Academy unveils new Finzi scholarship and bust

-Posted on 02.10.2017

The Royal Academy of Music has unveiled a new specially-commissioned bust of the English composer Gerald Finzi – who taught composition here during the 1930s – as well as a significant new scholarship in the composer’s name, both generously provided by the Finzi Trust.

The new bust was unveiled by members of the composer’s family during an evening celebrating Finzi’s music. In attendance was his son Christopher (or ‘Kiffer’ as he is fondly known), Kiffer’s wife Hilary du Pre and Kiffer’s son Orlando, all pictured here. The new bust was designed by sculptor Jemma Pearson and is intended for the main stairwell of the front stairs, but will initially sit in the foyer of the David Josefowitz Recital Hall until the theatre is complete.

The Academy’s Principal, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, also announced details of a new scholarship for talented students who demonstrate a genuine need, and who are deemed to follow an interest in English music as part of their studentship.

The Principal said:

‘This evening was about keeping Finzi’s memory alive for the present and for future generations – both through a wonderful, newly-commissioned bust and a significant discretionary scholarship over five years. Huge thanks go to the Finzi Trust at a time when young musicians have never struggled so much in finding the funds to further their education and fulfil their potential.’

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