John Lobb Memorial Trust

The John Lobb Memorial Trust was founded in 1981.The objects as stated in the constitution are “to assist young people who have been educated wholly or partly in Jersey and have attained the age of fifteen years and show promise in some form of music generally and intend to pursue a career in music”.

Applications are considered carefully by the Trustees at their quarterly meetings at the beginning of March, June, September and December.

The Trustees base their decisions primarily on need, and must therefore be aware of all sources of funding available for each applicant, including from parents, other members of the family, other charities and elsewhere. Section Two of the application form must be completed and submitted in advance. All information regarding enquiries and applications is maintained in the strictest confidence.

Over 185 young musicians have been helped by the Trust.

The help given has been financial support to cover all or part of the expenses involved in one or more of the following:

  • Vocal or instrumental lessons
  • Consultation lessons
  • Purchase of an instrument
  • Renovation of an instrument
  • Loan of an instrument
  • Course fees for music institutions
  • Travel to courses or consultation lessons?
  • Work shops and summer schools
  • Preparation of recordings
  • Purchase of books or equipment

Circumstances in which the Trustees have been unable to help include the age of the applicant, limited funds and lack of commitment to a career in music.

A Donation to the John Lobb Memorial Trust was received from the Estate of the late Mrs Gillian Marquer and the Trustees acknowledge her wish that it be used for singers aged 7 -18 years by keeping her bequest as a separate fund, free of some of the constraints of the Constitution. Applicants unable to be helped by the John Lobb Memorial Trust because they have not yet reached the age of 15 or do not intend a career in music, and who are singers, may be eligible for help from the Gillian Marquer Fund. A slightly modified application form will be issued to these applicants

The trustees may require a police check certificate from teachers visited by minors.

The trustees recommend that young students are escorted by an adult when travelling to the U.K

Application forms are generally completed and submitted by parents or guardians, supported by letters and reports from teachers. The letters and additional information can be sent separately.

Application forms and further information are available from:

Miss R Lobb, Hugginshaye, 10a Bel Royal Gardens, St Lawrence, Jersey, JE3 1JU. 
01534 721802 

John Lobb MBE

John Fry Lobb, who died in 1980, was a much loved member of a most musical family. His life revolved around making music in his native Island and encouraging others to enjoy it and develop their talents, a devotion which earned him recognition when he was awarded the M.B.E. in the 1976 Queen’s Honours List.

Born in St. Helier in 1914, son of John W.F. Lobb and Amy Amelia Fry, and brother to Arthur and Amy (Luce), John Lobb was educated at the New Street Elementary School and the States Intermediate School, after which he embarked on a three year teacher training course at St. Luke’s College, Exeter. He returned to Jersey and taught at various schools until the outbreak of the 2nd World War.

During the war he spent five years in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Lieutenant and in the last 12 months of his service, he acted as Music Adviser for Portsmouth Command. He met his wife Betty in London during the war and they had three children, Peter, Jennifer and Rosemary, and seven grandchildren.

At the end of the occupation, John Lobb came back to Jersey, teaching again in a number of schools before becoming Head of Music at St. Helier Girl's School, a post which he held for 17 years. His last teaching post was at St. Saviour’s Primary School where his cousin Ron Lobb was Headmaster.

On his return to the Island after the war, John Lobb formed two singing groups; the Jersey Elizabethan Singers, and the Jersey Evening Institute Choir which was heard many times on the radio after the war. As chorus master he ran this choir until it merged with others to form the Jersey Festival Choir .

In 1955, following consultation with Mr Leslie Woodgate, the distinguished English choral conductor, Mr Lobb obtained a promise from Mr Woodgate to come to Jersey the following year to conduct a performance of the “Messiah”. This was how the Jersey Festival Choir was formed.

As Conductor of the Jersey Festival Choir, a post he held for 20 years until his death in 1980, John Lobb forged strong ties with the Royal Academy of Music in London. During his life he forged many such ties with English musicians and institutions, often inviting English musical celebrities to visit and perform in Jersey and also encouraging Jersey musicians to attend courses and musical events in England.

Another area of John Lobb’s involvement was with the Jersey Eisteddfod which began when he was studying piano with Mr William Bedell-Aubin. In turn Mr. Lobb encouraged children and adults to enter the Eisteddfod. He served on the vocal and instrumental committees and was Vice President at the time of his death.

John Lobb was a very talented accompanist and, for many years, official accompanist for the BBC in Jersey. He was the organist for Wesley Grove Methodist Church and the General Hospital Chapel. He also founded and conducted the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, for many years conducting the Orchestra and Choir at the annual festival of Carols at St Thomas’ Church.

John Lobb made an enormous contribution to Island music making, encouraging and assisting many young musicians. The John Lobb Memorial Trust continues that work.