The critically acclaimed Montgomery Holloway Music Trust was founded in 1996 by the late great Jazz singer, Marion Montgomery and her husband, the renowned pianist, composer and arranger Laurie Holloway. The Trust provides talented musicians (both vocalists and instrumentalists) with a variety of opportunities to develop their skills through a series of creative and inspiring experiences including workshops with professional musicians, stagecraft and performance techniques.
Each year the Montgomery Holloway Music Trust offers an advanced performance course, known as the summer school. The week long course takes place in Maidenhead, Berkshire and allows a small number of pupils to work closely with top British Jazz artists.
Aimed at both instrumentalists and singers, the summer school is an intense week of seminars, rehearsals, performance classes and guest appearances.
Since its formation in 1996 The Montgomery Holloway Music Trust has helped to showcase over 500 young performers – both singers and instrumentalists. The vast majority of the students’ first contact with us is via the annual Summer School, held for the last 10 years at Desborough School Music Centre leading to concert at Nordon Farm.
The Trust’s finances were boosted in 2003 when a tribute concert to Marion Montgomery played to a full house in the Birmingham Symphony Hall. The show was hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson, and included Rolf Harris, Lesley Garret, Kenny Lynch, Tina May, Jacqui Dankworth and Laurie’s Big Band.
Fund raising is a constant to enable the trust to continue its work and we usually have three concerts a year – including the Students’ Concert – at which we hope to make a profit. These concerts we use to showcase our students as well as having special guests. In addition when Laurie does his regular concerts for other Charities he often uses the Montgomery Holloway Music Trust performers to help them gain the vital experience and exposure necessary.
The Trust has established a “Bursary” fund which is used to support potential students who may have financial difficulties. No student with the talent we are looking for is ever turned away because they cannot pay the fees.
The dates are in for next year’s Summer School – Monday July 16th to the Students Concert on Saturday July 21st, and the course will take place at our beautiful new venue of Highfields School, Maidenhead. As always, the week will culminate with a concert at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on Saturday night, where the students perform with the Laurie Holloway Trio.
Applications are now being taken. If you know a vocalist or instrumentalist who may be interested in attending the Summer School (We make no secret of the fact that we are looking for young people with a special talent and whilst you may have taken Music Grades what we want to hear is YOU, with or without Grades.) then please feel free to contact me, Ray Tapken, for forms.