CHORALINKS and the NEIL WEBSTER MUSIC TRUST
The Neil Webster Music Trust
The Trust (registered charity no. 1071031) was established in 1988 to celebrate the musical achievements of a talented young man, a self-trained musician who founded two extraordinary choirs, the first in his native Norfolk, the other in his adopted county of Berkshire. Neil Webster's story is told on a separate page of this website.
The NWMT is dedicated to promoting amateur choral singing. and enhancing its quality by encouraging the training of amateur choir leaders and conductors. Among other activities, this involves supporting up to two or three students a year on conducting and choir leadership courses run by the national amateur choral organisation Sing for Pleasure.
Each year the Trust offers two or three grants of half the cost of places on the Conductor Training Courses run by Sing for Pleasure at their week-long Summer School. The grants are to help amateur musicians who (a) can provide references confirming their musical aptitude; (b) intend to work with an amateur choir or choirs; and (c) can show that they could not afford a place on such a course without financial help.
In the fourteen years since the Trust was established, it has made grants to twenty-two such students, of a wide age range, almost all of whom are now running choirs of their own.
To obtain a printed statement of the conditions and requirements qualifying a person to apply for a NWMT grant, please contact the Trust by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the appropriate application form and instructions.
A significant proportion of the Trust's income is derived from individual donations and subscriptions, many of which have come from concerts and other money-raising events arranged by supporting choirs. Any such organisation that would like to help in this way should contact the Trust's Hon. Treasurer by emailing