The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation

Loan Programme

The violin programme is designed for young violinists living and working in the UK, who will be finishing or have recently finished their studies and going into the professional concert world. For many young musicians, acquiring high-quality instruments can be incredibly difficult.

To help violinists entering the professional world of music, The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation violin programme facilitates this process of bringing excellent instruments to talented violinists free of charge (subject to terms and conditions).

How can I apply?

We are always searching for talented violinists to help them advance in their careers. If you are a UK resident and have recently graduated from a conservatoire and or music academy, please check the terms and conditions and feel free to contact us.

Application requirements

Please check if you fulfil the following requirements in order to apply for an instrument:

You should be

  • a UK Citizen or at least planning to stay in England for the next 5 years;
  • recently graduated or in your last year of college;
  • aged 30 years and under;

How it works

After the initial contact, you will be asked to send your CV and a video link showcasing your playing. If you fulfil the requirements, you will be invited to an interview – this will be in person in London. If your application is successful, you will be able to choose from the selection of instruments currently available.

If you are not entirely sure between two instruments, or if you need to try the instrument in the context of a chamber group or in a big hall, you will be able to take out an instrument for up to one week. Once the choice is made, you will need to set up the insurance with W.H. Wood, and when the policy is live you may collect the instrument from J&A Beare.

Terms & Conditions

You will insure the instrument of your choice for the duration covering the full loan period, through our preferred partner W.H.Wood.

J & A Beare offers initial minor adjustments to the instrument at the start of the loan, if required. Any further adjustments to the violin during the loan will need to be agreed with the Foundation and solely carried out by J & A Beare. Costs associated with these later adjustments will be at the candidate’s own expense.

At the end of each loan period, you will take care of an annual check-up for the instrument, which shall be carried out by J & A Beare’s workshops at their premises in central London. You are expected to cover the costs of any necessary repairs or maintenance work.

There are no further costs to you, but we expect our beneficiaries to keep us updated on the developments of their careers, exceptional achievements and to invite us, if possible, to any performance you would like us to attend in London. We would be delighted to know how you are doing!