THE HOLST FOUNDATION


Founded in 1981 by Imogen Holst (1907-84), the daughter of Gustav Holst, the Holst Foundation is a grant-giving charity whose funds were for more than 30 years directed primarily towards the performance and recording of music by living composers. The total of grants awarded during that period amounted to over £3 million. Imogen Holst did not intend to support performance or publication of Holst’s music through the Foundation after the initial expiry of copyright in 1984. This was done in a small way through the company which administered the Holst Estate; subsequent to the copyright legislation of 1997 which extended copyright to 70 years, the major copyrights finally expired at the end of 2004, and the company was incorporated into the Foundation.

The Holst Foundation was from its inception funded from royalties, and most grant-giving activities came to to an end in 2014. The annual grant to NMC Recordings, which was created under the auspices of the Foundation in 1988 was discontinued in 2016. Applications for grants are no longer accepted, although the Foundation hopes to be able to fund selected projects on a limited basis at the discretion of its Music Committee.

The Foundation continues to administer the estates of both Gustav and Imogen Holst, whose Archives are now held by the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh, who also administer Imogen Holst’s former home, 9 Church Walk, which is available for composer residencies: applications may be made to grants@brittenpears.org . For further details see http://brittenweb.hosting.ssl.co.uk/grants/bursaries

Any enquiries about the Holst Foundation’s past and present activities may be sent to holst@dpmail.co.uk
(Please note that the gmail address has been discontinued and that there is no longer a postal address.

Last updated August 2017

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ROSAMUND STRODE

 

Rosamund Strode, a close friend and colleague of Imogen Holst and our dedicated Chairman for many years, died at the age of 82 on March 26 2010. An obituary can be found at www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/apr/28/rosamund-strode-obituary

 

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