performances, supported by our trust, at the Royal College of Music. A hugely ambitious and exciting project by energetic and gifted young musicians. we expect to hear more from them in the future!