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The Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust Fund, seeks to maintain the high standard of violin making and restoration in Britain.  It offers support to students of violinmaking at UK colleges or those undertaking apprenticeships, in the following ways:

  1. Financial grants which help towards the purchase of wood or tools, or fund specialised additional training

  2. Distribution of tools and wood that have been donated to the Trust to students who can make good use of these materials

  3. Work experience placements with established craftsmen, which gives students the experience of working in a professional environment

Since the inception of the Trust in 1999, we have helped over 100 students from all over the world.  Many of these students are now significantly employed in the trade, either on their own account or with leading shops and makers.  A number of the early award winners are now offering work experience placements to current students in their turn.

The RAB Trust is a registered charity no. 1102888

A violin by Rowan Armour-Brown is offered for sale by Marc Butterlin in London, with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit the RAB Trust.  For more information,

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2015 saw the RAB Trust giving its most ambitious awards to date. At the Diploma Day at Newark School of Violin Making, trustee Colin Garrett presented awards on behalf of the trust.

Sam Brouwer received funding to attend the 2016 Violin Society of America Oberlin violin making workshop.

Kira Hasche was given the RAB Special Award of £1000.

Francesca Vickers was given the RAB Special Award of £500.

Jason Reitenberger, a first year student at Newark, took part in a project at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where four experienced violin makers collaborated to build a cello for the college in six days. Jason’s job was to take photographs, chat to the visitors who came to watch the project, and to assume the role of a traditional apprentice; taking the opportunity to watch the whole process of making a cello at a ‘real world’ professional level alongside helping make the tea and sweeping up! Click to read Jason’s report.

William Szott, who was granted a RAB Trust award in 2010 when he was a student at South Thames College (Merton), has now opened his own workshop in Altrincham, Manchester. He specialises in repairs, restorations and setting up, as well as making his own violins. Prior to opening his workshop he spent five years working as a violin restorer at at J P Guivier in London.


The RAB Trust’s awards for 2016 will include funding a place for a student at next years’s BVMA Restoration Course. This is a ten-day professional development course held at West Dean College, Sussex. For more information about the course and how to apply, visit the awards and applications page.