London Music Masters
London Music Masters (LMM) is a UK-based, privately funded charity that supports the involvement of young musicians in classical music. It is focused on both community development activities and supporting exceptional individual talent.
Founded in 2008, LMM provides teaching, mentoring, financial support and performance opportunities to musicians between the ages of 4 and 25.
LMM’s creative partners include the London venues Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal College of Music. It also partners periodically with the US-based Sphinx Organization, a similar non-profit arts and youth development organisation.
Internationally renowned musicians such as percussionist Colin Currie, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and violinists Anthony Marwood and Tai Murray support this charity’s work as LMM Ambassadors. During the last year of his life American composer Elliott Carter was also an LMM Ambassador. Other recognised musicians, such as violinist Midori Gotō have collaborated with LMM in specific projects.
LMM currently operates the following programmes to satisfy its aims:
The Bridge Project is a community development programme that targets socio-economically disadvantaged areas in order to increase the ethnic, cultural and socio-economic diversity within the classical music industry. The project currently operates in three primary schools, two in the London Borough of Lambeth and one in the London Borough of Westminster, providing free musicianship and violin, cello, flute, clarinet or trumpet lessons for children aged 4+. London Music Masters’ Bridge Project was one of the three finalists for the ‘Everyday Impact Award – New Enterprises’ category of the 2012 Social Change Awards organised by the Directory of Social Change.
The LMM Awards support exceptional violinists in entering the professional classical music industry. LMM provides financial support, career guidance and performance opportunities including a Wigmore Hall recital and a concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. LMM also regularly commissions new works of music to be premièred by the Award Holders. The Awards are overseen by renowned violinist Itzhak Rashkovsky and are granted every three years to three violinists aged 16–25. Violinists Benjamin Beilman (USA), Hyeyoon Park (South Korea) and Alexandra Soumm (Russia/France) are the current LMM Award Holders (2012-2015). The first LMM Awards were granted from 2009 to 2012 to Jennifer Pike (UK), Agata Szymczewska (Poland) and Elena Urioste (USA).
Bridge to the Community
Bridge to the Community (B2C) combines performance opportunities and community outreach by offering the children on the Bridge Project and LMM Award Holders the chance to take part in performances in UK hospitals, nursery schools, community groups and care homes.
London Music Masters has developed several campaigns to raise funds and resources to support their work. Some of these campaigns are:
Lost & Sound
Lost & Sound is an instrument recycling campaign launched in 2012 and that encourages the donation of old or used musical instruments. The musical instruments donated are allocated to Bridge Project Students.
Buy a Bar
Buy a Bar was a crowd-funding campaign launched in February 2011 to raise funds to commission the RPS Award-winning composer Martin Suckling to write a new violin concerto for LMM Award Holder Agata Szymczewska.
- The Independent, article about Benjamin Grosvenor and the Bridge Project
- LMM's Ambassadors
- Midori’s News Bulletin - See November 2012 for workshops with the Bridge Project Students
- Libretto article - ‘Music Medals in action’
- DSC Social Change Awards Winners 2012
- MUSO article
- Sciolino Artist Management News
- Bridge to the Community programme
- Nicky Thomas Media News
- Classicalsource.com article - About Buy a Bar campaign
- London Music Masters' Official Website
- Benjamin Beilman’s Official Website
- Konzertdirektion Schmid’s website for Hyeyoon Park
- Alexandra Soumm’s Official Website
- Jennifer Pike’s Official Website
- Agata Szymczewska Official Website
- Elena Urioste’s Official Website
- Violinist.com article - Interview with Benjamin Beilman
- The Independent article - ‘Christina Patterson: Why our children should reach for the stars (and the violins)’
- The Telegraph article - London Music Masters: the sound of lives being changed