Who We Support

Joy Lisney and Steven Isserlis - Credit Clive Barda

IMS Prussia Cove

IMS Prussia Cove is a charitable organisation dedicated to music-making at the highest level. Their biannual seminars bring musicians of all nationalities to study, rehearse and perform in a remote part of Cornwall, providing outstanding opportunities for emerging young artists and inspiring performers throughout their careers. Their outreach and education projects engage young people and new audiences, while public concerts bring outstanding performances to an isolated part of the country.

The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust generously supports IMS Prussia Cove’s Masterclass Seminar, which gives talented young performers the opportunity to study with musicians of international repute. The seminar provides crucial guidance for these young musicians as they make the transition from students to professionals, immersing participants in an environment formed by and dedicated to the values of musical excellence and integrity which have sustained IMS Prussia Cove since its inception in 1972.

With renowned cellist Steven Isserlis as Artistic Director, IMS Prussia Cove is one of classical music’s most respected institutions. It is prized by musicians of the highest calibre, who consider their time at the seminars a major influence on their musical development. These include Thomas Adès, Anthony Marwood, Natalie Clein and Guy Johnston, members of the Amadeus, Endellion and Belcea Quartets, and many leading players in the world’s great orchestras.



Live Music Now provides thousands of music workshops for disabled children and older people throughout the UK each year. They train professional musicians to lead this work, based on the growing evidence about the developmental and health impacts of music. MVAT has been supporting their work for many years, providing sustained funding for work at special schools in South Yorkshire. This enables LMN to develop ambitious new delivery and training models, which can then be replicated for musicians and young people throughout the country.


Bridge Quartet 2018 - Credit Chris Saunders

Music in the Round

Music in the Round is the leading national promoter of chamber music. They bring people and music closer together through their unique, informal and informative style of ‘in the round’ performances, touring to numerous venues around the country as well as presenting two concert series and the annual Sheffield Chamber Music Festival at our home venue, the Crucible Studio. Music in the Round’s concerts are characterised by passion, excellence and proximity, connecting people to each other through being close to the musicians and the lively spoken introductions to the music.

Music in the Round’s resident group, Ensemble 360, comprises 11 dynamic, world-class artists who are at the heart of their year-round programme of concerts and innovative learning and participation activity, delivering high quality music in a variety of settings to people of all ages and levels of ability.

Mayfield Valley Arts Trust’s continuing support underpins Music in the Round’s work with young people in Sheffield and South Yorkshire aged 0-24. With a wide-ranging and ambitious programme, they connect with thousands of babies, children, young people and adults in pursuit of their mission to bring music and people closer together. Annually, Music in the Round reaches around 9,000 young people, mostly in South Yorkshire, through over 200 learning & participation sessions, including schools’ and family concerts, events for Early Years (ages 0-7) and projects in schools.


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National Centre for Early Music

The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust has offered support and advice to the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) from its earliest days.  This uniquely supportive environment has enabled the NCEM to grow into what is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the field of early music – offering encouragement to emerging artists as they move from conservatoire to stage and supporting a wide range of younger musicians to explore, develop and enjoy their music-making.

NCEM is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation working with three local authorities in Yorkshire to offer a year-round programme of creative learning opportunities which engages with youngsters of all ages, backgrounds and levels of confidence. Thanks to on-going support from the Trust, NCEM is also able to engage with young musicians from across the UK alongside BBC Radio 3 – exploring how early music continues to inspire and enthral new generations of aspiring musicians.


Trio Isimsiz - Credit Kaupo Kikkas

Wigmore Hall

The Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent scheme provides emerging singers, pianists and chamber musicians with the chance to gain invaluable performance experience on Wigmore Hall’s world-renowned stage. Mayfield Valley Arts Trust’s bold outlook and commitment to the scheme since 2009 has been instrumental in its success, and has allowed Wigmore Hall to become uniquely placed in identifying and promoting extraordinary emerging talent, as well as developing loyal and growing audiences for the artists. The Trust’s generosity means that the Hall is able to offer unprecedented performance opportunities for emerging talent each season, supporting these young and emerging artists with their practice and knowledge of repertoire, and giving them the space and time to develop a unique and characterful voice. Providing a platform for emerging artists is central to Wigmore Hall’s ethos, as well as essential for building future audiences for chamber music and song, and the WHET scheme, thanks to MVAT’s support, has had a transformational impact on the progression of many individual careers.