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The Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians was established following the merger of the John Tunnell Trust and the Young Musicians' Trust in 1999.

The John Tunnell Trust was formed in 1988 by family members, colleagues and friends of the late John Tunnell, OBE, the founder leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The Trust was established in order to support young musicians and chamber groups in particular. The aim of all our work is to help bridge the difficult gap between the student and professional worlds for our Young Musicians, where recognition and experience can only be gained from quality performing opportunities.

In 1993 Wendy, John's widow, set up the Young Musicians' Trust wishing to do even more to promote young musicians. She ran the Trust almost single handed until her untimely death in 1998. The Young Musicians' Trust promoted its own series of concerts in country houses, schools and other venues and staged an annual showcase and performance week at Strathgarry in Perthshire, Scotland whilst winning extraordinary support from many high profile sponsors.

The Trust has assisted some 100 young chamber music ensembles (400 individual musicians) and 81 different Scottish Music Clubs in nearly 600 concerts by running its Awards Scheme whereby the Trust pays the fees of outstanding young groups to play at Music Clubs all over Scotland with an emphasis on helping Clubs in small and remote places as well as in the major centres. Young groups are selected annually at auditions held in London. In addition to the Music Club Awards Scheme, the Blair Atholl Showcase, now Music Coll and other concert promotions, the Trust has always sought to publicise its Young Musicians in order to further increase their profiles.The Trust has enjoyed outstanding success. We have been able to provide much needed performing opportunities for Young Musicians at the outset of their careers and vital support for local arts and educational organisations often situated within isolated communities.

As a working Trust, there is a need to raise funds annually in support of both the Awards Scheme, entering its 24th season and the Study & Performance Week, now in its 20th year. Much of our work is funded by large national charities, commercial sponsors and many generous individuals. We are extremely grateful to all those who make our work possible.

Jonathan was Chairman of the Trust from 1989 until 2001 since when he has been Artistic Director. He is also responsible for all fund raising for the Trust's activities.


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