UK Friends of  Music  Fund

Promoting and fundraising to supply decent musical instruments to young people in countries in need


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London collection campaign raises lorry-load of instruments and sheet music for Palestine.

Posted by paul43 on February 22, 2019 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (7)

A lorry loaded up with instruments and sheet music left London for Music Fund's warehouse and workshop in Belgium on 1st December 2017.


30 instruments, with a focus on jazz instruments, were donated as a result of an instrument collection day at the renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. These were supplemented with brand new sheet music donated by Faber Music Publishers and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).


A special thanks are due to Jan Despiegelaere of the Streekfonds West-Vlaanderen (King Baudouin Foundation) who drove all the way from Kortrijk in Belgium to London (UK) to pick up and transport the consignment.


A priority destination for this consignment is Palestine where a number of jazz projects are being supported, including the hopeful inauguration of a Palestinian Jazz Festival in Ramalllah.

Mittelmaier Clinic raises  £250 for Music Fund

Posted by paul43 on October 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Wolfgang Mittelmaier, Director of the London-based Mittelmaier Clinic (, and longstanding supporter of Music Fund, threw a party for his clients in June to celebrate the 15th Birthday of the Clinic. All proceeds from the party went to Music Fund. The event featured a short solo cello recital by Guildhall School student Laurens Price-Nowak (left in photo below), and the Chair of the UK Group, John Sloboda (right) was present to thank Wolfgang (centre) and his guests for their contribution.



Music Fund very much values its partnership with Wolfgang and looks forward to a long and productive association.



Music Fund co-hosted successful London event highlighting the work of musicians and artists in Palestine

Posted by paul43 on August 4, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (1)

In collaboration with the Mosaic Rooms in Kensington, on Wednesday 10th May at 7pm Lukas Pairon, founder and Director of Music Fund, chaired an event featuring the work of two artists working in Palestine, acclaimed pianist Saleem Ashkar (Music Fund ambassador, Nazareth/Berlin) and visual artist Michèle Vanvlasselaer (artistic director Glazza, Brussels). The full announcement is at: The artists talked, showed video-footage of their work, and Saleem also performed a Beethoven sonatat. Lukas set their work in the context of Music Fund's active presence in Palestine.



About 50 people, both old friends and new, attended this unusual and engaging event.

Resounding success of Haydn's Creation in support of Music Fund - London 25-26 February

Posted by paul43 on March 30, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sincere thanks Peter to Fender and all connected to the Angel Orchestra who gave a spirited performance Haydn's Creation in aid of Music Fund, under the baton of Peter Fender in St Silas Church, Islington. This was the culmination of a weekend workshop involving over 100 players and singers.



Music Fund Director Lukas Pairon spoke at the event and met with supporters and well-wishers. For pictures of the event, please see our photo gallery.

Composer Richard Llewellyn Williams is Music Fund's newest benefactor

Posted by paul43 on March 30, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Richard Llewelyn Williams is a composer living in Ceredigon, West Wales. As well as donating a cello to Music Fund, he has decided that £4 from each copy sold of the CD of his compositions will go to Music Fund. The CD features his music, played by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra.


You can listen to one of the tracks of the CD by clicking on the youtube video link below. If you would like to support this initiative by buying one or more CDs from Richard, please email him on for details of how to obtain copies of the CD (£10.00 plus £1.50 p&p)


Richard is certainly the first British composer to practically support Music Fund. Thankyou Richard!

Our New Year fundraising appeal - help Sharon Carter raise  £1000 for Music Fund

Posted by paul43 on January 25, 2017 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Sharon Carter is a musician living and working in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and she has begun an appeal to give Music Fund a New Year's boost for 2017.

Wherever you live you can help Sharon's appeal by going to and donating any amount from £10 upwards. All the funds raised will go directly to Music Fund's work.

Thankyou Sharon!

Violin auction raises £800 for Music Fund

Posted by paul43 on January 5, 2017 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

We are delighted that Amati Fine Instrument Auction House ( auctioned some violins in aid of Music Fund at its last online auction.

The instruments were featured in their online catalogue with the heading of Music Fund Charity Auction.

The auction took place online on 16th March 2016 and raised about £800 for Music Fund.

Music Fund is very grateful to Amati for this partnership and looks forward to further collaboration

For more details, consult Amati's website:


Associated Board donates sheet music to Music Fund

Posted by paul43 on February 25, 2016 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Music Fund is delighted to have recently received 25 boxes of printed sheet music from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). This music will be send to participating schools in the countries in which Music Fund works, alongside the instruments it already supplies. We are very grateful to ABRSM for supporting Music Fund in this way and hope it could be the start of an ongoing partnership.


ABRSM's mission is explained at

Mostly Fantasy concert "a dream"

Posted by paul43 on November 29, 2015 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

On November 26th 2015, a wonderful benefit concert was given by Claron McFadden (soprano), David Dolan (piano), Abigail Dolan (flute), and Thomas Carroll (cello) in front of a rapturous audience at London's Gresham Centre.  They captivated us with their innovative improvisatory approach to classical masters from Bach to Schumann.

A selection of audience comments are given below.  We are deeply grateful for the generosity and artistry of these inspiring musicians.



This concert was simply a dream.


The performers, all four of them, were magical.


And I loved the idea of combining improvisation with playing the notes.


I already often had the experience when loving a classical performance to have the impression as if the musicians and singers are inventing the music whilst they are playing it.


This was very strong yesterday, particularly so in the Schumann piano-cello duo. amazing. fascinating. exciting.


What also impressed me a lot with these performers is how they dealt with silence. the music came out of nothing, silence, and went back into that place of silence. this is something only the best can do.


Thanks so much for David to have brought this together for us.



it was a beautiful concert -

and I would add how surprising it was to find that the musicians had not

previously played together - they should clearly do so more often - they

were superb!



I was amazed by the quality of the music- and unlike some of the audience- was just as impressed with the improvisations. The intimacy of the setting and the power of the musicians' communication intensified the experience. Every note felt as if it had been created for me as a personal gift.

But Claron Mcfadden's power, beauty and sense of humour dominated the evening - even if she hadn't heard of Queen Boudicea- she said she would Google her last night!

Well done on a splendid evening



It was a real and fascinating musical treat. I don't move in that sphere and hadn't come across musical improvisation as a discipline, but it was wholly persuasive, and the performers seemed to me world class. I could listen for hours to Claron M's wonderful voice, and it was so good to see and hear her at work in an intimate space rather than a huge theatre.



I enjoyed the concert very much, especially the brilliant improv on Boudicaa!

Claron McFadden & friends on BBC Radio 3

Posted by paul43 on November 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

You can now get a taster of what is in store at the Music Fund Benefit Concert at the Gresham Centre on 26th November.

The perfomers, Claron McFadden, David Dolan, Thomas Carroll, and Abigail Dolan, were interviewed and performed on Radio 3's "In Tune" this evening, starting 1 hour and 16 minutes into the programme: