The Radcliffe Trust’s recent grant enabled Jessie’s Fund to continue to provide musical experiences for vulnerable children despite lockdown. The Fund created interactive music videos designed to be easy to follow, excellent quality musically, and tailor-made to help children, their families and teachers to make music together, whether at home or in school.
Jessie’s Fund produced free-to-view videos, recorded by their musicians in their homes. Each is around 20 minutes long and caters for the needs and processing times of sensory learners with complex needs.
The Trust’s grant gave the Fund the opportunity to help children with special needs, and also allowed them to provide employment for freelance musicians at a time when all work was being cancelled. Feedback has been excellent:
‘I just wanted to email to say that I have just seen the new Jessie’s Fund video, I thought it was absolutely fantastic and spot-on for what schools need right now.’
‘I do your Calming Journey to Space with my class every Friday and they love it. The sense of calm by the end is just amazing.’
The four videos can be found on the Fund’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/JessiesFund.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
The Radcliffe Trust supported the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ digital campaign during lockdown, aimed at creating work for its musicians and expanding the amount of audio visual footage of the orchestra that is available online. The Academy successfully raised £100,000 from a number of sources, enabling them to fund streamed broadcasts of three full-length concerts from their recent archive, and three days of recording sessions. New film recordings of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony and Grainger’s Danny Boy will form the backbone of an online festival celebrating the Academy’s work in early 2021.
In autumn 2020 they launched a new concert series at St Martin in the Fields, performing to a small socially-distanced audience and streaming performances, to reach a wider public. They will be using funds raised to make some of this content more widely available, and will soon be announcing exciting plans for a series of high-profile films with our Music Director Joshua Bell, to be recorded early in 2021.
The Radcliffe Trust supports the Help Musicians UK hardship fund
The Trust has made a range of grants to organisations responding to the current pandemic in innovative ways. As part of this programme the Trust has made a grant to Help Musicians UK for its hardship fund.
For more information visit www.helpmusicians.org.uk.
The Crafts Council Hardship Fund
In response to the huge challenges Heritage and Craft makers and businesses are facing at present, The Radcliffe Trust has made a grant to The Crafts Council for a hardship fund. The fund launched on 17th June 2020.
The Crafts Council has consulted with Icon, the Heritage Crafts Association and The Guild of Master Craftsmen, amongst others, to ensure the funds are widely distributed. The Crafts Council gave directly to makers, in the form of £500 bursaries, who could not access other Government schemes.
The Trust was also particularly keen to ensure that Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) makers were aware of the scheme and applied if appropriate. The Crafts Council developed a promotional strategy including a number of partner and intermediary organisations, such as Shades of Noir, to ensure that applications from BAME makers were encouraged.
The Radcliffe Infirmary
A commemorative plaque, paid for by The Radcliffe Trust, is now installed on the wall of the Old Radcliffe Infirmary.
A ‘socially distanced’ unveiling took place in May 2020, and a more formal event is planned for when lock-down restrictions are eased.
The plaque reads;
“To honour the doctors and nurses and all who cared for the sick in the Radcliffe Infirmary 1770-2007”