The Trust was founded as a result of an initiative from the celebrated violinist, the late Leonard Friedman. He had been working with some of Scotland’s most talented young musicians and realised that although they were technically accomplished, even brilliant, their lives were so focused on playing their own particular instruments there was nothing informing their work. In 1988 he took a small group of young musicians to the Isle of Mull to benefit from working intensively with more experienced professionals, and to enjoy the natural environment. This proved to be a significant development and generated such a commitment from the young musicians that the Festival is approaching its 15th year, now under the guidance of Levon Chilingirian.
Objectives of the Trust
To provide young professional musicians with opportunities to develop their practical music skill at an advanced level, in an environment which encourages their personal, spiritual and cultural development.
The Jerwood Foundation – our sponsor
The Trustees are grateful for the generous support of the Jerwood Foundation without which we could not stage this ambitious programme each year.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding and sponsorship of the arts, education, design and other areas of human endeavour and excellence. As well as Mendelssohn on Mull, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation supports a series of other initiatives, including, among others, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Jerwood Choreography Awards, the Jerwood Artists Platform, The Jerwood Photography Prize, and, with its parent Foundation, the creation and support of the Jerwood Space in central London, a unique resource housing rehearsal facilities, the Jerwood Gallery and Café.