encouraging the performance of Robin's music.
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The Trust came into being on 24th March 1986. The trustees were Marion Milford, Auriol Milford and Anne Ridler. The object was and is to "promote the education of the public in the study practice knowledge and appreciation of music and the other arts (and more particularly the music of Robin Milford (1903 - 1959))... by encouraging promoting and assisiting the publication performance and recording of the music of Robin Milford."
Anne Ridler died in 2001, and Marion Milford retired in 2009. Peter Hunter and David Pennant became trustees in 2009, joining Auriol Milford who continues.
Peter Hunter is organist and choirmaster of St Mark's Dundela, Belfast. He has been determined to raise the profile of lesser known English composers through performance since he studied the organ with Gordon Phillips at All Hallows by-the-tower from 1971-75, whose concern this was. He has recently completed an MPhil in Robin Milford, and his book appeared in 2009.
David Pennant writes "My mother Alice and her older sisters Elizabeth and Margaret (Peggy) were the three daughters of John F R Stainer, son of the composer Sir John Stainer. Kirsty Newsom was governess to the three girls when they were children, and remained a lifelong friend. Kirsty married Robin Milford - Elizabeth married David Milford, Robin's brother (Marion Milford is their daughter), and Peggy married Alexander Shaw Newsom (Kirsty's brother). Mum often talked about Robin, and liked to play his piano music."
Stephen Varcoe became our patron in August 2009.
Photos from a family album: Robin and Kirsty (top left): Robin and his sister Pippa (right)