Little Angel Theatre

Thanks to funding from the Radcliffe Trust, our Puppetry Making Associate has been able to participate in a variety of projects across Little Angel Theatre. From creating crafting content for our YouTube channel to designing window displays for a local business, they have helped to spread the magic of puppetry throughout Islington and the world.

With the announcement of Tier 3 and 4 in December, our Puppetry Making Associate went to work on a retelling of “The Christmas Nisse” over 25 videos, released daily between the 1st and 25th of December. This was tremendous amount of work and our Puppetry Making Associate was incredibly important to the making process.

Thankfully we were still able to run our Professional Development Courses via Zoom, and our Puppetry Making Associate attended our Puppetry Foundation Course. They learned core principles of puppeteering across several kinds of puppetry including marionettes, moving mouth puppets and more.

Currently our Puppetry Making Associate is working on their own digital short, which will be released on Little Angel Theatre’s YouTube channel. This project will bring together everything they have learned so far about making digital content and puppetry, and we are very excited to see what they create.

Little Angel Theatre’s YouTube Channel:

National Children’s Orchestras - NCO

The National Children’s Orchestras (NCO) received a Covid 19 Music Hardship Grant from The Radcliffe Trust in July 2020.  NCO is an organisation that works with exceptional young people aged seven to 14 years old to experience the joy of orchestral playing.

NCO’s award in July 2020 helped fund pivotal ‘replacement’ digital activity for 438 young musician members as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most importantly, the grant supported the NCO through serious financial pressure at a time when their young students needed them most.  The work culminated in a mass multi-track performance of a specially commissioned ‘NCO Mambo’, which included choreography, DIY percussion and improvisation.

You can watch the final performance here:

The English Concert

The Radcliffe Trust was very proud to support The English Concert with a grant to present Britain’s Orpheus, as part of the Trust’s Covid 19 Music Hardship programme. The grant enabled a series of six live-streamed concerts from stunning locations celebrating the music of Handel and Purcell.

Learn more about Britain’s Orpheus here

The grant not only provided financial support for artists, but allowed connection with the The English Concert’s audience. Three of the performances were able to accommodate a very small number of live attendees, and the first concert reached over 33,000 people online.


Jessie's Fund

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:


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.