We provide practical support for young musicians up to the age of
18 years, especially those whose families have limited means.
Robert Bouffler always recognised the value of helping amateur
musicians to strive for their full potential, and the Trustees will
consider all requests for help, whether or not a professional career
in music is the objective.
You can read more about our work here.
The Trust were invited by the Bluehouse Festival to present a concert at the United Reformed Church in Oxted on Sunday 21 October 2018. “Stephen Aviss and Friends” enabled Bouffler Young Musicians performed alongside our professional musician Trustees, Stephen Aviss and Nadine Andre.
Reigate & Redhill Festival winner of the 2018 Bouffler Piano
prize, Bachir, started the concert with an assured account of
Khatcharurian’s Toccata, followed by an amusing piece by Hubert
Leonard “The Donkey and the Driver”, played with great feeling
and humour by Matty. Freya sang and accompanied herself most
stylishly in “Skyscrapers”, a piece she herself wrote at a New
York summer camp she attended in August. Matty returned, on piano
this time to give a rousing account of Chopin’s Military Polonaise.
Nadine played Ravel’s Jeux D’eau most sensitively, one of Robert
Bouffler’s favourite pieces. Stephen concluded the first half by
bringing laughter to the audience with his topical and cleverly
written List Song from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.
The high standard was maintained in the seond half with Heather’s
beautiful harp playing. She played Handel’s first Toccata, and an
impromptu by Gliere. Luca sang two pieces from the world of musical
theatre with great passion and feeling; “If I can’t love her”
from Beauty and the Beast” and “So In Love” by Cole Porter.
Seb, accompanied by his Mum played the challenging Romanze from
Wieniawski’s 2nd violin concerto, with great poise. Matty returned
to the piano and exquisitley played the exciting Allegro de Concierto
by Granados. Stephen again had the audience smiling with the
uplifting “O Sole Mio”. Chopin again next with the Grande Waltz
from Nadine who had also accompanied Matty, Luca and Stephen with
great sensitivity. Stephen completed the evening with some assistance
from the audience in Flanders & Swann’s The Hippopotamus Song.
The audience left with smiles on their faces having enjoyed a varied
and thoroughly enjoyable evening of live music.
The Trust are most grateful to the Bluehouse Festival for this
opportunity to show their Young Musician’s talents, and for making
it a financially and musically rewarding concert for the Trust.