The Radford Charitable Trust Cornwall
Helping young people realise their musical potential...

Support Our Work

Since it was set up in the early 1970s, the Radford Charitable Trust has helped thousands of children and young people from Cornwall by providing small financial grants, loaning them instruments free of charge, running workshops and supporting the Cornwall Music Festival.  Our aim is always to help students meet their musical potential and we believe that even a small amount of help at the right time can be invaluable in achieving this.

You may choose to support us by giving a financial donation (either regularly or as a one off), leaving us a legacy in your will or by donating an instrument.

Making a Financial Donation

We welcome any size of donation which will be put towards the support of young musicians in Cornwall. If you wish to make a donation, please contact us.  We can discuss the circumstances of your donation and whether you have any wishes about how the money is spent, and whether you wish to make a one-off or regular (eg monthly) donation.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Radford Trust, we are currently welcoming contributions towards the commissioning of a new clarinet concerto by Ian Stephens for the Cornwall Music Festival Concerto Class in 2022. If you would like to make a donation specifically towards this, please let us know when you make contact. 

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give, without costing you anything. If you are making a financial or instrument donation, please complete a Gift Aid declaration for us, or request one when you make contact, in order for us to claim the tax back on your donation.

Leaving Us a Legacy

Leaving a legacy to the Radford Charitable Trust in your Will is straightforward although we do strongly recommend that you take professional advice about the drafting of your Will. Because the Trust is a charity, the value of your estate chargeable to Inheritance Tax will be reduced by the amount of the legacy.

There are many different types of legacy but the two most popular ones are:

  • Residuary legacy: This is usually a percentage of what is left over after all other gifts have been made and debts, expenses and any inheritance tax have been paid. This type of legacy is obviously liable to fluctuation.
  • Pecuniary legacy: This is a gift of a specific amount of money.

Donating an instrument

If you would like to talk to us about donating an instrument, please contact the Administrator using the  Contact Us form and we will get back to you.


Loaning an instrument

We have a number of instruments on long term loan from their owners, which are then loaned out to young people via our Instrument Loan Scheme.  Please Contact Us if you are interested in finding out more.  We expect the instrument owner to provide any instrument in good playing condition (as approved by our repairer) at the start of any agreement between the owner and the Trust.  The Trust would then manage and insure the instrument as standard under our Instrument Loan Scheme.

"The Radford Sisters were acclaimed by musicians throughout the country.

They worked for many years for the Cornwall Music Festival and brought music personally to villages up and down the county."
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