The Exuberant Trust is a local Oxfordshire charity which supports young people’s aspirations in the arts by providing small grants at crucial times for specific purposes to help them achieve their goals.  Founded in 2003 in memory of Jennifer Graham-Jones, it has since then given out nearly 80 grants and over £42,000 to help young singers, instrumentalists, composers, dancers, designers, actors, video makers, jewellers, and workshop leaders.

The Trustees are delighted that Pegasus Theatre has agreed to host Exuberant Oxford! a special 10th anniversary showcase which will feature a range of talented young instrumentalists, emerging singer Anna Shackleton, a presentation by acclaimed Oxford theatre group Idle Motion, and performance by local dance artists such as Paulette Mae, Kathak dancer Anuradha Chaturvedi, Hannah de Cancho of Sole Rebel Tap, and street dance group BodyPolitic, as well as dance film by Erika Montenegro and video excerpts of Commedia by Susie Crow commissioned and supported by the Trust for Ballet in Small Spaces’ 2011 tour.  There will also be  work on display from designer Bethan Murphy and jeweller Fiona McAlear.  In short an impressive array of Oxfordshire’s young creative and performing talent.

Projects funded by the Trust have included short courses and workshops, audio and video equipment, help with instrument purchase, work with schools, recording sessions and a CD launch, art degree shows and exhibitions, jewellers’ tools, and performance and composition grants.  Money is raised from donations through the regular concert series Music at the Limes in Standlake, and occasional showcase concerts at which award holders demonstrate their talents.

Susie Crow writes: “The Trustees hope that you may be able to come and join us on this special occasion.  In these hard times we are more than ever aware of young people who need financial help to progress their artistic ambitions and this event is a great opportunity not only to celebrate the achievements of those we have already supported but also to raise funds for more young artists, including initiatives to enable the most disadvantaged young people to experience the arts and discover their own potential.”

For more information about the Trust:  www.exuberant-trust.org.uk

Exuberant Oxford!  performance Sunday 22nd September, 7.00pm

Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE

To book tickets:  http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/exuberant-oxford/

Or call the Pegasus Box Office:  01865 812150

Press release with full details:  http://www.exuberant-trust.org.uk/Showcase13PR.pdf

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