Established in 1959 and endowed by Miss Ethel Mary Percival-Hart in memory of her father for the encouragement of singing. Manchester and Sheffield are especially mentioned and for many years one of the regular recipients of a grant has been the Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Society in order to stage its recitals for young musicians.
The Fund is administered by the Donations and Awards Committee for discretionary awards; it doesn't provide prizes as such, just funding for occasional appeals.
Recent Funding Includes:
February 1995 - Clonter Opera & National Opera Studio
January 1997 - Clonter Opera & Live Music Now & National Opera Studio
March 1998 - Clonter Opera & National Opera Studio
March 1999 - National Opera Studio
July 1999 - Clonter Opera
October 1999 - Manchester Midday Concerts
March 2000 - Manchester Midday Concerts & National Opera Studio
January 2001 - Manchester Midday Concerts & National Opera Studio & RNCM (Rebecca Fox)
February 2002 - RNCM (Stephen Pascoe)
July 2002 - RNCM (Jenny Blyth)
January 2005 - Clonter Opera