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Welcome to the Dolmetsch Foundation Administration Site Front Page

  • The Dolmetsch Foundation was established as a company limited by guarantee in 1928 by personalities eminent in music, letters, business and politics.
  • Its first President was the Poet Laureate Robert Bridges.
  • Its aims were:
    • to promote education in early music through concerts, festivals, classes, lectures and publications;
    • to promote the renaissance of early musical instruments and their music and in particular to extend and pass on to future generations the results of the research of Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940) who pioneered the discovery, interpretation and techniques of early music, and the construction and restoration of the instruments for which it was written;
    • to provide awards for scholars to further these objectives.
  • The Dolmetsch Foundation has endeavoured to follow these aims under its subsequent presidents, Sir Henry Hadow, Lady Howard de Walden (wife of Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, 4th Baron Seaford), Lady Katherine Macmillan, DBE and the Lord Bridges, GCMG.
  • The Dolmetsch Foundation is a registered charity with members throughout the world, including a large number of universities and libraries.
  • It seeks to achieve its objectives by:
    • sponsoring the performance of early music;
    • providing gifted young musicians with scholarships and bursaries to the Dolmetsch Summer School;
    • publishing its journal, The Consort;
    • conserving archive material and instruments.