The Masterclass Media Foundation

About Us

The Foundation films and records world-class musicians giving masterclasses and teaching students, or discussing and analysing and demonstrating their own approach to the performance of works with which they are associated. The short term aim of the Foundation is to build, over five years, a library of a minimum of 100 hours of material, although a larger number is likely. The range of teaching will not be restricted to solo instruments, but will include singing and chamber music as well as conducting and composing.

The Foundation is a non profit organisation registered in England as a charity.

Contacts with most of the major music colleges in the UK have made it clear how little of this sort of material is available, and how great a need there is for it. Many colleges have shown great interest in participating in the Foundation's work. As well as creating formal links with many of these colleges and conservatoires, the Foundation has created links with organisations such as The Wigmore Hall, The International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove, The Verbier Festival and Academy and many others. A large number of great musicians already give classes at colleges, seminars, summer schools and other institutions. These important and often unique events generally go unrecorded and are lost for ever to a wider audience. It is the Foundation's aim to film and record many of these as well as to arrange events specifically for filming.

The Foundation has charitable status. In its early years it will rely upon grants and donations from individuals, corporate sponsors and foundations. Eventually it is anticipated that income from sales of the DVDs throughout the world, to music students, colleges and schools, will be sufficient to continue the work of the Foundation with relatively little outside funding. All income from sales will be used to film and issue further DVDs and recordings. The pricing of the DVDs will be lower than most commercially available ones in order to reflect the Foundation's charitable status.

The Foundation welcomes donations from all sources. It is registered in England as a Charity (No 1113002).