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The Trust was founded by Aidan Woodcock, a former member of the London Symphony Orchestra, and a pupil of Max Rostal.

The Trust's main objective is to provide courses for advanced students in the performance of chamber music.  The participants will normally be at post-graduate level and  planning to make chamber music their career or a part of their career.

The course name 'Maiastra' takes its name from a bird in Romanian folklore with miraculous powers. The Trust logo is based on some early folk drawings of the mystical legendary bird, said to bring back youth to those who are fortunate to hear its beautiful song.

Aidan died suddenly but peacefully at his home near Cobham, Surrey, on the morning of 23 September 2016.  He was a remarkable and much loved man, and his death will leave a huge hole in many lives.  His great passion in life was music, and the debt owed to him by so many young musicians is incalculable.  Aidan was very keen that his work to educate and support young musicians in the performance of chamber music should continue after his death.

The trustees of the Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust are looking forward to meeting the challenge of continuing to nurture musical talent in young people about which Aidan cared so deeply.

Chamber Music Courses

The courses are residential and last up to ten days each. They are held in Surrey.  Each course culminates in three public concerts.​

The courses are completely free for the students.  Shorter 4-day non-residential courses are also organised on an intermittent basis and are normally based in London.

The courses are led by an established professional player, currently either Professor Arisa Fujita of the Guildhall School, or Professor Akiko Ono of the Guildhall School and Principal Violin Teacher at The Yehudi Menuhin School.  Our courses also have additional outside coaching, normally from Professor David Takeno, one of the leading teachers in the country.

Aidan Woodcock
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