The Stradivari Trust makes it possible for outstanding musicians to own their own fine stringed instruments.

Since 1984 Cambridge entrepreneur and philanthropist Nigel Brown OBE has been helping world-class British musicians to acquire some of the world’s finest stringed instruments through a unique model of syndicated trusts. Our Stradivari Trust Alumni include Nigel Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, Lawrence Power and Jennifer Pike.

The Stradivari Trust is a registered charity with Nigel as Chairman and Trustees Andy Swarbrick, John Willan and Dr. Nigel Yandell.

How it works

An instrumentalist cannot live or work without an instrument. Through our network of contacts we finance the purchase of instruments through contributory schemes known as ‘bare’ trusts, which have a lifetime of 20 years. Contributors buy notional £1 shares, normally in blocks of £5,000, against the value of the instrument, to which we add a small fundraising fee.

We also receive donations from people who want to finance shares in the artist’s name, on which we claim Gift Aid.

Once the target has been achieved, the musician has an obligation to buy back shares from Contributors at the current value of the instrument until they own it outright. There is no liquidity in the schemes, so shares can only be bought back by the musician or another willing buyer.

We manage the scheme on behalf of the musician: organising the buy-back of shares, annual valuations and insurance, and distributing newsletters to Contributors about their individual musician’s activities.

If you are interested in finding out more about how become involved in one of our instrument schemes, contact The Trust Administrator, Kate Flannery Lee at