About Us

The Craxton Memorial Trust was established in memory of the eminent pianist and teacher Harold Craxton. The first awards were made in 1978 and since that time over four hundred awards have been given to instrumentalists and pianists.

Awards of between £250 - £1,200 are made every two years following an audition and interview. Assistance includes helping fund post-graduate studies, private lessons, fees or travel expenses to attend competitions and courses to other special projects such as the costs of concert publicity or a demo CD.

The Trust's aim has always been to provide assistance to highly talented individuals who are in need of financial help and it endeavours to support young musicians who would otherwise lack a vital opportunity at a crucial time in their lives.

Many of today's leading musicians have benefited from awards given by the Craxton Memorial Trust and we are proud to have helped them in their early careers.


Jane Craxton
Oliver Craxton
Kim Mathen
Merida Craxton-Mathen


Honorary Secretary
Jane Craxton


Vladimir Ashkenazy
Sir David Attenborough
Michael Berkeley CBE
Amelia Freedman CBE
Joanna MacGregor OBE
Murray Perahia KBE
Sir Simon Rattle CBE
Philip Gammon
George Caird
John Harle
Nicholas Daniel
Albert Lee
Frank Wibaut