BBT continues its participation in collaborative projects with music partners around the world. These provide valuable opportunities for BBT award winners to work and perform with esteemed colleagues and mentors in renowned centres of musical excellence. As a result of launching BBT Communities in 2019, the Trust also sponsored a research initiative into the benefits of music in the realm of health and wellbeing.
The One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida focuses on understanding the interconnections between the health of humans, animals, plants, and the environment. BBT Communities has sponsored the 2019 UF Leonardo Fellowship which has been awarded to Aaron Colverson who is developing a summary of current knowledge on the use of music in patients affected by early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as recommendations for patients and their families on how music can form part of care programmes.
University of Florida One Health Center Fellowship website
BBT begins a new association with the historic Quartet Society of Milan, presenter of many of the world’s most illustrious musicians since its foundation in 1864. In June 2018 the Society announced its commitment to feature BBT artists in its future seasons, starting with 2018 award winners Dudok Kwartet Amsterdam and clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe in a concert on 6 November 2018.
Società del Quartetto di Milano website
In collaboration with the Association of Italian Historic Houses (ADSI) and the Italian National Trust (FAI) Le Dimore del Quartetto has created a network of splendid houses throughout Italy to host young musicians for periods of intensive study. In return for this hospitality the musicians give a house concert, attracting new audiences to classical music who also benefit from privileged access to private residences of cultural significance. The programme is now Europe-wide to offer even greater scope and BBT pledges to support its award winners who want to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity.
Le Dimore del Quartetto website
In 2015 BBT collaborated with this historic London venue to present a series of experimental concerts, BBT Wednesdays at Wilton’s, to showcase classical music in the intimate setting of Wilton’s newly refurbished upstairs rooms. BBT artists Erik Bosgraaf (recorder), Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Bram van Sambeek (bassoon), Sean Shibe (guitar) and Kate Whitley (pianist/composer) led a variety of workshops, talks and informal performances.
Wilton’s Music Hall website
BBT Wednesdays at Wilton’s events page
Believing that chamber music is an essential part of a young musician’s development, BBT supported the esteemed Verbier Festival Academy Chamber Music Programme for four consecutive years (2006-09). BBT artists involved in the programme during this time included singers Ronan Collett (Prix Thierry Mermod for Voice 2006) and Joshua Hopkins (Prix d’Honneur winner 2008), violinists Jermolai Albiker and Vilde Frang, and the David Trio, Jerusalem Quartet, Navarra Quartet and Quatuor Ébène (Prix d’Honneur winner 2007).
Verbier Festival Academy website
BBT Verbier Festival Academy events page