The Radcliffe Trust is now in its 300th year, it was established in 1714 as a charitable trust under John Radcliffe's will. The will provided for a permanent endowment, the income from which was to be used exclusively for charitable purposes.
'I Will that all the residue and surplus of my real and personal Estate, remaining after the payment and performance of the several Legacies and Bequests aforesaid, shall be by then paid and applied to such Charitable [sic] as they in their discretion shall think best: but no part thereof to their own use or benefit.'
In 1970 the agricultural estate which Radcliffe had bought in 1713 was acquired to become the new town of Milton Keynes, leaving the Trust with a substantial endowment and investment income. Today the Trust makes grants mainly in Music and Heritage & Crafts.
The Radcliffe Trust Music Grant Scheme
In the 1960s a Radcliffe Trustee, the scientist Sir Fred Hoyle, suggested that the Trust support music, 'the Cinderella of the Arts'. Today it gives grants towards classical music performance and training, especially chamber music; composition; and music education. Particular interests within music education are music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras, and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research.
Some recipients of this support include:
- Allegri String Quartet
- Mark-Anthony Turnage
- Orlando Consort
- National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
- Royal Northern College of Music
- Cavaleri String Quartet
- Peters Edition of Haydn’s String Quartets, Op. 50 by Simon Rowland-Jones
- Royal Academy of Music
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
- Live Music Now