In 2012 Lucy-Rose was searching for a new bow. During this time, Lucy-Rose discovered and fell in love with a Thomas Kennedy cello. However, due to the price, she had no means to buy it.
Out of determination to acquire this instrument Lucy-Rose emailed, wrote and called hundreds of people in order to try and find a way to get this money. Although Lucy-Rose got many replies, they were all saying that they could not help (although Elton John sent a signed photo as a way of making the news less painful!). One email however, started off the process of Lucy-Rose being able to acquire this instrument, and that was a reply from the great cellist Stephen Isserlis.
Mr Isserlis suggested that Lucy-Rose contact Nigel Brown OBE and the Stradivari trust in Cambridge, for although they had previously only helped musicians already with an established professional career, he wondered if they would help Lucy-Rose in the same way that they had helped him with his instrument.
After Nigel Brown arranged meetings with Guy Johnson to hear Lucy-Rose play, and himself, to discuss the Stradivari Trust and hear her perform, he was interested in helping her and set up an investment scheme for Lucy-Rose to acquire this cello.
After a year of the scheme running, in June 2014 the Thomas Kennedy had the final investments put into it and was able to become Lucy-Rose’s cello for the next 25 years, in the hopes that she will eventually pay it back.
Lucy-Rose would like to thank all those who invested into her instrument, as without it she would not be able to have such an incredible cello to play on.
As well as the instrument scheme the Stradivari Trust have done something they had never done before and set up an Education Fund for Lucy-Rose. This is in order to help her with her continuing studies and so that she can gain the best experiences possible.
If you are interested in donating to Lucy-Rose’s Education Fund then please feel free to contact either Lucy-Rose or the Stradivari Trust.
Cello: Thomas Kennedy
Bow: Emmanuel Carlier