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About Us



Simon Foster (Chair)
Mary-Jane Gibbons
Sir Raymond Jack
Anne Davies
James Scott-Clarke
Clancy Steer
Deborah Steer

Serafina Steer

Rebekah Reid

The Cherubim Music Trust (charity #1088403) owes its existence to Clancy Steer, who founded it in response to her personal experience and keen understanding of the needs of young musicians:

“Our daughter Serafina chose to take up the harp aged seven. After the VIth form at Chethams Specialist Music School, where she had access to a first-rate concert harp, in 2000 we were faced with buying her a £10,000 instrument for music college – but as we had only recently moved house a further loan was out of the question. For us, a genuine fairy godmother provided a suitable instrument, so the ground was laid for Serafina’s later successes as a harpist and songwriter.”


To help others in similar situations Clancy created Cherubim Music Trust in 2001 with the aid of the Gosling Foundation. In the decades since, the Trust has grown steadily by purchase, donation and loan and now holds 30+ instruments worth over £400,000.


Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL
Alison Balsom
Michael Collins FRCM HonRAM
Sir Mark Elder
Prof Guy Johnston
Tasmin Little
Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE
Trevor Pinnock CBE
Marisa Robles FRSM




Deirdre Clancy Steer

Clancy played a key role in the development of modern theatre since seminal 1960s at the London Royal Court. She has collaborated with many of the world’s leading theatre, opera and film directors, designing nearly 200 productions worldwide. She holds two Oliviers for Best Costume, a BAFTA Best Costume for Mrs Brown.


Michael Maxwell Steer

Clancy’s husband is currently directing the Trust. A former BBC music producer and Head of 20thC Studies at the Junior Royal College of Music, he composes and teaches in Wiltshire while maintaining a career as a performer.


David Ganderton

David took over the position of Chair from Felix Rigg in 2017. He is a lifelong music lover who has recently moved to Tisbury. He approaches his new responsibilities with an equal measure of enthusiasm and trepidation.

Cherubim Music Trust
125 Duck Street



Behind the scenes

The reason the Trust runs fairly smoothly in public is because we have some first-class professionals supporting it behind the scenes.

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Juliet Brain Administrative Director. 

 Juliet Brain. Juliet was formerly a Cherubim Trustee. She trained in theatre at GSA and is a tireless advocate for young people’s involvement in the arts. Her work includes The Arts Award as Regional Manager South East for Artswork, following her work as Education Officer for Salisbury Playhouse and as a Performing Arts Lecturer for Bournemouth & Poole College

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