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The Exuberant Trust is a local charity which supports young people in Oxfordshire who are developing their interest in the arts: music, drama, dance, art & crafts, multi-media, etc. and who are in need of a small one-off grant (maximum £500) for a specific project or activity.

The Exuberant Trust raises funds by organising concerts throughout the year and from donations received from its supporters. Successful applicants are encouraged to take part in concerts and other activities in support of the Trust.

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Next Concert:

Exuberant Music at Summertown


7.30pm, Sunday 26th November

Oxford Horn Ensemble

Oxford Horn Ensemble

Come and enjoy this Thanksgiving cornucopia of music

Mozart & Schubert to Scott Joplin & Glenn Miller


Graham Coombe, Sharon Curtis

Helen Newing, Martin Priestley

Amy Thakurdas (director)

Oxford Horns is a group of talented french horn players who perform with local orchestras and ensembles. They formed 10 years ago and have performed at Blenheim Palace and the Ashmolean Museum and University charity events. Amy Thakurdas, N.D. is their musical director.

United Reformed Church

294a Banbury Road, Summertown

Oxford OX2 7ED (opposite South Parade)

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Please book your free tickets via Eventbrite

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Entrance is free and the performance will last one hour.

Donations to the Exuberant Trust are gratefully accepted,
or you can donate securely online here.

The Exuberant Trust supports creative young people in Oxfordshire.
Our small grants are awarded for individual projects in any of the arts.  Applications from people under 30 years of age are always welcome.

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We would like to thank Piano à Deux (Robert and Linda Stoodley) for their wonderful concert on Sunday 29th October at The Limes, Standlake.

Their programme From Mistresses to Manhattan featured piano duets by Fauré, Liszt and Gershwin, played on our Bechstein 1910 piano.

We would also like to thank everyone who attended the concert and donated so generously in aid of the Exuberant Trust Fund.  All proceeds will go towards awarding grants to help support young, creative artists in Oxfordshire.

Piano à Deux

Piano à Deux

Music at the Limes

Past Concerts

5pm, Sunday 29th October

Vivacious duo Piano à Deux (Robert and Linda Stoodley) continue our season at The Limes, with their concert programme From Mistresses to Manhattan, featuring piano duets by Fauré, Liszt and Gershwin.

The Dance of Four Hands

The Dance of Four Hands

5pm, Sunday 24th September

Diana Hinds and Emma Lowe will play duets on our 1910 Bechstein piano, with music by Debussy, Warlock, Poulenc and Rachmaninov. This concert returns to the Pavilion at The Limes, Standlake.

Safari Boots

Safari Boots

4pm, Sunday 30th July

Safari Boots are back! Our favourite street band are back to play at this extra special garden party fundraiser in Standlake, with a sunshine packed and family-friendly SAFARI BOOTS gig. There will be tea, soft drinks, wine and beer.

The West Littlemore String Quartet

Pavlova Winds

7pm, Sunday 16th July

This well-known local wind ensemble will play trios and quintets by Mozart, Taffanel, Ibert and Zemlinsky. With Chris Britton ~ flute, Alison Street ~ oboe, Barbara Stuart ~ clarinet, Jenny Morgan ~ horn and Simon Payne bassoon. United Reformed Church, Banbury Road, Oxford.

The West Littlemore String Quartet

The West Littlemore

String Quartet

7pm, Sunday 18th June

The West Littlemore String Quartet will play music by JS Bach, Dvorak, Schubert and Julia Sherriff. With Julia Sherriff & Lindsay Lowe (violins), John Hounam (viola) and Sian Welsh (cello). United Reformed Church, Banbury Road, Oxford.

Safari Boots

At a Springe Well

7pm, Saturday 13th May

Come and enjoy these Middle English poems, re-visioned by Julian Masters, with music and readings. Julian Masters (guitar), Joanna de Waal (voice), Giles Lewin (medieval violin) and Helen Spencer (spoken word). United Reformed Church, Banbury Road, Oxford.


The Exuberant Trust fully supports the following campaigns for the arts:

#1 Stop the 50% funding cuts to Arts subjects in

Higher Education from September 2021

Please sign and share these two petitions:

Rishi Sunak keep your promises to fund arts activities for young people

Campaign for the Arts petition: Rishi Sunak keep your promises to fund arts activities for young people

Say no to 50% funding cuts in Arts subjects in HE petition

Campaign for the Arts petition: Stop the 50 percent funding cut to arts subjects in higher education

The Government wants to impose a catastrophic 50% funding cut to arts subjects at higher education (HE) level in England. 

These savage cuts due to take place from September are likely to have devastating effects on arts departments and courses and seriously reduce opportunities and equal access for young people who wish to study subjects in music, dance, drama and performing arts; art and design; media studies and archaeology.

This is an attack on the future of UK arts, the creative potential of the next generation, and the people who deliver our world-leading arts courses. If this cut goes ahead, it could seriously affect the viability of courses.

The Musicians’ Union has reacted with “horror” at the plans, saying they will be “catastrophic for music provision at HE level”, and that “the notice given of this cut is far too short to enable HE institutions to plan for September”.

Equity has called it “another government attack on arts education after years of deprioritising creative subjects in our schools”, warning that it could “block a route into the creative industries for working-class and other marginalised groups”.

#2 Keep Arts subjects in Secondary Education

The Department for Education have announced plans to make a new English Baccalaureate (EBacc) a headline league table for schools and give it a bigger role in Ofsted inspections. At least 90% of pupils to take it. This would make it all but compulsory for many students.

The EBacc requires pupils to study a minimum of seven GCSEs, but includes no creative subjects; it risks forcing art, dance, design, drama and music and other creative subjects out of schools.

Read more here...

Join the campain!

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