Fund’s award call to young musicians

TALENTED young local musicians are being encouraged to apply for funding help from the Derby Concert Orchestra Trust Fund.

The fund was set up in 1987 as the result of a bequest to the Derby Concert Orchestra (DCO) by local businessman Leslie Leslie Bass Gardner.

His will stipulated that £5,000 would be given to the fund but this was to be doubled if his nephew predeceased him, and this was in fact what happened.

Over the intervening period of almost 25 years, the fund has provided financial support to many young musicians in Derbyshire who are wishing to further their musical training.

Grants have been awarded for a variety of reasons over the years, including offering help towards lesson funding, examination entry fees and courses.

The awards are granted three times per year and applications for the next batch should be made by September 25. Applicants may only apply once per year.

The trust is administered by a group of trustees approved by the DCO. At present, it is made up of retired and current members of the orchestra and the chairman is Bryan Clarke.

He explained: “Since 1987, the Trust has helped many Derbyshire families/children with small amounts of money to further their musical training, which a shortage of money would not otherwise permit.

“The funding is eligible for people living within Derbyshire and a number of them have gone on to make music their career, although we cannot give names in view of the confidentiality of the trust.

“I must stress that the funding of each individual is only small but it can be used to help with the payment of exam fees or a course of music lessons.”

Applications should be made to the trust secretary Anne Allcock and she can be contacted on 0115 972 6377.

Alternatively, interested parties can get in touch with Anne via email at