The Ernie Warrell Memorial Trust

The Trust was founded to commemorate the late EH Warrell MA MBE FKC who was, for many years, Musical Director of The Gregorian Association and Organist of Southwark Cathedral and King’s College London. Ernie was a devoted student of plainsong from the 1930s onwards and one of the pioneers of the revival in plainsong in the post war period.
The Trust provides small grants for research purposes in Plainsong and Mediaeval music. This includes providing financial assistance to attend conferences or for research trips. The EWMT also provides funding for such matters as as concerts and recordings but only to the extent that those concerts and/or recordings are required for the purposes of demonstrating propositions within academic research and not for commercial purposes. Applicants will normally be expected to be scholars registered with an institution of Higher Education who need financial assistance. However, in exceptional circumstances other candidates (such as those with a successful track record in publishing on Plainsong and Mediaeval Music in academic literature but who are not currently registered for a degree and who are in need of financial assistance) may be considered.

Grants may be made to a maximum of £500, however the Trustees may use their discretion for higher amounts if the proposal is particularly strong.

Successful applicants will be required to acknowledge, where possible, the assistance of the Ernie Warrell Memorial Trust in consequent conference materials and relevant publications. Application to other grant-making bodies will not prejudice applications to the Ernie Warrell Memorial Trust. Indeed it is envisaged that such applications are likely.

Enquiries (with a brief summary showing how the proposal fits with the aims of the trust) should be addressed to:


We are very sorry to report the death of Professor David Wulstan, a valued member of the Society for many years. He did sterling service as one of the longest-serving members of Council in the society’s history, including during some challenging periods. Sally Dunkley’s obituary is here (link to external site).

A Memorial service will be held in St Peter’s College Chapel, Oxford OX1 2DL on Saturday 20 January 2018 at 2.30pm. There will be refreshments afterwards.

Further information for singers to follow in due course.

Contact Sally Dunkley


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The Plainsong and Medieval Music Society
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
United Kingdom, OX1 1DB
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