Project information

Classical Masterclasses for music students

To record leading musicians as they teach. There is a huge potential demand for this inspiring material. Masterclass Media Foundation is in a position to move forward to become a major contributor to the education of music students as well as creating an archive of lasting national importance.

This project is ongoing and expanding all the time

Charity information: The Masterclass Media Foundation

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  • Need


    Every college from time to time invites world-class musicians to give masterclasses to their students but these are attended by only a handful of students and are then lost to the wider world. The Royal Northern College of Music told us that they had recently had the late cellist Rostropovich giving masterclasses after which the staff said it was tragic that not every student in the country could benefit from the inspiration of the event.


    There is a desire for our specialty and no other organisation was providing it. All the colleges were keen that similar masterclasses filmed elsewhere could be made accessible to their students, because nothing comparable was available. This has been underlined by the fact that most of the major music colleges and conservatories in England have purchased complete sets of our masterclass DVDs for their libraries, including the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music and the RNCM

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The target for 2012-13 is to produce 10 new masterclasses & to expand to rock, pop & musical theatre


    » The reputation of the MMF is now such that there is no shortage of great musicians prepared to be filmed and colleges are encouraging us to do more.

    Success will be measured by direct feedback from customers, students, institution librarians and teachers. Masterclasses have been given very positive reviews in the music press.

  • Impact


    As well as the value of these masterclasses for present-day students, a unique archive is being built up for the benefit of future generations. One only has to imagine how masterclasses by Detrich Fischer Dieskau, Casals, or Oistrakh would be treasured today. We have tantalising opportunities to record many leading musicians as they teach and all our experience to date shows that there is a huge potential demand for this inspiring material which will create an archive of lasting importance.


    There is a risk that musicians have to pull out of giving a planned masterclass. The MMF is in continuous touch with the music colleges with which it collaborates as well as directly with students in order to evaluate which musicians, what repertoire and which instruments would be of the greatest benefit to film and we would be able to replace a lost masterclass with an alternative one with ease.


    Donors to this project will receive regular emailed reports on the progress of the new masterclasses being recorded, with the possibility of being able to attend. Significant donors will be achnowledged online, on the DVD cover and on-screen. Be sent a copy of the DVD to which they have contributed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,499 Cam/Sound Crew Filming of 1 masterclass
      £3,500 Post Production Editing and dubbing of 1 masterclass
      £1,900 DVD Manufacture Creating & duplication of 1 masterclass (1,000 copies)
      £2,101 Production Team Personnel working on the masterclass
  • Background


    Filming takes place generally at music colleges, most frequently (but not exclusively) at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Filming also takes place during music festivals in the UK and abroad. The benefit of the activity is not specific to a geographic location since the masterclasses are ordered by customers all over the world.


    In addition to higher education establishments which can generally afford to purchase the DVDs, the Masterclass Foundation identified a need from secondary schools which have restricted budgets. Accordingly, with the backing of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation it donated free of charge over 400 DVDs to specialist music schools. This is something we wish to continute to be able to do. Audio files have been made available for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The MMF has developed a team and a means of production that enables high quality recordings of masterclasses to be produced very economically and distributed widely both digitally and through the sales of DVDs. It has established a well-respected profile in the academic community and amongst leading agents and musicians. It has a solid base of satisfied customers and an encouragingly high proportion of customers return to purchase additional DVDs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mischa Scorer

    Chief Executive of the company and the producer/director of the masterclass recordings

    Joanna Pearson

    Company Manager and the Production Manager of the masterclass recordings.

Flute Masterclass with Emanuel Pahud


Cost of producing one new masterclass title

We are very pleased to have these in our collection and know that it will enrich and enhance the study of our music students for years to come

Baylor University Library, USA