Recent News

Wigmore Hall postponed

Postponement of Presentation Concert 23 November. This date has been postponed by Wigmore Hall due to the coronavirus.  We are assured by management that they will reschedule all dates lost to the pandemic in due course.  The new date will be posted on this website as soon as more is known.  In the meantime, please keep visiting our artists’ websites to see and hear samples of their playing.


As for so many musicians around the world, the COVID-19 situation has brought its challenges for our DEBUT artists. All live concerts have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. However, the musicians have been using different and imaginative ways of reaching out to their audiences during lockdown. Visit our DEBUT Winners page to hear and see our artists via their individual website links Current & previous winners

The Tillett Trust is continuing to pay sponsorship fees to DEBUT artists for the concerts they would have been performing during this period.  If you would like to make a donation to support our young artists at a time when their incomes have been decimated,  you can do so via our donations page  Donations

14 young musicians selected to audition for 2020 Tillett DEBUT scheme

As we prepare to enter a new year in just a few weeks, so the process of choosing next year’s Tillett DEBUT artists has begun. The Tillett Trust had over 50 applicants for the first round of video auditions and these have now been narrowed down to 14 superb young musicians who we will see in January for the live auditions. See our Tillett DEBUT page for the full list of finalists.

Tillett DEBUT artists light up Wigmore Hall

2019 Tillett DEBUT artists Roberto Ruisi (violin) and Toby White (cello) delighted an enthusiastic audience at the Wigmore Hall on Monday evening. With a varied and imaginative programme including John Ireland’s Cello Sonata and Richard Strauss’s Violin Sonata, the spectators were left wanting more from these two extraordinary young musicians. Pianists Sten Heinoja and Marina Staneva proved excellent partners and we look forward to seeing and hearing a lot more of them all.

Tickets now available for Tillett DEBUT Wigmore Hall concert 21 Oct 2019

Roberto Ruisi (violin) & Sten Heinoja (piano)

Toby White (cello) & Marina Staneva (piano)

  • Debussy – Preludes (arr. violin & piano by Craig White),
  • Enescu – Impromptu Concertant in G flat major for violin & piano
  • Ireland – Sonata in G minor for cello & piano
  • Debussy – Nocturne et scherzo in D major for cello & piano
  • Delius – Romance for cello & piano
  • Moeran – Prelude for cello & piano
  • Strauss – Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18 for violin & piano

Roberto & Toby were selected by audition to join the TILLETT DEBUT programme in Spring 2019.

Tickets and full programme details available on the Wigmore website.

Gîlicel & Brazo delight at Kings Place

Maria Gîlicel and Manu Brazo played the inaugural concert under the new TILLETT DEBUT brand at Kings Place concert hall on Monday evening. They delighted an enthusiastic audience with their performances of works by Beethoven, Bolcom, Milhaud, Franck and Bizet/Borne and ended with a short duet by Shostakovich written for two violins but arranged for this unusual combination of violin and saxophone — “a little gem to end”.

Interview with Maria Gîlicel

Ahead of her concert at Kings Place on Monday 20 May, we asked violinist Maria Gîlicel a few questions…

Who are your biggest musical influences?

I would say my all-time favourite artists are Sergei Rachmaninoff, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Henryk Szeryng, and several folk musicians from Eastern Europe, among others. However my musical preferences are constantly changing!

Which piece would you like to perform in the future?

I am currently planning on learning Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto over the summer and I am very, very excited about the results that may come out of it!

Which piece are you most looking forward to performing at Kings Place, and why?

Definitely Franck’s Sonata. I have a special place in my heart for this Sonata and it has been evolving with me for the last two years. I love playing it with Alison — she knows this piece backwards and I feel we can really be spontaneous with it whenever we perform it.

How have the performance opportunities offered by the Tillett Trust been important to you?

So far the Tillett Trust concerts have been great and the organisation in general has been amazing! Katie, at the Trust, is so helpful and lovely, and always unbelievably supportive. Being able to experience this level of professionalism whilst still being a student makes me feel very hopeful and excited about my career and about performing new repertoire in new locations.

Click here to find out more about Maria’s concert at Kings Place on 20 May.