After Simon Fletcher died suddenly and unexpectedly in the year 2000, his family and friends looked for a way to perpetuate his memory. As they knew it would have to be through music, particularly opera (the all-consuming love of his life) they decided to set up a Trust for the promotion of music in the UK and Australia – the two countries he called home.
The Trust’s aims are:
- To make an annual award to one or more deserving musicians, particularly a singer, at the beginning of his or her career
- To bring the gift of music to a greater number of young people worldwide, perhaps by helping to provide tuition, instruments, reeds or strings
- To facilitate music-making in other ways, for example, by providing master classes and encouraging artistic exchange.
The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust is supervised by seven trustees and a small number of associates. The trustees include his three closest friends in the UK, Chris Loake, who is vocal faculty and opera co-ordinator at the Royal Academy of Music, and Deborah Jones and Alex Rumsey, former colleagues at the English National Opera.