About The John Mather Trust

Set up by its eponymous benefactor to benefit young people in the West of Scotland.

Dean Garrity

John Mather Rising Star Award 2021

“The John Mather Rising Star Award has been extremely helpful in allowing me to continue my studies at RCS. I can’t express the gratitude I have as I have been able to achieve things that would never have been accessible had I stopped studying.

I am excited to perform as concerto soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in June and was delighted to have won the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music with my saxophone quartet.

Having these monumental experiences has really helped me grow as a musician and for that I am so thankful to be a recipient of this award.”

Dean Garrity is a Scottish saxophonist studying a Postgraduate MMus degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), having attained a First Class undergraduate degree (BMus) with honours.

In 2021, he was the woodwind winner of the RCS concerto competition and was awarded the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music with his saxophone quartet, The Ventus Quartet.

He is currently studying with Josef Pacewicz and receives regular tuition from visiting professor Arno Bornkamp through a postgraduate scholarship from RCS, assisted by Help Musicians UK and the Cross Trust.

In 2021, he was also a recipient of the John Mather Rising Star Award.

Supported over 3,000 individuals

Helping young people in the West of Scotland, specifically to assist them in getting a foothold in a wide range of careers.