The Trust was founded in 1958 by the Countess of Munster (Hilary Wilson), who devoted her life to music and who was herself a pianist of considerable talent.

Lady Munster’s generous endowment, from which the Trust’s annual income is derived, currently provides assistance to young musicians amounting to around £230,000 each year.

The Trust provides financial assistance towards the musical education of individual students and the Trustees are prepared to consider applications from young student singers, instrumentalists and composers, undertaking postgraduate study.

The Trustees are assured by many of the musicians, whose advanced training was assisted through the Trust’s awards, of their awareness of the tremendous debt they owe to the generosity and inspiration of Hilary, Countess of Munster.