The Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust Fund offers support to students of violinmaking in the UK:
- Financial grants for the purchase of materials and tools, or for specialised additional training
- Distribution of wood and tools that have been donated to the Trust
- Work experience placements in established professional workshops
Since the inception of the Trust in 1999, we have helped over 200 students from all over the world. Many of these students are now significantly employed in the trade, either on their own account or with leading shops and makers, in the UK and worldwide. Several early award winners now offer work experience placements to current students in their turn.
We have three instruments currently for sale, all proceeds will support the RAB Trust:
- A violin based on Bergonzi ‘Cramer Heath’ made by 4 of the trustees – Mark Robinson, Philip Ihle, Nigel Melfi and Elaine Spicer
- A viola by Rowan Armour-Brown in 1994 before her death, varnished and set up subsequently by her colleague and friend Patrick Jowett.
- A cello based on a Stradivari model part-made by Arnold Boyes and donated to the RAB Trust. It was completed in 2021 by trustees Helen Michetschläger and Mark Robinson, and former award winners Sam Brouwer, Mathieu Fourrier and Alina Ehret.