Cheryl King Trust

Our very dear friend and colleague Cheryl King (Hirst) played alto sax and piano and was a wonderful musician and a very gifted and popular music teacher. She tragically passed away just before Christmas 2014 and is very much missed by us all.

Cheryl was committed to providing opportunities for all children to learn about music regardless of background, so we set up a trust in her memory to provide financial assistance for musical education for children and young people.

About the Trust

The current focus of the trust is to provide funding or co-funding to enable children and young people aged 18 and under to start or continue with individual or group musical instrument lessons who may not otherwise be able to do so.

The trust is currently providing bursaries to fund the following:

  • Individual and group music lessons for students in a number of schools in Surrey area in association with Surrey Arts
  • The Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) “Cheryl King (Hirst) Award”. AYM have been running their annual Awards programme for 18 years and to date have given Awards to more than 1,000 exceptional young musicians, many of whom have gone on to prestigious music colleges and become professional musicians. Each year those in need of financial support towards the next step in their musical progression can apply for the award and as well as providing financial assistance, AYM supports Award winners by providing advice, guidance and access to a range of music-making, mentoring and performance opportunities throughout the Award year. We are delighted to have supported a number of students to date with the AYM Cheryl King (Hirst) Award
  • Support for the Future Talent Fledgling Programme. Future Talent supports gifted young musicians up to age 18 from challenging backgrounds who need guidance to enable them to flourish on their musical journey and the Trust provides an annual bursary towards the Fledgling Programming for younger musicians.

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The trust’s current focus for which applications are encouraged are instrumental lessons.  Other areas of music education (including events which inspire or encourage children to take up lessons) will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Trust will usually award bursaries covering 50% of the lessons with families or guardians expected to provide the other 50% of the cost. Annual gross combined family income should normally be at or below £30,000.

The trust will fund group or individual lessons and/or participation in ensembles according to age and musical development. The trust will only normally fund participation in ensembles where applicants are receiving regular tuition (whether or not funded by the trust).

The trust is willing to contribute towards the cost of music grade exams fees where families or guardians meet the trust’s usual financial criteria or qualify for free tuition from Surrey Arts.   

The trust is not currently able to fund theory lessons or instrument hire or purchase. 

Applicants can be at any stage of music progression from beginner to advanced and the trustees like to fund a progression and ability mix.

Preference is given to applicants living in Surrey and failing that London or the South East   but applicants living elsewhere in the UK will be considered.

Music Links

“You & I” (Jacob Collier/Stevie Wonder) – Bristol Lockdown Big Band

Jacob Collier’s inventive re-imagining of Stevie Wonder’s epic ballad, You & I, arranged for large jazz ensemble by Ruaridh Wilkinson, Ruaridh Wilkinson, a former student of Cheryl’s. Our grateful thanks to Ruaridh for dedicating donations to Cheryl’s Trust.

Miss You Already EP

An EP of 3 original tunes from Martin Pyne has been released in support of the bursary. The tunes are performed by the trio Undercurrent which comprises Martin Pyne on vibraphone, Russell Jarrett on guitar, and Marianne Windham on the double bass, and was recorded at Beeboss Studios by David Beebee. The EP costs just £4 to download , with all the money raised will be donated to the trust.

Click here to listen to the EP

Cheryl’s Music

John Clarke has kindly collated some recordings of Cheryl playing sax and piano over the past few years. They include recordings of her playing with Alan Barnes at Fleet Jazz (Cheryl on piano, and also on sax playing with Alan), with Gabriel Garrick and Sam Walker at The Electric Theatre, Guildford (Cheryl on piano), with her quartet ‘Kind Of Blue’, and playing with local musicians, either on piano and alto saxophone.

You can listen to these recordings here:

There’s also some video footage here from the Celebration evening in memory of Cheryl’s life, including a clip taken of Cheryl soloing at a jam session in Summer 2014.